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Devotional Week 3: Lord, Have Mercy

Updated: Nov 27, 2023

We are assuming that you're starting to get the hang of it now, so this week is fairly straight forward. We hope you are finding it as fruitful as we are.



Let's Get Started: Sunday Lectio Divina


Get settled into a comfortable and quiet space where there will be no interruptions. This is your time with the Lord, and what is needed here most is your presence. Once you are settled in, close your eyes and prepare yourself for what the Lord has for you this day. Quiet yourself and offer yourself up to God. Ask Him to open your heart and your mind as you share this time with Him so that you may receive what He is offering you. Make this process a part of your daily prayer routine. You'll be amazed at the affect it has on your prayer time and day!


We are using Romans 12: 1-2 this week. It was submitted by Danee Deville. The virtue we are focusing on is Mercy. The companion song to use as prayer or meditation throughout the week is "The Power of Your Love" by Chelsea Somma. You may also want to listen to this song during the Weekly Lectio Divina on Sunday.


Read the scripture once slowly. Consider reading it again in multiple translations. Allow the words to settle in to you heart and read the passage again out loud. Listen for words that light up for you. Underline, highlight, or jot them down in your journal or on the provided lines.


Next, spend some time letting these words settle in. Ask yourself, "Where does the word connect with my life right? Who do I most identify with in the scene? What does the passage say about Jesus?" Write your thoughts in your journal or in the space provided in the devotional.


Now reflect on what thoughts, feelings, and desires come to mind. Pause and ask Jesus to guide you.


Pray. Talk to God about the words He revealed. How is He inviting you to respond? Allow the scripture to lead you into a prayer response. Maybe it's to spend time in adoration, offering up a prayer of thanksgiving or intercession, or turning up the radio and belt out some praise and worship songs!


The Last step in the Lectio Divina process is to rest in Him. Rest in His presence. Deeply receive God's word and rest in His love. Stay in the arms of God until you fell prompted to leave.


Some people find it helpful to jot down a Vision of the Week. Doodle words or images you want to take with you into the week to refer back to when you need a quick reminder of your message.


In the weekly pages you'll see a reminder of the Virtue of the Week. This has a few guided suggestions of actions you may want to take in the week to help you develop that virtue. Feel free to do any or all of them.

This weeks Virtue of the Week suggestions are:

  • Refrain from gossip.

  • Do an act of kindness for someone who cannot repay you.

  • Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet.


Monday Reflection

Morning Routine: Once you are settled in, start by rereading the Bible passage.


Today's reflection question is: How/ When have I experienced God's mercy? Make notes and journal your response.


Evening Routine: As you settle in for the night, reflect on

  • What are you grateful for today?

  • What do I need to surrender?

  • What are my prayer requests?


Tuesday Reflection

Morning Routine: Once you are settled in, start by rereading the Bible passage.


Today's reflection question is: How would I define God's mercy? Make notes and journal your response.


Evening Routine: As you settle in for the night, reflect on

  • What are you grateful for today?

  • What do I need to surrender?

  • What are my prayer requests?


Wednesday Reflection

Morning Routine: Once you are settled in, start by rereading the Bible passage.


Today's reflection question is: In what ways am I conforming to this age?

Make notes and journal your response.


Evening Routine: As you settle in for the night, reflect on

  • What are you grateful for today?

  • What do I need to surrender?

  • What are my prayer requests?


Thursday Reflection

Morning Routine: Once you are settled in, start by rereading the Bible passage.


Today's reflection question is: How can I renew my mind to discern what is good and pleasing to the Lord? Make notes and journal your response.


Evening Routine: As you settle in for the night, reflect on

  • What are you grateful for today?

  • What do I need to surrender?

  • What are my prayer requests?


Friday Reflection

Morning Routine: Once you are settled in, start by rereading the Bible passage.


Today's reflection question is: Read Colossians 3:12. What is the Holy Spirit revealing to me? Breathe in the Holy Spirit before you speak today. Make notes and journal your response.


Evening Routine: As you settle in for the night, reflect on

  • What are you grateful for today?

  • What do I need to surrender?

  • What are my prayer requests?


Saturday Reflection

Morning Routine: Once you are settled in, start by rereading the Bible passage.


Today's reflection question is: In review of my week, what did I experience that fed my spirit and brought me joy? What actions taken filled me up? To whom can I express gratitude this weekend? Make notes and journal your response.


Evening Routine: As you settle in for the night, reflect on

  • What are you grateful for today?

  • What do I need to surrender?

  • What are my prayer requests?


Sunday Reflection

Morning Routine: Once you are settled in, start by rereading the Bible passage.


Today's reflection question is: What wisdom have I gained that I can take into this new week? Make notes and journal your response.


You may want to bring your devotional with you to Mass/ service today and jot down notes in the space provided. They may come in handy for later reference, and sometimes they even tie in with something from the past week or the week ahead!


Evening Routine: We'll start the Lectio Divina process again with a new scripture next Sunday.


Wishing you Love and Light!

Leah


 

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