15 – Sacrifice – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

“Deliberately forsaking the security of satisfying our own needs with our resources in the faith and hope that God will sustain us.” “Present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.”  —  … Continue reading

13 – Chastity – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

“Purposefully turning away for a time from dwelling upon or engaging in the sexual dimension of our relationship to others – even our husband or wife – and thus learning how not to be governed by this powerful aspect of … Continue reading

12 – Fasting – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

“The voluntary abstention from an otherwise normal function – most often eating – for the sake of intense spiritual activity.” “Yet even now, says the Lord, return to me with your all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with … Continue reading

11 – Fellowship – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

“Engaging with other disciples in the common activities of worship, study, prayer, celebration, and service, which sustain our life together and enlarge our capacity to experience more of God.” “The whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with … Continue reading

10 – Solitude – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

“The creation of an open, empty space in our lives by purposefully abstaining from interaction with other human beings, so that, freed from competing loyalties, we can be found by God.” “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves … Continue reading

9 – Meditation – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

“Prayerful rumination upon God, his Word, and his world.” “On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.” — Psalm 145:5 from A Year with God:  Living out the Spiritual Disciplines, edited by  Richard J. … Continue reading

8 – Guidance – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

“Experiencing an interactive friendship with God that gives direction and purpose to daily life.” “When you turn to the right or when you turn to the left, your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; … Continue reading

7 – Secrecy – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

“Consciously refraining from having our good deeds and qualities generally known, which in turn rightly disciplines our longing for recognition.” “Whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; … Continue reading

6 – Service – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

“Loving, thoughtful, active promotion of the good of others and the causes of God in our world, through which we experience the many little deaths of going beyond ourselves.”” “Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one … Continue reading