Spiritual Formation

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CLPA Resources

Worship

Celebration

To take joyful, passionate pleasure in God and the radically glorious nature of God’s people, Word, world and purposes.

Gratitude

To be sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s prompting to live with a grateful heart, cognizant of God’s work in my life and my abundant resources.

Holy Communion

To be nourished by Christ, tasting the sweet depths of redemption.

Rule for Life

To live a sane and holy rhythm that reflects a deep love for God and respect for how he has made me.

Sabbath

To set apart one day a week for rest and worship of God.

Worship

To honor and adore the Trinity as the supreme treasure of life.

Open Myself to God

Contemplation

To wake up to the presence of God in all things.

Examen

To notice both God and my God-given desires throughout the day.

Journaling

To be alert to my life through writing and reflecting on God’s presence and activity in, around and through me.

Practicing the Presence

To develop a continual openness and awareness of Christ’s presence living in me.

Rest

To honor God and my human limitations through restful rhythms.

Retreat

To make space in my life for God alone.

Self-Care

To value myself as my heavenly Father values me.

Simplicity

To uncomplicate and untangle my life so I can focus on what really matters.

Slowing

To curb my addiction to busyness, hurry and workaholism; to learn to savor the moment.

Teachability

To remain a lifelong learner who is continually open to the fresh wind of the Holy Spirit.

Unplugging

To be fully present to and uninterrupted in my interactions with God and others.

Relinquish The False Self

Confession and Self-Examination

To surrender my weakness and faults to the forgiving love of Christ and intentionally desire and embrace practices that lead to transformation.

Detachment

To nurture the spirit of trust that is attached to God alone.

Discernment

To delight in and recognize the voice and will of God.

Secrecy

To follow the simple and often hidden way of Christ.

Silence

To free myself from the addiction to and distraction of noise so I can be totally present to the Lord; to open myself to God in the place beyond words.

Solitude

To leave people behind and enter into time alone with God.

Spiritual Direction

To give caring attention to my relationship with God, accompanied by the prayerful presence of someone who helps me listen well to God.

Submission

To have Jesus as the Master of my life in absolutely every way.

Share My Life With Others

Accountability Partner

To give a regular and honest account of my choices, priorities and temptations to a godly and wise companion who points me to Christ.

Chastity

To revere God by receiving and honoring my body and the bodies of others with purity of thought and action.

Community

To express and reflect the self-donating love of the Trinity by investing in and journeying with others.

Covenant Group

To enter into authentic, confidential and healing relationships with a committed group of fellow pilgrims.

Discipling

To be in a relationship where I am encouraged or where I encourage another to become an apprentice of Jesus.

Hospitality

To be a safe person who offers others the grace, shelter and presence of Jesus.

Mentoring

To accompany and encourage others to grow to their God-given potential.

Service

To reflect the helping, caring and sharing love of God in the world.

Small Group

To make my spiritual journey with a community of trusted friends.

Spiritual Friendship

To develop friendship that encourages and challenges me to love God with all my heart, soul, strength and mind.

Unity

To live in harmony with Christ’s desire for the church to be one; to be a bridge builder and peacemaker in the body of Christ.

Witness

To reveal the life-changing love of Jesus to others.

Hear God’s Word

Bible Study

To know what the Bible says and how it intersects with my life.

Devotional Reading

To prayerfully encounter and surrender to the Living God through attending to Scripture

Meditation

To more deeply gaze on God in his works and words.

Memorization

To carry the life-shaping words of God in me at all times and in all places.

Incarnate the Love of Christ

Care of the Earth

To honor the Creator by loving, nurturing and stewarding his creation.

Compassion

To become the healing presence of Christ to others.

Control of the Tongue

To turn the destructive way I use word into authentic, loving and healing speech.

Humility

To become like Jesus in his willingness to choose the hidden way of love rather than the way of power.

Justice

To love others by seeking their good, protection, gain and fair treatment.

Stewardship

To love as a steward of God’s resources in all areas of life; to live out of the awareness that nothing I have is my own.

Truth Telling

To live an authentically thankful life.

Pray

Breath Prayer

To pray a simple, intimate prayer of heartfelt desire before God.

Centering Prayer

To quiet the heart and rest in God alone.

Contemplative Prayer

To develop an open, restful receptivity to the Trinity that enables me to always be with God just as I am.

Conversational Prayer

to talk naturally and unself-consciously to God in prayer times with others.

Fasting

To let go of an appetite in order to seek God on matters of deep concern for others, myself and the world.

Fixed-Hour Prayer

To stop my work and pray throughout the day.

Inner-Healing Prayer

To assist the emotionally broken and wounded as they seek God for the healing only he can give.

Intercessory Prayer

To turn my concerns and worries into prayer; to enter God’s heart for the world and then pray from there.

Labyrinth Prayer

To make a quiet, listening pilgrimage to God.

Liturgical Prayer

To open myself to God through established patterns or traditions of written prayers and readings.

Prayer Partners

To share the journey of prayer with a trusted companion.

Praying Scripture

To allow God to shape my prayer life through the words of Scripture.

Prayer of Recollection

To rest in God, allowing him to calm and ea my fragmented and distracted self.

Prayer Walking

To align myself, while walking in particular places, with Christ and his intercession for the kingdom to come.

Other Resources:

The Comparison Game: How You Can Win It and Live Shame Free

Getting Real About Prayer

Teach the Calendar, Follow the Story 

Getting Good at Prayer Isn’t the Point 

The Problem with Quick Fixes

 The Habit of Keeping Divine Company 

Are You Living  Your Calling?

A Matter of Priority 

Help My Unbelief: An Interview with Barnabas Piper 

Forward from Conversion: How We Can Focus on Spiritual Growth and Transformation

The Marvel Universe as Modern Day Myth

Welcoming the Person in Front of Me

The Ignatian Examen: An Invitation to a Little Peace Along the Parenting Journey

PARSE / Turning Anger into Action

The Art of Biblical Hospitality 

What Only God Can Do

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