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To take joyful, passionate pleasure in God and the radically glorious nature of God’s people, Word, world and purposes.
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.
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.
To set apart one day a week for rest and worship of God.
To honor and adore the Trinity as the supreme treasure of life.
Open Myself to God
To wake up to the presence of God in all things.
To notice both God and my God-given desires throughout the day.
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.
To honor God and my human limitations through restful rhythms.
To make space in my life for God alone.
To value myself as my heavenly Father values me.
To uncomplicate and untangle my life so I can focus on what really matters.
To curb my addiction to busyness, hurry and workaholism; to learn to savor the moment.
To remain a lifelong learner who is continually open to the fresh wind of the Holy Spirit.
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.
To nurture the spirit of trust that is attached to God alone.
To delight in and recognize the voice and will of God.
To follow the simple and often hidden way of Christ.
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.
To leave people behind and enter into time alone with God.
To give caring attention to my relationship with God, accompanied by the prayerful presence of someone who helps me listen well to God.
To have Jesus as the Master of my life in absolutely every way.
Share My Life With Others
To give a regular and honest account of my choices, priorities and temptations to a godly and wise companion who points me to Christ.
To revere God by receiving and honoring my body and the bodies of others with purity of thought and action.
To express and reflect the self-donating love of the Trinity by investing in and journeying with others.
To enter into authentic, confidential and healing relationships with a committed group of fellow pilgrims.
To be in a relationship where I am encouraged or where I encourage another to become an apprentice of Jesus.
To be a safe person who offers others the grace, shelter and presence of Jesus.
To accompany and encourage others to grow to their God-given potential.
To reflect the helping, caring and sharing love of God in the world.
To make my spiritual journey with a community of trusted friends.
To develop friendship that encourages and challenges me to love God with all my heart, soul, strength and mind.
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.
To reveal the life-changing love of Jesus to others.
Hear God’s Word
To know what the Bible says and how it intersects with my life.
To prayerfully encounter and surrender to the Living God through attending to Scripture
To more deeply gaze on God in his works and words.
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.
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.
To become like Jesus in his willingness to choose the hidden way of love rather than the way of power.
To love others by seeking their good, protection, gain and fair treatment.
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.
To live an authentically thankful life.
To pray a simple, intimate prayer of heartfelt desire before God.
To quiet the heart and rest in God alone.
To develop an open, restful receptivity to the Trinity that enables me to always be with God just as I am.
to talk naturally and unself-consciously to God in prayer times with others.
To let go of an appetite in order to seek God on matters of deep concern for others, myself and the world.
To stop my work and pray throughout the day.
To assist the emotionally broken and wounded as they seek God for the healing only he can give.
To turn my concerns and worries into prayer; to enter God’s heart for the world and then pray from there.
To make a quiet, listening pilgrimage to God.
To open myself to God through established patterns or traditions of written prayers and readings.
To share the journey of prayer with a trusted companion.
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.
To align myself, while walking in particular places, with Christ and his intercession for the kingdom to come.