The Examen of Consciousness to Practice God’s Presence

An ancient tool for helping us learn to practice God’s presence and grow in a more intimate relationship with the Lord is called the Examen of Consciousness or simply “The Examen.” The Examen? If you’re not familiar with it then it probably doesn’t sound appealing! The idea of being examined is something most of us want to…

Behold the Lord

Behold the Lord was the topic for this month’s edition of Thirst! To behold the Lord is a special way of praying the Scripture that fosters ongoing intimacy with Jesus. We shared in an experience of meditating on Psalm 28 and Philippians 3:7-14.

When Jesus Calls

Christ came to meet me in the garden of my soul, but I was busy. He was longing to share fragrances of love with me, but I was distracted tending to someone else’s garden. Maybe you know this experience? Maybe like me you are someone who cares for other people as a pastor, counselor, caregiver,…

Comfort and Hope

This morning I opened up my Psalms prayerbook and read, “May the Lord answer you when you are in distress… May he send you help from the sanctuary” (Psalm 20:1-2). 3,000 years ago, with the help of the Holy Spirit, the Psalmist was interceding for our comfort. Believing that inspires me to pray. Instead of…