Tuesday, April 23, 2019

How I Begin the Day

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(Lake Erie sunrise)

This is how I begin the day.

I continue to read through the Gospel of Luke. I keep slow-reading the four Gospels, over and over again and again. I am a student of Jesus; I am being studied by Jesus. The older I get, the more Jesus-focused my reading has become. (I am now using the Passion translation. I also regularly use this Bible.)

I read either from Psalms or Proverbs, or both. It all depends on how God speaks to me. Often, I cannot get past one verse, because the Holy Spirit is speaking to me through that verse. 

Then, I read entries from three devotional books (sometimes all three, sometimes just one or two entries; again, it all depends in how God is moving in me):

Hearing God Through the Year: A 365-Day Devotional, by Dallas Willard

You Are the Beloved: Daily Meditations for Spiritual Living, by Henri Nouwen

Faith That Matters: 365 Devotions From Classic Christian Leaders (Tozer, N.T. Wright, Nouwen, Eugene Peterson, Dallas Willard, and others - excellent!)

When God speaks to me during this time, I write it down. 

My two books are:

Leading the Presence-Driven Church

Praying: Reflections on 40 Years of Solitary Conversations with God  (This book can be read daily and devotionally.)