Week 17, Day 5 – Upset About What Upsets God

Spiritual Discipline to Practice: The Examen of Consciousness

          For Weeks 16 and 17, we have concentrated on Proverbs 6:16-19 and have considered the question, “Are we upset about that which upsets God?” The question has been posed not only for us to be upset if we see these issues in our own lives, but we have also considered whether or not we’re upset when we see these issues being played out around us. Here again is the passage:

  •  These six things the LORD hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him: A proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil, a false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren. (NKJ)

          As we wrap up these weeks, a perfect spiritual discipline to practice as we reflect on the passage above is the discipline called The Examen of Consciousness. This is a prayer where we try to find the movement of the Spirit in our daily lives as we reflect on our day. There are five simple steps to the Examen, which should take 10-15 minutes per day to complete.

1.   Recall that you are in the presence of God.

2.   Spend a moment looking over your day with gratitude for this day’s gifts.

3.   Ask God to send you His Holy Spirit to help you look at your actions and attitudes and motives with honesty and patience.

4.   Now review your day.

  • a. Begin to go through the period of time lived since our last Examen. Ask Jesus to show you the significance behind each of these negative movements within the soul. Do they tell you something about who you are at the moment? If so prompted, repent and ask for God’s forgiveness and help.
  • b. Then, we pay close attention to the events that made us joyful, peaceful, feel fully alive, or drawn close to God. Stay in those events. Again, ask Jesus to show you the significance behind each of these movements. Do they tell you something about who you are? Do they tell you something about who God is? 

5.   The final step is our heart-to-heart talk with Jesus. Here you speak with Jesus about your day. You share your thoughts on your actions, attitudes, feelings and interactions. Express sorrow for sin. Give thanks for grace. Praise God for the times you responded in ways that allowed you to better see God’s life. Resolve with Jesus to move forward in action where appropriate. You might like to finish your time with the Lord’s Prayer.

 (Information for this entry was combined from Norprov.org/spirituality/ignatianprayer and Spiritual-direction.com.)

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©2012 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

 And pick up a copy of Sharon’s new book, Power Suit: The Armor of God Fit for the Feminine Frame, available at Christian bookstores, online, from New Hope Publishers, and from the Life That Matters Ministries’ website.

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~ by sanewriter on June 21, 2012.

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