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Miraculously Displaced By Love

“In the center of your soul and mine, in the exact center, the Shekinah glory resides – the literal, real, overwhelming presence of God. And when we live out of that center, all the self-seeking, self-serving energy that guides so much of what we think and feel and do, often without even knowing it, is miraculously displaced by love.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, The Papa Prayer, Page 123

Questions for Reflection:
• Take some time to consider the truth that those of us who have trusted Jesus have His life within us.
• What distracts you from living with that awareness?
• How might your relationships – with God as well as others – be impacted if you spent time daily this next week focusing on the reality of the risen Christ present with and within you?
• How does that awareness reshape your response to suffering? To injustice? To success?

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The Joy Of Anticipation

“The hope I provide anchors a weary, empty, troubled soul in My plan. Beneath difficult feelings, hope encourages by giving you reason to persevere with the joy of anticipation. Happiness depends on present blessing, which I do not guarantee. Joy depends on future hope, which I do guarantee.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, 66 Love Letters, Page 183

Questions for Reflection:
• What troubles you today?
• What promises of God are offering you hope’s anchor amid those troubles?

The Divine Life

“Family and friends can hurt us deeply but they can never destroy us. Family and friends can meaningfully love us but they can never provide the life we need to love like Jesus. At their best, they stir up the love God’s Spirit has already provided. The divine life lodged in the center of our souls is indestructible and is sufficient to move us along the narrow road to becoming more Christlike.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, A Different Kind of Happiness, Page 113

Questions for Reflection:
• Whose approval feels necessary for you to be at peace? Why?
• Whose rejection or criticism feels unbearable to you? Why?
• Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you what you’re losing by making your life dependent on others instead of on what Jesus has provided.

You Will Suffer, At Times Unfairly, But…

“No matter how great your pain or how confusing and intense your suffering, live in the mystery of My love. Struggle to trust Me. Do not live with the priority of making your life in this world as good as you can make it. You will suffer, at times unfairly, but you will be given what you need to enter strongly and wisely with supernatural love into every circumstance you face….”

Dr. Larry Crabb, 66 Love Letters, Page 65

Questions for Reflection:
• If you are being given the strength, wisdom and supernatural love that you need, what unexpected joys can you offer both to God and to others around you?
• Who needs your forgiveness today?

Doubt, Terror, Rage Against God

“To the fallen mind, it makes sense to be mad at God….

The foundation of the fallen structure is our doubt of God’s goodness, which creates the terror of aloneness in the unreliable world, which leads to rage against God for doing so little to protect us from suffering.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, Finding God, Page 87

Questions for Reflection:
• In what areas currently have questions about God’s goodness stirred fear and anger in your heart?
• If God has not intervened with protection from things that currently ignite fear and anger in your heart, ask Him to help you move from questioning His goodness to resting in His character.
• Spend some time today looking at what His Word says that He is working out in the midst of our suffering.

New School of Spiritual Direction Openings: Sept. 6-13

Have you or someone you know always wanted to attend a School of Spiritual Direction (SSD) but finances have stopped you/them? We can help… thanks to a kind donor.

Due to several last minute cancellations we now have several openings for the upcoming SSD to be held Sept. 6-13, in Colorado Springs, CO.

We can help with funding- you just need to coordinate your schedule, pack fast and come prepared to let the Holy Spirit reveal your relational impact on the Larger Story.

Join us next month, Sept 6-13, 2017 in Colorado Springs for the School of Spiritual Direction. Email andi@newwayministries.org for financial assistance. See below for details…

Do you ever wonder what your ‘relational impact’ is on your family, friends or colleagues? Is it time to consider how you might impact the Larger Story God is telling by the way you relate?

Join Dr. Larry Crabb for our School of Spiritual Direction. Listen and interact as Larry ‘unpacks the impact’ we can have on others and the Larger Story God is telling through our Holy Spirit inspired relational conversations.
This 7-day intensive will focus on three expressions of impact (among many others) that we should be aware of and the life-giving opportunities we can have on others and God’s Larger Story. If you attend, you will likely leave with:

  • a clear framework for ENGAGING in conversations that spiritually direct others through a biblical framework. Theologically guided and Spirit energized conversations often awaken a hunger to know the Father in life-giving ways, to know the Son with a passion that stirs the longing to make Him known and to know the Holy Spirit in a way that develops awareness of His promptings.
  • an experience of EXPLORING your own life in a safe community in order to discover the life of Christ within you that when released into others brings joy into your soul.
  • ENVISIONING the Larger Story God is telling through all that goes on in your smaller story of everyday living; an understanding of the beauty of God’s love story that draws you to advance its plot by how you love and relate.

In the unfolding of the week, you will become more clearly aware of the core struggle with the flesh still alive in your soul, an awareness that deepens your gratitude for grace and strengthens your motivation to follow Jesus on the narrow road to life.

Pray about attending. Come with the Spirit’s leading and you can expect to experience His redemptive, releasing, re-invigorating work in your mind, heart, and soul. It would be good to meet you. Keep in mind that no previous training, either in theology or counseling, is needed to fully profit from the week. We’re simply looking for committed Christians who want to know the Lord in a way that releases them to impact others for His purposes.

We hope to see you next month,

The Little Team

NOTE: Scholarship funds available-email Andi at andi@newwayministries.org for specifics. CEU’s available upon completion. For additional details or to apply click here.

Don’t Ignore Relational Tensions

“Finding God and living in community are tied together. You cannot pursue one without pursuing the other. Desperate prayer, disciplined fasting, and hours in the Word will not persuade God to reveal himself when we ignore relational tensions. ‘Whoever loves his brother lives in the light…but whoever hates his brother…walks around in the darkness;…the darkness has blinded him’ (1 John 2:10-11).”

Dr. Larry Crabb, Finding God, Page 194

Questions for Reflection:
• Have you been trying to pursue God while avoiding addressing relational tension?
• Take some time to allow the Holy Spirit to bring His light to any darkness in your heart.
• Ask Him for the courage, wisdom and vision to pursue actively the well-being of others, including those with whom you’ve been distant or estranged.