Examen

February’s Discipline: The Examen

This week we begin slowly building the discipline of Examen. We suggest spending ten to fifteen minutes with this exercise at least twice this week. You may want to have a journal and your Bible close by.

Find a quiet place to talk to God. Close your eyes and focus on your breathing. Breathe in… breathe out. As thoughts surface, let them pass by like something you’ll get to later. Return to the sound of your inhaling and exhaling.

Begin by giving thanks as an offering to God. Notice His presence and offer a warm and friendly welcome. Open your heart and let God know you are listening by saying the words of Samuel.

Speak Lord, your servant is listening.

What do you hear?

Ask Him about your word for the year.

Listen.

Respond.

Close with a prayer of praise or simply sit in awe of God’s wonder.

 

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