August 10

Reflection

Everything we need for growing into a full, rich relationship with God is already available in our lives.  We need to pray, stay open, and not become discouraged.  A spiritual journey is not a competitive event; we can all be on a spiritual quest.  God comes to each of us in the native language of our soul.  Gradually the language grows and expands, but no one grows in just the same way as someone else.  We need to accept ourselves as we are and keep ourselves open to being changed and shaped by a life lived in growing intimacy with God.
Jewish Spiritual Guidance, Carol Oates and Kerry M. Olitzky

Prayer

Teach me your ways, O God, make them known to me.
Psalm 25:4

Action

Accept yourself as you are. Don’t compare yourself to others who may seem more spiritual. Let yourself develop spiritually with your own personal gifts and desires.

Suggested Reading

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
Philippians 1:6 

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
Matthew 6:33

What I can do, you cannot. What you can do, I cannot. But together we can do something beautiful for God.
Mother Teresa 

There is a time in every life when the very act of looking back and taking stock
becomes essential to going forward.Without the light that shines out of the darkness
of the past, we cannot chart a new path to the future.
Joan Chittister

With each discovery of truth about ourselves, we come to a crossroad on our journey toward God.  One path leads to denial and despair . .. the other to holiness.
 Robert Wicks

 There is no glimpse of the light without walking the path.  You can’t get it from anyone else, nor can you give it to anyone.  You take whatever steps seem easiest for you, and as you take a few steps it will be easier to take a few more.
Peace Pilgrim

 The worst loneliness is to not be comfortable with yourself.
Mark Twain

We don’t have to wait until we are on our deathbed to realize what a waste of our precious lives it is to carry the belief that something is wrong with us.
Tara Brach

Your real life is your spiritual life. And both are going to be awful until you realize that they are not separate things.
Jordan Taylor

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