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Book Club - Week Four

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Book Club - Week Four

Christa Hesselink

We're in the home stretch and about to enter the last section of the book called ULTREIA, which means "Keep going, onward and upward" in Latin.

So...let's "keep going"!

PART FOUR: Chapters 12-15 (pgs. 129-157)

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Reflection

“Ultreia!” It’s a word I discovered while walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain and one that I’m completely enamored with! I hope that in exploring the themes this week you’ll discover the power of putting one step in front of the other – the courage to “keep going!” You can do it!

Questions *don’t forget there are more at the end of Life’s Great Dare

1. What part of your own transformation is making you weary these days? What type of encouragement do you need?

2. What “sweet” moments in your life have changed you? Be specific about both the moments and how they have changed you. Take a moment and thank God for these moments.

3. What are some of the things that get in your way of “taking notice” and living on a regular basis with gratitude and reverence? What could you do differently to see and savor God more in the ordinary, everyday sweet moments? Be specific about the ideas and make a plan to try them out.

4. Have you invited anyone else into your life to support you on your transformation journey? If you have, are they reading this book with you? If you haven’t found someone, what could be your next step in identifying someone to join you? How are you making yourself available to companion others on their personal transformation journeys? Who comes to mind and how can you make it known to them that you’re available?

5. The role of faith, trust and hope seems to be important to this “in-between” time. Is there anything you can do to grow your faith, trust and hope in God during this time?

Scripture

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing: Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” -Philippians 4:6-8

“May my spoken words and unspoken thoughts be pleasing even to you, O Lord my Rock and my Redeemer.” – Psalm 19:14

Contemplative Practice

Have you check out this link yet? Learn more about the power and practice of contemplation.

https://gravitycenter.com/practice/

Meditation: “I’m grateful for it all.”

Song

“Keep your Eyes Open” by Need to Breathe

If you could soldier on

Headstrong into the storm

I’ll be here waiting on the other side

Don’t look back, The road is long

The first days of the war are gone

Take back your former throne and turn the tide

Cause if you never leave home, never let go

You’ll never make it to the great unknown till you

Keep your eyes open, my love

So tell me you’re strong, tell me you see

I need to hear it, can you promise me to

Keep your eyes open, my love

Just past the circumstance

The first light, a second chance

No child could ever dance the way you do, oh

Tear down the prison walls

Don’t start the curtain call

Your chains will never fall until you do

Cause if you never leave home, never let go

You’ll never make it to the great unknown till you

Keep your eyes open, my love

So show me your fire, show me your heart

You know I’ll never let you fall apart if you

Keep your eyes open, my love

Open up, Open up, Open up your eyes, The weight is unbroken

Open up, Open up, Open up your eyes, Keep your eyes open

Don’t let the night become the day

Don’t take the darkness to the grave

I know pain is just a place

The will has been broken

Don’t let the fear become the hate

Don’t take the sadness to the grave

I know the fight is on the way

When the sides have been chosen

Cause if you never leave home, never let go

You’ll never make it to the great unknown

Open up your eyes

Keep your eyes open

So tell me you’re strong, tell me you see

I need to hear it, can you promise me to

Keep your eyes open, my love

So show me your fire, show me your heart

You know I’ll never let you fall apart if you

Keep your eyes open, my love

Keep your eyes (Keep your eyes open)

Find it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91iXRMkmFbs

 

Quotes

“If we are to live our lives fully and well, we must learn to embrace the opposites, to live in a creative tension between our limits and our potentials. We must honour our limitations in ways that do not distort our nature, and we must use our gifts in ways that fulfill the potentials God have us. - Parker Palmer

“Living a wild life is about fully living. It’s not just jam packing so much into our everyday that we only feel exhaustion. It is about cutting out the noise so we give ourselves over to what our souls were made for.” - Lisa Gungor

Dare Challenge

This week’s challenge:

Gratitude Jars are not just for elementary school, and saying “thanks” to God shouldn’t be reserved for holidays like Thanksgiving. Giving thanks for both the mundane and obvious gifts in our lives is an excellent practice to making our days matter. When we take time to say thanks, we are bearing witness to our experience of Love.

Here are a few ideas for getting into a regular practice of gratitude:

• Daily/weekly Gratitude Jar

o Fill a jar with all the things you’re thankful for. Celebrate with a meal and read them out loud!

• Breath Prayer

o Inhale while thinking “God”, and exhale while thinking “Thank you”. Do this over and over again as you calm and slow your breath.

• Gratitude Journal

o Every morning or evening, get in the habit of jotting down one or two things you’re thankful for.

• Thank you Dinner

o Schedule a dinner with your family and friends. Spend the mealtime talking about all the things you’re thankful for. Get creative – you may be surprised what comes up!

#SeekTheSweetToday

Be on the look out for things that remind you about what you’re reading this week.

This week we talked about the idea of “Keep Going”…

• Seek the Sweet (C’mon! This should be easy!!)

• We’re In This Together

• Hold the Long View

I can’t wait to see what you come up with. Be sure to use the hashtag #seekthesweettoday and follow everyone else’s inspirations! Don’t forget to head on over to my Instagram (www.instagram.com/clhesselink ) and check out some of her pictures too.

Thoughts & Expressions

(use this space to journal or draw whatever you need to from your chapter reading)

Prayer

Thank you.

Thank you.

Thank you for it all.