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Soul Care Inspiration
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This month we explore a practice that can easily go awry, that's why I only want to introduce it eight months into our journey together! As you've tracked with this year of soul Care, you've explored:

  • Journaling
  • Prayer
  • Scripture
  • Soul Friends
  • Silence
So you've got a great foundation in place, and community that you're processing these things with! So it's time to jump a bit more into the deeper water. You're ready.

Soul Searching in the ancient church is known as "Examen" or "Self-Examination." In the language of the recovery movement, a similar idea is conveyed by the challenge to "take one's own inventory." Whatever the words, the idea is the same. We grow when we can muster the courage to take an honest look inside.
In our context, the look inside has a very important qualifier: Guided by the Holy Spirit. Psalm 139 ends with a heart-felt cry for just such an internal exposure, in a loving context:

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any unclean way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. (Psalm 139:23-24)

In this prayer, we hear the important points of Soul Searching as a spiritual practice:
  • Inviting God to search our interior world (not a self-guided witch hunt!)
  • Inviting God to identify areas that are harmful to ourselves or others
  • Inviting God to lead us somewhere new

That last point is so easy to miss, as I often get dismayed or disappointed in my own areas of failure. I want to put an action plan in place, and I want to do it NOW. But the truth is, even my perspective on what needs to change is tainted. Flawed. Broken. I must be led elsewhere by Someone who knows me inside and out, and knows the path.

Soul Searching is an intimate and tender form of prayer. We invite God into those broken and confusing places, and listen in those places as He leads us out.

Stay the course, friend. This is not for the faint of heart. But the joy-filled result of having God re-work your interior world is well worth the cost of opening up. You're opening up to healing.

Take an honest look inside, guided by the Holy Spirit. You're in good hands.

Alongside,

Mindy Caliguire, Founder
Soul Care

Helping the world care for the soul.

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If you’re new to journaling, you might begin by taking a present-day inventory of your life: What things are on your “shelves”? What roles are you currently in? What brings joy? Fear? What helps you stay connected to God these days, if anything? What do you desire for your life in the future? Why?


 
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