Parish Nurse - Deb Gilbert's Spiritual Discipline
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found useful in growing to be more like Christ and to have the mind of Christ 24? This was shared on 2/28/17 and takes her about 30 minutes.
My Daily Bread
1. Read Daily Guidepost devotional: Today's is: I Samuel 16:7
“Man looks on the outside but God looks on the inside.” (paraphrase NIV)
2. Meditatively read the chapter in the Scriptures that is surrounding the verse
3. Respond to it:
a.) praise and thanksgiving to God for who he is and for who he is calling me to be.
Today I thanked Him for his knowledge that I am intrinsically beautiful, have undeniably dignity and infinite worth. But I am also grateful that he has taught me the same of others. Through your Spirit, Lord, help me to remember that when I am in the outreach site today and the soup kitchen where the people you send me for assistance will meet us. Let me see their beauty, worth and dignity as you have made them, as you always let me see them. Let me encourage them to fulfill their purpose in the world even as I am fulfilling mine. Let me not judge another in my limited ability yet speak truth in love. Let me help them overcome barriers that the systems of power in our world has placed in their way. Let them see you in me. Let them reach beyond this world to you. Increase my trust and theirs in you. To you be all glory and praise. May your will be done.
for all my sins especially those of unfounded judgment of myself and of others. Help me to always choose to forgive. Teach me to forgive.
c.) thanking God for leading me through yesterday:
in all things that we accomplished, pondered, interacted yesterday, I thank you, Lord. For healing of me and of those who are my beloved, I thank you, Lord. For your giving me courage to only take one step at a time in your work and love, I thank you, Lord. For your motivation to do anything at all, I thank you, Lord. There is not one thing that I was able to do of worth apart from you, so I thank you, Lord. Thank you for moments of work and moments to rest. And finally, thank you for building my relationships between me and my beloveds, specifically Warren and Peter, for they are the real work and worth of life. Thank you finally for sweet sleep.
d.) holy up in prayer- be specific:
Lord, continue to motivate me, give me creativity, love and joy to do my work today with whomever you send to me. May I see only your beauty, dignity and worth in them without even a smattering of judgment. Please continue to care for my old beloved dog Sage. And be with Peter and Noelle as they search for cars. You know what they need- guide them to it, please. Thank you for the mighty work you are doing in my beloveds and in me. May I glorify you this day in all that I do. In Jesus’ precious name.
e. At work
I take another few minutes where my early morning devotional meditation time is reinforced by other readings: As I read Jesus Calling this morning, it expressed that I should not judge either myself or another. I have neither the capacity nor the ability to make these judgments. Let Jesus be my focus with his affirmation of me and of others.
Yesterday it became clear that I was to focus on “today; we need to do today TODAY – TODAY!”
Deb Gilbert, Director of Parish Nurses of the Lehigh Valley (2/28/17)
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