Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Growing A Rule of Life - A Lenten Journey

I mentioned in my post yesterday how developing a Rule of Life has benefited and grown me personally and spiritually. And while I originally wrote my rule two years ago, I'm still learning to live it, tweak it, and broadening my understanding of this principle.

Around the same time that I found the sermon series and workbook that I linked in my post yesterday (which is the resource I originally used), I came across several other resources that I considered and a few that I even downloaded but have yet to utilize. Among those is Growing A Rule of Life, produced by The Society of Saint John the Baptist in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The sermon series and accompanying workbook, which I will link below, were originally written as part of a Lenten series, and as Lent is coming up the first week of March, I've decided to listen to the sermons and work through the workbook during this season, to deepen and broaden my understanding. It could be that I take nothing new away from this teaching, but to be honest, I highly doubt that. I also like that they use the example of a garden and gardening as it relates to tending to our own spiritual life and development, which also seems beautifully appropriate as we will be nearing the spring equinox.

If a Rule of Life is something that has peaked your interest and you'd like to join me, I'm going to post the schedule and the links you'll need to participate. I'll be listening to the sermons each Sunday and then writing a post the following week, and I would love for you to join the conversation in the comments or by linking to your own post if you have a blog and are so inclined. It's also perfectly acceptable if you simply want to use the resources for your own personal/private study. As an introvert, I am all too familiar with and sensitive to the desire for privacy. 

Growing a Rule of Life - .pdf workbook 

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 2, 2022

First Sunday of Lent - March 6, 2022
Rules of Life and The Rhythm of Nature - Br. James Koester

Second Sunday of Lent - March 13, 2022

Third Sunday of Lent - March 20, 2022

Fourth Sunday of Lent - March 27, 2022

Fifth Sunday of Lent - April 3, 2022

Sixth Sunday of Lent - April 10, 2022

Easter is Sunday, April 17, 2022

There's a place for you sign up for daily emails, short sermons and exercises. I'm not sure if that's something that is still available, but you can access each days content here in the left side bar. I personally will be working through the exercises each day, but I will write a collective weekly post and share my thoughts and what I've learned.

There are a number of other resources that I've utilized and found helpful in my personal relationship with the Lord and spiritual growth which I've linked in my right side bar, "Resources I've Found Useful".  I've also decided its time to refresh a few of those, so I'll be sharing my experience and insights in the days and weeks to come, if thats something that interests you. And as the season of Lent approaches, I'll be sharing resources I use in my observance, as well.

At any rate, I hope you'll find something that proves to be beneficial.  It's still cold and frigid here with a good layer of icy snow on the ground and more to come, apparently. I think this may be the snowiest January I can recall in some years, not that I'm complaining. But I am concerned for my daughter who works for Target and has already missed a few days of work due to the weather.  And now I'm off to revisit a few of those resources I mentioned. Have a lovely day friends, and stay warm!


Everydaythings said...

I've just downloaded the workbook and all ready to go! I will be very interested in reading your insights too! Thanks again for the heads up re the links!

Kimberly Lottman said...

I'm so happy that you've decided to join me! I'm looking forward to sharing it with you!