Spiritual Formation Resources at your fingertips
Are you looking for a spiritual push this spring? Does your soul need a warming? Perhaps you want to kick your prayer life into gear this year? If binge–watching internet TV shows has left you longing for depth, here’s how to make the most of your online moments. This month, we’re offering you some online options that promise to enrich your spiritual life. We’re featuring two Salvationist cyber stops that have just what you need.
|USA EASTERN TERRITORIAL SPIRITUAL LIFE DEVELOPMENT
The USA Eastern Territorial Spiritual Life Development (SLD) page has many resources ready for you to download. You can follow our blog, take a look at Cultivate our online spiritual formation courses, or search everything SLD until you find what you’re looking for.
We have a heart that is focused on supporting you. However, our resources can reach even further. If you lead a youth group, teach a Sunday school class, lead a prayer walk, or are looking for a different flavor for a worship service, we’ve got it. Here are samples of what you’ll find.
from the SLD Blog
Your Ways, Your Thoughts
by Major Marie Larrinaga
How many times do we put our Lord in a “time out” because we think we have a better plan or we believe that we can handle things better on our own? Nonetheless, our Lord, being the gentle, kind and loving Father that He is, would never penalize us. Instead, He would perhaps chuckle a bit and remind us of the following words found in Isaiah 55:8–9:
8“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways.” It is a declaration of Adonai. 9“For as the heavens are higher than earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”
(Tree of Life Version)
from the Silence & Solitude series
To Wait for Thee
by Rob Jeffery
Thomas Merton referred to contemplation as “a long loving look at the real.” It was time for me to get real about the issues I was facing in my life and to forge a more authentic relationship with God. A chorus sung in our own Salvation Army tradition expresses what happens when we wait on God in silence:
Silently now I wait for thee,
Ready, my God, thy will to see,
Open my eyes, illumine me,
If the opportunity comes to attend a managed, silent retreat in a beautiful outdoor space with Christian guides that will teach you to attend to the discipline of silence – take it, you will not regret it. More importantly though, if you can begin to carve out a few minutes of everday life, to step into your cave seeking God in silence—the Holy Spirit—the greatest guide, will take you on a new journey with Jesus that will truly change your life.
|CSLD: CENTRE FOR SPIRITUAL LIFE DEVELOPMENT
The Salvation Army’s International Headquarters Centre for Spiritual Life Development’s (CSLD) mission reads:
THE SALVATION ARMY is in a time of spiritual renewal, of re-awakening to the Fire of God on the inside of people that fuels all the outward activity and service. Surely the Spirit of God is inviting The Salvation Army in these days to hear afresh the call to become a house of prayer for all nations, the place where God promised to dwell, the place where God makes himself at home. Paul admonishes, “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” (Galatians 5:25) We can’t do God’s part; he won’t do ours. Hear his invitation to participate, do your part in being a centre for spiritual life development.
“Simply put, it is time for us to take more seriously issues related to our inner life. We owe it to our people. It is essential to maintaining the engine of commitment and passion. Our mission is energized by our spirituality. …The cultivating and sustaining of the spiritual life of [Salvationists] is paramount.”
—General Paul Rader, as quoted in Called to Be God’s People, by Commissioner Robert Street
You’ll find resources (audio, video, downloadable resources, and several links) and you can follow
CSLD on Pinterest. Sign up for the email newsletter and visit the online prayer request page for
more. Check it out!
Interested in more information about how to give your spiritual life the boost it needs this year? Reach out to us! We’d love to hear from you! You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest @USAEastSLD, or at the Salvation Army’s Eastern Territorial Headquarters.