The Weekly Breather: Calming the Spirit

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Stop. Breathe. Close your eyes and allow your mind, body, and soul a moment to pause. What do you feel? What do you notice?

The Holy Spirit continually invites us into mini-Sabbath experiences and offers us a rhythm of breathing and being that will not only reveal the longings of our hearts, but satisfy the deepest of them.

This need is why the Soul Care Collective provides this weekly post on our blog:

The Soul Care Weekly Breather

This weekly post includes a brief word about personal soul care from one of our amazing Soul Care Collective authors and will include an exercise for you to use at home to deepen your connection with God and nourish your soul. Consider this your invitation to stop, breathe, and take a moment to meet with God at the end of a busy week. We hope you enjoy it.

The following Weekly Breather exercise comes from our friend, Laura Beach, and her ministry with Equipping Lydia. For more information about this ministry, visit their website here.

Calming the Spirit

The spirit is the internal dwelling place of God within us.
Invite the peace of Christ to calm your soul.

As you take deep breaths in and out, pray:
“Holy Spirit, You are welcome to explore my inner self and expend the boundary lines to be pleasing for you. Fill me with your light and life. Guide me with holy imagination. Help me to see things and hear things and sense the very heart of your dwelling place of love.”

Scriptural Reflections:
Psalm 42:7 – “Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me.”

Psalm 143:10 – “Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.”

John 14:15-17 – “If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever – the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.”

1 Corinthians 12:7-11 – “Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.”

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The vision of our team is to provide resources designed to encourage individuals in personal soul care and to equip them to care for others within the context of their own vocation, all from a distinctly Wesleyan perspective. We hope that this site is a means to connect resources with those who are in need of training and experience—including pastors, counselors or anyone caring for others.

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