Years ago, and another life it seems, I lived and worked alongside a cloister of nuns.
Within that community, my staunchly-Baptist-raised self was exposed to many new liturgical rhythms and spiritual discipline practices. I sang Gregorian chant, observed the daily offices, and spent many hours kneeling in a tiny chapel praying for requests sent in from around the world.
I developed a love for orthodox spiritual disciplines that have seen me through many difficult experiences in my life.
When I was asked to lead an online study beginning this month, we thought it was a completely different topic. And all through the previous week, my Bible readings and prayer time pointed me back to daily rhythms and disciplines of spiritual living. I was so delighted, and had a good chuckle, when we realized what the theme for this month was - our Father is so gentle and loving to prepare us for the journey He asks us to walk.
I am praying for each of you as we begin this study, especially if you are coming out of a faith tradition that may find liturgical practices and spiritual disciplines unfamiliar, that the Father will fill you with His Grace so that you can experience Him in a totally new, refreshing experience.
You can read this study along with me at: She Reads Truth - Living the New Life