• Start by reading The Welcoming Prayer.
Live out the year practicing the spiritual discipline of welcoming.
Below is a schedule of welcoming one healthy practice a month, and letting go of one unhealthy practice a month.
• Do You Welcome or Resist It? – Practicing the spiritual discipline of welcoming
Let go—What people think
• “Welcome” – Have I Failed at My One Word Already? – Even when our guests are bedraggled and unwanted, even when they are us, welcome them anyway
• Your Advice + “The Guest House” by Rumi – A recap of encouraging comments left on the previous post
• Silence or Solitude? – A weekend of silence and centering prayer at the monastery
• 3 Ways to Have More Hope – Lessons on resiliency from Brené Brown’s book, The Gifts of Imperfection
Welcome—Gratitude and joy
Let go—Scarcity and fear of the dark
• When “I Don’t Know” Is Good – The good side of uncertainty
Let go—Need for certainty
• Don’t Compare. Just Create. – Instead of comparing ourselves, let’s celebrate our originality instead
• 3 Reasons to Let Go of Perfectionism – Benefits from doing something imperfectly (including face painting) instead of saying no
• Is This Fun to You? – The way we enjoy “play” is as unique as we are. What is fun to you?
Welcome—Rest and Play
Let go—Exhaustion and Productivity
• Hit the Pause Button – In the pause, we quietly open our awareness to the Lord’s presence.
Welcome—Calm and Stillness
• It’s Not About Looking Good; it’s about loving well.
Welcome—Love and Wisdom
Let go—Judgments and Negative Motivation
• Jobs and God – View your work as opportunities to partner with God.
Let go—Self-Doubt and Supposed To
• No Pride in Giving, No Shame in Receiving – When we have, we give; when we need, we receive.
Welcome—Song and Dance
Let go—Being in Control
• Did Your 2016 Problems Go Away? – Lessons I learned from a year of Welcome.
Let go—My Knowledge
- We Don’t Just Give; We Receive
- 4 Ways to Keep A Fresh Prayer Life