Conversations of the Heart, Mind and Soul
Providing space to discern, know and experience Christ's Holy Presence, we facilitate freedom, healing, wholeness and provide paths for spiritual growth, deeper communion with God, and love of neighbor by offering:
* Spiritual Direction and soul care ministries
* Healing prayer sessions
* Resources for support and recovery at personal and/or family points of fracture
* Scripture and spirituality groups
* Retreats and retreat space where souls can find rest and renewal
* Professional Development & Supervision for pastors, spiritual directors, soul care providers
* Marketplace Initiatives to foster leading from within
* Collaborative ministries with the Church, local and at-large
A SILENT ADVENT RETREAT
The Magnificat: A Song of Rejoicing
Come quiet your soul amidst the rolling hills of Shepherd's Hill Farm in a day of silent retreat. The day will include a short teaching followed by times of silence that allow us to listen attentively with the ears of our hearts to the One who loves us. Bring your journals if you wish, or just come. Facilitated by Marjorie Karjalahti, MDiv
WHEN: Saturday, December 14, 2013
8:30 - 3:30 pm
WHERE: SHEPHERD'S HILL FARM http://pasturebarn.com (35 miles from Restoration Ministries)
COST: $50.00 (includes light breakfast, lunch and beverages)
Deadline for Registration: Monday, December 9, 2013
LISTENING PRAYER: An Experience of Lectio Divina
Join us on Wednesday evenings from 7-9 pm at the Restoration Ministry Center in Chanhassen, MN, for a time of quiet worship silence, reading of Scripture, personal prayer time, and sharing together. Anyone can come at any time. If you cannot be with us in person, we post the Scripture with reflection questions on our website each week, as well as deliver these electronically so you can participate with us in a different way. You can share your reflection with us via the website. We welcome you into the conversation.
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you," declares the Lord.
In the ministry of spiritual direction, the art of listening and spiritual companioning with another, we often reflect on and help discern one's experience of God and how God draws us to himself. We often see ourselves as a midwife, one who comes alongside to assist in the birth of new life and identity, renewed and restored in Christ.
Kim Isaak, one of our spiritual directors and staff, shares some of her thoughts with us about this ministry. She writes:
Recalling a moment in a spiritual conversation when God's felt presence was particularly noticeable in me, the phrases, "Hide and Seek" and "I will be found by you" glimmered in my thoughts.
These words and images evoked memories of an early morning game played with my toddlers upon waking. Each one must have been old enough to patter out of bed, navigate the stairs and find me, with blanket in tow. I held my arms open, and still not quite awake, the child would plop into my lap. Instinctively, the game began. I'd snuggle the child close, wrap him up in the blanket while covering his head. One by one, I would ask, "Is this Hudson?" "Is this Grandpa?", "Is this daddy?", "Is this Jessica?", "Is this Uncle Perry?" Each time, uncovering him from the blanket and wildly proclaiming, "No, it's Graeme!"
Over and over we would go through the list of beloved family members, each time discovering Graeme to be the one on my lap. Finally we became quiet, stilled and the child would take the last moments to savor rest before the time was ready to move into more self-directed play. The memory brings back all that was intuitive, grace-filled, and sacred of being a new mom. No one taught me this game. Nor did I have any sense of its profound identity formation. We just played.
This child is now approaching adulthood, and how I long to return to the game, allowing him to experience afresh the exhilaration of being found, known, and delighted in at his core. He is not anyone else, other than himself, and he is good, kind, smart, important, and beautiful. My words fall short, and there are fewer opportunities to speak them in ways which will be heard or received. Yet, I can pray and return to the game in my prayer, trusting that our Abba takes even greater delight in a child's discovery of being welcomed, received, accepted, known cherished, delighted in and loved by Him. And so I pray.
Spiritual direction is much like this sacred act of gently discovering our true identity and belovedness.
May you know this as your Advent invitation and blessing.
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