31 Days of Prayer – The Bible

Sundays are sometimes (hopefully!) quieter days with less going on. It is the perfect day to spend some time reading and praying over the scriptures.

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The Catholic Church encourages us to spend time in “Lectio Divina.” This is a Latin term for slowly, prayerfully, and reflectively reading over the Bible verses. It doesn’t have to be a long time; it just has to be a time of letting the verses speak to the heart.

I have a longer post with step-by-step instructions on how to pray the Scriptures (with a free pdf printable), but here is the gist of process:

  • Find a quiet spot and say a quick prayer to the Holy Spirit for guidance and inspiration.
  • Pick a short bible passage to pray over (a part of the Mass readings of the day is good) and read over the passage slowly and gently, imagining yourself present in the passage and listening to the words.
  • After reading the passage, sit in silence and meditation, letting the words wash over you and speak to your heart.
  • When your time is up, say a short prayer of thanksgiving.

Today, begin the wonderful habit of Lectio Divina. If you make it a regular habit, I guarantee it will change your life!

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My Latest Top Ten Favorite Blogs

It’s been a long time since I shared the Ten Blogs I love and Recommend and Ten More Blogs I love and recommend, two years in fact! I still love those blogs, but since it’s been so long, I thought I’d give a little link love to some other blogs I read regularly.

By the way, most of these blogs I found through Sunday Snippets, Saints and Scripture and Top Ten Tuesday. It’s so worth checking out link-ups!

1. Money Saving Mom. A great blog by a young Christian mom who offers great advice on living frugaly

2. Savvy Blogging. A multi-contributor blog that offers advice on blogging and growing your blog.

3. Thoughts on Grace. Colleen posts awesome and thought-provoking meditations on the spiritual life.

4. Kathleen Basi. Kathleen about a variety of subjects. I absolutely love her writing style!

5. Plot Line and Sinker. Ellen Gable is a Catholic novelist (I’ve reviewed one of her books and currently reading another). She writes about writing, natural family planning, among other topics.

6. The Jammie Girl. I found Angie’s blog through participating in The Kennedy Adventures! Saints and Scripture Sunday link-up and have been reading it every since. 🙂

7. Cinhosa. He writes well-written, informative reflections. I always come away from his blog learning something.

8. Our Good Family. A Christian mom-blog about a variety of family-related topics.

9. Eclipsed. This is a weight-loss blog written by a Christian woman named Kris. Reading her posts each week inspires me and encourages me in my own journey of weight-loss.

10. Rosary Mom. Noreen blogs about different Catholic-related topics.

What are your favorite current blogs you are reading nowadays? Do share in the comments.

(Linked to Top Ten Tuesday.)

 

Blessed Are They…

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When was the last time you spent time with the Lord praying the scriptures, especially as a family? Why not start today?

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