October: Silence 🤫

Some ideas to get you started

Level 1: Novice

  1. 🔇 Pick a day of the week to turn off music, podcasts, and audiobooks while driving or at home.
  2. 🤫 Try “silent prayer,” simply sitting in silence with God, for 10 minutes.
  3. 📺 Identify the thing in your life that most distracts you, and give it up for the month. It could be social media, an app, Netflix, or something else!
  4. 🤐 Ask God to show you where your speech gets you into trouble. You might find that you struggle with gossip, dishonesty, or complaining.

Level 2: Apprentice

  1. 🛏 Start waking up 20 minutes before the rest of your household. Enjoy some time of peace.
  2. 🤫 Try “silent prayer,” simply sitting in silence with God, for 20 minutes.
  3. 👂 For a day, commit to listening to understand rather than to respond. Don’t interrupt or finish anyone’s sentences.
  4. 💭 For a week, try to notice when your “inner commentary” starts to run wild. This might look like ruminating on something that upset you or talking out loud to yourself about something that’s stressful. Quiet these thoughts by offering them to God in prayer.

Level 3: Master

  1. 🌙 Try a practice called the night watch: wake up between 3am-6am, find a quiet place outside, and share an hour of silence with God under the stars.
  2. 😶 Take a vow of silence for a day, going about your daily business, and noticing when you most want to speak.
  3. ⛪️ Visit a church sometime when there’s no service. Hang out in the sanctuary to waste some time with God.
  4. 🏕 Find a monastery or retreat center in your area, and visit for a weekend silent retreat.

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Stay tuned! Throughout the month we'll be collecting our favorite pieces on silence here.

Stay tuned! Throughout the month we'll be collecting our favorite pieces on silence here.


September: Prayer 🙏

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"Pray without ceasing...?"

"Pray without ceasing...?"

Some ideas to get you started

Level 1: Novice

  1. 🧘🏽‍♀️ Try “breath prayer” with some phrases from scripture: “Be still…and know that I am God,” or, “Speak, Lord…for your servant is listening.”
  2. 🚶🏻‍♂️ Make a habit of taking morning prayer walks, talking to God about the day ahead before you do anything else.
  3. 📓 Keep a prayer journal for the month, writing out your requests, and reviewing them at the end of the month.
  4. 📖 Try out these short, daily prayers from the Book of Common Prayer.

Level 2: Apprentice

  1. 🚿 Pick a mundane activity, like doing the dishes or taking a shower, and consider that to be a mini “prayer time” in your day.
  2. 🫂 Each week this month, ask someone how you can pray for them, and commit to it!
  3. 🙏 Pray through scripture through the practice of Lectio Divina.
  4. 🌙 Make a nightly practice of praying “The Examen.”

Level 3: Master

  1. 🤫 Try “silent prayer,” simply sitting in silence with God, for 10 minutes.
  2. 🏘 Organize a prayer group, gathering together to practice one of these practices, or simply to pray for each other’s needs.
  3. ✍🏾 Write your own “Psalm,” an honest prayer to God of thanksgiving, confession, adoration, lamentation, or all of the above!
  4. 💭 Try “Imaginative prayer,” a way of meeting God in scripture through our imagination. Here’s a guided audio experience of the prayer.

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Stay tuned! Throughout the month we'll be collecting our favorite pieces about rest.