You have studied the terms and concepts, seen them discussed in video, and heard them put into practice through June Hunt’s radio program. Now it is time to begin applying what you have learned into your own life using an Examen. It is important that you work through the material of this workshop in your own life before you begin to minister to others who may need your help.
Work through the prompts below with prayer, reflection, and journaling. Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of this time as you begin:
An Examen is an excellent way to pray and think through what you are learning is to look for God’s presence in your life. More than 400 years ago, St. Ignatius of Loyola encouraged prayer-filled mindfulness by proposing what has been called the Daily Examen. Examen means to intentionally set aside a time of reflection and prayer to allow the Holy Spirit to give us wisdom and insight by “examining” a particular experience, event, day, etc. It is a technique of prayerful reflection on the events of a given day in order to better discern God’s presence and His direction in our lives.
This is an adapted version of St. Ignatius’ prayer. For your personal edification and spiritual growth, the following template can help you prayerfully think through what God may be speaking to you as it relates to the Lifeline to Hope training session. Here are a few simple guidelines:
“We don’t learn by experience alone, but by reflecting on the experiences we do have.”
– Dr. Mara Crabtree, Regent University
Follow the steps and process outlined above. When you’re ready, reflect on the questions below and write out your answers.
When you have finished your Examen, take a few moments to end your time by speaking conversationally with Jesus. Talk to Him as a friend about your struggles, fears, hopes, and needs. Ask for His protection, insight, and grace as you move into the rest of your day.
When you are ready, click Next Lesson to progress to the Ministry Application lesson, where we will explore how you can help others struggling with _____ .
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