by Marjorie J. Thompson
Compose yourself in quiet.
Breathe deeply and gently.
Re-collect yourself before God.
Ponder a significant question you have about your life (not an abstract question).
Pose your question to God. It may help to imagine asking Jesus.
Be in silence, open to what comes. Don’t try to think up an answer.
Allow images, impressions, words, feelings, intuitions to surface.
If insights arise, note them on paper.
If something comes to you as gift, give thanks!
If you think you might have gotten a clue, pray to stay alert to further signs.
If nothing discernible happened, ask to hear/see what you need over the next few days.
From pp. 127 of The Way of Discernment, Leader's Guide by Marjorie J. Thompson. Copyright © 2005 Upper Room Books. Used with permission.
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