Christian spiritual discernment is listening to the Holy Spirit’s movement in our thoughts, emotions and bodily reactions and then using that information to weigh and sift possibilities as we make choices in alignment with the Spirit. True discernment is always done in hindsight, though we hold out hope for the future. We pray, listen, evaluate, sift through possibilities and then we act---only finding the “fruit of the Spirit” later. Discernment is not even finished when we make a decision. We only determine our best assessment of God’s will after we seek confirmation of that decision, asking ourselves and God, “was that, in fact, where You were leading?”
In this class, I will offer you some processes that you may use to help discern God’s direction in your life in any given situation. Come with a sense of openness and wonder because most of all, discernment is an adventure. Trust that God meets you where you are and will take you where you need to go on this adventure.
Pathways of Grace Spiritual Life Center
1500 E Bethany Home Road
Phoenix, AZ 85014
Time: Friday November 13th 6 - 9pm • Saturday November 14th 9am - 12pm
To register go to :www.pathwaysofgrace.com/fuel-for-the-journey
Rev. Teresa Blythe is first and foremost a spiritual director to individuals and groups from a variety of faith backgrounds. Director of the Phoenix Center for Spiritual Direction and Director of the Hesychia School of Spiritual Direction at the Redemptorist Renewal Center at Picture Rocks in Tucson, Teresa does a lot of teaching and promoting of spiritual direction. She is ordained in the United Church of Christ to the ministry of spiritual direction and received her M.Div. and Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction from San Francisco Theological Seminary in 2000. Writing is her avocation and you will find her book 50 Ways to Pray (Abingdon Press) in some religious book stores but always on Amazon.com. Teresa can be reached at 480-886-3828, firstname.lastname@example.org and online at www.phoenixspiritualdirection.com.