INVITATION TO GREATER FREEDOM - A Retreat #12 in the Everyday

Updated: Jul 14

God’s invitation to grace

Desire: To prayer for the following graces: to grow in interior freedom; to became more aware of those things (inordinate desires and disordered attachments) that get in the way of loving God, others, and myself.; and to a deepening intimacy with God in prayer; and for a greater trust in God.



Spiritual Freedom

Spiritual freedom is an interior freedom rooted in knowing who were are – within our limitations and in our gifts - being comfortable with who and Whose we are. One who has more freedom is able to discern more of God’s presence in one’s life; and to make choices that flow from that, in whatever situation they find themselves in. It is our fundamental identity, with God at the center of our lives.

Desire: To be free from excessive self-doubt, perfectionism, jealousy, pride, prejudices, and the constant need to control; all which creates chaos in our soul leading to poor choices. And to be detached from those material objects that hinder our freedom to make such decisions.


Trust & Truth (Ps 25:4-5)

To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul.

O my God, in You I trust, Make me know Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; For You I wait all the day.


Pardons & Blessings (Selection from Ps 103)

Bless the Lord, O my soul, And all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits; Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases; Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with loving kindness and compassion; Who satisfies your years with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.


Lean not (Prov 3: 5-6)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.


An Invitation to grace (Isah 55: 3A)

“Incline your ear and come to Me. Listen, that you may live; And I will make an everlasting covenant with you.


Praise for the Lord’s Mercies (Ps 103)

Bless the Lord, O my soul, And all that is within me, bless His holy name. 2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits; 3 Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases; 4 Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with loving-kindness and compassion; 5 Who satisfies your [a]years with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.

6 The Lord performs [b]righteous deeds And judgments for all who are oppressed. 7 He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the sons of Israel. 8 The Lord is compassionate and gracious, Slow to anger and abounding in loving kindness. 9 He will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever. 10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. 11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, So great is His loving kindness toward those who [c]fear Him. 12 As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. 13 Just as a father has compassion on his children, So the Lord has compassion on those who [d]fear Him. 14 For He Himself knows [e]our frame; He is mindful that we are but dust.

15 As for man, his days are like grass; As a flower of the field, so he flourishes. 16 When the wind has passed over it, it is no more, And its place acknowledges it no longer. 17 But the loving kindness of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who [f]fear Him, And His [g]righteousness to children’s children, 18 To those who keep His covenant And remember His precepts to do them.

19 The Lord has established His throne in the heavens, And His [h]sovereignty rules over [i]all. 20 Bless the Lord, you His angels, Mighty in strength, who perform His word, Obeying the voice of His word! 21 Bless the Lord, all you His hosts, You who serve Him, doing His will. 22 Bless the Lord, all you works of His, In all places of His dominion


PRAYER CAN BE A STRUGGLE, YET WE HAVE GOD‘s SPIRIT WITHIN US, INTERCEDING FOR US.KNOWING THIS, HOW DOES YOUR HEART SPEAK TO YOU?