I attended a power writing workshop with the summer author in residence at Mesa Library. www.maryleemacdonaldauthor.com I ran across a writing prompt from Marylee’s seven-day writing boot camp. The prompt; “I used to want to be a Nun.” Can you believe at one time, this little Protestant wanted to be a Nun? ( I also wanted to marry Roy Rogers!) I paused my writing as my curiosity took over. I wondered, so googled, “What do Nuns do all day?” I came across many forms of the Daily Examen. A way to prayerfully review your day. It spoke to me and I want to share it with you.
Relax in your favorite prayer place to prayerfully review your day.
- Ask God for light:
Look at your day with God’s eyes, not merely your own. Ask Him to come into your heart and help you honestly look at your actions today.
- Give thanks:
The day you just lived is a gift from God. Be grateful for it. Try not to choose what to be thankful for but rather see what springs to your mind. Maybe the aroma of coffee, a rainbow, a flower on a cactus, helping someone in crisis.
On your day, ask the Holy Spirit to guide you as you reflect. Ask yourself were you aware of God’s presence. Did you have the opportunity to grow in faith, hope, and charity? (Did you let that car pull in front of you?)
Face your shortcomings. Ask forgiveness after reflecting and express sorrow for times you failed to follow God’s direction. Ask Him to be with you next time so you won’t fail again.
Look forward to tomorrow. As you do this daily you will grow closer to God in thoughts and deeds and will be free to choose to follow Him.
What a wonderful way to unwind at the end of the day!