“There are very few people who realize what God would make of them if they abandoned themselves into his hands, and let themselves be formed by his grace. A thick and shapeless tree-trunk would never believe that it could become a statue, admired as a miracle of sculpture, and would never submit itself to the chisel of the sculptor, who sees by its genius, what he can make of it.”
– St. Ignatius of Loyola
The Process of Spiritual Formation
Knowing Yourself, Knowing God, and Joining Others on the Way
From the time we are born, we are all in the process of being spiritually formed. Our habits, our relationships, the activities we engage, the sights we see, and the music we hear, etc., etc. all transform the landscape of our souls day by day, year after year.
So if you are interested in the process of spiritual formation and have found your way to this Website, you need not ask yourself whether you are in a process of spiritual formation, because the answer is that you most definitely are. Rather, you need to ask yourself, “What kind of spiritual formation process do I inhabit? Am I being formed by God’s grace, truth, and love or are there others things that are consciously and unconsciously forming me?”
The goal of this Website is to help us seekers and believers open ourselves up to God in ways that allow us to be formed by his love, truth, and grace – to become more and more like Jesus over our lifetimes, to grow in intimacy with Him, and to live a life of increasing abundance, love, and grace.
Throughout the pages and blog posts that I write, I will be talking about a very specifically Christian process of spiritual formation that involves three main movements – knowing yourself, knowing God, and joining others on the Way. Spiritual formation in the Christian way involves self-awareness, knowledge of God, and community. Go to the main pages on this Website to explore these movements more: Knowing Yourself, Knowing God and Growing, Joining Others on the Way
Journeying on the Way, Abiding in the Vine, and Engaging Head, Heart, and Hands
While we can describe the process of spiritual formation as having three main movements, the truth is that spiritual formation is a rich and multi-faceted process, so throughout this blog, I will also be talking about the spiritual formation process as a journey, an abiding in Jesus, and a process of engaging head, heart, and hands. Be sure to read these “Orient Yourself to the Journey” articles for these will provide context for everything else I write on this site. Blessings to you on this journey! – Kristen+
“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.” (Romans 12:1-2, The Message)
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