Know Your Story

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The latest Devotional from the United Methodist Church of Palm Springs

This 4-week devotional is meant for those who wish to follow along with the small group series currently running but are unable to attend in person. By following this series, you will be on your way to creating your own spiritual autobiography. By exploring your past, you can better understand your present.

This devotional is a summary of what occurs each week in the actual small group gatherings. It is recommended that you do these exercises with a partner or in a small group, there is much to be gained from sharing your own story!

(When it comes to sharing one another’s stories, the hope for all participants is that this will be a practice in active listening, not active counseling. In this context we come together to listen to each other, not dissect or interpret their story. )

Know Your Story- Week 3

by: Erin Forge't-Wells

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Know Your Story Week 3 Devotional

Getting Started:

Find a comfortable place where you can write and draw. Consider using crayons, colored pencils, or pens. Set aside approximately an hour to complete the entire devotional.

Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths, begin to calm your heart and mind. Say a prayer inviting the Spirit to be a part of this journey with you.

Exercise 1: Mentor, Friend or Guide (Approx. 5–10 Minutes)

Draw, write, or visualize someone who has helped you through a challenging time in your life. Describe this person as if you are… read more

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Know Your Story Week 3 Devotional

Getting Started:

Find a comfortable place where you can write and draw. Consider using crayons, colored pencils, or pens. Set aside approximately an hour to complete the entire devotional.

Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths, begin to calm your heart and mind. Say a prayer inviting the Spirit to be a part of this journey with you.

Exercise 1: Mentor, Friend or Guide (Approx. 5–10 Minutes)

Draw, write, or visualize someone who has helped you through a challenging time in your life. Describe this person as if you are introducing them to someone who’s never met them. What do you think are the important details to include?

Exercise 2: Mentor/Mentee Friendship (Approximately 5-10 Minutes)

Think back to that mentor-mentee relationship. Spend time writing your response to this question. Why do you think that person chose to mentor you?

Exercise 3: How is your soul? (Approximately 5-10 Minutes)

What advice do you think your mentor might offer you today to help you through this season of your life?

Spiritual Autobiography Prompt – Mentors (approximately 45 minutes)

Set aside at least 45 minutes and with determination to write and the expectation of sharing, complete one of the following sentences.

  • I know exactly which spiritual mentor, guide, or friend I would like to write about and his/her name is…
  • I remember being helped by other through that one time when…
  • I’m not sure who was a spiritual mentor for me, when times were challenging for me I would turn to…
  • I don’t know who to write about, I’ve learned many lesson in my life from others, and one such lesson that stands out to me is…
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Know Your Story- Week 2

by: Erin Forge't-Wells

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Know Your Story Week 2 Devotional

Getting Starting:

Find a comfortable place where you can write and draw. Consider using crayons, colored pencils, or pens. Set aside approximately an hour to complete the entire devotional.

Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths, begin to calm your heart and mind. Say a prayer inviting the Spirit to be a part of this journey with you.

Exercise 1: Draw The Tree of Your Life(Approximately 5 – 10 Minutes)

Draw, write, or visualize the Tree of Your Life. What does it look like? The trunk, roots, what nourishes your tree? Are there dead leaves?… read more

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Know Your Story Week 2 Devotional

Getting Starting:

Find a comfortable place where you can write and draw. Consider using crayons, colored pencils, or pens. Set aside approximately an hour to complete the entire devotional.

Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths, begin to calm your heart and mind. Say a prayer inviting the Spirit to be a part of this journey with you.

Exercise 1: Draw The Tree of Your Life(Approximately 5 – 10 Minutes)

Draw, write, or visualize the Tree of Your Life. What does it look like? The trunk, roots, what nourishes your tree? Are there dead leaves? Branches that have pruned to allow future growth? What kind of tree is it? After completing share with your partner.

Exercise 2: How’s Your Soul (Approximately 5-10 Minutes)

Given the tree you just drew, what does the weather look like around your tree today? Draw, describe, or write how the weather is affecting your tree today.

Spiritual Autobiography Prompt – Rebellion (approximately 45 minutes)

Dan Wakefield, the author of “The Story of Your Life – Writing a Spiritual Autobiography” writes that “Rebellion is a natural part of adolescence, just as it is a normal part of faith, not an aberration.” Our topic for this entry revolves around rebellion and our adolescence. Rebellion does not have any “normal” pattern, it is unique to each of us, and in this lesson you are encouraged to explore what it meant to you to spiritually rebel.

Prompt for Week 2

Set aside at least 45 minutes and with determination to write and the expectation of sharing, complete one of the following sentences:

  • I know exactly which adolescent spiritual experience I would like to write about and here it is…
  • Rebellion is a natural part of faith development, I remember when…
  • I remember when I first had to take a stand for something…
  • I remember what it was like in high school to…
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