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A Summer with Discernment

Aligning Our Hearts with the Heart of God

"We have not ceased praying for you and asking

that you may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will

in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,  

so that you may lead lives worthy of the Lord"

Col 9-10 NRSV

Join us over the summer and dip your toe into...

 Christian Discernment

Wednesday mornings @ 9:30am

Beginning June 1st, 2022

Many of us have not encountered the rich spiritual heritage and wisdom that our Christian tradition & the Scriptures have to offer in its teaching regarding spiritual discernment.  

"Spiritual Discernment;

the process of paying prayerful attention

to one’s own life

in order to be clearer about

and more cooperative with God’s activity."

-Lois A. Lindbloom




Join us on the quest to discover and

encounter more of God and His life-giving ways!


Date: Six Wednesday mornings beginning June 1st

Time:  9:30-11:30am

Where: In-Person at my home in Palatine (hopefully in my backyard when weather permits)
What: We'll come together to discuss the book, enjoy some fellowship, share from our own experiences and try out some discernment practices together.

Outline/Topic Schedule:

June 1st - Willing God's Way & Ways of Willing

June 15th - My Kingdom, Thy Kingdom

June 29th -Love and Will & Choosing God

July 13th - Will and Desire

July 27th - Choose the Cross

Aug. 10th -Developing a Discerning Heart



Please purchase this book prior to class and read the Forward and Chapter 1 prior to the first class.


Depending on your availability & time this summer- if you are looking for a daily devotional with reflective questions- I recommended this too:

Suggested Offering: $60 if you are able to contribute that's great.... if not still come!
Why do I ask for an offering?

 We will start at the very beginning.... it's a very good place to start - says Maria von Trapp - with the foundational question of "do I really want discernment?" 

“God does not want obedience as the fruit of our willful determination.

God wants surrender as the choice of the heart. For what we long for in our heart we will pursue with the totality of our being not simply with the resolve of our will.”

― David G. Benner, Desiring God's Will: Aligning Our Hearts With The Heart Of God

We'll touch on some of the basic tenants & teachings from our Christian heritage about discernment and ponder together what it is and why it's important.




Offerings can be made above with PayPal, or to avoid processing fees use Venmo (cecilia-whitacre), Chase Zelle QuickPay or send a check.


"Living a spiritually mature life requires listening to God's voice within and among us.  The great news of God's revelation is not simply that 'I am,' but also that God is actively present in the moments of our lives at all times and places.  Our God is a God who cares, heals, guides, directs, challenges, confronts, corrects.  To discern means first of all to listen to God, to pay attention to God's active presence, and to obey God's prompting, direction, leadings, and guidance."

-Henri Nouwen; Discernment: Reading the Signs of the Daily Life

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