As we conclude this week, let’s engage in the spiritual practice of Examen, a time to reflect on our journey of faith, particularly focusing on moments where we either stood firm or may have faced challenges in upholding our beliefs.

Reflecting on the past week, take a moment to consider instances where you successfully stood firm in your faith. These moments might include resisting temptation, making decisions aligned with biblical principles, or having the courage to speak the truth in love. Acknowledging these instances can provide encouragement and a sense of accomplishment, reminding you of God’s faithfulness and strength in your life.

It’s equally important to recognize areas where you may have faced difficulties or compromised your beliefs. These might be moments of doubt, giving in to peer pressure, or failing to act in a way that reflects your faith. Reflecting on these situations is not meant to lead to self-criticism but is an opportunity for growth and reliance on God’s grace.

This practice of Examen is a powerful tool for spiritual growth. It allows for a balanced evaluation of our walk with God, encouraging us to celebrate victories, learn from challenges, and seek God’s guidance for the path ahead.

Reflection Questions:

  • What moment this week are you most thankful for?
  • When did you feel closest to or furthest from standing firm in your beliefs?
  • What will you ask God to help you with as you move into the next week?

As we prepare to step into a new week, let’s approach it with a renewed commitment to our faith, asking God for the wisdom, strength, and courage to stand firm in our beliefs. May we seek His guidance in every decision and rely on His grace in both our triumphs and trials. Let us also remember that each day is an opportunity to grow closer to God and to live out our faith more authentically in the world around us.