Continuing their spiritual growth: Portland Daughters of the King
The Order of the Daughters of the King, Daughters of St. Marks chapter in Portland, Missouri has 7 members. We are a very blessed group of women to have each other’s friendship and to be called together to become Daughters. It was clear to all of us that forming a chapter was an opportunity to continue our spiritual growth, to serve Christ more purposefully, and to help us understand and do the work Christ has called us to do.
Our chapter meets once a month and after our initial meetings and a period of discernment on becoming members and starting our new chapter, we decided to do a book study. We chose None Like Him by Jen Wilkins. The author is an evangelical women, passionate in sharing the path to wisdom and the majesty of God. The book explores God’s attributes and how God’s nature transcends our own while helping us to acknowledge our own limits. This was a perfect book for us; each chapter has prayers, scripture to review, and questions for reflection.
We read two chapters between each meeting, would discuss the questions, sharing our personal thoughts about each chapter. Our discussions were thoughtful, lively and sometimes intense. After each chapter we were encouraged to say or write our own prayer.
The book study encouraging collaboration, support and inspiration in a safe place. Our chapter usually meets in our parish hall but we decided to change it up for a few in-home meetings. Each meeting was lead by a different member. This gave us each the opportunity to lead prayer as well as the discussion.
“For Lent this year I began praying again the ACTS prayer. The ACTS prayer is adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication," said DOK member Deacon Nancy Belcher. "This study helped me focus on God’s mystery. Spending time reflecting on God’s infinite, incomprehensible, self-existent, self-sufficient, eternal, immutable, omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent and sovereign character has given me a deeper way to praise God.”
Missie Leisinger shares one of her prayers from the book study:
Dear Lord, You are my God
and I will forever praise you.
Step by step I need you and
will forever love you. Thank you
for all that you have let me witness;
past, present and hopefully future.
You have truly blessed me
and I don't praise you enough.
Please help me grow stronger, and Lord,
my God, above all else I want to praise you,
thank you and bless you
that you are always with me.
In Jesus name I pray.