Characteristics and Preferences of the Sage

Practices for you

  • Reading sacred texts and other thematic books
  • Journaling your thoughts and ideas for greater understanding
  • Writing out meaningful and thoughtful prayers
  • a service that moves predictably and logically, perhaps with a written liturgy
  • the service flows smoothly, has been well-rehearsed
  • prayers, sermons, and other media are presented orderly and not "off the cuff"

Some challenges you may face

  • Becoming dry and aloof
  • Losing touch with real-life feelings and emotions
  • Valuing the feelings of others as valid information

The way you best receive information when learning in other areas of life is similar to how you receive spiritual information as well. As the Sage, you want to know how things are ordered, how things came to be, and how things can best be maintained in an orderly fashion moving forward. You value tradition. To stretch yourself, try to read and engage with materials from sources and contexts that are unfamiliar. You may want to learn more about a religious tradition you are unfamiliar with, or about the spiritual context of an ethnic group different than your own. To ground yourself, lean into mystical practices of simply being in the moment. Think of the scripture, "Be still and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10 

Some Questions to Ponder For Continued Spiritual Growth

    • How much do you blame yourself for past mistakes, and are you holding onto grudges toward others?
    • How honest are you with yourself? Do you honestly love and appreciate everything about who you are?
    • How well do you know your true inner self? How much time do you spend getting to know the person you really are?
    • Do you suffer from inner turmoil?
    • Do you lack inner peace and contentment?
    • How easily can you forgive others?
    • What's missing in your spiritual life?

    The work of nurturing your spirit starts with your relationship with yourself. Whether your health and happiness are suffering, or you want to learn to prevent future problems, tending to and cultivating your spirit is a critical part of self-care and healthy habits. And taking care of your spirit requires new ways of thinking.


    In this Ebook, you will learn to identify the strong and not-so-healthy aspects of your spirit’s well-being and grasp the real power of the nine fruits of the spirit and how they can transform your life for the better.

    The Benefits of Having a Healthy, Vibrant Spirit
    • Less stress- Spiritual health helps you cope with the stressors in life
    • Lower levels of depression- A healthy spirit can alleviate the effects of mental health issues like depression.
    • Longer life- Those with a purpose in life and who focus on their spiritual needs are more likely to live longer. Those who attend church regularly or who engage in private spiritual practice, like meditation, are less likely to die from heart- or cancer-related problems.
    • Lower blood pressure- focus on your spirit reduces your blood pressure significantly.
    • Improved social connections- when you address your spiritual needs, you are much more likely to find connection with others.
    • Better overall health- Those who focus on their spirit’s needs are also more likely to attend to their physical body, resulting in improved overall health.
    • More positive feelings- Your spirit is directly connected to your levels of happiness and contentment in life, so when your spirit is strong, you tend to have a more positive outlook.
    • And much more!
    Here is what you will learn
    • What it means to have a healthy spirit
    • The criteria for living a spiritually healthy life
    • Why having a strong spirit is vital in your life
    • How to know if your spirit is damaged or in need of help
    • The role your body plays in the formation and health of your spirit
    • The difference between your soul and your spirit
    • How your emotions, will, and mind all combine to create your soul
    • The role of conscience, intuition, and values in your spirit’s well-being
    • How your body, soul, and spirit are all connected and work together
    • Ways to improve your spiritual health
    • The meaning of each of the fruits of the spirit and how to nurture each within your own self
    • The importance of achieving a healthy spirit for inner peace
    • Nearly 20 different strategies for personal development that will address your spirit’s health

    Melissa Ekben

    Founder and CEO
    Melissa Ebken, Light Life and Love Ministries®

    Melissa’s passion in ministry is to live and worship alongside the people who live and work in rural communities. She has served the Illiopolis Christian Church (DOC) since July 2, 2001. January 1, 2012 Melissa began serving both Illiopolis and Niantic Christian Churches (DOC) and continues in ministry there today.

    Melissa is at home in the difficult spaces of peoples’ lives, willing to listen and to walk with those who struggle and suffer. She is a trained coach and has consulted with churches in conflict. Melissa embraces the Gospel with joy as she seeks to help those around her grow in faith, always striving to leave people better than they came. Melissa works to invite others into a space where they can understand how loved and valued they are by the Holy.

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