Friday 5: Spiritual Disciplines

The longer you have a relationship with God, the more you'll find the habits that work best for you and cause you to grow spiritually. The disciplines I list have helped me in significant ways through the years and I would argue are fairly basic habits that Christians should adapt.

These aren't for you to become legalistic but to be faithful and intentional. If your spouse never spent any time with you, would you think you had a healthy relationship?

Here are five ways you can get started even today in cultivating your relationship with your Creator:

Pray

Sometimes this can feel like the most challenging one for me. Have "triggers" for prayer, like when you're in the shower or driving alone in the car. But also take quiet time away at home to JUST pray and not be multi-tasking. Start with even just five minutes. I honestly set the timer on my phone for 5 minutes–not to limit my praying time but to focus my mind.

As mentioned before, A Praying Life by Paul E. Miller is the best book on prayer I've read. He suggests a great, simple system using index cards and will create a yearning in your heart for a deeper intimacy with the Lord.

Read

The Bible. Devotionals, commentaries and Godly books are great resources and have their place. But there is no substitute for the written, holy, inerrant Word of God. Choose a book to work through or start one of the many Bible reading plans out there that will take you through the whole Bible in various lengths of time. 

At the start of the new year, Jordan and I chose 12 books we'd study from the Bible this year, one for each month. It's a great way to go in-depth in a book and read it several times.

Write

What you're learning, what you're praying about, observations from Scripture. Journaling can take on many forms in the sense of what you're writing about. I write about all kinds of things and also use it for taking notes during church. 

Don't feel like you need to do it every day or even every week–do it as often as you want. But it's neat to look back and see how God has answered prayers in the past or what He was teaching you. 

Share

Your life with others. Be in a community of people that can encourage you and point you to Jesus. It's important to be comfortable in who we are, but the Christian life isn't meant to be lived alone. We need each other. Be intentional about seeking out those Godly friendships, even if it's just one other person. Start somewhere.

And share the Gospel with the lost. Don't keep this amazing Good News to yourself! Tell your family, friends, and strangers about what Jesus has done for you and what he offers them.  It's intimidating, I know, but start small and simple. Take a friend with you. Sharing our faith can often be synonymous with being pushy, overbearing and forceful. But that's now what it should look like. 

Pray that the Holy Spirit would fill you and give you the words to speak–nothing happens because of us, but rather because the Lord is moving and working in someone's heart.

Memorize

My husband shared a neat article from Desiring God about the importance of memorizing large chunks of Scripture. There's a great app called Fighter Verses that has a new verse each week for you to memorize, and provides quizzes to teach you the verse.

Committing the Bible to memory allows you to incorporate it into your daily life, drawing on it whether you're feeling discouraged and anxious or joyful and content.

What spiritual disciplines have helped you to grow?