Blog

Spiritual Disciplines: Shorten Version with benefits
4/2/2020 7:27:00 AM by: Lyvita Brooks

The Short Version: What is a Spiritual Discipline?

Spiritual Disciplines are routines to help you create space in your life for communing with God.

Who practiced Spiritual Disciplines in the Bible? (They are highlighted)

Daniel (Daniel 6:10 -28): It was Daniel’s custom to pray three times a day. He went to the upper room of his house (a place of solitude) and opened the windows that faced toward Jerusalem and prayed

Martha (Luke 10:41-42): Martha was working diligently but her sister, Mary was sitting at the feet of Jesus, listening (silence). Jesus, whom Martha confronted about Mary not helping her, told her to detach from her busyness and listen. Take care of first things first… Him.

The Disciples (Matthew 26:26 -28; John 6:48 -58; Acts 2: 42-46): Jesus gave us a discipline to practice remembering Him and what He did for us. Some call this Holy Communion or the Lord’s Supper.

Here are a list of  a few spiritual disciplines:

Silence Gratitude Prayer Holy Communion

Solitude Worship Service Accountability Partner

Detachment Bible Study Witnessing Devotional Reading

Sabbath Fasting Fellowship Self-Care

Evangelism Journaling Meditation Compassion

  

What are the benefits?

  • Communing with God
  • Developing a deeper relationship with Him
  • Boosting your immune system
  • Helping to reduce stress
  • Lowering heart rate.
  • Becoming more grateful
  • Being more mindful of others
  • Sound mind
  • Peacefulness

Where to begin?

There are several places you can begin, but the first is to pray asking God for guidance in this area. 

Second, read your Bible daily.

Third, subscribe to Hanging Out With Jesus Podcast, to practice a spiritual discipline twice a week until it becomes a habit.

Last, check out the following resources:

  • Donald S. Whitney’s book, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life
  • John Starke’s book, The Possibility of Prayer
  • Hal Elrod’s book, The Miracle Morning (he has several books for different professions)
  • My reviews on Goodreads.com.

Shalom.

 


Comments

Michelle Griffin From Bowie, MD At 4/3/2020 9:07:10 AM

Thanks for giving us biblical references of stopping, slowing down and spend time with God. During this pandemic, we all have time to pray. Make it a priority! Be blessed my sister??

Reply by: Lyvita Brooks

Thanks for sharing. God be with you also. Shalom.

Previous Posts

How To Stop Focusing On Fearful Thoughts
9/10/2020 6:02:00 AM  by: Lyvita

How Do You Really Connect With God?
8/20/2020 6:43:00 AM  by: Lyvita Brooks

Does Jesus Care If We Cuss?
8/13/2020 6:02:00 AM  by: Lyvita

Armor of God: A Father’s Message to Us ALL
7/23/2020 3:17:00 PM  by: Lyvita Brooks

Book Review: Psalm 91 God’s Shield of Protection
7/9/2020 1:40:00 PM  by: Lyvita Brooks

What’s Really Behind “Black Lives Matter” (BLM)?
6/25/2020 3:00:00 PM  by: Lyvita Brooks

How can birds revitalize your devotional time?
6/11/2020 6:28:00 AM  by: Lyvita Brooks

Writing a 2020 Journal: Reflections from a Christian Survivor of Covid 19
5/28/2020 10:15:00 AM  by: Lyvita

Book Review Question: How do you find stillness with God in a restless world?
5/15/2020 10:00:00 AM  by: Lyvita

Why is Silence so good for you?
4/23/2020 10:34:00 AM  by: Lyvita

Let's Unite Worldwide Prayer during Easter Weekend 2020
4/10/2020 11:08:00 AM  by: Lyvita

Spending Time with God is like finding Acres of Diamonds
4/9/2020 6:58:00 AM  by: Lyvita

Spiritual Disciplines: Shorten Version with benefits
4/2/2020 7:27:00 AM  by: Lyvita Brooks

You belong to God!
2/13/2020 10:34:00 AM  by: Lyvita Brooks

Why a blog on Spiritual Disciplines?
2/13/2020 10:32:00 AM  by: Lyvita Brooks