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The Benefits of Practicing Spiritual Disciplines
Thursday, August 12, 2021 by Lyvita Brooks

Daily, there is so much coming at us. We have to decipher what is truth or lie, manipulation or honesty, and man’s wisdom versus God’s wisdom. While also trying to live a righteous lifestyle that is pleasing in God’s sight.

That’s a lot.

And yet, it’s not.

If you are practicing spiritual disciplines.

Spiritual disciplines or spiritual practices are regular actions or activities you do for the purpose of cultivating a relationship with God to advance the kingdom of God. Yes, there are other definitions out there, but this one is for us, the believer.  They allow us to:

  • Reflect on our relationship with the Triune God
  • Schedule time in our busy lives to STOP and BREATHE
  • See what the Holy Spirit is doing in our lives and others
  • Connect with our God and our calling, mission in life
  • Let go of life, in order, to let in our freedom found in Christ

What are spiritual disciplines or practices? For the believer, the Christian, they are found in the Bible. They are:

  • Bible Study
  • Prayer
  • Worship
  • Evangelism
  • Serving
  • Stewardship
  • Fasting
  • Silence and Solitude
  • Journaling

If you are tired, overwhelmed, or just need a break, below is a spiritual discipline you can practice now. I’ve also included a link to The Personal Prayer Retreat Guide which gives you direction on how to plan and schedule practicing spiritual disciplines.

 

Spiritual Discipline to Practice: Journaling

Writing prayers, reflections, meditations, and questions around scripture(s) you read, heard or studied. Recording your frustrations, blessings, visions, dreams, and hopes in a notebook, composition book, journal or diary. Spend some time today, doing just that, after sitting in silence, listening to what the Holy Spirit has to share with you from Abba, Father.

Podcast Episode to revisit: Devotional Reading and Journaling: Personalizing Scripture

Memory Verses: Try memorizing the two verses, below, for the rest of August. Post them around the house to help you keep them near and recite in your daily prayers, when applicable. Also write them in your journal as you reflect on what Holy Spirit is sharing with you from God.

  • Proverbs 20:5
  • Habakkuk 2:2

Bible Reading: Read through the Book of Proverbs

Plan to start August 1st and read one chapter a day until you finish on day 31. Purchase a journal from the store or get a composition book. Record the scripture and then your thoughts. Make sure after reading, you stop and listen for Holy Spirit speak to you. In the comment section below let me know how things are going.

Summer books I’m reading: Try reading 10 pages a day. I learned this from reading Hal Elrod book on Miracle Mornings.

What books are you reading this summer? Let me know in the comment section below. It’s cool to find out what you are reading. Also you can check me out on Goodreads.com.

Shalom!

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Comments

Jewell Utt From Oxford. NJ At 8/25/2021 2:37:30 PM

I'm reading "Women of the Bible Speak" by Shannon Bream. As a summer break from our regular Bible study we are having a book club using this book. Wow, it is great. She uses couplets to teach about some of the women of the Bible, their challenges and how they apply to us today. Highly recommend.

Reply by: Lyvita Brooks

My book class listened to the videos on different Saturdays. Very good discussion book.

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