Instinctively I reached for my contact solution, withdrawing my hand quickly after realizing I had no need for it. It had been months since I wore contact lens, but the habit had become so ingrained I struggled to shake it.
Habits are like that, they hold on tight, making us work to shake them off. Sometimes that’s annoying, but if we’re intentional, we can use the tenacity of habits to grow in many areas, including spiritually. [←Tweet this.]
Some say spiritual practices are not very meaningful if they’re just done out of habit, and to an extent I agree. To do something over and over without a specific purpose will do little to further your personal growth. But a habit with a purpose is a formidable fertilizer. [←Tweet this.]
And any habit formed in an attempt to strengthen and focus our faith holds the highest purpose. The way I see it, who couldn’t use a spiritual “shot in the arm”?
So here’s 3 habits that will re-energize your spiritual walk:
- Get in the Bible daily
- Memorize Scripture
- Pray spontaneously
These three practices may seem like simple ideas, but they take perseverance and planning to implement. Outside encouragement doesn’t hurt either.
Get in the Bible Daily
Getting in the Bible daily can take on different forms. Some like listening to an audio Bible; others read an online Bible, still others (like me) prefer to read their Bible from their favorite print edition.
In addition to the many different ways Scripture can be consumed, how the content is consumed varies as well. Bible reading plans abound, from chronological to topical to historical to straight through.
Find one that interests you and begin reading … today.
Just as being in the Word daily can take on many different forms, so can memorizing Scripture. Verses can be chosen in any number of ways, including being based on topic, ease of learning, best-known, most impactful, or randomly. Memorization can be done via hard copy, mobile apps, and Web-based tools.
The important thing with Scripture memorization is not to bite off too much at once. Take smaller nibbles and gain some success early on.
Praying spontaneously may seem intuitive at first glance, but many of us have grown up more comfortable with memorized prayers. We never cultivated the art of conversing with God though out our day.
Learning this single practice has revolutionized my relationship with the Lord. It has taken my faith to a deeper, richer level.
Habits play an important role in growing spiritually, often being a catalyst to walking more intimately with the Lord.
Now is a good time to form a new one.
“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” (James 4:8)
Reflections: Which of the 3 spiritual habits I listed have you formed? What new habit would you like to develop? (According to an article in the Huffington Post, it takes more than 2 months to form a new habit, so don’t give up too soon!)
This is a post in my Growth series. For the next 3 Mondays, we’ll explore in more depth how to develop each of these 3 habits, tackling one habit each week. Don’t miss out on learning about even one of these transforming habits: Sign up to receive my emails automatically in your inbox.
And I’m excited to begin another year recording blessings. Since beginning over 3 years ago, I’ve counted more than 3,500 gifts in Ann Voskamp’s Joy Dare! What a blessing! So here we go in 2015: #3555–3575, read my entire list by clicking here.
- My Internet connection limping through my web conference; New accountability on several levels–it’s amazingly freeing; Finding new space to work uninterrupted (relatively speaking)
- Pleasantly startled by a rabbit in the early morning; Cats playing under my feet cheered me during an unwanted task; Crock pot meals!
- Gorgeous snow scene that met me in the morning; Rach’s hilarious attempt at mimicking my “You-should-have-listened” throat clearing; Received a free commentary on John
- Eagle blending in with the snowy pines; Sister shopping with my sweet sister-in-law; A night and partial day to spend with my dear mother-in-law to help her understand her new laptop
- Welcomed home with love after an overnight absence; Crescent moon winking at me; New jammies!
- Sweet photos and memories to hold onto when loved ones go Home to Jesus; Hugs to dry the tears; Snowman-building time!
- Skyping with both college boys; Having supper preparation be a team effort; Office desk and chair cleaned off…again (Now I can actually see my desk top AND sit down to work!)
Yours in grace ≈ Julie
Yours in grace ≈