I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also. For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

 2 Timothy 1:5-7

As Christians, we are made to soar. However, we must be attentive to the Spirit inside of us and turn up the heat of our faith so that we can soar. Through spiritual practices, we open up space in our lives for God to fill so we can look and live more like Jesus. This week, I encourage you to dive into a spiritual practice, to allow God to enter those open spaces and transform you from the inside out.

Remember though, doing spiritual practices is not the end all be all. Doing spiritual practices allows us to be more fully filled with God. Which spiritual practice will you consider this week? Below are a few spiritual practices you may prayerfully consider doing. Dive into one so that you will not be overwhelmed and pray to the LORD that he will give you the power of the Spirit to dwell in that spiritual practice wholeheartedly. For it is by the Spirit that we have power, love, and self-discipline to look and live more like Jesus.

Spiritual Practices:

Solitude: Refraining from interacting with other people to be alone with God and be found by Him

Fasting: Going without food (or something else like media) for a period of intensive prayer

Sabbath: Doing no work to rest in God’s person and provision

Bible Reading: Trusting the Holy-Spirit-inspired words of Scripture as our guide, wisdom, and strength for life by reading daily

Scripture Memorization: Memorizing Scripture to contain God’s word in your heart

Worship: Praising God’s greatness, goodness, and beauty in words, music, ritual, or silence

Prayer: Conversing with God through examining our lives, admitting our shortcomings, and seeking His strength to move forward. As well as giving praise to God for his many blessings.

Service: Humbly serving God by overflowing with his love and compassion to others, especially those in need

Tithing and Giving: Giving financially in recognition that all that we have is God’s.

Spending time in Nature: witnessing God’s creative hand and dwelling in what he has created

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