God’s word says in Joshua 1:8, that we are to “meditate on his word day and night, that it should never leave our hearts.” I have put together a list of 5 resources outside of scripture that help with my spiritual growth. Also throughout the day they push me towards the gospel. When I am not reading the bible these resources help keep me grounded in truth, and also help keep my eyes on Christ.
Throughout every stage of my spiritual maturing, God has placed amazing books in my path. Then partnering them with the gospel helped challenge and grow my walk. I have a list of books that have truly transform my life, and they are continuing to motivate and challenge me towards a Christ centered life.
God has taken men and women who have saturated themselves with the gospel, and he has used their obedience to allow them write some phenomenal books. I encourage you to have discernment as you seek out biblical books, not all that claim they are “christian books” speak biblical truth. Remember that books are just an added resource they do not, nor can ever take the place of God’s word.
Emma and I stay home most days, so I can easily fill my time with YouTube or Netflix while I work around the house. Lately I have noticed on my down, while I am nursing Emma or rocking her to sleep, I consume that time with Instagram and Pinterest. Usually I am looking for new ideas for the blog or new ideas for social media, but I still feel it is wasteful.
Since I started feeling like I wasn’t being a good steward of my free time, I started using Rightnow Media. I turn it on when I am folding laundry, washing dishes, or feeding Emma. Hearing biblical truth throughout my day has been a sure way to stay focused. Also Rightnow Media does not only have stuff for adults, but also a huge library for kids! It’s so wonderful!
I took up journaling as a way to take notes on what I had read during my quiet time. I’d journal anything that had stuck out to me during the reading, anything that was specific to me, or things such as convictions, promises, or encouragement. While I still Journal for meditation, journaling has also become a way of prayer.
I write down my prayers, for two specific reasons. One, it encourages me to focus and actually think about what I am speaking to God about. Two, it allows a way for me to look back on my prayers, to give praise and thanksgiving to what God has answered, provided, or what I am still praying for.
Journaling for me has been an extra way for me to have accountability over myself. It has helped provided consistency in my quiet time, it has also revealed how often or how little I have prayed for a specific thing.
If there is one thing I could encourage you in today, I hope it would be that you join a small group! No matter the size of your church, large or small, getting involved in a small group allows intimacy with other believers within your church. Being involved in a small group has helped lead to the most spiritual growth in my life.
Why a small group? It pushes you to be open and vulnerable with other members in the group. It encourages you to carry other members burdens, you are literally walking life with them. Getting involved in a small group allows accountability, which pushes you to grow in your spiritual walk. Small groups are so vital for a believers walk, I believe they are a must!
Praying for others
Consistently praying for a certain thing has always been hard for me. It is definitely a discipline that needs focus and intentionality. As if consistent prayer isn’t hard enough for me, consistently praying for someone else is even harder!
I have always desired to be a prayer warrior for my husband but making it a priority I have come to realize has been quite hard. I purchased a prayer journal “Praying for Your Husband” by Glowing Local. It is a six month journal that breaks up 24 weeks of different areas for you to pray for your husband. I must confess I do not do it every day. I set it next to my bible and journal, as a reminder not to forget to pray for my husband and others.
Dear Friends, May we always remember that “Prayer is not the least we can do for someone; prayer is the most we can do.”(Unknown)