Monday, July 24, 2006
(relating to our walk with our Abba)
The following list grows out of a series of lessons I presented at Southside on Learning to Live God's Love. I have found the following practices to be healthy for my relationship with God and his People.
I encourage you to print these suggestions out and pray about them. Pick a few to incorporate into your life. The "healthy practices" are divided into things we do each day, each week, monthly and yearly.
Healthy Daily Practices
* Arise each day with the thought, "Thank you God for a new chance to glorify you."
* Spend time in meditation on Christ as you walk, jog or drink your coffee
* Spend thirty minutes each morning reading the Bible and in prayer
* Say the "Jesus Prayer" every time you look at your watch: "Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me"
* Have a brief, ten minute reading in the Gospels after eating lunch.
* Pray the Lord's Prayer (Mt 6.9-13)
* Reflect on the day with God in prayer before bed
None of these healthy practices will disrupt the "normal" flow of our day. In fact we might find unexpected strength and energy flowing from them.
Healthy Weekly Practices
* Gather for worship with my family at Southside
* Participate in our mid-week care groups
* Serve breakfast/visit at the homeless shelter/rescue mission
* Spend one day resting in God's presence. Learn to "enjoy" family and God and the blessing of life
Healthy Monthly Practices
* Dedicate a day alone with God as a spiritual mini-retreat. This can be a walk by the lake, the woods, even a hotel.
Healthy Yearly Practices
* Spend one weekend with a group in retreat.
* Spend several days dedicated to a service project for the poor
* Spend a weekend alone as a reflection on the year past and the year ahead. Seek to discern the fingerprints of God on your life.
These practices can have a major impact on our life. They are not legalistic burdens. In fact when approached through seeking the Holy Spirit and prayer they are just the opposite. They are times of great refreshment, growth and renewal. What we seek is not the ritual but the Presence of God.
It is my prayer that you will find something among these healthy practices to help you in your love affair with God.