As we continue through this “brave new world,” there are a lot of posts and suggestions on staying mentally and physically active. I could surely use less couch time and more “crankin’ up the oldies to sweat.” 🙂
If your spiritual life could use a boost, check out these suggestions and feel free to add a few of your own! Start your day with a new routine; I am!
Ideas for strengthening your spirit!
- Get reacquainted (Zoom, Webex, Facetime) with coworkers, family, friends.
- Go outside as much as possible.
- Reduce distractions; TV, Internet, news, etc.
- Observe your thoughts about the people around you.
- Step out in faith.
- Be of service to others, make masks, help with deliveries, send cards to local memory care or nursing home. Sign, “a friend.”
- Make prayer and meditation a habit.
- Spend time in the Word. An online bible study, or do your own, pick a book in the Bible that has been hard for you to understand and research it.
- Say “grace” with each meal.
- Start a journal.
- Write poetry.
- Memorize scripture.
- Sign up for daily scripture or meditation.
We are a hurry-busy-fast society. However, a hand has reached down often enough in my life that SLAMMED on the brakes, Jesus calls to me. Take more time with Me, get into the Word, tomorrow is not promised, but today — it’s here, let’s move some mountains, let’s climb to the top instead of wallowing in the shadows.
I’ve experienced some heavy health issues the last two months. I have slowed WAY down. And yet, with all this free time, I am still selfish, not having committed my time with better intentions.
Our relationship with God is our most important. Jesus walked the earth for 33 years as a human being, we can bring to him all we’ve got. He “gets” it. Let the extra time in your days, be filled with prayer, conversation, servitude and love, all we are; and all we can be — can be received by the love of the Father.
Keep his decrees and commands, which I am giving you today, so that it may go well with you and your children after you and that you may live long in the land theLord your God gives you for all time.
2 Timothy 2:22
Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
There are many variations of loss. Of life, love, a health diagnosis, home, job, and whatever it is, is the most important thing to you at the time. No one could possibly understand, even if they can relate – it’s not the same. Sometimes we don’t want empathy as much as we want someone to listen. We want someone to put up with our bad days — the days when we feel deeply alone in our grief.
In time of grief that is so incredibly overwhelming, where do you go for peace?
The Lord has appeared to him from afar, saying: Indeed, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
(From my personal meditation journal)
I spent decades asking God why my mom had to die. I finally – let it go. There are circumstances we will not know until we meet Jesus in person.
I don’t know how to pray when “I” have pain; so I say The Lords Prayer and it comforts me I may still have the pain, so it’s another circumstance I won’t know or understand — maybe ever. And, I’m actually, finally – okay with it.
A lesson is sometimes part of a plan we didn’t see. And/or closure from a situation we couldn’t see. Trusting You is all the vision I need.
For the reverence and fear of God are basic to all wisdom. Knowing God results in every other kind of understanding.
He reveals profound mysteries beyond man’s understanding. He knows all hidden things, for he is light, and darkness is no obstacle to him.