6 Daily Habits for Living a Spiritual Life

Spiritual Life

As 18 million adults now report that they use some kind of meditation regularly, it’s never been easier to live a spiritual life. Look around your circle of friends or colleagues and you’ll surely find other people interesting in living a spiritual life. If you’re interested, there are simple ways to bring these practices into your routine.

Some kind of meditation or mindfulness practice has positive effects on people with

 anxiety or PTSD. Even making time for some positive habits can clear out the mental space that might otherwise be cluttered with frustrations. Reflection can lead to relaxation.

If you’re interested in living a spiritual life and have space in your daily routine, you could make a few changes to improve life drastically. Here are 6 daily habits that are proven to help your emotional and spiritual well-being.

1. Set A Morning Intention

Before you even get out of your bed, set one positive intention to start your day. It c

an be as specific as you like, as in being kind to a friend, or grandiose as giving light to everyone you cross paths with.

If you aim to fill your day with ease and grace, you can begin with the kind of positivity and honesty that will help you reflect light into the day.

Be open and honest with yourself in your intention and you’ll build good spiritual energy. If you’re struggling with positivity, make your intention to hand your day over to a joyful service of others. Let yourself be part of something constructive in work, at school, or at home.

2. Make Space To Meditate

Even for people who claim to meditate regularly, they might find it hard living a spiritual life with the pressures of a job or family. If you’re struggling with a budget, tough family issues, or anything personal, you have one thing: time. Give a little

bit of that back to yourself.

Make time for meditation. Twenty minutes is all that you need. If you can find it in the middle of your day, before it gets dark out, you’ll be better off.

Take this opportu

nity to silently affirm yourself that you’re part of something bigger. Stay centered through a stressful situation by repeating your mantra.

Find a phrase that resonates with you. It can even be a series of sounds that’s all your own. Let it be unique and connected to nothing else in your life.

This is your special key to relaxation and inner peace.

3. Connect To Nature

When you’re out in nature, you realize that connection to the rest of the world. Depending on where you live, you might be able to access nature on a daily basis. Even just taki

ng your lunch under a tree in the park could be all that you need.

You become part of a cycle, watching nature all around you. You can feel an instant level of peace and feeling of being alive. You can be in awe of creation or simply silent, enjoying the sun and air.

Take the time to watch things happen. If you have time during a lunch break at work, find a little piece of beauty that’s all your own and let it reflect back to you.

4. Show Gratitude

Giving thanks allows you to have perspective. You can see how people or institutions have positively impacted your life. It helps you listen to your heart and become more compassionate.

Whether you thank God or you simply thank the nature around you for existing, be thankful for something. Not everyone gets the opportunity to see the nature you get to see, know the people that you know, or be loved the way that you’re loved.

Life throws many challenges at us, but nothing feels quite as nice as giving sincere thanks.

5. A Prayer of Affirmation

When you’re living a spiritual life, you’re constantly in flux. Every life is in motion as we grow, we change, and things beyond our control change. What can help us to stay centered is to affirm ourselves or the world around us.

Pay attention to how all of these pieces intertwine and build your prayer in a way affirming the direction of everything. What has happened and what is set to happen is part of a powerful continuum of life. We can either get in the way or learn how to navigate.

Try making time for a daily Lenten devotional if you celebrate Lent.

An affirmative prayer allows us to be grateful. We can be thankful that we are provided for and that the people around us allow us to exchange gratitude. If we believe that every action and every moment contributes to the overall greater good, an affirmative prayer will give us continuity on a daily basis.

6. Loosen Your Grip To Enjoy Each Moment

If you’re able to let go, you can begin to trust the world around you and build faith in it. While there will be moments that test our trust, overall, we’re all committed to making life better for those around us.

Should we focus too tightly on trying to control those moments, we will fail to enjoy our lives. Life is made up of lots of repetitive and mundane tasks that might cause us to tune out. Rather than attending to some other mental duty, stay in each moment and give it 100% of your thoughts.

Being present is the greatest gift we can give each other. Do it enough and you might see it gives back to you too.

Living a Spiritual Life Is Simple But Takes Effort

With just a little bit of effort, living a spiritual life is possible for all of us. No matter who or what you believe in, your spiritual life is all your own. Give in to the beauty of the world and it will come back to you tenfold.

If you’re interested in finding more ways to be reflective in your daily life, contact us for tips.

 

How to Help Your Loved Ones Return to God

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Have you or your loved one fallen away from the Lord?

Your spiritual journey with God isn’t always plain sailing. Every person encounters challenges to their faith.

Many believers experience closeness to God until they allow sin into their lives. This is known in the Old Testament as “backsliding”.

The journey of faith ought to be one of increasing closeness towards Christ.

Keep reading to find out how you can help a loved one – or yourself – return to God.

Fallen Away From God

There are many reasons why believers backslide. Sins can take form in a variety of different ways.

Digressions from Christ may not seem significant. It may not be intended or major incidents.

Falling away from God can simply be due to neglect. It could be that you’ve failed to routinely pray, or go to Church for a few weeks.

However, sometimes believers intentionally move away from Christ and engage in Sin. This can lead to terrible things.

But there is always a way back to God’s love.

1. Don’t Forget Prayer

If you’ve moved away from Christ, this may be because you’ve not been praying to God. By returning to prayer, you will find your way back to God.

As God’s children, we all need to have a connection with Him. Prayer is the means by which you can communicate with our Lord.

If you felt distant from a friend, the best way would be to talk together and re-connect. It’s no different with God.

When we pray, we share our innermost feelings and thoughts with our Lord. By praying, we can be reminded of the power of God.

Don’t forget to pray. But also remember that prayer doesn’t have to be a formal affair. Just share with God what’s on your mind.

2. Read the Scriptures

Have you not been reading God’s Word. By reading the scriptures every day you can return to our Lord.

You don’t have to spend hours and hours of the day reading the Bible. But regularly reading for short periods of time can be an important part of returning to God.

As Jesus Christ states, “if you continue My Word, then you are truly disciples of Mine” (John 8:31). You can become one of Jesus’ disciples too by reading God’s Word. This will definitely bring you closer to God.

3. Put Your Faith in God First

All believers live busy lives. It’s easy to get distracted by the day-to-day. But the Bible says, “In everything you do, put God first, and He will direct you and crown your efforts with success” (Proverbs 3:6).

It’s important to put your faith first ahead of other things in your life. Your journey of faith involves you making God’s plan, your plan. God’s Will becomes your will.

By putting god ahead of everything, you’ll notice a strengthening of your faith in God.

4. Start a Blessing Book

It’s easy to forget how a great a role God plays in our lives. God influences everything and is present in everything we do.

By starting a blessing book in which you record your blessings, you’ll learn to appreciate how much God loves you.

You can also use the blessing book to give thanks to God in prayer. After all, as it says in the Bible, “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

Blessing books are also a great way family devotional act to teach your children about Christ.

5. Be Humble with God

Just because God asks that we be humble, doesn’t mean he wants to control everything we do. It is simply out of care and love for His children that he wants us to be open and share ourselves with Him.

If you are having any trouble. Don’t be too proud to share it with God. Through humility, God can help you find the strength to overcome challenges you face.

However, being humble is much easier to say than to do in practice. But you could try reading about the lives of humble people. You can learn from many figures in the Bible that display great humility in front of God.

6. Avoid Cynicism

Have you fallen into a state of cynicism? A cynical view is one that separates us from God. It shows a lack of trust in our faith and negative feelings about others.

To return to God, you need to overcome the urge to be cynical in your life. If someone is making jokes about other people, change the subject. If the TV show that represents a cynical view of the world, change the channel.

By focusing on your own feelings and thoughts, you can transform your attitude from cyclical to positive about your faith. This is another great way to return to God after a relapse of faith.

It’s Time to Return to God

While it’s perfectly normal to have doubts and question your faith. All believers encounter challenges to their faith that they have to overcome.

But there are ways to step back from the edge of the cliff and return to God or help a loved one do the same.

By making small commitments to changing your attitude to faith, you can rediscover your faith in Christ. Don’t allow other distractions in life and sin to turn you away from our Lord.

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Beginner’s Guide to Family Devotions

A major part of building a happy Christian family is staying connected to God and each other.

Getting together for inspirational devotions is a great idea. But if you’re new to the concept, it can seem daunting.

Don’t worry! Committing to engaging with your family in this way is the most important thing. Like every other element of life, it will probably not go perfectly; but with prayer and patience, you can create a meaningful devotional routine.

The tips below will help you develop your own inspirational devotions that everyone in the family enjoys.

Make Regular Time

It’s important that you develop a routine for your devotions. If you leave it up to the whims of your schedule, life will get in the way and it will never happen.

Think about what time of day works best for your family. Do you all eat breakfast together in the morning? Perhaps the evening — after jobs and homework end — is ideal to gather.

Commit to a time where you can give God and your family a few minutes of undivided attention. This may be difficult at first, but in time this habit will feel second nature.

But Embrace Flexibility and Failure

Life has a way of throwing curveballs at us. Unexpected meetings or obligations arise, making it challenging to maintain our schedule.

If your normal devotional time is interrupted for whatever reason, all is not lost! Embrace flexibility and do your devotion when you can.

Sometimes you just don’t feel like it. Especially if you’re leading the devotion, there can be days when it seems like more of a chore than a pleasure. This is normal.

The quality of your devotion depends on your attitude. You can use feelings of failure and tiredness as moments of honest reflection with your family to turn negative emotions into valuable lessons.

Lead by example first. Your family will get the most from your guidance if they see the positive effect your inspirational devotions have on you.

Consider these tips to help you bring good spiritual energy to your devotion every time.

Inspirational Devotions Don’t Just Have to Come From the Bible

The bedrock of your devotions should come from the Word of God. Going through passages and learning from the teachings of Christ provide great instruction and opportunity for engagement.

But even if you’re a bible scholar, you could benefit from additional resources that add context and color to your devotions.

Using a guide full of well-constructed family devotional lessons can provide a roadmap for extended study. You’ll be able to build off the insight gained the day before to develop a powerful understanding of God’s plan.

Encourage Discussion and Group Participation

Inspirational devotions should spark conversation. The scriptures offer many thought-provoking insights and diving deeply into them should generate powerful discussions.

As you build your lessons, keep your family engaged by making time to explore the questions and viewpoints that arise along the way. Be prepared with your own questions to help drive discussion if it feels lacking.

If there are issues of particular importance to a member of your family, allot time in your devotion to bring them to the forefront. The more ownership everyone has over the devotion, the more they’ll participate and ultimately benefit from it.

Prepare in Advance

As the devotion leader, you’ll be expected to have the answers.

To be able to properly guide the conversation, you must already be familiar with the text you’re using and able to anticipate some of the questions or comments the rest of your family will have.

Invest in a great study bible so you can understand the historical context and the intent of the biblical authors more completely. This will add layers of meaning to your discussions.

Be prepared, but know that it’s OK to not know everything. Seek answers from your pastor or other trusted spiritual advisor if questions arise in your devotions that are beyond your understanding.

Have Fun

Just because you’re doing something spiritually-minded doesn’t mean that it has to be sterile or boring.

To the contrary, family devotion time should be fun! The goal is for your family to want to gather and, in doing so, grow closer to God and each other.

Think about what you all enjoy as a family. Incorporate songs, games, or stories into your devotion. And there’s no rule that says you have to meet inside in the family room.

Perhaps your family would prefer to connect outdoors, in nature. Talking and walking may bring the most fruitful conversation.

If you’re on a family vacation, think of fun ways to build your inspirational devotions into your activities. Don’t make it feel like you have to take a break from enjoying yourselves to worship.

Use Holidays to Teach Godly Values

One way to keep your devotions feeling relevant to your family is to talk about current events. Holidays provide great devotional opportunities.

There’s so much confusion in the world about the real meaning and value of Christmas, Easter, and other holidays. As you celebrate them, instill Godly virtue in your family by focusing on their spiritual significance.

Even secular holidays and birthdays can make great foundations for conversation. Consider the calendar as you’re planning your inspirational devotions.

Make Family Devotions a Regular Part of Your Life

Ultimately, the key to having inspirational devotions with your family is to commit to doing it.

There’s no magic trick. It’s just like every other aspect of your Christian life. Some days will be easier than others, but you have the God-given ability to accomplish anything you set out to do.

Before long you’ll see the benefits of your family devotions. It will not only improve your collective walk with God, it will improve your relationships with each other.

Spending time praying with and for each other, listening and sharing opinions without judgment, and carving out a specific block for undivided attention is the perfect recipe to build a well-connected family.

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