Personal Spiritual Exercises
Each week we’re suggesting a couple of spiritual exercises. These are not required, but they may help us to actually live our faith and grow as followers of Jesus. Feel free to practice one or both of them. If a certain exercise is very helpful for you, maybe you can figure out a way to incorporate it into your daily life. Next week in your Life Group, take a few moments to share how either of these exercises may have changed your outlook on your daily life.
(Practicing Gratitude) One sure way to begin to recognize the presence of God all around us is to practice gratitude for the way we see and experience Him in nature, those around us and every good thing. Every day this week, list 3 or more things you are thankful for, things that brought you happiness, things that might be gifts from the Lord. Write them down at the end of each day and share your list with your group next week. How did this practice of gratitude affect your outlook on life and your recognition of God’s presence in your life?
(Ask Simple Questions) When someone asked LBC’s founding pastor, Curt Lehman how he looked for opportunities to share Jesus with others, he answered, “I look at a person and think to myself, I wonder what God is doing in their life. Then I just start asking them simple questions about their life to see what He might be up to.” This week take time to ask simple questions of those around you and really listen to their answers. Take a few moments to pray for these people based on their answers. How did this practice affect the way you see the people that God has put in your life?