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.
Travel Like Paul: In the history of the Jewish people, Psalms 120-134 (the Psalms of Ascent) were sung by travelers as they approached Jerusalem to worship God in His Temple. Being raised as a devout Jew, Paul would have known all these psalms by heart and his journey to Jerusalem would include refreshing his heart with them. Choose to read one of these psalms each day, as you do, notice the characteristics of God; write them down, repeat them back to Him, or form them into a prayer of gratitude.
Practice Exhortation: Choose one or two people to “call alongside of” this week. Send an encouraging note, share appreciation over coffee, help them by serving a need. The most important thing is that you share the love of Jesus with them. (Bonus points for choosing to focus on someone you would like to invite to join your Life Group next session)