Personal Spiritual Exercises
Just like physical exercises help strengthen and stretch our bodies for healthy living, these spiritual exercises are meant to move us spiritually in ways that may be new so we might experience inner growth. Since God longs for us to experience Him with our whole selves—mind, body, spirit—we invite you along each week to strengthen your souls with suggestions and prompts. 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.
Exercise 1: Practicing Gratitude. One sure way to grow in contentment is to practice gratitude for every good thing God has given to us. Every day this week, list 10 or more things you are thankful for, things that brought you happiness, things that might be gifts from the Lord. Try to come up with new things every day. Write them down at the end of each day and share your list with your group.
Exercise 2: Practicing Generosity. One of the antidotes to discontent is generosity. The best way to learn to “get along with humble means” is to empty your hands of something. This week step out in faith in the area of contentment: Prayerfully give something (money or possessions or time) away this week, with the goal of learning to be content in whatever circumstances you are in.
If this makes you nervous, talk to the Lord about the truth that “[He] will supply all of your needs…” (His generosity will always exceed yours.)