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.
Soaking In The Word – to listen, feel, and experience the Words washing over you. For most of us, learning is the goal when we read scripture, but in this context we simply want to hear what God is saying.
Exercise 1: Ezekiel 34:11-16 is a passage that sounds remarkably familiar to Psalm 23. Read those verses simply to hear the care and provision of the Good Shepherd.
Exercise 2: Read John 10:1-18 (or listen on a Bible app if you have one) for 5 days in a row, perhaps from different versions. Make notes about what you hear in the words each time you listen. Do you notice any patterns or repeated themes?
Scripture Memory – did you know that the Kids Ministry recently challenged elementary aged kids to memorize Psalm 23? If they can do it, might it be time for you to memorize it too? Perhaps you could create a group challenge and award prizes or celebrate together.