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.
- Sitting With God – solitude and silence; coming to stillness (body, mind, spirit). Spend 15 minutes in silence, processing your thoughts on gentleness and anger. Advance through this exercise in the following way:
Minutes 1-5: Lift your thoughts upward as you praise God for how He is kind in His gentleness. Remember Jesus’ words in Matthew 11:28-30.
Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.
Minutes 5-10: Turn your thoughts inward to identify if gentleness compels you in your relationships. Do you desire to be gentle in your interactions with others? Be honest with yourself and God. Ask Him to help you set aside anger and pursue gentleness.
Minutes 10-15: Extend your thoughts outward to pray for a person or interaction that you would like to move forward with gentleness. Perhaps anger, sarcasm and cynicism have lingered in many of your interactions with others. Pray for wisdom in how to see them the way Christ sees them.
- Soaking In The Word – Engage with Psalm 34 multiple times throughout the week. Read to listen, feel, experience the Words washing over you. Resist study and parsing the psalm. The point is not to gain “head knowledge” but a stirring in the heart as the Holy Spirit brings the Word to life in you.