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.
Sitting With God: to stretch our awareness of God in and around us. When we still our mind, body, and thoughts, we open ourselves to listen to the still, small voice of God.
Exercise 1: Set a timer for 10 minutes. Sit upright but comfortably in a chair with your palms open and upward on your lap. Focus on a word or short phrase about the character of God the Father, Son, or Holy Spirit. When your thoughts wander to the things on your to-do list or other people’s needs, redirect them back to the character of God. When the 10 minutes are up, close in a short prayer of gratitude.
Exercise 2: Imagine sitting beside Jesus on a park bench. Where would you choose to be? What would you see, smell, hear, and experience physically? How would you begin a conversation? Listen for Jesus’ response.