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.
Personal Reflection: Take some time to journal about your answers to question 5 above. Here are a few more journaling prompts:
In light of the fact that God is worthy of our trust, are you willing to fully entrust your life to Him?
Are you willing to surrender those areas where you seek to advantage and protect yourself?
What might it look like to surrender in one of these areas on a daily basis?
Being a Blessing: As Abraham’s descendants by faith, we are “blessed to be a blessing to others.” This is part of what it means to extend the kingdom of God to others. When we bless others, it fosters a spirit of generosity, mirrors the character of God and alerts others to His reign in the world!
Begin a practice of seeking to bless two people each week. Blessing someone can be a small or large act. Anything that relieves their burden in life. Anything that helps them breathe more easily. Anything that lifts their spirit or alleviates their distress. Examples could be a words of affirmation (a note, an email or a text), acts of kindness, or giving a simple gift.
Remember, the key to successful blessing is that the recipient must feel blessed. We are not seeking to manipulate people.
If you are comfortable with doing so, share with your group about your experiences of seeking to bless people.