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, 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: Philippians 1:12-20 records some of the benefits Paul has received by living on mission. Read those verses simply to hear the passion and praise that flows from the Holy Spirit in this account.
Exercise 2: Read Psalm 24 (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?