Ever feel like you are on a rollercoaster? Climbing higher during sermons on Sundays, and then crashing into the pit of bland Christianity, sometime around Monday morning?
Sometimes our faith can feel like a temporary high, with feel-good emotions, yet be void of the substance that keeps us going Monday mornings. Like a sugar rush, crashing when difficult things happen, laundry stacks, or exams challenge our intellect.
Could it be that true faith requires daily nutrients, constant care, and intentional feeding?
So, how do you stay unswervingly faith-filled, when (let’s face it) we can all be painfully busy? How do you prevent faith from crashing when you are at the water cooler Monday morning, at home refereeing screaming children, or are required to study or work in an atmosphere that is anything but holy?
Even busy woman don’t have to let their faith starve, their Christianity crash like a fast going rollercoaster ride going downward. Thankfully, through technology and our ability to access encouragement at our fingertips, our faith can daily grow stronger, although the world can pull at us, and time can be a commodity we just don’t have enough of.
Although caring for our spiritual health can take a little conscious planning and intentionality, there are strategies that can keep you going throughout the week:
1. Care for body, mind, and spirit simultaneously. Often we can compartmentalize our lives, but what if we merged exercise with challenging our minds and our strengthening our spirits? Try walking, running, or going to the gym, while listening to worship music, a downloaded sermon, or an audible version of the Bible.
2. Utilize the time doing chores, errands, and daily duties. Often while doing daily, mundane tasks, our minds can drift, and we can spiritually crash. But, what if we listened to worship music, sermons, the Bible audibly or even prayed over each person or task we were doing instead. How might our perspective change? How might our “ho hum” mentality driving us into a pit of distain, turn to a spirit of gratitude and praise instead? What if we read the Bible to our kids, had worship music playing while cooking dinner, or went to bed marinating on faith-filled books on c.d. instead of plunking in front of the t.v. each night? Wouldn’t we be closer to God at the end of the day?
3. Let the car be your sanctuary. It can be so easy to get “stuck” thinking we can just praise, pray, or get close to God at church. But scripture tells us, we are the temple of the living God. Some of the best prayer times can be during our commute or while picking up kids from sports or school. Try audibly praying, worshipping, or spending commute time listening to faith-filled books, the Bible, or Christian books from our iPods or c.d.s.
4. Get Scripture texts or tweets. Go online and request scripture be sent to your phone or e-mail daily as texts or tweets. You will be amazed at how God will use these to speak to you daily.
5. Grab some earphones. There are many excellent, encouraging, and Biblical e-books. Grab some earphones and download the application to audibly listen to some good teaching while you work, run errands, or just plain relax at the end of the day.
6. Serve. You might be surprised at the benefits in service. Teaching your child’s Sunday School class, reading kids the Bible, or choosing a Christian non-profit to do service hours or internship at can ignite the flame of faith inside you. We often most grow our faith, become sanctified, and connect with Christ, not when we are “getting” but when we are giving our lives away.
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www.jango.com or www.pandora.com
Free Bible Verse Tweets.
Free Daily Bible Verses for Phone.
Bible Online for the Hearing Impaired.
Audible Bible in 746 Languages.
Free audio Bible.
Free Christian Downloadable E-books.
http://www.globalchristians.org/ebooks/ or http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/cms_content?page=928515&sp=110934
Though born, raised, and still living only miles from where she grew up, Jen's heart lies in the nations. Jen loves the beautiful tapestry found in the wide diversity of people, different cultures, and all nations. Jen and her husband have been married twenty years, and have parented fifteen kids and counting; twelve foster, one adopted, and two bios. Her multi-racial family reflects her passion for unity, desire for faith without walls, and missional mindset to share both the gospel and the power of redemption to a world desperately needing the hope found in Jesus Christ. Jen and her husband have led in a variety of ministries; including prayer, small groups, children's, and women’s. Jen advocates for the orphan as a board member for the non-profit, A New Song; and loves doing missions work internationally, along with her family. You can find Jen writing about faith, while challenging her readers at her blog, Rich Faith Rising, as well as at tweeting faith-filled messages @Jen_Avellaneda . Jen is also on facebook.
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