Updated: May 5
As I have been at home with more time on hand than normal, I've spent some moments thinking of ways to strengthen my spiritual life. Here are 10 things I am determined to start doing while I have a bit more time on my hands.
1. Morning Bible Verse- Every day when I wake up I catch myself reaching for my phone. Instead of jumping on Facebook or Instagram, I am now choosing to read one Bible verse as soon as I wake up. A handy way to do this is to download YouVersion's Bible app which displays a daily Bible verse.
2. Praying for Meals - While it is likely that you already say grace before a meal, how much thought do you really give it? Recently I've started not only praying for the food- but also thinking about the people who helped get the food to me. There were many farmers, manufacturers, and truck drivers who transported my groceries long before they were mine. I want to pray for those people. Do they still have jobs? Are their family members sick? Do they have food on their own tables?
3. Jesus Jams - Before turning on my usual secular music playlist, I've taken the time to play at least one faith-based song. There is something so uplifting about music! My current favorite Artist? Kari Jobe.
4. Kind Comments- Each day I've attempted to go out of my way to leave at least one sincere, detailed remark on a friend's social media page. Sometimes I take it to the next level and even give them a phone call or invite them to FaceTime with me!
5. Prayer Minutes- I set my phone alarm to go off at 3 specific times a day- 7:15 AM, 2:15 PM, 5:15 PM (for example). When my phone goes off, I stop and do a one-minute prayer for whatever is on my mind when that time comes.
6. Bible Study- You can do this for 5, 15, 30, or 60 minutes. Take a moment to read one chapter from the Bible. Just read it straight how it is, and then underline parts that stand out to you or write comments about questions you have.
7. Tech Cleanse- if possible, for one hour of the day- turn off your phone, ipad, and laptop. If you can't turn it off, put it in another room or give it to a family member to watch over. Use this time to live in the moment. Play with your kids, take a walk outside, bake, read a book- do whatever it is you enjoy that doesn't involve a screen or the internet.
8. Prayer List- Put a piece of paper on the fridge next to your grocery list, and scribble down any burdens or praise reports you have during the day.
9. Positive vs. Negative- For every frustrating moment you might have in the day, try to immediately think of something positive right after. It can be something really small- don't fake it! Even if the whole world is caving in around you, you are still living and breathing... sometimes that is truly all you feel thankful for! The more you do it, the easier it becomes.
10. Breathe- Take 5-10 mins to sit and do absolutely nothing but take some deep breaths!