Faith…. in 2013.


I am praying for my faith to grow this year.  Actually, I pray this every day.  This plea to God is helpful.  It is also helpful to have some tools to help you focus on spending time with the Giver of this gift of faith.

Conventional wisdom says that you should not try to do too much when attempting a lasting change in your life.  Probably true but for me, I am inspired with trying a few new things that are encouraging me in focusing on God and what He wants me to experience, do and become this 2013.

1.  I have enjoyed using the YouVersion Bible app on my phone for some time now.  This year, I am following a bible reading plan. This is a new one added this year and it’s call “Soul Detox “.  It is a five week plan.  I have enjoyed it.  I have the settings to remind me daily but really it is pretty easy to do this first off in the morning.  Here is a glimpse of it.

Soul Detox

                                Day 5 of 35

                                                Romans 12:1-21                                                                                                        MSG

1-2 So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
3 I’m speaking to you out of deep gratitude for all that God has given me, and especially as I have responsibilities in relation to you. Living then, as every one of you does, in pure grace, it’s important that you not misinterpret yourselves as people who are bringing this goodness to God. No, God brings it all to you. The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for him.

2.  I read this tip somewhere and tried it and have liked it.  I take a screen shot of a portion of God’s Word that has come up in either the daily verse on the Youversion app or in my Yourversion bible reading plan.  This way you see it several times a day when you check your phone.  You don’t realize how often you check your phone until you do something like this!

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3.  Finally, I have resolved to include more meditation time into my life.  This is an opportunity to REFLECT on what God is telling me, showing me, asking of me.  I am doing this by incorporating more walking time into my daily routine.  There are wonderful walking trails near my house …. or especially lovely have been my trips to the bay to walk along the water.  There are great gifts that come with solitude (and the sea) for thinking and prayer time.  I have loved this.

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These are strategies and tools that are helping me focus on God and His purposes in my life…..that is a sure way to experience growing faith in your life.  If you try one of these tips, let me know how it goes in the “comments” section below.  I will pray for you!

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