Late Spring Interlude Volume 1
My longest habit of faith is daily prayer beginning when I was a young mother with small children. I literally entered my "prayer closet" -- a small table in the back of my walk-in closet. It became a rhythm of my life. Now my children have children of their own and I no longer have to steal away. I sit in front of beautiful french doors, watch the glorious sun rise and use it as a prompt for praise and thanksgiving. A sweet time. A foundation of my faith.
My longest held faith habit is daily prayer. I learned this as a little girl. I also read my Bible, listen to sermons, and talk to others about faith and the gospel regularly.
My faith habit is Bible study. I like to have a notebook with me when I do my devotion or listen to a sermon so I can take notes on historical context, the definitions of Greek/Hebrew words, and cross-reference verses. I want to be better at reviewing what I write, and applying that knowledge to my day-to-day life. I've been realizing how important healthy habits are to my resiliency in this season, so I'm looking forward to reading this book!
Probably journaling would be the longest running habit. This also has the longest affect on my faith. As I look back and read past entries, I see how God has lovingly cared for me. So often this caring is in relationships or connections he has made that have led me in my career or walk with Him. Reading Scripture is a close second but I always feel I could and should be doing more of this. I love when I see entries in my journal of meaningful life connections to specific Scriptures. I chose a verse for this year, the first time I remember...Psalm 90:12...Teach us to number our days to gain a heart of wisdom.
This book sounds like a wonderful tool to help anchor during an uncertain time. For several years I’ve been reading the daily lectionary passages and that has helped me stay close to God even when he feels far away. I like to read the Psalm out loud. I also pray out loud on my commute to work every day. This habit has surprised me in how intimate it feels. It’s hard to do at home because it feels awkward when other people might overhear, but in the car I can get so real in the conversation. Sometimes I even sing to God (I’m not a singer). Definitely only in the car,lol.
Reading Scripture and journaling - those are my two longest habits. I read to learn more about faith and God and life, and then I write to process it all.
Looking forward to exploring this book with everyone! 2 habits that have been most important to me are doing yoga daily to incorporate movement with breathing, which to me is a spiritual practice; the other is listening to a daily devotional/meditation from an app called "Pray as you go." I like the idea of making a list of our daily practices, and plan to do this.