GROWING WITH JESUS
Our faith is based on a relationship, not a set of beliefs. Our beliefs grow out of our relationship with Jesus. Like all of our relationships, the only way to go deeper is to spend time together. Starting a regular rhythm of time with the Bible (listening to God) and prayer (talking with God) is THE way to do it!
There are many, many ways to do this (and Pastor Chris and Pastor Steve are happy to give you specific suggestions), but here are a few choices:
A daily pause—just a reminder of God’s presence with you. Set an alarm to remind you to pray—something short like “Thank you God, help me to walk with you this hour.” The One Minute Pause is really a great way to stop and re-center yourself with God. Another wonderful and very short daily prayer is from Infinitum
Family Prayer —
Another great option, especially for families praying at various times of the day.
You can also get Our Daily Bread from the church!
~10 minutes a day: Lectio 365 This is really a wonderful daily devotional from the creators of the Prayer Course that our adult class is doing in January and February. Highly Recommended!
A similar and also great daily devotional is Pray As You Go
Both of these let you listen, read or both.
~25 minutes a day: Through the Bible in a Year—great readings and reflections from Nicky Gumbel (the creator of the Alpha Course). They are also launching an “express” version that is 10 minutes a day starting in 2021 and a youth version!
If you just want a shorter Bible reading plan (maybe read one of the gospels), you can find it with the Bible App. Whether as an app or on your computer, you can read from almost any translation of the Bible and access thousands of reading plans—as long or as short as you like!
Whatever you choose, choose something! Commit to spending time with Jesus this year. Start slow and enjoy being with him.
He loves spending time with you!