Faith is like your phone
Your faith is like your phone - it needs recharging. You can do this by practicing the spiritual disciplines which are things that help build your faith and bring you closer to Jesus. These include:
Prayer - you can pray to God any time, any place, and in any number of ways.
Bible reading - read and study your Bible and unpack what God is telling believers through his Word.
Fasting - give up food, technology or something else to spend more time with God.
Praise - tell God how much you love him. You can sing it or say it.
Fellowship with other christians - go to church or youth group.
Confession - talk to someone you trust about the sins you're struggling with.
Giving - give God some of your money, time and energy.
Serving - help at church or in the community.
Gratitude - thank God for all the good things he has blessed you with.
Stillness - be still and list to what God is saying to you.
Pick one of these things and give it a go today.
You can download this free Spiritual Disciplines reflections and goals PDF below.
What you feed grows
What you give you time and attention to grows. If you give a lot of time and attention to Netflix, secular music, partying with your non-Christian friends, scrolling through social media, and the like, you are feeding your flesh or human nature.
If you give your time and attention to reading your Bible, talking to Jesus, serving others, worshipping, being generous and the like, you are feeding your spirit.
Romans 8:5-6 says, For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.
Galatians 5:16-17 says, let the Spirit direct your lives, and you will not satisfy the desires of the human nature. For what our human nature wants is opposed to what the Spirit wants, and what the Spirit wants is opposed to what our human nature wants. These two are enemies, and this means that you cannot do what you want to do.
Matthew 5:6 says, Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, because they will be filled.
It's not wrong to do secular things, but your priority should be feeding your spirit. If you make spiritual things a priority, the Bible says God will bless you. What are you spending your time and attention on lately? Choose one spiritual discipline to spend more time on this week.
Ten Minute Retreat
I am really bad at sitting still and being quiet but it is difficult to hear God when you're busy. I read about Ten Minute Retreats in Dr Rob Reimer's book, Soul Care, so I decided to try it for myself. I set the timer on my phone so I'm not tempted to keep checking my watch. I shut the door and sit on the floor but you could sit anywhere. Then I talk to God for a minute and just listen to him. My mind often wanders, but I just keep bringing it back to Jesus. Sometimes he tells me stuff, and sometimes not so much. But the practice of just being still and quiet is calming and good for the soul.
Short and sweet inspirations for Christian teen girls.