This past year was an emotional roller coaster ride for our family on so many levels. I am glad that God has brought us through it and still is bringing us through it to the end. He has taught us so much and now I am looking forward to leaving it behind us and beginning with a fresh new start!
If you have a challenging 2018, or even if you didn't, and you just want to grow spiritually stronger in the Lord, I want to encourage you towards three things.
1. Prayer - It is so important to grow closer to God in your prayer life. I have always loved to pray and try to spend time just talking to God throughout the day. When I pray this way I feel so much closer to Him. There are many books out there right now that can help you with that if you struggle in this area and this is a good one that I have enjoyed over the years:
I also recently shared a post on the seven benefits of having a prayer journal that you also might want to check out as well, I know they have blessed many who have used them. It is also fun to look back and see all the answered prayers:
2. Fasting - Every year I know that many churches like to kick it off with some type of fasting. My husband just came off of a two week fast and lost about 15 pounds. A church we used to attend would do a fast for 3 weeks with just liquids and even encouraged people that if they couldn't do a regular fast to fast something like a Daniel fast, or a media fast or fast from desserts, etc. to do it along with them.
3. Bible Reading - If you are committing to reading through the Bible here are some free Bible reading plans and don't forget you can even use your ESV Bible app to read through the year. It is a good way to get reading in especially if you are on the go.
Some moms even like to set it so they can listen to the Bible while getting ready for the day. But either way, whether you use an app or not --just find a good Bible to go through, whether you get a new one or use the Bible that you have!
The two that my husband and I use at home are the ESV Study Bible and this one that my husband had engraved with my name on it. I have been wanting to check out the new Charles Spurgeon Study Bible that released just recently:
If you have this study Bible, please let me know how you like it!
Here are a few extra that you might want to check out if you are looking to get a new one--these are targeted directly to moms:
Whatever your plans are--I hope that you will take purposeful steps this year to grow spiritually along with me!
What are your plans to grow more in the Lord this year?
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