Friday, March 13, 2020

4 Ways to Renew Your Faith This Spring

By: Sarah Geringer 

The Lord will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring.

Isaiah 58:11 NLT

Spring has arrived where I live--hooray! I'm overjoyed to see the daffodils in bloom and hear the birds singing when I take a walk on a sunny afternoon. 

Spring means it's time to put away the winter decor and bring out the bunnies and chicks. It's time to do some more dusting, wiping, sweeping and scouring in my home. The newness of spring reminds me to do some spring-cleaning in my faith too.

Here are four tips to help you renew your faith this spring, so your heart will be a well-watered garden for God's glory.

1. Prioritize your personal time with God.

Nothing boosts your peace level more than your daily one-on-one time with God. Put him first this spring, and you’ll set the tone in your home for peace instead of chaos. As you sit still before your Creator, Savior and Friend every day, you will cultivate peace and joy in your heart. He will take the edges off your words, refine your attitudes and empower you to bless your family with peace. Go ahead: set an appointment with God at the beginning of every day this season. He will bless you for it!

2. Enjoy Sabbath rest.

Set aside one day per week to worship the Lord, spend time in his Word, and slow your schedule. When my children were very young, we established Sundays as our family day. We finish our errands on Saturdays so that Sundays are free for church, naps, board games, and watching TV together. You’ll be surprised how powerful a Sabbath rest is for increasing your peace throughout the week. Plus, you will learn more about the Lenten season by attending church. You may even want to do a family Lenten devotion on your Sabbath.

3. Meditate on God’s Word throughout the day.

When I was working outside the home, I meditated on God’s Word during my lunch breaks. Now that I work from home, I do this first thing in the morning. By letting God’s Word sink deep into your heart and mind, you will be able to choose peace even in the most stressful situations. Choose a weekly or monthly theme for your meditation verses to dig deeper into a spiritual truth. For example, you can meditate on verses about one of the fruits of the spirit.

4. Establish a new prayer habit.

Most of us pray every day, but would like to pray more often. Why not double or triple your prayer time to cover everyone in your family? I try to pray in the morning for my children, at lunchtime for my husband, and for others in the afternoon. Setting certain times of day to pray helps you keep track of prayer requests. I also use photos, timers, and prayer journals as reminders to pray. No matter is too big or too small for God to hear from you in prayer, and I'm certain he would love to hear from all of us more often! By establishing a more frequent prayer schedule, you'll deepen your relationship with God.

I hope this post inspires you to be more intentional in this season. Want a more fruitful spiritual life this spring? Check out my book, The Fruitful Life, at a special price through the month of March.
Heavenly Father,
Thank you for the newness of spring.
I know that you want my heart to be a well-watered garden for your glory.
Help me to prioritize a one-on-one meeting with you every day.
I want to be more intentional about Sabbath rest and Scripture meditation.
Remind me throughout the day to turn to you in prayer, Lord.
I thank you in advance for the ways you will deepen my faith this spring.
In Jesus' name,

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Have a wonderful weekend!

Blessings and God's peace to you,

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