Do you want to grow in your faith this year and be closer to God? What about having a more robust prayer life?
Do you feel distant from the Lord and want to change that?
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We all want to grow in our faith and feel like we are as close to the Lord as we can be.
There are a few things we can do that are guaranteed to help us grow in our faith.
Praying grows your faith
First, we need to pray. But not just the general prayers we have gotten into a rut praying.
We need to be intentional about our prayers. We need to be intentional about our goal to grow in our faith.
God never lies and every word of the Bible is true. 2 Chronicles 7:14 says “if my people. who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
Jeremiah 29:13 God tells us “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
Now since we know that God never lies we can be assured that when we are truly seeking Him then we WILL find Him.
Praying for God to strengthen us and help us grow in our faith is absolutely a prayer that He will answer. God wants a close and loving relationship with us.
But God is not a jeanie in a bottle! We don’t just pray when we need something and He is our last resort. We must go to Him in prayer daily.
Bible study grows your faith
I love reading my Bible. Even though I’ve read it many times I still learn something new each time I read it. God will use the same verse to speak to me at different times and in different situations.
Hebrews 4:12 describes it perfectly in this passage. “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” ESV
I can absolutely vouch for that! You should hear the conversations God and I have sometimes.
I try to explain my anger and He reminds me a verse about forgiveness. Or I’ll try to explain to God why He should really listen to me and do things my way because, in my mind, it’s a great plan!
Then God reminds me He has a plan for my life and “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.” Hebrews 55:8
I never seem to win these arguments, and thank God I don’t. Hindsight is always 20/20!
Bible journaling helps to grow your faith
Don’t you just LOVE Pinterest?!! I can get lost in the rabbit hole of amazement at all the things on Pinterest. Board and pins saved with the promise that one day I will do whatever it is that caught my eye that day.
Ha, ha! I’ll probably never do a quarter of those things but one thing I have made a goal for the new year is Bible journaling.
The more I read about it and see “all the things” I really want to do this!
Just the act of writing in a Bible kinda freaks me out except for highlighters and notes with dates of what God is speaking to me at the time.
But people I have talked to about this says it helps them slow down and focus on a particular passage. It also helps with memorization and really understand the meaning.
There are many Bibles out now just for this. This is just one of the Bibles made for Bible journaling. There are others as well. Although I have seen people literally color over an entire page in their Bible about one verse, this is not for me.
I need to still be able to read the rest of the page so personally I like the ones where you journal in the margin. Also for those of us just getting started on this Bible journal journey, say that 5 times fast lol, we won’t have a mini stroke at the thought of writing all over our Bibles!
Of course you can use whatever you feel comfortable with that makes it more personal to you. Some people use colored pens, highlighters, colored pencils or watercolor kits! They even have watercolor pencils just for Bible journaling.
Oh I can’t wait to get started!
Talking to other Christian women
This may seem like a no brainer that we talk to our friends. But do you really talk to your friends?
Social media is a blessing and a curse. It’s a blessing in that I get to keep up with family and friends who don’t live close and save all the pics of my kids and grandkids!
But it’s a curse in that a lot of it is a lie. We all try to put on a front and make people believe we have perfect lives, perfect families, perfect holidays, the list is endless.
Truth be told NONE of us have perfect lives. We are human and all of our “people” are human so mistakes will be made and people will disappoint and hurt us.
Whatever you do, if you get nothing else from this post, please find at least one friend you can talk to. Talk to her about all the messy stuff, the stuff that weighs heavy on your heart, what keeps you up at night and drives you crazy!
Then you and this friend need to take it all to the Lord. Matthew 18:20 tells us, “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” NIV
How awesome is that?! God promises to be with us, as in, He will be in our presence, when at least two of us gather in His name!
Be careful that this doesn’t turn in to a gripe/gossip session because we all know how easy that is. But having a trusted friend that you can call or text at any time and just say “I need you to pray” is such a blessing.
We can hold each other accountable for reading our Bibles, studying, praying, praising.
I am so blessed to have a small group of women I have met through blogging and even though we have never met in person and live in all different parts of America, they are my go to any time of day or night prayer warriors!
We pray for each other, share what is going on in our lives, spiritual lives, families, etc and pray for each other daily. We share praise reports which encourages the rest of us.
One word of caution here. If you are a married woman, your go to person needs to be another woman. Not a man. Not a married man or a single man. You do not want to open any door that satan can worm his way into and cause sin to creep into your life.
Singing with Praise and Worship Music
This is a great way to help grow your faith! Now the Bible says God has given each of us a gift. I LOVE to turn the music up and sing until I’m hoarse. But this is not my gift lol
However, the Bible doesn’t say we have to have a beautiful voice of an angel to sing praises. I can prove it.
Psalm 100 “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the Lord, he is God! it is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.”
How awesome is that! You don’t have to have a beautiful voice, it just says make a joyful noise! We can all do that. (Even better the author uses exclamation marks which I love!)
There are so many amazing praise and worship songs out today. I have a whole playlist on my phone. It’s awesome to just drive and sing and praise God. I always feel better and I’m in a better mood when I have my time to do that.
So there you have it. Five simple ways to help you grow in your faith in the new year. I’d love to hear what you are doing to help you grow in your walk with Christ!
Is there a certain Bible study method you use? Do you have pics you would like to share of your Bible journaling? I’d love to see them!
Please share any ideas you have that may help the rest of us. We are all in this together sister so share, share, share. Don’t forget to pray for each other and know that God hears your prayer!