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It’s a strange concept, isn’t it?
If anything, we’re wise to be mindful of our relationship with God and seek ways to improve it. Because let’s face it, if we’re estranged from God, it’s us who moved away…not Him. (See James 4:1-10)
Think about this next question for a bit:
If we’re honest with ourselves, some of our relationships would improve but the majority of them would shrivel, become anemic, and die if we aren’t careful.
So having goals to improve our relationship with Jesus makes total sense, doesn’t it? Especially when everything in our life flows from that relationship. (Colossians 1:16-17; Romans 8:1-39)
But before we go too far, lets review where we are in our Goal setting path.
What is yours?
We will go through all of that now. If I miss anything or there are things you wish I covered or you want more resources, please comment below and I will do what I can for you. Of all the goals we create, this is the most important one as it not only affects our life here on this planet but also eternity.
My favorite Bible for Bible study is the Life Application Study Bible. It comes in various translations and has a wonderful commentary below the text which offers cultural and historical background as well as insights to bring the Scriptures more to life.
(In)courage has just come out with a devotional Bible that is getting RAVE reviews. I have not seen this one yet, but it’s on my Christmas list!
You Version has an app you can add to your phone, tablet, and/or computer. They have s MANY free versions of the Bible as well as 100s of free Bible studies, devotionals, and reading plans. However, when I do their reading plans, I don’t read the passages on the app. I read them in my physical Bible to eliminate distraction from notifications popping up on my phone.
Journal/notebook/3-ring binder and (pretty colored) pens, highlighters.
I personally like to use colorful pens (purple, green, and orange are my favs) rather than basic black and blue. Those remind me too much of bruises. And color…well, it seems to add an element of joy to whatever you’re writing.
Journal and pens (see above)
There are beautiful prayer journals out there too. I personally don’t use them. I prefer a regular journal. (But I do love the title of this one, it fit perfectly, don’t you think?)
This could be done is so many ways, a combination of ways, or all the above
First, ask God to lead you to the right person or people. They have to be people you can and do trust.
This seems easy, but it can be challenging.
Because the last thing Satan wants is for you to grow in your relationship with Jesus so he will do everything he can to usurp your efforts. Don’t let that discourage you. Pray against this and keep pushing forward. Claim Ephesians 1:19-20 and let the Spirit fill you.
Everyone is different. You have to find the time that’s right for you.
I prefer to do my time in the morning. It sets the tone for the rest of my day.
I know many people say to do it first thing, but I like to do mine after I workout. Because then I’m physically able to sit still without getting fidgety. My head and heart are clear and I’m better able to focus.
I know some that feel too rushed in the morning and like to do it on their lunch break or after work
If you do your quiet time at night, just do it BEFORE you crawl into bed…lest you nod off 1/2 way through. 😉
I don’t create “rewards” with my Spiritual goals, I leave that up to God. His rewards are much greater than I could ever hope for myself. The qualities of Spiritual fruit (Galatians 5:22-23), calm, clarity, a sense of purpose and holy ambition, and Him. A closeness to Him. I fall more and more in love with Him. That, my Friend, IS my reward. It’s what brings me back time after time.
I confess it took me a while to get to this point, a few weeks maybe…but it’s worth it.
This all depends on where you are now. So this is a starting example
Like the first month, schedule your time. Some days may be morning, some days evening, others afternoon. But write it in your schedule.
Ask God to help you understand what you’re reading so that you can apply it
Eliminate distractions the best you can and make this a priority
If you are like me, you will develop a hunger for the Word and will look forward to spending time in it every day. (Another reward)
I hope this helped you start mapping your goals.
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