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Spiritual Disciplines for Summer

Are you in shape this summer?  Like so many people, I have been working out and trying to get in shape during the summer.  I am doing some boot camp classes, a spin class, weights etc.  Recently, I talked to a friend of mine who is a personal trainer.  I told him my goals for working out and he instructed me on what I need to focus on to reach my goals.  He mentioned that I need to run, do sit-ups, and eliminate some things that I eat – basically all the things that I don’t enjoy doing!

I think most of us, if we are honest, run into the same dilemma spiritually.  There are things we will do to grow in the Lord, and then there are spiritual disciplines that we will neglect because they are too uncomfortable to pursue.  Spiritual disciplines are a means for growing in grace and godliness – a pathway for pursuing the Lord.  If you are interested in learning more about spiritual disciplines I can recommend 2 great books.  First, The Celebration of the Disciplines by Richard Foster.  Second, The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard.  These are 2 great books to read thoughtfully and add to your library.  Also, here are some disciplines that you might want to engage in this summer to strengthen your inner self in the Lord:

– Solitude

– Rest/Recreation

– Fasting

– Scripture Memorization/Meditation

– Silence/Listening

– Evangelism

– Study

– Personal/Public Worship

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