Spiritual Growth

Bible study tips, prayer, growing in relationship with God, building faith.

10 Ways to Develop Consistent Devotional Time with God

If you want to grow as a Christian, spending time with God should be a priority. But, having consistent devotional time is challenging. Life is demanding and time with God often gets neglected.   Maybe you’ve tried for a week or two, or even a month, to spend consistent time with God, but it fizzles out. How do you get it to stick? How do you get to have consistent devotional time? Spending consistent time with God is not dependent on feelings, but on habit. Yes, habit.    And habits take time to develop. They are formed by…

3 Ways to Develop Robust Faith

I once left my small children with my Mom-in-law for a few days. As Richard and I drove away, anxiety gripped me and I begged God over and over to be with my children. In the middle of my begging I realised I did not have faith. Had God not promised that He would never leave us nor forsake us? (Hebrews 13:5) Immediately I took that promise and turned it back on God (in a nice way, you understand J). Instead of begging God to protect my children and be with them, I began to thank God…

How Our Perception of God’s Love Affects Our Relationships

Does our perception of love affect our relationships? I believe it does. It affects our relationship with God, our marriages, and how we parent. It also affects how we deal with sin – in our own lives, in those of our children, and in the church. Today I’m going to try and put into words the thoughts that have shaped my thinking about love and then see how they affect marriage and parenting. Let’s jump in. God is love. The Bible says so. (1 John4:8) And nothing can separate us from this love (Romans 8:38,39). We…

What is the Source of Your Value?

As I walked at sunrise this morning I talked with God. (Not an actual conversation, but I talked to God and He spoke to my mind, silently, in my thoughts.) Here’s how it went: “What do you want to say to me this morning, Lord?” “Let’s talk about your thoughts and feelings.” “What about my thoughts and feelings, Lord?  I’m not thinking or feeling anything.” “We need to talk about your thoughts and feelings because that’s who you are.” I walked a little way, meditating on that thought.  No matter what’s going on…

10 Things You Can Do to Leave Past Mistakes Behind

When I was 18 I did something that I’ve often regretted.  It was totally out of character for me and every time I think of it I feel shame.  I’ve prayed for forgiveness many times but it still haunts me.  I wish I could go back and change what I did but I can’t. Can you relate? You want to forget your mistakes, forgive yourself and move on but it’s hard. Maybe you’re divorced.  Maybe you were sexually promiscuous before you were married. Maybe you had an affair or broke someone…

5 Things You Can Do To Grow Spiritually

Do you feel like your spiritual life is stagnant? Would you like to grow spiritually? You look at other people and wish you knew your Bible as well as they do.  Their faith seems strong compared to yours. You’d like to be where they are but don’t know how to get there. If you’re like me, you are impatient and want to be “up there” already! Truth is, any kind of growth doesn’t happen overnight and not without effort. While you can’t make yourself grow, there are things you can do to help yourself…

What to Do When You Feel Hopeless and Your Life Feels Like an Endless Roundabout

Photo by Victoria Palacios on Unsplash Is your life an endless roundabout?  You run around all day, fall into bed, get up, and repeat.  Again and again and again. You feel hopeless and trapped.  Your relationships are dull and boring. Life is just the same old same old and you’re tired of it. How do you get off the treadmill? How do you overcome the hopelessness? How do you get some life back into your life? No one wants to live like this. No one plans for life to get lifeless. It’s time to stop…

What Kind of Christian Are You?

  A few months ago I got a few slips of a basil bush from my friend Stephanie (thanks Steph!). I planted one in my garden and the other I put in water to grow roots.  The one in water grew roots quickly and I planted it too.  Here it is: (sorry the pictures aren’t so great – taken with my phone) I looked after the other one diligently, mulching and watering it.  But nothing happened.  The leaves it did have when I planted it died and fell off.  I left it, hoping it would grow, but it didn…