10 Questions of the New Year…. 1st 4

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From this post:

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1. What’s one thing you could do this year to increase your enjoyment of God?

The first thing I could do to enjoy my Lord more is obey Him.

2. What’s the most humanly impossible thing you will ask God to do this year?

Get me through this most tumultuous time in my life with the least amount of collateral damage.

3. What’s the single most important thing you could do to improve the quality of your family life this year?

Stand back and let my husband lead his family. Keep my mouth shut and my ears and heart open.

4. In which spiritual discipline do you most want to make progress this year, and what will you do about it?

{I knew I would get off-track here somewhere, but I didn’t know exactly what the spiritual disciplines were}

A. DEFINITION OF SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINE...
      1. In general terms, discipline means:
         a. "any training intended to develop moral character, or
            produce a pattern of behavior."
            -  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discipline
         b. "training that corrects, molds, or perfects the mental
            faculties or moral character - Merriam-Webster
      2. Regarding spiritual disciplines in particular:
         a. "A spiritual discipline is, when practiced faithfully and
            regularly, a habit or regular pattern in your life that
            repeatedly brings you back to God and opens you up to what
            God is saying to you."
            - http://www.spirithome.com/spirdisc.html
         b. "Spiritual disciplines can be described as behaviors that
            facilitate spiritual growth."
            - http://www.wcg.org/lit/spiritual/group/discip1.htm
      -- Spiritual disciplines, then, are spiritual exercises that one
         engages in habitually which bring one closer to God and thus
         become more godly in character and behavior

   B. EXAMPLES OF SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES...
      1. Prayer - in which one spends time talking to God - e.g., Dan
         6:10; Col 4:2
      2. Meditation - in which one contemplates on God's Word, or other
         things worthy of such attention - cf. Ps 1:1-2; Php 4:8
      3. Fasting - usually accompanied with prayer, in which one
         abstains from food - e.g., Neh 1:4; Ac 13:2-3; 14:23
      4. Singing - through which one can praise God and be edified
         - e.g., Ps 71:23; Ac 16:25
      5. Giving - by which we can please God and be blessed - cf. He
         13:16; Ac 20:35
      6. Assembling - where we can exhort one another - cf. Ps 122:1;
         He 10:24-25
      7. Hospitality - showing kindness to strangers, which often
         results in a blessing - cf. He 13:2
      8. Teaching - which usually benefits the teacher more than the
         student - cf. He 5:12-14
      -- Such spiritual activities help to discipline or train one to be
         more godly

ok, so after reading this above statement, I would have to answer #4 with Meditation, giving, teaching and
hospitality.
Meditation: listen more, talk less and really know what the Great I Am is telling me.
Giving: getting money from my guinea pig study and dog walking, love to give it away.
Teaching: the one other joy I seem to have right now is teaching the 4/5th graders sunday school at church.
would also love to lead another Precept Study this summer.
Hospitality: I stay at home far too much and my hubby loves to entertain, so even tho the company might not be
strangers, we would at least be fellowshipping.
to be continued.......

 



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About Kristina

51 year old Christian lady, knitter, pet sitter/walker, bible collector, crafter, little business owner, thrill seeker (only when shopping at thrift stores for tremendous bargains) my animals servant, a child of God, saved, redeemed and trying to be joyful in a fallen world.

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