For some time now -- months, at least, but more likely years -- I have been wanting to do more toward daily spiritual growth. Yes, I have a good quiet time with God each day. I read through the Bible on a more or less yearly basis, journal about what I read, and memorize Scripture. I spend quality time in prayer. I spend hours each week preparing for the ladies' Sunday School class I teach. Yet there is so much more I want to do and learn!
I enjoy Bible study, whether with a study book or on my own, and I also like to read books on spiritual topics that will help me grow. I want to add to my prayer journal on a regular basis, too. And I do all of these things, but sporadically. For example, all of the work I put into my Sunday School lesson often means I can't do much with any other Bible study in a given week. So I might only pick up the study I'm working on now and then -- while on vacation, for example. I have really been pondering how I might fit in more of these growth-promoting activities.
The answer came as I began once again to implement a daily and weekly time schedule.
I have my weekly schedule page divided into four categories -- spiritual; home/family; ministry; and health. This week as I began to fill in my weekly schedule on Sunday evening, a thought struck me. Why not incorporate some of these things I wanted to do into the various days of the week, according of course to how busy each day looked? Some of these activities obviously take less time than others.
So my week looked like this: Monday -- read chapter in Essential Virtues; Tuesday -- work on inductive Bible study; Wednesday -- make 1 new prayer journal page (this one was in the spiritual blessings category); Thursday -- make 1 new prayer journal page (this one was in the character flaws/sin issues category); Friday -- read 1 chapter in Essential Virtues; Saturday -- work on inductive Bible study.
And so each day as I make the daily schedule, I plug in the spiritual growth activity for that day. And it is working! I can't tell you how encouraged I am by this simple plan!