We often hear about taking care of ourselves physically, mentally, and emotionally, but as Christians, we should also be taking care of ourselves spiritually as well. Or rather, we should be letting God take care of us spiritually. He has so much to share with us each day, and we so often miss it because we’re too busy making and keeping our own daily plans.
A few weeks ago as I was in the shower, I had a great idea for an upcoming blog post. I always seem to get my best ideas in the shower, which is the worst time to get great ideas because I can’t write them down! I laughed to myself and asked God, “Thanks for the idea but why do You always give them to me while I’m in the shower???”
The Holy Spirit immediately answered, “Because that’s the only time I’ve got your full attention.”
That incident made me realize that God is probably trying to get through to me more often than I realize, and I’m just not paying attention. I realized that I stay busy doing things, and while I pray throughout the day, I don’t often just stop everything and listen.
So for the past several weeks, I’ve been trying to set aside time each day to sit and listen. I pray, and then I wait and listen. When He speaks, I pray again based on what He’s shared, and sometimes I’ll even journal about what He’s shared so that I can reflect back on it and pray over it some more.
Sometimes what He has to tell me is quick and relatively pain-free. Sometimes, He reveals things I’ve been avoiding or simply unaware of, and it requires a longer time of sitting and processing what He’s sharing and then responding however I need to respond.
At first, developing this new habit was so challenging because we are programmed to keep busy and “be productive”. Sitting still and listening - not doing anything at all, just listening - that goes against my natural inclinations and habits. When I first started, I kept feeling impatient and actually guilty for “just sitting there”. I had to rework my mindset and remind myself that listening for God to speak is never a waste of time.
And you know what?
Once I got used to it, I found I actually enjoyed it, and I noticed a drastic difference in how my days went overall. My mindset was one of peace and gratitude. My work seemed to go more smoothly, and inspiration just seemed to flow. It also became easier to hear His voice. Allowing His Spirit to minister to my spirit throughout the day became a vital part of my routine.
So how can we build a habit of daily spiritual self-care? How can we better allow Him to speak to us as we go about our day? Here are a few ideas:
1. Start and end the day with prayer.
Even if it’s just for a few minutes, praying at the beginning and end of each day is a great way to connect with God and set our minds on Him. I always start my day by thanking Him for the new day and asking Him for His guidance as I walk through it. I also end my day by saying thanks and reflecting back over the day with Him. I then make sure to turn over to Him any worries or frustrations from the day before I go to bed.
2. Pray throughout the day.
We often think that we must have a designated “prayer time” set aside during our day to talk with God, and while that’s an excellent idea, it doesn’t always happen every single day. I don’t know about you, but in the past, I always felt guilty if I missed my “prayer time” that day. When we get in the habit of sending up short prayers like, “Wow, thanks God!” or “Ok, I need Your help with this!” as we go through our day, we’re welcoming God into each thing that happens - good or bad - and we’re building the habit of “praying without ceasing”.
3. Listen to sermons and praise music.
This can be a great way to let His Spirit minister to our spirits during the day, and the best part is this can happen at anytime we want! We can listen to sermons or praise songs while we’re driving, cleaning, doing laundry, walking outside, exercising - anytime!
4. Sit in silence.
This may sound like an odd one, but as I shared at the beginning of this article, God has been teaching me the importance of being still and listening to Him. He has so very much He wants to show us, teach us, give us - but we don’t often slow down long enough to listen or receive it. When I started allowing more silence into my daily routine, when I changed my mindset from thinking that sitting still and listening was being unproductive, when I slowed down and listened, then God began to speak more clearly. Or rather, that’s when I could hear Him more clearly. That’s when I began to see the big things, the secret things, the special things He’d been waiting to reveal to me. Listening really is a crucial part of our spiritual walk!
I hope these ideas are helpful as you’re on your own journey to incorporating some spiritual self-care into your daily routine. Whatever spiritual growth idea you choose to try, just remember any new habit takes time and practice. If you forget one day, that’s ok! Just start again the next day and continue taking steps toward where you want to be in your spiritual growth.
Read more about spiritual self-care HERE.
An excerpt from this post has been published on Daughter of Delight.
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