Faith Resources for Spiritual Growth
For spiritual growth, Christian disciplines are key. Prayer, worship, church fellowship, fasting, studying, and more, all contribute to becoming more Christlike. If you want to grasp a better understanding of God, and develop a closer relationship with Him, those disciplines are essentials. To help with those, I have put together a curated list of faith resources. Take a look!
The Bible was written in languages and cultures that are foreign to us. Even the whole literary systems are very different from what we know. Therefore, their translation is nothing short of an intricate art that requires tons of work, and the power of the Holy Spirit to help choose the best words.
For that reason, and for a better understanding, I recommend reading from more than one translation. It helps to understand the text, and also bring to life passages that may otherwise be less clear in one translation alone. I love the New Living Translation. It is a paraphrase, meaning that it’s not a literal translation, but it’s close enough and the language is clear. This one is only a few dollars and small enough to fit in most purses!
I take notes in the margins on my Bible ALL the time. So, when I saw this new NKJV Notetaking Bible with space to write in the margins, I thought, I need one! Sharing is caring 😉 (And they have an illustrator’s edition in case you want to draw in it too.) Also check out InCourage’s new devotional Bible.
Journals / Notebooks
Moleskin journals are some of the best in my opinion. This size is ideal, and there is a pocket at the back where you can add a few small keepsakes, such as pictures and notes. I have ultrasound pictures in one of my Moleskin journals along with prayers and letters to my then unborn daughter.
Spiral Journals are also my favorite. You can flip the page all the way back, and only need one hand to write. Very useful when your other hand is busy holding your favorite beverage. Because the covers are hard, they also offer the best support for writing on the go. Like, on your lap in church, am I right?
And this one I picked for you is super cute. I picked this one and this one for very superficial reasons. They are both beautiful in their own way. It’s important to like your journal. It will make you want to journal even more.
I waited last for this one, because I have created it myself, and of course, am totally biased. My Sermon Keeper will help you keep track of the messages you hear on Sunday morning. It is a sermon journal with instructions to get the best out of your time in Church. It also offers practical ways to take the message with you all week. It can be used to grow alone, or in small groups.
Studying the Bible requires highlighters. Say goodbye to annoying ink spilling through extra thin pages making the other side hard to read. Say hello to “hi-gliders” which are made of a highlighting gel instead of liquid so the color stays on the page and doesn’t spill through.
I love dry erasing markers because they allow me to write a verse I wish to memorize in my bathroom mirror or kitchen window and then easily wash off when need be. It allows me to study the Bible while applying make-up or washing the dishes. Win-win.
Erin Condren planners are pretty phenomenal to schedule time with God. Since I got my planner, I have real visibility on what is ahead in the month, and can be intentional about making time. I’ve owned many planners in the past, but stopped writing in them after a month or two. The design of Erin Condren’s planners is so well thought out! It just works. Also, don’t you love that she’s a sister in Christ?
You can download the Devotable App for free for your iPhone or Android device. It will give you access to free daily devotionals.
You can also sign up online for TheLife.com if you prefer. Also free.
Priscilla Shirer’s Awaken devotional is really deep. It contains story and heart to heart Biblical wisdom she gleaned through the years. A real gem.
Coffee / Tea
I know, I know. What’s a good book, or study time without some nice warm drink? If you are a tea person, Pique tea is great because it is made of perfectly brewed tea crystals. All you have to do is pour a sachet of tea in your favorite cup with warm water, stir, and voila. No steeping and no wait time. Genius! It replaces my coffee when too late in the day and needing that extra mental boost.
I love a really good warming cup of coffee, and since I discovered Fresh Roasted Coffees, I have the best coffee ever, in my house, on demand. Hello early morning prayer time! I grind my coffee beans in a blender for maximum freshness and flavor. It sounds fancy, but it’s just one extra step to your best coffee. They also make the best decaf in the world. Oh, and it’s organic, fair-trade, and no chemicals are used in the process to make it decaf.
More of a hot cocoa type of gal? This brand is sugar free, and sweetened naturally using monk fruit. It’s the most delicious chocolate drink I’ve ever had. And it’s guilt free!
Music has such a way to change one’s mood and thoughts. That’s why it’s great to fill our ears with music that can boost our faith. Worship is key in a life dedicated to God. (In music form and others.) Here are some really great Spotify playlists that you might enjoy listening to during your times with God or throughout the day.
When your head is filled with the worries and busyness of life, it’s not always easy to transition your mind into prayer. A tool that I find particularly useful is what I call a “prayer prompter.” It can be a prayer book, prayer cards, prayer cubes, etc. They are written prayers that will help to get you going at any given time.
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