7 Ways to Stave Off Spiritual Stagnancy

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Hi Friend!

It’s good to see you here in 2017. I thank God for you.

Do you wonder what our Father has in store for us this year? How will He form and fashion the days yet to come? We have little clue, but it’s evident He’s at the helm. And that’s good.

There’s one thing – if we keep this in view – that will offer us a solid step regardless of what 2017’s path looks like. It’s this simple: keep heaven in view.

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Be encouraged to grow this year. Spiritual stagnancy is dangerous. Consider setting spiritual goals to fight complacency.

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Here are 7 ways for us to stave off spiritual stagnancy:

  • Set aside 10 minutes a day to read the Bible.
  • Turn on worship music each morning and allow it to flow through your house and heart.
  • Sit and simply talk with God. Listen, too.
  • Set a timer for 15 minutes and prayer walk around your house or neighborhood. (I love this one. Many a lap has been traveled around my kitchen island as God and I talk.)
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  • Commit to WORD17 ~ memorizing 1 scripture each month.
  • Offer intentional, daily praise. Proclaiming the Psalms back to God is a wonderful means for this if the words seem difficult to find.

However it happens, let’s make it a goal to draw closer to our Lord this year. In case you missed it, here’s one way I did just that. Join me over at Life Letter Cafe?

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Regardless of the changes or consistencies here on the blog, will you commit to one thing with me this year? Let’s lay down self, pick up our cross, and simply follow Jesus. Let’s keep our eyes on heaven as we live day-to-day, leaving spiritual stagnancy behind.

Be encouraged, my friend!

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  1. These are great ways to stay Spiritually “fit”. Find the things that work best for you in growing your affections for the Lord, and fill your time with those things.

  2. love the house prayer walk idea – I’m about to exercise -maybe I can pray as I stretch and jump?? not sure – thanks, Kristi! Oh I love using Face to Face every morning by Kenneth Boa – check it out when you get a chance.

  3. This made me smile: “Many a lap has been traveled around my kitchen island as God and I talk.” I understand! Need to do more prayer walking with God…but my writing load has increased like yours. If I can just commit to 15 minutes a day, it will do my heart and body good.

    1. It has helped me, immensely, Sarah. And funny enough, the suggestion came from the granddaughter of a 90-something great-grandma who prayer walks 30 mins/2x per day.

  4. What a delight daily routines become with heavens view in sight! I pray for the diligence to continually choose an eternal perspective this year! Thanks Kristi for this game changing reminder to be heavenly minded – in all things!
    Blessings of His bounty ????

  5. Love the prayer walk. It’s the cold weather that makes me rather curl up in a blanket. 😉 But around the kitchen island sounds good. Thanks for sharing these intentional ways to avoid spiritual stagnancy. Blessings to you as you continue writing for the kingdom. 🙂

  6. The key – “keep heaven in view”. It unlocks for us treasures that we didn’t know existed! These four words in this order are the key to very profound results.
    Great list!
    Thanks for sharing!

  7. Kristi, what a lovely article over at the Cafe site. Left you a comment there. Good list you have here. 🙂 (And, maybe you should get a fitbit for all those trips around the island. 🙂 ) So happy for you with all the new opportunities coming your way in 2017. Hope it’s a year of blessings. Thanks for sharing with #ChasingCommunity today. ((hug))

  8. Love this list for staying spiritually healthy for this year… amazing what the small things can do to usher us into better communion with Him! xxoo Glad we’re over at #ChasingCommunity together this week!

  9. Kristi … I loved ‘When life is lived with heaven in view, God is magnified and hope swells large.’

    If I was a tweeter, I’d be sending out this wise message loud and clear. Thanks for reminding us to focus on Him, to welcome hope … and to spend less time worrying about all that’s unsettling us.

    Blessings to you today, friend …

  10. Sounds like an awesome plan for the year, Kristi. You are so wise to add in the ‘flexibility’ as well. Looking forward to 2017 with you my friend!