Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Our Spiritual 5K

                My daughter has decided she wants to run a 5K, so she started the Couch to 5K Running Plan. This plan transforms you in nine weeks from sitting on the couch to running a 5K. It starts with walking and then slowly alternates walking and jogging until you build up to running 3 miles. My daughter downloaded an app on her phone that tells her when to walk and when to start running.
                The other day her little boy wanted to go with her, so she fastened him in the stroller and set off. When the app told her to start running, he said, “Get with it, mom.” He knew what she was supposed to do, but he had the luxury of riding along and letting her do all the work.
                What about a spiritual development plan to get in shape spiritually; a plan where we stop riding along and start doing some of the work. What would that look like for you?
                Based on the philosophy of the Couch to 5K Running Plan, here is my recommendation for a Snooze to Blessing spiritual workout. Instead of hitting the snooze button, you are transformed with blessings. This is a 7 week program.
Every day:
Start your day with 5 minutes in prayer.
Praise God – It’s all about Him.
Express thanks – What has He done for you?
Acknowledge God – Get right with God, confess sin, restore your relationship, ask for an attitude check-up.
Release – Give God your burdens. Do you have needs and a heavy heart? Give it all to Him.
Listen – Get quiet and spend time listening for God’s voice. Ask Him to speak to you through His Word.
Three times a week:
Start your day with 5 minutes in prayer as above.
Read eight verses in Psalm 119.
                Read two chapters in the book of John.
                Journal notes on anything that speaks to you personally.
                End with 5 minutes in prayer as above.
                If you decide to try this plan, please let me know how it goes. Don’t get discouraged. If you miss a day, jump right back in where you left off.
“But to You I have cried out, O LORD, And in the morning my prayer comes before You” (Psalm 88:13).
“Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed” (Mark 1:35).

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