WAYS TO USE THESE SPIRITUAL PRACTICES
USING THEM IN ORDER
The practices are meant to both stand alone and also build on each other. One option is to just start at the top of the list and do one a day as you work your way through. When you are done, you may have favorites that you have gravitated toward, that you would like to focus on more exclusively, or you may want to go through again. Either way you are welcome to use a different scripture throughout the practices.
PICKING AND CHOOSING
You may want to just go where the spirit leads you, picking and choosing from the list. Perhaps you will find some you want to settle on for daily practices or perhaps you will want to keep on the move.
STARTING AT THE TOP AND STICKING WITH PRACTICES FOR A WHILE
If you are working your way through the list, you may prefer to camp out (figuratively—or perhaps literally!) with practices that are especially helpful for you. Let’s say you really like lectio divina. You may want to stay there and use that every day with your Bible reading for a while.
SCHEDULING YOUR OWN PRIVATE RETREAT
Schedule a day away from home for silence and solitude, and work through these practices to refresh and realign your soul and direction. Jesus spent much time alone with God. Look for local retreat houses who will often rent out a room for a private retreat.
Looking for verses that you would like to dive into? Here are some great ones for consideration.
Philippians 4:4-8 – Words of Encouragement
Romans 5:1-8 – The Hope of Glory
Romans 8 – Assurance of Eternal Life in the Spirit, Nothing Can Separate Us from God’s Love
Psalm 139 – A Psalm of David
I Corinthians 13 – Love Is the Most Important Thing
Colossians 3:12-17 – Living the New Life in Christ
Philippians 2:3-11 – Have the Attitude of Christ
Any or all sections in Matthew chapters 5-7 – The Sermon on the Mount: Jesus’ Call to Righteousness