There are many ways to focus your mind on “what is above” (see Colossians 3:1-2). If you’re feeling a bit stuck, try developing fresh habits. Whether you’re getting back to spiritual disciplines, just starting out, or in the middle of a long run, here are some ideas you may want to try:
- Begin a new reading plan. Let the structure and daily steps help form discipline in your study life. Read the Bible in a year, read one Psalm and one Proverb each day or read over a variety of topics… any way you choose, you will be greatly blessed.
- Write a prayer that expresses your heartfelt desire to follow God in this season of your life. If you keep it somewhere close, then you have a starting point for your daily time with God.
- Use a journal. You can write your prayers to God. You can list concerns or what you’re grateful for. You can write the first thing that comes to mind when you consider what God is doing in your life.
- Stop and listen. Too often we feel we aren’t doing anything if we aren’t doing anything. That’s not true. Sit before God in silence, inviting Him to recalibrate your soul (see Psalm 46:10).
- Practice posturing. Allow your body to reflect your heart. Bow low in humility before God, get on your knees in prayer, or hold your hands out in acknowledgement that anything you receive comes from God.
- Get a Bible dictionary and read some background information about the Bible passage you’re reading. Understand more about the ears those words first fell on. You might read something in a whole new light (see Psalm 119:33-35).
- Think more deeply about small bits. Let that one verse roll around in your mind for a few minutes instead of reading five more verses. Give God room to surprise you with insight. If you read only three verses in that sitting, that’s OK (see Psalm 119:47-48).
- Pray Scripture back to God. Pick a passage and pray the same one for a week at a time, allowing it to fully sink in.
Get really honest with God. Let go of old ideas about how you “should” approach God. Pour out your heart to Him (see Psalm 62:8). Trust Him to be big enough to handle whatever you’re dealing with.
Each moment is another opportunity to reconnect with God, step away from the same old routine, and invite Him to do a new thing in our lives.