'Spiritual Disciplines' Tagged Posts

The Habit of Celebration

We recently purchased a home in the area. It’s been a long, 3-year journey to get to this point, lined with disappointment and missed opportunities. It was grueling as we’d spend half a year looking at houses, then take a break for six months before starting again. Several houses looked great, only to slip away because someone offered more than us or inspections didn’t pan out. Other houses could have worked for our family, but we’d have to put lots…

The Habit of Confession

There’s a story in the Old Testament about Nehemiah, a great man of God. He was an Israelite living in exile, serving King Artaxerxes as cupbearer. One day, God called him back to Jerusalem to rebuild the city. Nehemiah asked permission from the king and was granted not only leave to go, but resources to accomplish the work. Once he arrived, he surveyed the damage. Nehemiah knew that the first step to rebuilding was clearing the rubble of the destroyed…

The Habit of Solitude

Have you ever had one of those days where things are just crazy? I’m not just talking busy, but over the moon, pull your hair out crazy? You move from one thing to the next to the next to the next without stopping. But it’s not just the transitions from one event to another—the events or meetings or classes or whatever are crazy too! Sometimes, when I’m having one of those days, I just need to stop for a moment…

The Habit of Fasting

Lent, the season leading up to Easter, is a popular time to fast. We don’t call it that, but people make pledges to give up something for lent. It might be something small like chocolate or sugared drinks. It might be an action like not saying a certain phrase or doing some poor habit anymore. The idea is to give up some sort of “bad” practice to become a better person or a better Christ-follower. The hope is that after…