a simple way
SEEING GOD CHANGE LIVES
A SIMPLE WAY
We want to use this moment of disruption to grow deeper as apprentices of Jesus.
Here is a simple way to make this happen
8 daily habits and routines that may help you
maintain your connection to God and at this time.
The aim is simply to help us to love God
and to love our neighbour.
There are 4 daily practices and 4 weekly ones.
There are 4 that are about taking things up
and 4 about putting things down.
Feel free to adapt this simple way to fit your own situation,
context, personality and needs.
To goal of all this is love.
SHARE A MEAL
This may be hard right now, but even if you are on your own, try to share one meal with others each day. This could be via WhatsApp or it could just be having someone on speakerphone. Eating together is very powerful but especially in this isolated time. Take time to be with others over food.
3 times a day
Start and end the day with prayer. Relax into this and try not to rush. Create a rhythm each day. Add midday prayer to the mix, even if it’s short, or a simple psalm, to connect with God in the middle of things. Find 5 things to be grateful for each time.
cut out screens
for an hour
Mark out a specific hour each day when you deliberately and intentionally switch off your phone and screens. Get outside if you can, but even if you can’t, sit back and switch off from media. Seek silence, try rest, have a nap, or chat with people instead.
Start the day in quiet prayer and scripture reading before breakfast, before picking up the phone, before anything digital, like Instagram, or the news. If you have kids, ideally this will be before they wake up. Simply start the day in quiet with God. Use a real bible if you can.
Establish a relational touch point with a close friend, family member, or someone from your neighbourhood hub. This is a time to draw closer in relationships, through the benefit of technology, not grow more distant.
Now is a great time to review your approach to time. Keep your routine to practice Sabbath, or to start one for the first time. And gather with us online every Sunday as we worship together, learn from the Scriptures, and create space for the Spirit.
Join with others in praying and fasting during this time of fear and anxiety. We want to see God heal people in our town and restore the world around us. Fasting can be from food but it doesn’t have to be. The goal is to let something go so that you get more of God in our lives.
Limit screen time and escapist behaviours. Set a limit to the number of hours you spend in front of a screen and get outside if you can. Find ways to limit your intake of things like alcohol, social media, television, news, sugar, staying up late, etc.