This is a continuation of "My Spiritual Practices," a blog series highlighting a variety of people through interviews about their spiritual life and practices.
I love learning from other people, and in particular, learning how they live out their faith in daily life. Each person being interviewed is sharing an intimate look at their lives. For that, I am grateful. My hope is that these interviews will offer us a snapshot of how different people experience God in their lives, and that they might inspire and guide us in our own unique spiritual journeys.
How do you connect with God? What spiritual practices and rhythms do you have?
I connect with God in the early mornings during my devotional time. I also am working on praying often throughout the day thanking God for things or asking for help on something. We also connect with God as a family at mealtimes and in prayer with our kids before bedtime.
What daily or weekly spiritual practices are most important to you?
My devotional every morning and going to church every week. The sermon and the worship music lifts me up every week!
Describe the environment that helps you best connect with God.
Quiet time where I have space for it to be just me and God.
What tools or resources help you connect with God?
My daily devotional Jesus Calling, and the Bible of course. Sometimes there are blog posts about people’s walks with Jesus or their stories that help me too.
How have your spiritual practices changed over recent years?
I have become much more aware of God and seeing Him truly as my Father that loves me and is on my side. I talk to Him more now. Before I was more going through the motions of praying before I went to bed. When I came to know Jesus more, I realized that I was giving Him my leftovers and I didn’t want to do that. So I have become more intentional about my relationship with God.
On days when your schedule changes, are you able to adapt your spiritual practices to fit in with a different environment?
Not as much as I would like to! My husband is really good at this and I am trying to learn from him.
What people or relationships contribute most to your spiritual growth?
My husband is by far and away the biggest contributor to my spiritual growth. From an educational standpoint he knows so much and is able to answer a lot of my questions. We also talk our relationship with God and pray together.
Aside from my husband, I am also in a small group of women that meets twice a month. We discuss Jesus and the role He plays in our lives as women, mothers, and wives.
What gets in the way of your spiritual growth?
Not having the time to devote to learning like I want to.
What do you do when you get spiritually stuck?
I pray and I pray and I pray. I keep going through the motions and I pray.
How do you connect with God through life transitions?
I pray a lot. I ask Him for His wisdom and guidance on what to do and how He wants me to follow His will. Whenever I am not sure what to do I always start with prayer.
What is one particular way you’ve experienced God recently?
The other night I was praying before bed and feeling anxious and worried about our life in general. I simply heard “Have faith. It will all work out.” It brought me so much peace and continues to. When I worry I can think back to that moment.
What bit of wisdom from your own spiritual journey do you want others to know?
God is not a thing you have to do on your daily to-do list. God is a living entity and He loves you. It is never too late to get to know Him. He wants to be your Father and to take care of you. Let Him.
My Spiritual Practices: An Interview With Alan Fadling
My Spiritual Practices: An Interview With Eddy Ekmekji
My Spiritual Practices: An Interview With Cat Moore
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