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7 Ways to Pursue Spiritual Growth in 2017

Prayerfully reflect on the year that has passed and ask God to guide you in the year to come.

Physical fitness, wholesome nutrition, quality sleep – chances are you’re hoping to improve at least one area of your health in 2017. But what about your spiritual wellbeing? As you get ready to ring in the New Year, take some time to prayerfully reflect on the year that has passed and ask God to guide you in the year to come.

Focus on Prayer
Prayer is a powerful and essential part of spiritual growth. Set yourself up for success by laying your goals down at God’s feet and relying on Him for strength. If prayer has felt more like a burden than a blessing lately, energize your prayer life with these four tips.

Get Into God’s Word
If you’re resolving to read the Bible this year, The One-Year Bible will help you stay on track with daily readings from the Old Testament, the New Testament, the book of Psalms and Proverbs. Maybe you’re just getting started on your walk with God or picking up a Bible for the first time. Get into the Word and begin to better understand the Gospel with these Bible study tips.

Be Thankful
When we flood our minds and hearts with everything we want to change, it can be easy for the goodness of God to escape us. While we certainly need to pray for our needs and the needs of others, it’s important to intentionally thank God for all the good He is doing in our lives. Cultivate a spirit of joy by focusing on your blessings not your burdens.

Consider a Second Bible
If you read your Bible book by book, try a chronological Bible. If you typically take notes in a separate journal, experiment with a journaling Bible. Supplementing your daily reading with a second Bible can help bring clarity to God’s Word.

Commit to a Daily Devotional
Whether you’re diving into your faith for the first time or you’ve been connecting with God for years, these devotionals will keep you encouraged. Focus your heart on God’s faithfulness with 8 daily devotional books that will strengthen your faith in 2017.

Join a Small Group
Faith flourishes in the presence of community. Consider joining a small group or a Bible study at your church or identify a spiritual mentor who can lovingly challenge you to grow. Surround yourself with believers you can learn from.

Put Your Faith Into Action
As Christians, we are called to serve. Be the hands and feet of Christ by volunteering through your church or another organization in your community. Serving can also be a great way to spend time growing together as a family.

We hope you feel encouraged and equipped to make spiritual growth a priority in the New Year.

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Bible Journaling for Beginners: 4 Easy-to-Follow Steps to Help You Get Started

If you’ve been on Instagram or Pinterest lately, you’ve probably seen your fair share of Bible journaling photos. In the midst of all those masterpieces, it can be intimidating to try your hand at it. Bible journaling is a great way to document your spiritual journey – and the good news is you don’t need to be a creative genius to do it!

We’re here to help you get stared with 30% off select journaling Bibles and accessories now through August 25. There’s never been a better time to pick out a Bible, stock up on some supplies and jump in with these easy-to-follow steps!

Step 1: Prepare Your Heart
Before you tackle the pens and paints, set your mind on what really matters. Spend some time in prayer asking God to reveal Himself to you. Pray that your focus would be on pleasing God and not on pursuing perfection.

Step 2: Get Into The Word
As you dig into your Bible, take note of verses and words that stand out to you. Don’t know where to start? Try using a devotional to guide you through God’s Word and provide context around the piece of scripture you’re reading.

Step 3: Put It On Paper
Write down or draw out what spoke to you as you were reading God’s Word. It’s okay to start with a few words or writing out a verse. Don’t feel like you need to decorate the entire page. As you begin to feel more comfortable, you can add in some color and texture by using stamps, stickers, paint and washi tape.

Step 4: Have Fun
Enjoy yourself! It’s easy to fall into the enemy’s trap of comparing your skills, abilities and artwork to others. Know that Bible journaling is between you and God and He is simply rejoicing that you choose to spend time in His presence. So stop chasing perfection and give yourself the freedom to try something new.

We hope these steps encourage you to get out of your comfort zone and connect with the Father on a deeper level. We’d love to see what you create and hear what’s worked well for you. Tag us on Instagram or post your works of art on our Facebook page.

What are your favorite Bible journaling tips?

How to Study the Bible: 10 Practical Tips to help you Understand God’s Word

The Bible is a love letter, a set of instructions, the inspired Word of God and so much more. But if we’re honest, it can also be confusing, overwhelming and intimidating. With so many authors, parables and translations, it can be difficult to wrap your head around all the Bible has to offer. Get into the Word and begin to better understand the Gospel with these Bible study tips.

10 Bible Study Tips

  1. Prepare Your Heart: Say a prayer of thankfulness before diving into God’s Word. This will align your heart and your mind as you seek to know Him more.
  2. Strive For Consistency: Whether you’re a morning person or a night owl, try to set aside a consistent time every day to dig into scripture.
  3. Set The Tone: Listen to praise and worship music before getting started to focus your heart and your mind. Stock up on your favorite tunes with our Buy One Get One 50% Off sale on all music.
  4. Avoid Distractions: Be honest with yourself about what pulls your focus away from God and avoid it during your quiet time.
  5. Engage With Community: While individual time with God is important, spending time getting to know Him with your brothers and sisters in Christ can be incredibly effective.
  6. Make Time: If you can’t find time to sit in God’s presence, write down everything you do for a few days. You’ll likely notice patterns and identify areas that are consuming you.
  7. Change Up Your Technique: Don’t be afraid to use more than one devotional or tool to avoid falling into a rut. Use a Study Bible or document your journey with God in a Journaling Bible.
  8. Revisit Verses: The beauty of God’s Word is that it is alive. This means scripture may speak differently to you depending on what season you are in.
  9. Pick Out Patterns: The Bible is full of promises, warnings and instructions. Choose a color for each theme and highlight passages that relate.
  10. Ask For Clarity: Ask God for clarity when you don’t understand something. He is ready and willing to impart His wisdom if we simply ask.

What are some of your go-to Bible study tips?