This week our church small group leaders met to think about improving prayer in the life of our groups. I thought I’d write down all the ideas we came up with while they’re fresh in my mind. These will be good for group leaders, but probably helpful for group members as well.
No Christian I know, myself included, finds prayer easy. We struggle with distraction, lack of motivation and lack of conviction about the value of prayer. We need constant encouragement to keep praying and grow as pray-ers. Which is why I was so pleased find this book by Tim Chester: You Can Pray.
Smartphones are great. I use mine for all sorts of things and can barely remember looking at a physical map or using a camera with film. However, we’re all aware of the intrusive nature of our phones. Here’s a function I’ve discovered recently and that I think we need to use more:
It’s always worth looking into ideas for keeping your Bible reading fresh. One thing I like to try is reading a different Bible version. In this post I’ll share which versions I cycle through and why it’s worth a try.
It can be hard to get going in ministry at the start of the year. I wrote an article for GoThereFor about how to stay fresh. I’m genuinely trying to put these ideas into practice myself!
Find it here: Stay Fresh as you Serve
Most Christian husbands I speak to like the idea of reading the Bible with their wife but feel guilty because it hasn’t happened much (or at all) in their marriage. I totally get it. For many years I failed completely in this area. Reading the Bible with my wife was like one of the jobs on my domestic job list that seemed completely beyond me (rehang a cupboard door, put up shelves, replace a tap etc). This wasn’t anything to do with her mind you – I just couldn’t or wouldn’t do anything about it.
Eventually, thanks to some prompting from a friend, we managed to work out how to make it happen. And it’s been a really positive thing. Here’s some ideas that might help you get started. Continue reading “How to Read the Bible with your Wife”
At our Newy am Weekend Away this year I shared a book review with some radical advice for how to get going again on your Christian reading. It came from my own reading experiences and my recent Marie Kondo / decluttering activities. I’ve turned that advice into a blog post for Gotherefor.com (link below). Enjoy, and all the best with your reading.