With just about two weeks left in 2015, it’s time. I’m reviewing the past 12 months and thinking ahead to a new year. Which involves all sorts of pondering and praying and dreaming—everything I love to do. Details of my 2015 review and 2016 dreams are forthcoming, but one idea for 2016 has already started to take shape, and I don’t want to wait to share it . . . because maybe, just maybe, some of you would like to join me. Here’s the deal.
Being the contemplative sort, I function best with plenty of time to tend heart and soul. The past 12 months have been excitingly full (more on that in the review to come). But that fullness has left me a bit empty. This is not how I want to live in 2016. My heart and soul need some extra time and nurture. Spiritual health is similar to physical health; without exercise, you get mushy. It’s time to adjust and reserve more time with Jesus. I don’t want to be spiritually unfit.
Author Ruth Haley Barton counsels us to arrange our days to live the life we intend to live. hmm . . . I intend to live in close fellowship with Jesus . . . but I often fail to arrange my days to accommodate that intent.
In 2016, I’ll be exploring the basic components of living faith-filled days using Richard Foster’s classic, Celebration of Discipline: Paths to Spiritual Growth. Although the title can be tad intimidating, I can attest to the rich, encouraging content inside! It’s all about disciplines of faith, with each chapter devoted to one area, such as simplicity, solitude, worship, and prayer. I first read this book years ago with a dear friend, and she recently revisited it for a graduate course in spiritual formation. Everything she shared prompted me to give it another read. And with 12 chapters, the book is perfectly divided to read and apply one chapter/topic a month.
Based on the conversations I’ve had with others, I’m not the only one who has good intentions but lacks discipline. So you are invited to join me on this 12-month spiritual workout. I’d love to have you pick up a copy of the book, read along with me, and stretch your faith muscles. We can meet here once a month or so to catch up on what God is teaching us. If you are in, let me know here in the comments or by social media. And if you join the fun, you now have a head start on your 2016 goals, so congrats on that! See you in January.