Sarah Hunter is a Community Life Team member who leads Women’s Ministries at Beulah. She is passionate about leading people to the feet of Jesus and watching the emotional, spiritual and physical healing and freedom that results from spending time with Him. Success for Sarah looks like a movement of people equipped to assist others on their journey to wholeness.
As my children grow more independent and their sphere of relationships expands, I’ve been reflecting a LOT on relationships and the quality of them.
From my own years of sleepovers and special outings with close friends, I’m reminded that sometimes relationships need a little space. As a preteen, I’d go gung ho into a relationship and frankly, we’d just get too much of one another. By the end of a two day sleepover extravaganza, everything my friends did drove me nuts! Relational overload if you will.
Today I find myself asking, “Where did those days go?” At this moment, I don’t think I have any relationships in that place. No, if anything, I need to invest more intentionally into the key relationships in my life.
“Time is your most precious gift because you only have a set amount of it…. When you give someone your time, you are giving them a portion of your life that you’ll never get back. Your time is your life. That is why the greatest gift you can give someone is your time.
It is not enough to just say relationships are important; we must prove it by investing time in them. Words alone are worthless. “My children, our love should not be just words and talk; it must be true love, which shows itself in action.”
Quotes are from The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here for? – Rick Warren
When I assess my relationships, one thing I know they need more of is quality time; time to create memories, time to share our passions, our disappointments and our discoveries.
In the Church we hear a lot of conversation about a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, but many of us are unclear on how to nurture that relationship. What does spending time with Jesus look like? A relationship with Jesus doesn’t look exactly the same as my relationship with my friend, or my daughter or my husband. How do I listen to Jesus? What should I share with Him? What does He think about the details of my life?
Since the early Church, Christians have “spent time” with Jesus. This time isn’t about earning a badge on our scouting uniform or reaching some level of spirituality. This time is about investing into a relationship with the MOST important individual in our lives. This time nurtures our relationship.
Here at Beulah, the Essential Practices touches down on the tools Christians practice to spend time with Jesus and grow their relationship with Him. And unlike those preteen sleepover days, Jesus is the only friend whose grace, patience and love cannot be exhausted.
So whether you are new to your relationship with Jesus, or have been journeying with Him for decades, the Essential Practices is a place to renew and strengthen your relationships with God.
People who have attended the Essential Practices workshop were encouraged by the practical tools they experienced to strengthen their prayer life and Bible reading.
By the end of The Essential Practices, you will have…
• An awareness of your need for spiritual disciplines
• Examined who does the work of change in us, and how the practices help accomplish change.
• Discovered the basic elements of prayer; developing your “spiritual ears” to pray in tune with the will of God.
• Learned and practiced a method of studying scripture with the goal of forming your mind and heart.
• Explored creative ways to implement spiritual disciplines into your life in the midst of a chaotic world.
• Been resourced to research and practice spiritual practices in greater depth.
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