One of the most important things we can spend our time doing, is working on growing our relationship with the Lord. But growing our faith and being intentional with our time doesn’t happen by accident.
But most of us don’t really know what it means to be intentional with our relationship with the Lord…or at least, how we should start going about that! Over the years I’ve come across some fantastic resources to help you do just that so I want to share those with you today.
On the podcast we’ve covered some of these topics in even greater detail so you can go back and listen to:
- Foundations of Spiritual Growth for the Busy Homemaker – Hf #57
- Developing the Habit of Daily Bible Reading – HF #25
- Methods for a Deeper Prayer Life – Hf #27
These book suggestions are in order. Of course, you can read these in any order you want. Or just pick one or two you want to focus on, but I tried to put them together in an order that will help you with your spiritual growth and spiritual disciplines as much as possible.
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2) Habits of Grace: Enjoying Jesus Through the Spiritual Disciplines by David Mathis
This is the next book I recommend you dive into after Growing Your Faith. Instead of the plethora of spiritual disciplines that he could have focused on (some people reckon there are 15-20 or more spiritual disciplines) he chooses to focus on the three most important.
He dives deep into: hear his voice, have his ear, and belong to his body. This means that throughout the book, he focuses on reading God’s Word, on prayer, and on fellowship. I have some other great suggestions for you on reading God’s word and prayer below, but this book is the one that focuses on fellowship and community within the body of believers.
I’ve read a ton on spiritual discipline and so when I picked up this new book in 2016, I was skeptical that it could contain more. But Mathis brings so much wisdom and extremely practical application, I highly recommend this to everyone.
3) Women of the Word by Jen Wilken
Even if you feel like you have a decent Bible reading routine (which I know, most of us don’t feel that way) this book is well worth it. It’s a quick short read, but Jen dives so deep into why we should study the bible, how we can, ways to get deeper, and practical suggestions for making it a daily habit. This is one book that I highly recommend all women read.
If it’s not already on your to-do list, put it there now and find some time to read it this year!
4) Praying the Bible by Donald Whitney
This is another treasure trove of a book. It’s short, sweet, and to the point and has taught me more about prayer than anything else. He of course goes over why we should pray and the importance of it. But the real treasure lies in the fact that he helps give you guidance on how to pray.
Donald recognizes how all too often it’s so easy to get stuck in a rut when it comes to prayer. We pray for the same old things day in and day out and our prayer life often lacks passion and depth.
Whitney shows that by using God’s Word, we can take our prayer life and make it more consistent and deeper than we ever thought possible. And after reading this book about a year and a half ago, I can attest to that being true. My prayer life is richer and deeper in the last 12-18 months than any other time in my life.
I actually got the privilege of interviewing Donald Whitney last month and he had some great encouragement for busy moms who just can’t find the time to be in God’s Word. It’s well worth the 13 minutes to watch this or listen to it when you can.
5) Simplifying Your Spiritual Life: Spiritual Disciplines for the Overwhelmed by Donald Whitney
At this point, if you are feeling overwhelmed, then this book is for you. In quick, short chunks, usually only 1-2 pages, whitney walks you through how to simplifying your spiritual life. It can feel overwhelming, confusing, and really hard to figure out how to draw closer to the Lord. But often, we make it far more complicated than it needs to be.
Whitney takes things back to the basics and gives you that extra motivation and grace that you need.
Here are a couple of other books that are also incredible helpful.