Prayer is simply a conversation with Jesus. Of course, formal times of prayer are spiritually beneficial, however, daily life can sometimes make them impossible. While a simple chat with Jesus can happen any time and any place.
Through these frequent exchanges we build a firm foundation of faith and strengthen our relationship with Christ. Just think of the relationship you would have if you only spoke with a friend at Christmas and Easter?
Ideas to Stay Connected in Prayer:
What a gift the Bible is! We have been given access to the teachings of God, think about the magnificence of what the Scriptures provide us. The inspired Word of God available for us to read, ponder, and learn, through the power of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is kind of mind-blowing!
How often have you wished Jesus would just appear and speak comfort or wisdom into your current situation? In the Gospels, we are provided this incredible opportunity to sit at Jesus’ feet and hear his teachings. The more time we spend listening to him through the Scriptures, the more apt we will become in hearing his voice speak directly to our heart.
Ideas to Stay Connected through the Scriptures:
Despite what many believe, Confirmation was not our “graduation” from religious education but instead is our invitation to seek a higher education in the Catholic faith. When we consider the fact we are seeking to probe an infathomable God it is truly impossible to deplete the resources available to grow in knowledge of him.
Spiritual reading can be incorporated into personal prayer time with just a few pages of a Catholic classic a day or integrated into leisure reading with a good saint biography. We are blessed to live in a time when the choices for spiritual reading is almost as inexhaustible as the God we seek to know through these works.
Ideas to Stay Connected through Spiritual Reading:
The Apostles were sent two by two to bring the Gospel far and wide. Jesus knew they would need each other as companions and support on their journeys of faith. We too need others alongside us on our faith journeys. There are great benefits to being connected with friends who can lift us up when we are feeling weak or discouraged in our faith, or being able to offer that support likewise to our friends. It is also a joy to be surrounded at times by people who share in the joy of living a life seeking a deeper relationship with Christ.
Ideas to Stay Connected through Companionship:
The Stay Connected series of journals for Catholic women was developed with these 4 Practical Tips in mind. After 10 years in small group faith sharing, I desired a resource that would be easy to complete despite the demands of a busy life, yet still spiritually packed to assist us to stay connected to Jesus and to each other.
Each Book in the Series Features:
The first three journals are currently in production and are available now for pre-order through GraceWatch.Media — click here to order yours.
The Gift of Invitation: 7 Ways Jesus Invites You to a Life of Grace, by Allison Gingras (Reconciled to You blog, A Seeking Heart with Allison Gingras video podcast);
Exploring the Catholic Classics: How Spiritual Reading Can Help You Grow in Wisdom, by Tiffany Walsh (monthly contributor at CatholicMom.com, contributing writer for The Catholic Hipster Handbook);
Invite the Holy Spirit into Your Life: Growing in Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control, by Deanna G. Bartalini (DeannaBartalini.com, contributor to CatholicMom.com, Amazing Catechists, and New Evangelizers).
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