Ideas for Improving Yourself Spiritually

With the year wrapping up, it’s a good idea to take inventory of the past year. It helps us see areas where we did well, or areas that we struggled in, and set plans to improve over the next year.

For married couples, it’s extremely helpful to dialogue about the different areas of our life, and share our goals with each other. That way, you have automatic accountability to check if you’re working towards what you want to achieve.

Throughout this series, we’d like to share the interconnected aspects of our life and ways we can improve on them. In this particular post, we would like to talk about ideas for improving your spiritual life.

Faith grows when you spend time with other people who also share the same beliefs. When you’re struggling in something related to your spiritual life, those who walk the same path will be able to inspire or encourage you to keep going. 
  
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4 Ideas of Improving Your Spiritual Life

Our spiritual life affects every other area of our life. Our beliefs and convictions can dictate the way we think, and consequently the way we feel and act. Whatever your faith may be, we hope these practical tips can help you improve yourself spiritually:

1. Set aside regular time to grow in your spiritual life.

Just as plants need regular watering and care to grow well, we also can’t expect areas of our life to flourish on their own. Instead, we need to devote time to take care of them.

For our spiritual life, make sure you set aside time for you to grow in it. For example, if your faith grows by reading books, like the Bible for Christians, by prayer, or singing songs, make sure you give time for it. It doesn’t have to be a big chunk of time everyday; even smaller increments can go a long way as long as you do it regularly.

2. Consider journaling your thoughts.

Research shows that writing things down helps us to think more clearly. Whatever your faith journey, make plans to journal or process your thoughts regularly on paper. Yes, on paper. Perhaps it’s a preference, as some people swear by journaling digitally, but research shows that the act of transcribing by hand is more therapeutic than punching keys onto a device. So give it a shot and we believe it might help you grow stronger in your beliefs.

3. Spend time with like-minded people.

Faith grows when you spend time with other people who also share the same beliefs. When you’re struggling in something related to your spiritual life, those who walk the same path will be able to inspire or encourage you to keep going. You can also do the same for your friends who may have their own struggles.

As you plan for your new year, consider adding things to your schedule that let you spend time with like-minded people. For Christians, it may include attending Sunday worship services regularly or committing to a weekly small group gathering, where you get to share your life with others who are on the same journey.

4. Find ways to know more about your faith.

Sometimes we take our faith for granted, as something that we’ve always believed. But it may also be helpful to continue to dig deeper, so that you can grow stronger in your convictions. This may include reading books, listening to podcasts, or attending classes for certain topics. Yes, it may take time and energy, but the rewards can be great in the long run.

Set Goals for Your Spiritual Life

As the year ends and a new one begins, we encourage you to set goals to improve your spiritual life. While not all couples share the same faith journey, we hope these tips can be helpful for you to dialogue about your goals for growing in this important area of your life.

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