Getting started

One of the hardest things about starting a devotional practice or spiritual discipline is figuring out what you want to do.
About four months before I got serious, I tried using Disciplines, which is a United Methodist resource with the lectionary. Each week had seven entries on the four passages, but because each week was by a different person it wasn’t consistent and I found myself not responding about half the time. I know some people read them for years, but they didn’t work for me.
So I went directly to the Scripture on Monday through Thursday and wrote my own reflection and prayer. Friday through Sunday I worked with a different lectionary. And this worked for me.
After 2.5 years I started to panic because I knew I needed to step-up my practice but was worried it would fail like when I started. So I modified to combine the passages, pray with the news and write song lyrics. But I also read a chapter a week in academic books on spirituality and summarized the chapter in two pages.
This year I will be working visually and maybe in the future I will work with hymns. But my point for you is twofold:
1. You have to find something that works for you and the first thing you try might not be it. Begin simply by asking what already feeds you and how you can deepen that practice.
2. Try it for a few weeks and if it’s not working ask yourself why and make adjustments.

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