“Spiritual disciplines” are things we do to stay in love with God and grow in faith. They can be things we do alone or together; they can be ways to spend time with God or to serve others. As the people of Sylva First UMC share one of their spiritual disciplines with you each week, we hope it will inspire you to new ways of loving God and growing in faith.
Hi my name is Andi Green and I am married to Floyd Green. We live in Sylva and have been attending FUMC for almost two years now. Before retirement I had a great routine. (Praying God’s Word) I am trying to get into one again, because I know it makes a huge difference for me.
My previous routine included reading God’s word, journaling and then praying first thing every morning. (Of course I would miss my morning routine sometimes and it made for a lot longer day). My prayer was the following:
- That God would clothe me in His armor (Ephesians 6:10-18)
I’d say Father please clothe me in your armor, the helmet of salvation the breast plate of
righteousness, the sword that is your word and the shield of faith so I can walk in peace in your foot
- That God would have His Angels to have charge and guard over all my loved ones (Psalm 91:11)
I’d say Father please have your angels have charge and guard over Floyd, my parents and sisters
over my grand children my friends and all there families. Over our schools, work places and where
we travel to and from.
- The Jabez prayer (1 Chronicles 4:9-10)
I’d say Oh that thou would bless me indeed and enlarge my coast and that your hand would be
with me and keep me from evil and I would be not grieved and not grieve anyone.
- I’d ask that His Face would Shine upon me (Numbers 6:24-26)
I’d say The Lord bless me and keep me the Lord make His face to shine upon me and be gracious
to me The Lord lift up His countenance upon me and give me peace.
- That I along with my loved ones would seek His Kingdom and His Righteousness above all else
so we would have our hearts desire (Matthew 6:33)
- For the Peace of Jerusalem (Psalm 122:6-7)
I didn’t keep that routine and I really need to get back into it. I still read God’s promises book every
night and pray them and I also read some Psalms, some that are specific in helping me sleep! I
read a lot of books that I feel are helping me grow spiritually.
I feel more peace when I connect with God. Writing this has really helped me see how much I’m
missing by not praying all those scriptures in the mornings. Thank you Pastor Mary!!!