“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.
Hello! My name is Sally Sutton. I grew up in Sylva FUMC and it was a great place to do that!
I have wonderful memories of this church. As a teenager we would attend Sunday School taught by Mr. Joe Evans, Gale Dills’ father. He was great! After Sunday School we would meet our friends from First Baptist, go to Copes Market downtown, get candy and come back to FUMC or FB to worship service.
As an adult, I taught the little people Sunday school class. I learned more than they ever did! It was a wonderful experience. During those days we used the Cokesbury literature. The picture included is My Book of Prayers. It was part of a lesson. I keep this on my desk at work and I share it with others when needed. It includes: Prayer of Thanks, Prayer for Others, Prayer for Help, The Lord’s Prayer, Mealtime Prayer & Prayer of Praise.
If you know me, you know I can have a some of “squirrels”! Meaning that I will jump around when talking! Well, when I talk to God, I do the same thing. I pray while driving as Mary H. does. When I wakeup at 4 am and can’t go back to sleep, I pray. When I receive news of needed prayer, I stop at that point and say a quick prayer and hope I get the request down in my prayer journal. Sometimes the prayers are long and others quick.
My favorite devotionals are the Jesus Calling series by Sarah Young and the Upper Room. Singing hymns in the car (while I am alone) is another favorite thing to do, such as “ Jesus Loves Me” and “Amazing Grace.”
I pray you each have a joyful summer!