"...what a person accomplishes in life is directly correlated with the people around them." - John Berardi

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Weekly Challenge: Practice Faith

I decided to take the last couple of weeks off from blogging, because I could (plus, our internet has been down for the pat 5 days...), and I'm glad I did! We enjoyed some fun in the sun at the pool and on a bike ride in St. George two weeks ago with family. We even made time for some R&R (rest & recovery). 

This weekend, we had a graduation, wedding, & 80th birthday to party at in Idaho! It feels like we've been all over the place but we have had some good times! It felt really good to catch up with friends and family who I haven't had the opportunity to see or talk to in a long time. 

So... I thought we'd mix things up and focus on our spiritual needs for this week's challenge :) You game?
Whatever your beliefs, I challenge you to find ways to practice faith throughout the week. I grew up being taught that faith is more than just believing or hoping & requires action. With that concept in mind, here are few ideas of things you could do:

Serve others. I really believe that when we serve, it always comes back to us at some point and usually in a greater capacity than what we originally gave. 

Read scripture. There are plenty of options for this depending on your beliefs. Whatever it is, allow this time for pondering, guidance, and inspiration for your life. 

Pray. Whatever greater power you believe in, pray for the needs of yourself or someone else. If you want to get even more out of this practice, try spending your entire prayer giving thanks for all the special blessing in your life. Regardless of whether or not this is a particularly hard time for you, there is always a LOT to be thankful for.

Give a monetary donation. It doesn't have to be large and it's most important to give it to a cause that is important to you (your church, a non-profit organization, musical clubs, etc.). Very similar to service, good things come to those who give.

Plant a seed. Nourish it with water, sun, plant food, etc. and practice faith that it will grow. There is something healing in the practice of caring for a plant. I'm kind of a crazy flower/plant lady myself but it definitely makes me happy. 

Positive Mental Rehearsal. Maybe you're someone who currently has a lot of faith in a higher power but are lacking in faith in yourself. Consider practicing positive mental rehearsal this week. Write out all of your good traits, skills, and attributes and read through them every day. Add to the list as you think of others. You are unique, special, and have a purpose. Hopefully this practice will help you see that!

What ideas do you have to practice and increase your faith this week?