I have always been spiritual.
Praying is not something that is foreign to me, and I have always blessed my food, attended church and thanked God for waking me up every morning and blessing the people in my life. It wasn’t until I was in college that I realized that I did not need to attend church on Sundays to feel close to the Lord. I realized that my relationship with Him should only be strengthened by attending Sunday services, not solidified by my weekly appearances. When I was younger, I attended CCD aka Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (similar to bible study for Catholic children, it focuses on religious education), but it wasn’t until I was older that I realized learning about God, Christ and the Bible can take on a whole different meaning.
Over the years, I have tried time and time again to read the bible. Whether it was from start to finish or a chapter and a verse here and there, I could never quite get through it. This is when I realized that I was not in the right space to consume the lessons and teachings from the Bible. It was only after I truly started speaking to God at all times of the day and not just my nightly prayers that my soul told me it was time to try again.
I knew that reading it from end to end would not be the best way to understand and decipher ideas that are presented throughout the Bible so I downloaded The Bible App and opted in for my first 14 day plan. It was the perfect way to start a commitment. Pairing a devotional with a few verses/chapters in the bible helped me reflect on what my thoughts were about the story being told and how/if it relates to my life in the present day. One plan became two, then three and so it goes. These Bible study plans keep me accountable but also allow me to digest the information in a more digestible way.
Religion has always played a part in my life and after I finish the Bible, I plan on learning and reading about other faiths and forms of spirituality, because I believe we can only know what we want once we’ve examined the options that intrigues us. I’ve realized that on this spiritual journey, when you are honest with yourself about where you are with your faith and how you’ve reached that point, then can you truly begin to learn how to Let Go and Let God, Allah or whomever you may worship. Whether you are dealing with challenges at work, in your home life or in your relationship, grounding yourself in faith can help you find meaning in every challenge you face.
Want to learn more about the Bible or getting closer to God? Try checking out The Bible App, here are some plans to check out:
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Three women going through life.