Do you have a regular Bible study group? Are you meeting in person again?
Two of my “long distance” friends and I have been doing Bible studies together on Zoom each week for several months now (thank you, Covid!).
I truly am thankful for the good things God brought us during Covid, and our Zooming is one of them. We discovered we could have been doing this all along during all these years that we’ve lived two states apart.
Recently, one friend in our Zoom group challenged us to try five new things, things we’ve been wanting to try or learn to do. With my Word for 2021, Contemplate, I included this idea of five new things in my practice of contemplation.
My Contemplation Included:
- learning a new instrument
- painting (or creating in some way)
- reading a new or different genre
- joining an exercise group
- learning a new sport or game
- learning a new computer skill
- a new practice of sending encouraging cards to others.
The list truly is limitless, especially now that we’re starting to gather for real again.
It might seem wasteful to you, sitting and watching others do creative things. I would have said the same thing four years ago. Trust me. When you are physically limited, watching others do the things you once did (and wish you could still do) is therapy! 🙂
Also on my list (not quite five, but I got started while still contemplating others):
- starting to read a new book (again!?!)
- coloring with pencils in an adult coloring book
- painting funky and fun flowers on canvas with a friend (inspired by one of those favorite crafters I mentioned here)
- learn more about the Enneagram.
Whether growing older gracefully or enduring a tough season, we need new goals to help us embrace the seasons of life. We need things that inspire us and stretch us, things that grow us.
It’s much like using the Spiritual Seeds Planner for spiritual growth. I now include writing scripture cards for my focus fruit each month. There are so many verses about JOY, y’all! 🙂
This is one of my new favorites.You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever. (Psalm 16:11) Click To Tweet
What might be on your list of FIVE NEW THINGS?
Because He lives~
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