Spiritual Practices

Spiritual Practices are habits that help us connect with God. At First United Presbyterian Church in Belleville, it is important to us to have spiritual practices as well as encourage one another to build spiritual practices into our daily lives. This page is not an exhaustive list, but we hope it encourages you in your spiritual practices and maybe encourages you to try new ones! 

  • Prayer connects us to God


    Prayer is one of the most effective ways to connect with God; it is simple but powerful. It serves as a fundamental and essential means of communication with God. It involves speaking to or communing with God, expressing praise, gratitude, confession, seeking guidance, or simply being in the presence of the divine.   It can be done in any way that feels comfortable to you, whether it's speaking out loud, whispering, writing in a journal, or simply sitting in silence and thinking about God.

  • Meditation helps quiet the mind and helps connect us to God


    Meditation is a practice that helps individuals quiet the mind and turn their attention inward. It can be used to connect with God by seeking a sense of oneness or divine presence.  This can help you to become more aware of God's presence in your life. Practicing silence and stillness is a way to listen for the voice of God or to simply be in God's presence without words or thoughts.  Be open to God speaking to you. God may speak to you through the Word, through your thoughts and feelings, or through the people and events in your life.

  • Reading and studying the Bible helps us learn about God

    Reading and Studying the Bible

    The Bible stands as God’s divine message to humanity, revealing God's character, will, and grand design for our lives. It serves as a powerful source of wisdom, comfort, guidance, and inspiration.  Reading it regularly can help you to learn more about God and grow in your faith. Reading and studying the Scriptures is a way to gain insight and guidance.  By dedicating time to daily Bible reading, you immerse yourself in God’s word, acquiring a deeper understanding of who God is and how God operates.

  • Worship is a way we express our love and adoration for God


    Worship is a way to express our love and adoration for God. It can be done in many different ways, such as singing hymns, listening to worship music, reciting prayers or psalms or simply sitting in silence and contemplating God's greatness.  Attending religious services, in a community setting is a way to collectively connect with God through song, prayer, and reverence.

  • Serving others shows your love for God


    Serving others is a great way to show your love for God and connect on a deeper level.  When you serve others, you are reflecting the love of God back to the world.  Acts of kindness and charity are seen as a means of serving the divine in others.  It can be as simple as volunteering at a local charity or donating money to a worthy cause.

  • Gratitude helps you appreciate the blessings God has given you


    Gratitude is the practice of being thankful for what you have in life. It helps you focus on the positive aspects of your life and appreciate the blessings that God has bestowed upon you.

  • Spending time in nature may help some connect with God

    Nature Connection

    For some, connecting with God involves spending time in nature, appreciating the beauty and wonder of the natural world as a reflection of the divine.

  • Repeating sacred words can help one connect with God


    Repeating sacred words, phrases, or mantras can be a way to focus the mind and invoke a connection with God.

  • Contemplation practices can help you reflect on God


    Contemplative practices involve deep reflection and consideration of spiritual or divine matters. This can be done through journaling, introspection, or spiritual retreats.

  • Community

    Being part of a community of believers can help you connect with God by providing support, encouragement, and accountability.

Daily Spiritual Practices by Ed Langen

October 22, 2023


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