Do you ever wish you had a stronger faith or a closer relationship with God?
I do — all the time!
And it’s nothing new…
I can still distinctly remember being in high school, seeing older Christian women who seemed like SUCH good Christians — like they just had it all together spiritually-speaking.
They trusted, they gave, they spoke with grace, they did the right thing even when it was hard…
I wished my life could be more like that, but I didn’t know how. It all just seemed a little too out of reach.
Maybe they were just lucky enough to be born that way. Maybe a strong faith just came easy for them. Maybe they had something that I didn’t. Maybe their lives were just easy, and they never had any real problems…
Can I let you in on a little secret I’ve learned along the way in the 15-20 years since then? None of those “maybes” are true.
“Good Christians” aren’t born that way. And a strong faith doesn’t “just happen.”
Just like good marriages don’t “just happen” and good kids don’t “just happen,” if you want to grow in faith, you have to work at it.
And here are 8 powerful (but easy!) ideas for how you can do just that!
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8 Powerful (But Easy!) Ways to Grow in Faith This Year
Want to grow in faith this year? Here’s your roadmap and your challenge.
Below you’ll find 8 of the most powerful things you can do to grow in faith this year, listed from easiest to hardest. PICK ONE to start. When you have a good handle on that one, move on to the next. (Try to do too many at once and you’re far less likely to actually follow through with any of them.)
Write it down. Work on it. Make it your Christian New Year’s Resolution this year. And just see how much you’ll grow in faith as a result!
1. Get in the Daily Bible Reading Habit
Ready to grow in faith this year? The very FIRST thing I’d recommend you do this year is to get in the habit of reading your Bible regularly.
Now, this doesn’t have to be every single day and you don’t have to read a huge chunk at a time, but you should be reading often enough that it’s an important and influential part of your routine.
I challenged myself to get in the habit of reading my Bible regularly last year, and it has made a big difference for me. And I know it will for you too!
How to Get Started: Grab Your Quiet Time Planning Guide!
This super simple guide will help you:
- Determine what the ideal quiet time looks like for you
- Stay focused during your quiet times
- Hold yourself accountable
- Experience real spiritual growth
And it’s free!
Just let me know where to send it:
2. Surround Yourself with Christian Community
Once you decide that you’re ready to grow in faith this year, the next thing you’ll want to do is to surround yourself with other Christians who feel the same way.
Now, this doesn’t mean that every single friend of yours must also be a strong Christian, but you absolutely will want people in your life who are — people who can encourage you, inspire you and even call you out on things when needed.
How to Get Started: Get Connected!
- First, check out this post for some great ideas on meeting more Christian friends in real life: 6 Ways to Find More Christian Friends
- Then, be sure to join our email community if you haven’t already. We may not be in-real-life friends, but I’ll absolutely be that big sister in faith who will walk beside you, encourage you, help you and challenge you on a regular basis. Sign up below:
3. Start Eliminating Sins and Bad Habits
Now, if you’re already reading your Bible regularly and you have at least a couple good, Godly friends, you’re off to a great start! So let’s grow even more.
So – do you have any sins or bad habits in your life that are holding you back spiritually? (We all have something)
Maybe you struggle with anger or impatience. Maybe you turn to food when you should turn to God, you’re too controlling with your finances or you don’t respect your husband like you should.
If there’s anything you KNOW you’re struggling with that God is calling you to change – but you’re not sure if you can or even where to start, then you may want to look into something called Grace Goals.
Grace Goals is a Christian goal-setting guide designed to help you break your sins and bad habits and achieve real spiritual growth by pairing the power of setting goals with the power of the Holy Spirit.
Not only does it have super practical step-by-step to help with whatever you’re facing, but it even has tons of Scripture for real, powerful break-through.
I own this myself, and I can tell you, it really is a fantastic resource. If you have any sins or bad habits you’re struggling with — or even just areas where you’d like to grow in faith but can’t seem to — I’d absolutely recommend.
4. Create New Habits That Will Help You Grow in Faith
Think growing in faith has to be difficult? Think again! There are TONS of small, little things you can do – starting today – that will make a real, positive impact on your spiritual life.
- Putting on Christian radio in the car
- Placing Scripture Cards throughout your house where you’ll see them often
- Baking a double batch of dinner and bringing the second half to someone who could use it
- Keeping a good Christian book in your purse so you can read it when you have a few minutes waiting in line.
Things like these are SO EASY to do and can such a difference — we just have to think to do them!
How to Get Started: Read “Putting God First“
Have you read “Putting God First” yet? A quick and easy read, it’s chock FULL of simple, practical ideas for making God more of a priority in your life.
In fact, here’s exactly what you’ll find inside:
- Six incredibly common distractions Christian women face today.
- Six reasons God really should be your #1 priority.
- What “Putting God First” actually looks like… and doesn’t look like.
- Thirty-four pages of super practical things you can do TODAY to make God your #1 priority once again.
- PLUS two very special reader bonuses to help you live out what you learn!
5. Learn All You Can About Your Faith
Honestly, it’s simply amazing to me how much time we can spend in church and Sunday School and still have SO much left to learn about the Bible, Christianity, Jesus and our Christian heritage.
Every pastor has their own favorite topics they love and do not love to talk about, and some things simply never come up. Plus, even if you do have an absolutely fantastic pastor who covers tons of topics in-depth, there’s only so much information you can fit into one sermon and only so many weeks in a year!
(And that assumes you have a great pastor who is generally right about things. For me, I went through 20-something years of my life before I realized that much of what I had been taught growing up was wrong!)
All of that to say — if you’re ONLY getting your Bible knowledge from your pastor, you’re missing out! Yes, listen to your pastor and learn a ton that way, but study the Bible for yourself too!
Never studied the Bible for yourself before and not sure how to get started? There are TONS of good resources out there to help you!
One of my favorites, though, is Bible Study Methods by Arabah Joy.
This workbook/video course walks you step-by-step through seven different techniques for studying the Bible for yourself.
I LOVE that it’s easy enough that even true Bible beginners can dive right in without getting overwhelmed, while people who have been studying the Bible for a long time can still get a lot out of it too.
I’d definitely recommend!
*You might also like: 12 Must-Read Christian Blogs for Women
6. Pray Bigger, Bolder Prayers
Here’s a thought-provoking question for you: If you kept a log of all of your prayers over the past two weeks, what would it say about your faith and your priorities?
- Who do you pray for? The world… or just your family?
- How often do you pray? Without ceasing… or just occasionally?
- How persistent are your prayers? Do you pray once or twice and then give up… or are there things you’ve continued to pray for for years?
- How big are your prayers? To you typically pray for big things like revival, changed hearts or healing… or small things like helping you make it through the day.
Now – to be clear – there is NOTHING wrong with any of these types of prayers. We should pray for all things — big and small. But if your prayers are looking a little lopsided… that might be something you need to address.
How to Get Started: Pick One Thing to Pray Big Prayers For
If you suddenly decide you’re going to pray BIG prayers for ALLLL the things — well, you’ll probably get overwhelmed, see no results, and stop trying. So don’t try to do it all at once. Pick one thing.
Are you a momma? Pray big prayers for your kids. Chances are you probably pray for them anyways, so it’ll just be a baby step up.
And it’s a good excuse to print out this super cute Mini Prayer Book to help you remember to pray big prayers for your kids.
7. Look for Ways to Help Others in Need
When asked what THE greatest commandment is, Jesus gave two: Love God and love others. (Matthew 22:36-40)
I’ve given you a ton of tips so far for helping you love God more, but what about loving others? Do you go out of your way to help those in need and serve those less fortunate than yourself? If not — that may just be the perfect way for you to grow in faith this year.
And again, helping others really is SO easy. We just have to remember to do it!
Here are a few great suggestions to get you started:
- Five Ways You Can Help Your Community
- 10 Community Service Projects Perfect for Introverts
- 75 Ways You Can Serve Your Church
8. Share Your Life with People Unlike You
There’s a risk we run into as Christians, and we come by it pretty honestly.
You see, it’s great to grow in faith and surround ourselves with others who also want to grow in faith. It’s great to go to church and Christian concerts, and hang out on Christian Facebook pages and fill our Instagram feeds with Christian inspiration.
But we run the risk of living in a Bubble. A little bubble where we all think the same, we all live the same, and our ideas are never challenged. And that’s a pretty dangerous place to be, honestly.
So yes — surround yourself with other Christians, and with Christian music and culture. Go to church. Go to Christian concerts. But don’t forget to share your life with people who aren’t Christians too.
If you look at Jesus’s life, he was around the “sinners” all the time. It only makes sense then that we should expand our bubble too.
I won’t dive into this topic super in-depth in this article, but here are a few others I’ve already written that can expand on it a bit more:
Do you want to grow in faith this year? What is ONE thing you can do to start?
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