Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above,
where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.
Colossians 3:1-3

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Twenty-Ten: About to Begin

The Hearts Above Ladies Bible Study begins a Spiritual Journey to set our hearts and minds on things above where our lives are hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:1-3).

We set our hearts on things above by:
  • praying to God
  • being still before God
  • practicing spiritual disciplines before God
  • serving God's people
We set our minds on things above by:
  • reading God's Word
  • studying God's Word
  • meditating on God's Word
  • memorizing God's Word
The journey begins with two simple steps: 1) commit to a daily Bible reading plan; 2) commit to a spiritual growth plan.
My Bible Reading Plan
I will abide in God's Word by reading the New Century Version following a chronological schedule.
My Spiritual Growth Plan
I will set my heart on things above by memorizing Scripture, going on daily prayer walks, and "establishing rest" on Sundays.
I will set my mind on things above by facilitating the Hearts Above Bible study; attending a study on Esther; and doing personal studies on the Gospel of John (Living the Questions in John) and the Old Testament book of Job (Job: A Man of Heroic Endurance). I'll also continue my daily practice of reading Oswald Chambers' My Utmost for His Highest. And I'll read:
  • A Circle of Quiet by Madeleine L'Engle (already reading)
  • More than Words compiled by Philip Yancey
  • Crazy Love by Francis Chan
  • A Testament to Freedom by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • Captvating by John and Stasi Eldredge
  • several titles by C.S. Lewis
What is the focus of your spiritual journey for the new year? Please feel free to share your commitment to spiritual growth.

1 comment:

Karen said...

Johnnie, I love the new set up. The idea of separating the mind and heart principles is sooo good. I know many times, I know in my mind the "right" but the will/heart does not do it. I want to read that book by L'Engle, too.