I've heard many people explain they've had a hard time getting into the habit. Or, they only feel moved to write when they are feeling heavy or negative emotions. But it doesn't have to be this way.
Now that I am seeing God through a new lens. This new lens has made it easier for me to read the Bible again. With this newfound perspective on faith and spirituality, I sat down and reflected on how God and the Bible appears to me. This lead me to list what I now hold to be true about the Bible, my faith in God and my spirituality.
If writing out New Year's Resolutions isn't your thing maybe you should try this out instead. Feel free to use what I wrote as a template (don't plagiarize of course). After all, a personal manifesto is much more empowering when you use your words to make it your own! You can choose to be more general or focus in on a specific area of your life.
As a young girl I was taught to revere God. To believe in God with an unwavering faith. To never question a word of the Holy Bible. To perform the necessary actions to feel the warm embrace from the divine Father. So with devotion, I studied the scripture, sang hymns and whispered daily prayers. In church my ears would soak up every utterance from the preacher’s mouth, waiting for the moment of God’s sweet presence to sweep over me.
What do you want to be when you grow up? How inhibiting this question is to the developing mind? As children we are asked to identify a chosen career. To figure out what we are passionate about in life and follow it wholeheartedly. That we ought to have a clear and direct path towards the pursuit of a sole career. And that this career will set the course of our entire life.
At 18 I had my entire life planned out and, you couldn't tell me nuffin'! I knew exactly where my life was heading. I was going to pursue a degree in medicine, marry my boyfriend when I graduated college, have children, go to medical school and then open my private practice. Well, have you ever heard the saying, "We plan, God laughs"? I can tell you now, God had a real good laugh.