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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

a spiritual check up

this post from justin buzzard got me thinking about things to do differently in 2011.
i don't always use a bible reading plan, but i'm now on the search for one!

i don't typically make resolutions, but do often consider the year in review.
i have a wonderful questionnaire that a former bible study leader gave me in 2005 & i have been using for the past five years.
i want to share it, since it's been helpful to me in the past. [i left my answers out]
a spiritual check-up

1.      What are some good things that are happening in your life?
2.      List five things for which you are grateful…

3.  What are some challenges you are currently facing?

4.  Describe your prayer life using three adjectives:

5.  How often do you pray?  How has God responded to your prayers?
6.  How have you sensed the Holy Spirit at work in you—either in the past or presently?
7.  In Galatians 5:22-23, the fruit of the Spirit (that is, fruit borne within those who are led by the Spirit) is described as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control… 
Which of these currently describe you?  Which of these, if any, are you lacking or at least desiring?
8.  What spiritual exercises are you practicing in order to relate personally with God?
9.  What sacrifices are you making in your life?  And for what end?

10.  Which of the following Ten Commandments (listed in their Scriptural context from Exodus 20) is most convicting for you in this season of your life?
And God spoke all these words:  "I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery…
 1 You shall have no other gods before me. 
2  You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.  You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me,  but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments. 
3 You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name. 
4  Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.  Six days you shall labor and do all your work,  but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates.  For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
5  Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you. 
6  You shall not murder. 
7  You shall not commit adultery. 
8  You shall not steal. 
9  You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. 
10  You shall not covet your neighbor's house. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

 11. God is…   All-knowing
                        Full of grace and truth
Which of these attributes of God resonates with you currently?  Why?
12.  What life-giving activities (i.e., hiking, dancing) do you participate in?

13.  Describe your vital friendships or relationships?
14.  If Jesus was sitting next to you what would he say about your 2010?  What part of your life would he want to talk about the most?  What would he want to tell you about 2011?  

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for linking up to What I Whipped Up Wednesday! I love reading about the people behind the typical posts...thank you for sharing and for giving me a LOT to think about! xo


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