FAITH NEWS SERVICE – At the height of the pandemic, Athletes in Action offered struggling students a valuable resource titled “7 Disciplines to Practice During a Pandemic.” It pointed out that “without discipline and structure, this time can easily be wasted and you could be missing out on opportunities to spend time with God and experience His transformative grace.”
The online ministry tool acknowledged the loss of canceled sports seasons while also encouraging young men and women to use the extra time to grow in their relationship with God through journaling, patience, devotional reading, scripture memorization, prayer, solitude, and fellowship.
Author Missy Eversole learned the power of drawing close to Christ through spiritual disciplines during a very different season of stress. At the time, she was a frazzled busy mom who loved Jesus but struggled to find time for Him between school pickups, soccer practice, and everything she’d said yes to.
“For years, I carried a small, compact Bible in my purse, intending to read it during downtimes, such as in the pickup line while waiting for my children to exit the school building. Instead, it had become another object that I transferred from purse to purse.” One day while waiting for her sons in the school parking lot, she reached for her phone and felt God nudging her to grab her Bible instead. That was the first step of a journey toward embracing disciplines that transformed her life. She shares what she gained in her new book, Transformed, Not Conformed: A Journey to Embracing a Life-Changing Approach to Spiritual Habits.
Filled with honest personal stories and relatable examples from Scripture, Transformed, Not Conformed offers a respite from society’s demands to be Pinterest perfect, using a fresh approach to the spiritual disciplines. In addition to helping women create habits of Bible reading, meditation, prayer, silence, solitude, and fasting that they can stick with, Missy highlights the benefits of connecting with God through journaling and worship. Drawing from the hills and valleys of her own faith journey, Missy paves the way for igniting or reigniting a love for Christ and a hunger for Him that is truly life changing.
*From “7 Spiritual Disciplines to Practice During a Pandemic” by Holly Murry, Athletes in Action. Found on https://athletesinaction.org/articles/7-spiritual-disciplines-to-practice-during-a-pandemic/ on April 6, 2021.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Missy Eversole is a wife, mother of two teenage sons, writer, and blogger. She and her husband, Craig, have been married for twenty-one years and live in Morton, Illinois. Missy shares her love for digging deep into God’s Word as a small group leader for Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies. She writes about her faith and family on her weekly blog, MissyEversole.com.
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