Faith

Journey With Jesus: Favorite Ways To Grow in Faith

Hey guys! Hope you’re all doing well! Religion is something I’m not afraid to talk about because of how important it is to me, but it’s also not something I talk about often on my blog. My faith is a big part of my everyday life, online and offline. I’ve spoken about my faith journey and how I personally choose to live for God before, but my faith has grown 100 times over since those posts were written.

The one thing I always want to refrain from when I do posts on my faith is shoving it down other people’s throats. That’s not, nor ever will be the purpose of me speaking on my faith. This post is simply suggestions on how you could grow in your faith if you wanted. Everything I mention today has in some way or another changed how I function in my everyday life. I would be thrilled to bring someone to Jesus but your faith is your own, and how you grow in it is your own. These are all the things that worked for me.

Faith Bible

Bible Study

I’m gonna start with the most drastic thing that helped on my journey with Jesus. Every Monday night I meet with about 5-7 young adult woman and partake in a Bible Study. We typically will work on one study for about two months or so. Right now we are reading the book It’s not Suppose To Be This Way by Lysa Terkeurst.

We follow each chapter, and dive into discussion questions. There are many things that makes a Bible Study so helpful in your faith journey. You get to be in fellowship of people who share your faith, and get to worship with them. You also get to hear different perspectives or interpretation on the word of God. Just last night we had a long conversation on our faith and how God needs to sometimes cause things in our life to shatter so he can build something new.

Forming friendships with the girls in Bible Study has been so essential to my mental health, that I can’t imagine my life without it. Being able to laugh, be vulnerable and share wisdom all while teaching and learning about God is exactly what He wants from us.

Matthew

Christian Music & Podcasts

Another great way to grow in your faith is by listening to faith based podcasts & music. Lately, I’ve been listening to more Christian music and you’d think it doesn’t do much. However, having it constantly playing around me, has given me mental stability that I haven’t experienced in a while.

In my Podcasts for Young Adults, I mentioned one of my favorite Christian podcasts, God is Grey. That’s still a favorite of mine and another faith based podcast that I enjoy is JourneyWoman. What I like about these are that you again get to hear different perspectives. I personally learn a lot when listening to these podcasts because I’m not very familiar with the scripture in the Bible.

I’m not going to tell you all the christian music that I like to listen to because, we’d be here forever. So instead I am going to link to my Apple Music playlist with the songs & artists I’ve been listening to the most. The way that Christian music has helped my faith is the constant encouragement that is spoken through the songs. The artist will speak about the brokenness they’ve been experiencing and how it’s come full circle to healing because of Jesus. As someone who deals with depression on a daily basis, the messages in these songs give me hope.

Reading The Bible

Now I understand how obvious this is but sometimes it takes getting to a certain point in life to really understand the power of reading the Bible. For a while, even just this year and sometimes even to this day I’ve have no idea what the Bible is saying. That’s why I didn’t turn to it for a while, because I was confused and putting too much pressure on myself.

When you take a step back and realize that God is not expecting you to be a master theologist & accepts you where you are the more His word makes sense. The Bible is full of hope & comfort knowing that God has a plan for you. Before you were even born, God knew what your purpose was. Sin lives in this world, every second of everyday. God knows that, He knows you’re going to question him, and be confused, which is why his Word exists. It’s a place you can always come back to and be reminded of the Truth. One of my favorite verses is Proverbs 3: 5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him and he will make your path straight.”

Since I’ve started reading the Bible more, I have noticed the verses I need to hear will jump out at me. It’s as if God is standing right next to me and flipping the pages saying “Read my child, remember who you are, who I made you to be”

What Being Christian Means to Me

Now that i’ve given some ideas on how you can grow in your faith, I want to quickly talk about what being Christian means to me. Christians sometimes get a bad rep, rightfully so at times. The radical Christians tend to give the entire religion a bad name with the judgements and the rules, but that’s not what Christianity is to me.

In my mind, it is not my job nor my right to cast judgment or determine what is a punishable sin. My job as a child of God is to share his love, his grace and his forgiveness. In Mark 12:31 Jesus tells us “Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.” I am here to share his good Word and testify on behalf of his Mercy but, I wasn’t the one who died on a cross for our sins. I don’t know better than God, so it’s not my place to cast judgment and act like I do.

What is your faith like? Is it not a big part of your life? Is it something you want to grow? Did this post help you learn how you can grow? Or is it already the most important thing in your world? Let me know down in the comments! Thanks for stopping by, until next time….

Be Nice. Be Good.

Mich. x

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Hi! I’m Michelle, but you can call me Mich. I’m just your normal 24 year old trying to figure out life and thought I’d share some of my experiences and interests with the world. This blog will cover all things under the sun from makeup favorites to mental health to religion and everything serious or not so serious in between! I want us to build a little community filled with love and support so please leave me comments and hit that follow button on your way out. This blog has a very special place in my heart and feels like a important part of my path in life so I hope you stay a while and check out what it’s like to be Simply Michelle.

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13 Comments

  1. I’ve never really been too religious because I wasn’t really brought up around it but I definitely believe that there is a god. I do have a Bible but I don’t think I’ve ever actually sat and read it but I feel like I want to! X

    1. i think it’s great that you want to read your bible! once you strip back the expectations society or church can put on you and just relate the words to your life it’s much easier to comprehend xx

  2. I’m not at all religious but I think it’s wonderful that you find so much comfort in your faith. Although it’s not how I was brought up, I do appreciate you sharing what it means to you, Mich x

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    1. thank you lisa, i think it’s very mature and respectful of you to still take the time to read on something you don’t necessarily relate to. x

  3. I really respect people who have strong faith. Mine is not as strong as I would like it to be. I worry needlessly about a lot of things. Sometimes I just need to ‘let go and let God’.

    1. i’ve mentioned the book we’re doing in bible study in all the comments so far but again i think you could also benefit from it because so many of us try to take control or try to understand what God is doing and why. There is a lot about this world that we can comprehend because we don’t know the bigger plan and that’s really hard to come to terms with.

  4. Lisa Alioto says:

    I found your piece refreshing and inspiring!

    1. thank you! x

  5. I loved this post! I love it when people do faith based posts. I would love to be part of a Bible study group! Great job 🙂
    Briana
    https://justmythoughtsblogs.wordpress.com

    1. well as a way to slightly join our study you can read the book we’re studying. it’s called “it’s not suppose to be this way” so powerful!

  6. I’m so happy for you and your journey with Jesus Mich! It’s true, sometimes God puts us in difficult situations to build us into stronger individuals. I’m the same way, Christianity means to share and spread God’s love by not judging others for the things they do. Thanks for sharing this💕

    Natonya | https://justnatonya.wordpress.com

    1. thanks for this sweet comment natonya! i’m actually reading a book called “it’s not suppose to be this way” and what you said is an overarching theme in the book. God puts us in difficult situations for a greater good that we don’t know nor can we know because if we knew the pain we needed to go through to get to the good stuff we would 99% of the time say it’s not worth it.

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