10 Spiritual Goals to Have and How to Work Toward Them

We set goals for our careers, our homes, our health and our finances. Why wouldn’t we then set spiritual goals?

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A WORK IN PROGRESS

As a child I was shy and withdrawn, insecure and anxious. I was a sensitive kid that was afraid of the dark and meeting new people. But I loved to teach my younger brother, read funny books, write stories, make crafts and create neighborhood clubs.

When I grew older, my talents grew, as did my weaknesses. With big changes came bigger challenges. Marrying young and living across the country from my family, death of my mother-in-law, post-partum depression, a chronic illness and an aggressive toddler.

I walked through many days of confusion and exhaustion, until I learned that even doctors have their limits on how much they can help. I learned in each of these areas, that my spiritual growth had to be part of the equation. Learning to trust, leaning to hope, learning to pray.

Even in my talents, came trials.

After I got a job teaching second grade, I thought my biggest worry would be classroom management. It ended up being things like dealing with CPS, a year where 60% of my kids had recently gone through divorce, or two of my kids losing their parents during the time in my class.

Again I had to turn to my Father, the only one who could give me true peace and wisdom in a world where things often don’t make sense.

LEARNING TO LET GO OF CONTROL

Life is so much more complicated as an adult than it was as a child.

Some things can be helped from self-help books or experience. Others can be helped through community, such as a friend reaching out, or a doctor prescribing medicine. But some come at a harder price. Complete surrender. Loss of control in a situation where the only option you have left is to give it to God.

Life is full of twists and turns and lessons we may have never wanted to learn in the way we did. And so, as I train myself to grow in the ways God calls me to, I find myself taking my problems to Him much faster and with much more trust than I have in the past.

GROWING IN FAITH

No matter where you are in this journey, you my friend, need to set some spiritual goals. We set goals for our careers, our health and our finances. Why wouldn’t we then set them for our spirituality–the one thing we claim matters the most in life?

When I need to grow in confidence, I focus on surrender and study. When I need to grow in positivity and hope, I focus on prayer and worship.

Where are you struggling? Set your goals in these areas and look for ways God is growing you spiritually. Don’t see your trials as a roadblock, but as an opportunity.

Ready to get started? Me too!

10 AREAS FOR SPIRITUAL GROWTH

1. CELEBRATION/WORSHIP

“His praise shall be continually in my mouth.” Psalm 34:1

2. CONFESSION/FORGIVENESS

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins.” 1 John 1:9

  • Repent of a sin and list tangible ways to improve
  • Find a mentor or accountability partner to encourage you
  • Attend counseling to work through forgiveness issues

3. FASTING/SACRIFICE

“She never left the temple but worshipped night and day, fasting and praying.” Luke 2:37

  • Fast from a type of technology (TV, social media, phone)
  • Cut out food indulges (sweets, carbs)
  • Fast from spending money (impulse buys, extra purchases, treats)
  • Take a break from a hobby (use the time in study and prayer)

4. FELLOWSHIP/COMMUNITY

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” Acts 2:42

  • Host a get together with family or friends
  • Join a small group at church
  • Join a women’s Bible study
  • Pray with others

5. GUIDANCE/TRUST

“Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.” Psalm 25:5

  • Commit to reading your Bible daily
  • Commit to daily prayer
  • Seek out spiritual mentors at your church
  • Fast and pray over a specific decision

6. MEDITATION/STUDY

“Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” Joshua 1:8

7. PRAYER/RELATIONSHIP

“Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.” Jeremiah 29:12

  • Pray as a family at the dinner table
  • Pray during an activity (brushing teeth, in traffic)
  • Read a book about prayers
  • Pray with your kids at bedtime
  • Write your prayers in a journal
  • Ask for and keep track of prayer requests

8. SECRECY/SOLITUDE

“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them…when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets…do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” Matthew 6:1-4

  • Give money to a homeless person
  • Buy the meal for the person behind you in the drive thru
  • Participate in Toys for Tots, MAGI boxes, or Angel Tree
  • Go on a personal retreat to read, fast and pray

9. SERVICE/COMPASSION

“Do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” Galatians 5:13

  • Visit a nursing home (teach something, play music, pass out cards)
  • Bring cookies to a Fire/Police Station
  • Buy/make items for kids in the hospital
  • Bring a meal or help clean a sick person’s home

10. STILLNESS/SURRENDER

“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10

  • Wake early to spend quiet time with God
  • Go somewhere to sit still and enjoy nature
  • Let the little things go
  • Have a tech free day and be present with your family

SET ONE SPIRITUAL GOAL RIGHT NOW

Pick ONE area that sticks out to you the most right now. Then write down the action steps you need to get there. Work your way through them. Then move onto the next, building and growing in your spiritual walk. Click the image to print your goal sheet:

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Discovering Your Personal Spiritual Gifts and Practical Ways to Use Them

The Bible says that we are all gifted. We each have unique spiritual gifts to be used in personalized ways. Figure out yours today!

KNOWLEDGE VS WISDOM

I love to circle, highlight, tab and post-it note everything I come across. Maybe you’re a life long learner like myself. You love knowledge and you can’t get enough of it. You want to learn how to do new skills and figure things out on your own, while you peruse the DIY and self-help sections of your local bookstore.

In retaining new information, I’ve gotten really good at organization. If I want my kids to learn how to clean their rooms, I label bins, draw out diagrams and give rewards. My kids think everyone else is working on their behavior and learning new skills at home using charts, printables and checklists.

I have to shake my head at myself when my son has friends over and thinks we need to set up different stations around the house for activities. In training him to be excited about learning new skills, I may have gone a little overboard and have to remind my kids that it’s also fun to be spontaneous!

I like to think I have a lot of knowledge to pass on to others because of all the research I am constantly doing. I love to read, write, watch movies, create, explore–I love to learn. I’ve acquired a whole lot of knowledge, but what’s much harder to acquire is wisdom.

Knowledge is attained by studying, asking questions and searching for answers. Wisdom is from experience: using (or not using) advice you’ve been given, overcoming difficult circumstances, or putting your knowledge into practice.

I do have a few areas of my life where I think I’m qualified to give out some wisdom because of the things I’ve experienced. For example: struggling as a new mom, dealing with health issues, coping with worry and anxiety, and tips for working on your marriage.

WHAT ARE YOU GIFTED IN?

Throughout the New Testament, writers mention the concept of Spiritual Gifts. The Bible says that we are all gifted. We each have unique spiritual gifts to be used in unique, personalized ways.

“Each man has his own gift from God; one has this gift, another has that.” 1 Corinthians 7:7

We live in such a celebrity-run society that many of us think all the talents lie within other people, but not ourselves. Or perhaps you know what your talent is, you just don’t know how to use it. In either case, I encourage you to take a Free Spiritual Gifts Test because it can tell you what your gifts are and how to use to them.

“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit…different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in men. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.” 1 Corinthians 12:4-7

WHAT QUALIFIES AS A SPIRITUAL GIFT?

Spiritual Gifts are based off the following verses:

ROMANS 12:6-8

“We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve…teaching, let him teach…encouraging, let him encourage…contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously…leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.”

  • Prophesying
  • Serving
  • Teaching
  • Encouraging
  • Contributing
  • Leadership
  • Showing Mercy

1 CORINTHIANS 12: 8-10

“To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues.”

  • Wisdom
  • Knowledge
  • Faith
  • Healing
  • Miraculous powers
  • Prophecy
  • Distinguishing between spirits
  • Speaking in different kinds of tongues
  • Interpretation of tongues

1 CORINTHIANS 12:28

“And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having gifts of healing, those able to help others, those with gifts of administration, and those speaking in different kinds of tongues.”

  • Apostles
  • Prophets
  • Teachers
  • Workers of miracles
  • Healers
  • Helpers
  • Administrators
  • Speaking in different kinds of tongues

EPHESIANS 4:11

“It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers.”

  • Apostles
  • Prophets
  • Evangelists
  • Pastors
  • Teachers

WHY WILL MY GIFT MATTER?

Your life is with purpose, and as a result, God wants you to enjoy what you do, not be burdened by it. He gives you these gifts so that you can seize the opportunities in front of you to make a difference in the lives of others. You don’t have to be a teacher or a public speaker to help others.

During the time I was bedridden, so many people helped and encouraged me. People all over the country prayed for me, brought us meals, text me daily encouragement, sent cards, donated money to help us pay our medical bills, recommended books to read and sent uplifting music to listen to.

As a result, each one of these people made a difference in my life and my family’s. Many of them didn’t even know me that well, however, they blessed me with their unique spiritual gift.

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” Matthew 25:35-36

HOW CAN I USE MY GIFTS?

Hospitality, giving, teaching, encouraging, leading, organizing, praying, serving, helping others, showing mercy and compassion, having a strong faith, discernment—these are gifts! How can you help serve others using your talents? For example:

  • Donate money to charity
  • Volunteer somewhere
  • Pray for sick and suffering
  • Babysit for friend or neighbor
  • Encourage someone going through a hard time
  • Help clean for someone who is sick or elderly
  • Bring someone a meal
  • Host a get together to meet your neighbors

“Each one of you should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 4:10

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How to Create a Spiritual Resume

Why do you believe what you believe? Learn how to create a spiritual resume so that you can stay focused on the hope during hard times.

WHERE DO YOU FIND YOUR HOPE?

“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.”

1 Peter 3:15

I was always intimidated by this Bible verse—to me it meant that I needed to have all the answers—to prove why my religion was the one true religion, to prove why Jesus is really the Son of God—but the deeper I grew in my faith, I realized, relationship with Jesus is intensely personal. It’s not about winning debates or proving others wrong. It’s about grace and love and humility. Your relationship with faith is about surrender and kindness and all the things that you can’t necessarily show in a science experiment.

Faith is at the heart of all religion. It’s something you have to experience—personally—and can’t always be explained. So don’t take this verse as something you’re intimidated by, take it as an opportunity to give your own personal testimony. All of these stories in your life can be compiled into a sort of “spiritual resume”.

Everyone’s story is different. Mine will not look like yours. And that’s a good thing. I want to hear your story. And you’re probably on this site because you want to hear mine.

Our stories are what reflect the goodness and glory of Jesus Christ. Tell others what he’s done in your life. Why you get up every day and keep going. Why you smile when things are still hard.

Not sure of what he’s done? Take the time to make a list. Write your stories down. You can’t tell others the reason for the hope that you have, if you’re not sure yourself.

WHAT IS A SPIRITUAL RESUME?

I have stories in my life, and so do you, of moments when my life was changed in big ways. So many, that I decided to blog about them. What do you do when something big happens to you? Do you blast it on social media, or write it quietly in a journal? Do you replay the memories in your head or draw them out in a sketchbook? Whatever you do, the memories are there.

When has something good happened in your life?

When have you seen the silver lining in something bad?

Take theses stories and write them down. Make a list, then add to it. Remind yourself of the times Jesus has brought you through something difficult or blessed you with something wonderful to keep your positive focus strong on any trials ahead. Your story, your testimony, is the answer to the reason for the hope that you have.

REASONS FOR THE HOPE THAT I HAVE

  1. My worries are calmed when I go to Him in prayer.
  2. I find peace in my relationship with Him more than anything I can experience on Earth.
  3. I find purpose and meaning in my life because of His calling and direction.
  4. He is the reason I can be positive when Lyme is awful.
  5. I experience spiritual wholeness when I worship.
  6. I feel seen, heard and loved when I pray and read His Word.
  7. He’s the focus on keeping my marriage healthy.
  8. My faith is the motivation for raising my children with intention.
  9. He’s my example for a joyful, servant-filled life.
  10. He is my refuge, strength, song, joy, peace, hope, love, focus, passion, rock, salvation, fortress, helper, stronghold, savior, God, defender, protector, deliverer, shield, teacher, father, shepherd, friend, guide, and leader.
  11. He is unfailing, gentle, consistent, all-knowing, all-powerful, always present, glorious, patient, kind, good and faithful.

“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him and He helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise Him.”

Psalm 28:7

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