Devotionals & Practices

Devotionals and spiritual practices are ways to grow not only in your own relationship with Jesus, but also in your relationship with your community, as you experience and discuss them with each other. They can help you stay close in a time of social distancing.

The Practice of Gratitude - November 29

The Challenge of Gratitude - November 22

The Enemies of Gratitude - November 15

The Practice of Gratitude - November 8

Unexpected Hope - November 1

Unexpected Suffering - October 25

Spiritual Practices


Loving Prayer of Repentance

To prepare for a journey to a place I have never been before, I find it helpful to consult an expert, one who knows the way, one who can tell me what to leave behind and what to carry with me. To prepare for where God is leading you, it may be helpful to invite him to look carefully at your life and your heart, to show you what to leave behind and what to carry forward. Experience this practice for yourself, and then, if you have children, walk with them through it.

In this practice, you will be comforted by God's presence and intimate knowledge of you. And in that comfort, you'll rely on him to reveal your sins--the barriers between you and him--and allow his kindness to lead you to repentance.


Roots and Fruits

For more than 2000 years, God has been using an amazing plan to grow his kingdom—to spread his message to every part of the world and from one generation to the next and to the next and to the next. The plan is amazing because God invites us to be part of it, everyday people sharing our story with others.

Who are the people in your life who have been instrumental in planting seeds of faith in you? Who are the people you want to see connected to Jesus? This Roots and Fruits practice will help you identify those people with humility and gratitude.


Listening Prayer

In this season of disease, unemployment, change, and uncertainty, we want to be there for our family, friends, and co-workers. To be at our best for them, we need to allow God to care well for us. The familiar words of flight attendants before takeoff may be applicable, “Should the cabin lose pressure, oxygen masks will drop from the overhead area. Please place the mask over your own mouth and nose before assisting others.” Does it feel like your cabin has lost pressure? Do you lack energy, focus, or feel out of sorts?

Listening prayer turns us away from those elaborate internal dialogues and inner chaos we experience. This spiritual practice invites us to let go of our own voice and listen to a better one—God’s loving voice.


Gratitude Practice

In this season, worry and anxiety are at an all-time high. Even if you don’t normally find yourself struggling with anxiety, it’s probably making its way into your mind, heart, and especially your body.

When we remember who God is, it alters our perspective.

Take time at the end of the day, perhaps at dinnertime or bedtime, to share the ways you have seen God move throughout the day.


Imaginative Prayer

One of the gifts God has given us is our imagination. The Bible is filled with stories that were real. Stories with real people who had real emotions and responses. Through Imaginative Prayer, we can enter into those stories, allowing our imaginations to paint a picture that brings the Bible to life in a new way. This practice can be such a wonderful way to hear from God and see new things in Scripture.


Neighborhood Prayer Walk

Being a good neighbor isn’t just checking one another’s mail or smiling in passing. Most importantly, it’s one of Jesus’ greatest commandments in Matthew 22, and therefore, a part of The Creek’s vision statement as a church. While social distancing, many of us have been out on walks enjoying fresh air and sunshine. We've put together a neighborhood prayer walk for you to use as you are out and about in your neighborhood.


Sabbath

We're continuing our anchoring rhythms by looking at the practice of Sabbath. Last week when we reviewed the creation account, we saw how God created the earth and all that is in it in six days. On the seventh day, He rested. When God created Sabbath, it was not for him. God is complete without rest. But he knew we are not. We are finite. We have limits that are very real and cannot be ignored. We grow tired and weary. We desperately need to be refreshed, renewed, revived.
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Creating a Rule of Life

Life rhythms are the daily and weekly patterns and routines that help us function. These patterns are important because our bodies, minds, and emotions are all interconnected. The spiritual practice of creating a rule of life is a simple exercise you can complete with your family or just for yourself to help settle in a bit. It will help provide guardrails that keep you in rhythm.
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