17 – Simplicity – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

“The inward reality of single-hearted focus upon God and his kingdom, which results in an outward lifestyle of modesty, openness and unpretentiousness and which disciplines our hunger for status, glamor, and luxury.”

“We brought nothing into the world, so that we can take nothing out of it.”  —  1 Timothy 6:7

from A Year with God:  Living out the Spiritual Disciplines edited by  Richard J. Foster and Julia L. Roller, introduction to days 326-345.

16 – Silence – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

“Closing off the inner self from “sounds,” whether noise, music, or words, so that we may better still the chatter and clatter of our noisy hearts and be increasingly attentive to God.”

“For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from him.”  —  Psalm 62:5

from A Year with God:  Living out the Spiritual Disciplines edited by  Richard J. Foster and Julia L. Roller, introduction to days 306 – 325.

15 – Sacrifice – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

“Deliberately forsaking the security of satisfying our own needs with our resources in the faith and hope that God will sustain us.”

“Present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.”  —  Romans 12:1

from A Year with God:  Living out the Spiritual Disciplines edited by  Richard J. Foster and Julia L. Roller, introduction to days 286 – 305.

14 – Submission – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

“Subordination to the guidance of God; within the Christian fellowship, a constant mutual subordination out of reverence for Christ, which opens the way for particular subordination to those who are qualified to direct our efforts toward Christlikeness and who then add the weight of their wise authority on the side of our willing spirit to help us do the things we would like to do and refrain from doing the things we don’t want to do.”

“Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.”  —  Luke 1:38

from  A Year with God:  Living out the Spiritual Disciplines edited by  Richard J. Foster and Julia L. Roller, introduction to days 266 – 285.

13 – Chastity – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

“Purposefully turning away for a time from dwelling upon or engaging in the sexual dimension of our relationship to others – even our husband or wife – and thus learning how not to be governed by this powerful aspect of our life.”

“I am my beloved’s, and his desire is for me.  —  Song of Solomon 7:10

from A Year with God:  Living out the Spiritual Disciplines edited by  Richard J. Foster and Julia L. Roller, introduction to days 246 – 265.

12 – Fasting – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

“The voluntary abstention from an otherwise normal function – most often eating – for the sake of intense spiritual activity.”

“Yet even now, says the Lord,
return to me with your all your heart,
with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.” — Joel 2:12

from A Year with God:  Living out the Spiritual Disciplines edited by  Richard J. Foster and Julia L. Roller, introduction to days 226 – 245.

11 – Fellowship – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

“Engaging with other disciples in the common activities of worship, study, prayer, celebration, and service, which sustain our life together and enlarge our capacity to experience more of God.”

“The whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love.”  —    Ephesians 4:16

 from A Year with God:  Living out the Spiritual Disciplines edited by  Richard J. Foster and Julia L. Roller, introduction to days 206 – 225.

10 – Solitude – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

“The creation of an open, empty space in our lives by purposefully abstaining from interaction with other human beings, so that, freed from competing loyalties, we can be found by God.”

“Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.”  —  Mark 6:31

from A Year with God:  Living out the Spiritual Disciplines, edited by  Richard J. Foster and Julia L. Roller, introduction to days .186 – 205

9 – Meditation – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

“Prayerful rumination upon God, his Word, and his world.”

“On the glorious splendor of your majesty,
and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.”
— Psalm 145:5

from A Year with God:  Living out the Spiritual Disciplines, edited by  Richard J. Foster and Julia L. Roller, introduction to days 166 – 185.

8 – Guidance – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

“Experiencing an interactive friendship with God that gives direction and purpose to daily life.”

“When you turn to the right or when you turn to the left, your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.'”  —  Isaiah 30:21

from A Year with God:  Living out the Spiritual Disciplines, edited by  Richard J. Foster and Julia L. Roller, introduction to days 146-165.