Have you found yourself in a rut with all that is going on in our world today? We can all go through waves of discouragement and wonder as to what is going on or what will happen next. It has also become easy to be complacent when we are no longer surprised by what is on the news or social media.

As Christians, we have the opportunity to engage with our Creator through maintaining Holy Habits each week. These may seem pretty basic, but perhaps we need to be reminded that basic can still be life giving. So, here are my top five Holy Habits that I make part of my day and/or week.

1. Spend time with the Lord.

Basic, right? But, right now it is so easy to binge watch Netflix. May I encourage you to wake up just 20 minutes earlier each day this week to spend time reading the Word and in prayer? Twenty minutes isn’t a drastic change to your sleep schedule, but it will make a drastic change when you have communed with your Savior to begin your day.

2. Take time to be in creation.

I know, this is Texas, and it is hot right now. But, perhaps you combine your time with the Lord and being in his creation in the morning. Spend a little time feeling the sun on your skin as you marvel at His creation of it.

3. Fellowship with believers.

I know this can be a challenge right now, but utilize Marco Polo or any other wonderful technology that allows us to connect with those we love. My two dearest friends and I have remained connected (maybe more than we were six months ago) because we can talk more frequently through Marco Polo. We were created to be in fellowship with one another, and that has taken its toll on all of us. The ability to talk with these women, share my heart, and my frustrations drives them to respond in prayer on my behalf. Likewise, I am able to do the same for them.

4. Eat well.

Simple. Our bodies are temples of the Lord and when I take care of it there is a sure difference in how I feel as a whole.

5. Serve others.

Find away to be a servant to those around you. Do so willingly and with joy as Christ did. Perhaps that is being more intentional at taking out the trash, doing the dishes, etc. within your home. See the needs of your neighbors. Is one of your neighbors an essential worker and just tired? Could you mow their yard? Find ways to serve where you are.

Holy Habits focus our hearts on bringing glory to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Be encouraged. He is still on His throne. Begin your first Holy Habit with Psalm 93:

“The Lord reigns; he is robed in majesty;
    the Lord is robed; he has put on strength as his belt.
Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved.
Your throne is established from of old;
    you are from everlasting.

The floods have lifted up, O Lord,
    the floods have lifted up their voice;
    the floods lift up their roaring.
Mightier than the thunders of many waters,
    mightier than the waves of the sea,
    the Lord on high is mighty!

Your decrees are very trustworthy;
    holiness befits your house,
    O Lord, forevermore.”

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