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What People are Saying about the Daily Growth Journal

I finally look forward to journaling again! Over the years I’ve let my habit of journaling get crowded out by life. I wasn’t sure if I would see growth by spending just 10 minutes aday, but I’m encouraged by the progress I’ve already made.

Sarah, Project Coordinator

The Daily Growth Journal is an innovative way to make your daily devotions a living part of your discipleship - you don't have anything like it.

Alan, Pastoral Coach

"I have never been great at journaling, but this takes all the stress out of the process. Simple, straight forward questions keep you focused, and over time I noticed it influencing my whole day."

Joe, Children's Pastor

I have always struggled with journaling. The blank page just “stared” at me as if to dare me to think of anything to write. I love the questions in this journal. It really gets me started, and helps me to focus on truly allowing the Holy Spirit to “form” me more into the image of Christ. 

Donna, Discipleship Pastor

Feeling Stuck?

Finding time to spend in spiritual disciplines is tough with a busy schedule. Even if you had the time, you find yourself wondering, “I don’t know what I’m supposed to do with my life. How am I supposed to grow?”

Living Your Destiny?

God wants you to grow in every area of life. Your physical health, parenting skills, work at your job, and everything in between are all opportunities for you to become more like Christ. Your whole life can become a reflection of God’s destiny for you.

The Daily Growth Discipleship Podcast

Post-Election Discipleship - Andréa Snavely - Episode 68

Post-Election Discipleship - Andréa Snavely - Episode 68

The United States has a very important election coming up in less than a week. The nation is more polarized than ever before, and this polarization is even reflected in the Church. But this is unfortunate considering where our allegiance as Christians should lie: with Christ and His Kingdom. So the question we wanted to talk with Dr. Snavely about is how should we as Christians understand our role in politics, and especially how should we respond on November 4th when the election is over. Ultimately, our hope isn't in who wins or who loses the election. Our hope and trust is in God who sits on the thrown.

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The Healing Journey Back to Unity with God - Gary Moon - Episode 67

The Healing Journey Back to Unity with God - Gary Moon - Episode 67

Life is a journey. It sounds cliche, but there's a truth in that statement, especially for Christians as they strive to live a lifestyle of discipleship. When it comes to spiritual formation, we often think that process is meant to form only one part of our journey, the spiritual part. But this misses out on the beautiful whole of our life God wants to shape and form. He doesn't just want to shape our spirit, but our heart, mind, behaviors, and relationships as well. He wants to shape everything in us to be like him. But this process is a journey that takes time. It takes time because we don't naturally want to let him make these changes. In this episode, Gary Moon, unpacks a few of the ways God wants to shape us. His experience in psychology and spiritual formation, along with his wit and humor are a refreshing perspective on what it means to live a lifestyle of discipleship.

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The Enneagram as a Roadmap for Discipleship - AJ Sherrill - Episode 66

The Enneagram as a Roadmap for Discipleship - AJ Sherrill - Episode 66

The enneagram has become a popular tool and topic of discussion over the last few years. Everyone seems to be taking online tests to discover their type and comparing their results with friends, family, and co-workers. But the enneagram is more than just a personality test that shows us our quirks and preferences. It is a tool that can help us, as disciples, draw closer to God. As AJ Sherrill talks about in this episode, the enneagram isn’t a Christian tool. But it is a human tool that can be used to help us discover our true identities by revealing to us the masks we’ve used to hide from the world. It can also help us create practices that help us grow more deeply in our walk with Christ. The enneagram is not a mystical or all-powerful tool. But it can, if we use it well, help us gain a deeper awareness of our motivations and insecurities that keep us from seeing who God is calling us to be. In the end, the enneagram is a tool that can help us create a lifestyle of discipleship.

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Thoughts for Your Growth

How Journaling 10 Minutes a Day Can Help You Grow in Christ

How Journaling 10 Minutes a Day Can Help You Grow in Christ

You might be wondering if it’s really possible to grow in your walk with Christ by journaling just 10 minutes a day. I know it sounds a little far fetched. You’re probably thinking it’s just some marketing gimmick used to get you to click on a link.

You’re right! I admit it. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t true. I truly believe the Daily Growth Journal can help you grow in your walk with Christ because I’ve seen what it’s done in my life and the lives of others.

Why You Should Practice Silence and Solitude

Why You Should Practice Silence and Solitude

I’ve learned that practicing Silence and Solitude is the spiritual equivalent to resting after a hard workout. Contrary to what a lot of people believe, you don’t actually get stronger from going to the gym. Lifting weights only serves to stress the muscles and break them down. And that stress is what causes growth to take place. Without it, your body wouldn’t have a reason to grow.

But the exercise itself doesn’t make your muscles grow stronger. The process of rest and recovery does that. So if you didn't give your muscles enough time to recover and you continued to work out every day, you’d end up breaking down your body more and more until you injured yourself and/or made yourself sick. This is your body's way of taking the rest it needs whether you’re willing to give it or not.

 

Why Does the Easy Yoke of Jesus Seem So Hard?

Why Does the Easy Yoke of Jesus Seem So Hard?

Have you ever thought about Jesus' command to take on his yoke and burden and wondered what He meant when he promised it would be “easy” and “light.” Anyone who’s been a Christian for any significant time will tell you that following Jesus isn’t always easy. It costs a lot! It takes all of your effort! By choosing the narrow road to life, you invite upon yourself all kinds of trials, hardships, and suffering.

So what is Jesus talking about in Matthew 11:29-30 when he promised that His Way is actually the easy one?