December: Waiting ⏳

Some ideas to get you started

Level 1: Novice

  1. 📺 Commit to not binge-watching! Enjoy just one episode of your favorite show at a time.
  2. 🧶 Take up a slow, time-consuming hobby. Think: knitting, puzzles, writing, etc.!
  3. 🚦 Stop taking shortcuts! Don’t try to find the shortest line at a red light or check-out lane.
  4. 🍳 Ditch fast food, and commit to making your own, slow, meals.

Level 2: Apprentice

  1. 🍽 Practice delayed gratification by fasting one day a week or one meal a day.
  2. 📖 Make a habit of reading the Nativity stories in scripture (Matthew 1-2 & Luke 1-2).
  3. 🙏 Try praying some traditional Advent prayers.
  4. 📱 Schedule time in your day to check social media, and wait until then to open the apps.

Level 3: Master

  1. 🕯 Host friends or family for dinner on the 4 Sundays of Advent, asking the question, “How is Jesus drawing near to you?”
  2. ✍️ Identify something you’re waiting on God for. Make a habit of journaling about this, asking God to show you why it matters to you.
  3. 🤲 Simplify your morning prayer time. Instead of adding more scripture reading or journaling, rest in some breath prayer, or wait on God in silence.
  4. 🤫 Enjoy four hours of silence and solitude with your phone off and no distractions.

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November: Gratitude 🤲

Some ideas to get you started

Level 1: Novice

  1. 📓 Keep a “gratitude journal,” writing one thing you are thankful for at the end of each day.
  2. 😄 Make a habit of expressing gratitude to someone in your life each day, even if it’s just by saying “thank you!”
  3. ☕️ Pass along the blessings by paying for the person behind you in the drive-thru.
  4. 📓 At the end of the month, read through your gratitude journal and thank God for each gift you received this month.

Level 2: Apprentice

  1. ✉️ Write one letter a week to someone in your life you’re grateful for. Let them know what their presence means to you.
  2. 💭 Embrace a regular practice of the examen prayer, pausing to notice things to be grateful for as you reflect with God.
  3. ✍🏼 Write your own psalm of thanksgiving! (Need inspiration? Check out Psalm 34, 100, & 136!)
  4. 📱 Find a friend to practice gratitude with, and challenge each other to send a text each day with something you’re grateful for!

Level 3: Master

  1. 🤔 Think back over the last few months and remember some of the harder moments. Ask God to show you the gifts that you received through these moments, and express gratitude for them.
  2. 🌮 Pick the person in your city you’re most grateful for, and treat them to dinner!
  3.  🚫 Try to identify one thing in your life that keeps you from being grateful, and avoid it for the month. It could be a show, a social media account you follow, or even something as nebulous as a thought pattern.
  4. 🍪 In response to all the ways you’ve been blessed, find a way to spontaneously bless a neighbor. Bake some cookies, send a gift card, or secretly pay their utility bill!

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October: Silence 🤫

Some ideas to get you started

Level 1: Novice

  1. 🔇 Pick a day of the week to turn off music, podcasts, and audiobooks while driving or at home.
  2. 🤫 Try “silent prayer,” simply sitting in silence with God, for 10 minutes.
  3. 📺 Identify the thing in your life that most distracts you, and give it up for the month. It could be social media, an app, Netflix, or something else!
  4. 🤐 Ask God to show you where your speech gets you into trouble. You might find that you struggle with gossip, dishonesty, or complaining.

Level 2: Apprentice

  1. 🛏 Start waking up 20 minutes before the rest of your household. Enjoy some time of peace.
  2. 🤫 Try “silent prayer,” simply sitting in silence with God, for 20 minutes.
  3. 👂 For a day, commit to listening to understand rather than to respond. Don’t interrupt or finish anyone’s sentences.
  4. 💭 For a week, try to notice when your “inner commentary” starts to run wild. This might look like ruminating on something that upset you or talking out loud to yourself about something that’s stressful. Quiet these thoughts by offering them to God in prayer.

Level 3: Master

  1. 🌙 Try a practice called the night watch: wake up between 3am-6am, find a quiet place outside, and share an hour of silence with God under the stars.
  2. 😶 Take a vow of silence for a day, going about your daily business, and noticing when you most want to speak.
  3. ⛪️ Visit a church sometime when there’s no service. Hang out in the sanctuary to waste some time with God.
  4. 🏕 Find a monastery or retreat center in your area, and visit for a weekend silent retreat.

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September: Prayer 🙏

Habits

"Pray without ceasing...?"

"Pray without ceasing...?"

Some ideas to get you started

Level 1: Novice

  1. 🧘🏽‍♀️ Try “breath prayer” with some phrases from scripture: “Be still…and know that I am God,” or, “Speak, Lord…for your servant is listening.”
  2. 🚶🏻‍♂️ Make a habit of taking morning prayer walks, talking to God about the day ahead before you do anything else.
  3. 📓 Keep a prayer journal for the month, writing out your requests, and reviewing them at the end of the month.
  4. 📖 Try out these short, daily prayers from the Book of Common Prayer.

Level 2: Apprentice

  1. 🚿 Pick a mundane activity, like doing the dishes or taking a shower, and consider that to be a mini “prayer time” in your day.
  2. 🫂 Each week this month, ask someone how you can pray for them, and commit to it!
  3. 🙏 Pray through scripture through the practice of Lectio Divina.
  4. 🌙 Make a nightly practice of praying “The Examen.”

Level 3: Master

  1. 🤫 Try “silent prayer,” simply sitting in silence with God, for 10 minutes.
  2. 🏘 Organize a prayer group, gathering together to practice one of these practices, or simply to pray for each other’s needs.
  3. ✍🏾 Write your own “Psalm,” an honest prayer to God of thanksgiving, confession, adoration, lamentation, or all of the above!
  4. 💭 Try “Imaginative prayer,” a way of meeting God in scripture through our imagination. Here’s a guided audio experience of the prayer.

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August: Rest 🛏

Habits

Ready to slow down?

Ready to slow down?

Some ideas to get you started

Level 1: Novice

  1. 📵 Turn off unnecessary notifications
  2. 👤 Set a time limit for social media, and stick to it
  3. 🚗 Commit to driving the speed limit
  4. 🛒 Choose the longest line at the store, and people watch

Level 2: Apprentice

  1.  🛏 Revamp your evening routine so you can always get enough sleep
  2. 📱 Give your phone a bedtime, and don’t “wake it up” until you’ve had some time with God
  3. 😴 Be like Jesus: take naps!
  4. 🚶🏻‍♀️ Make a habit of taking leisurely walks, without a screen or podcast

Level 3: Master

  1. 📅 Find a day of the week to consistently practice Sabbath
  2. 🚫 Eliminate something from your schedule, and take that time to be with God
  3. 🖥 Disable your social media accounts for the month
  4. 🏕 Go on a weekend retreat

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July: Celebration 🎉

Some ideas to get you started

  1. 🎩 Save up for dinner at a nice restaurant, and go all out!
  2. 🥘 Invite your friends over and try a new recipe together
  3. 🥳 Plan a friend’s birthday party, and go over the top!
  4. 🎷 Find a way to play—an instrument, a game of frisbee, in the ocean, anywhere!
  5. 💃🏻 Dance…? We won’t tell your old youth pastor 🤫

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