Written by Tonya Stanfield, this is Part 1 of our 4 part series, “Christian Practices that Transform” exploring different contemplative practices and how they deepen your spiritual foundation.
“If you do not fall in love with God, spiritual disciplines will become legalism.”
Through tears of shame, a ministry worker confessed to me: “I hate reading my Bible.” Staring at the ground, she painfully explained the vicious cycle:
1. She feels guilty for not wanting to read her Bible.
2. She finally reads her Bible to relieve the guilt.
3. She feels even more guilty because she doesn’t get anything out of it.
4. Rinse and Repeat.
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