How to Grow Spiritually When You Have Little Time

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Long Hard Days and Real Spiritual Growth

One summer, when I was in college, I stayed to take some extra classes and help with our campus ministry. I worked a construction job out in the summer heat where the average work day was 10–12 hours.

The One Time Per Week and Daily Method

  • Study a book of the Bible or a topic of interest to you for thirty minutes to an hour one day per week. Write down the main points that stand out to you in your notebook.
  • The rest of the week meditate on and pray those Scriptures to God when you are not working on something else.
  • It is amazing how powerful it can be to say short prayers or words of affirmation based on what God is making real to you, throughout the day.
  • Lots of solid research has proven that at a physical level, this helps the brain create new connections and thought patterns. This “renewing your mind” (Romans 12:2) is key to lasting growth and transformation. Plus….
  • You are staying connected to God and developing sensitivity to His presence as a way of life.

It Works

Because I would take Sunday afternoons and study. Then during the week, as I was hauling brick and mixing mortar I could meditate and pray over what I studied. Despite having almost zero free time I experienced tremendous spiritual and personal growth that summer.

Successful Church Planting and Working as a Full-Time Painter

A few years ago I attended a church planting seminar where the speaker said he used this same basic method when planting a new church.



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Mark Furlong

Mark Furlong


Helping busy, active people know and live all of God’s purposes for their life: the complete life.,