As we begin the new year together, I want to invite you to join me in prayer, fasting and the intentional reading of God’s Word.

Most Christians practice some form of Spiritual Disciplines or Devotions. “Devotions” are not meant to be something we do as an obligation. Even the word “discipline” carries some negative connotation for most people. I used to feel like I had to do my devotions in order to please God. Yet how much is truly enough to qualify for giving God 100%? I always felt like I wasn’t doing enough, and my obligations and priorities were competing with my devotion to God.

Eventually I shifted my focus from “doing devotions” to living a “life of devotion”, establishing Jesus at the center of all that I do. Part of living a life of devotion is finding consistent rhythms for praying, journaling, and delighting in God’s Word. Living a life of devotion also recognizes the value of a life with family, work and play in a way that includes God rather than competing for His time.

At New Life Church we focus on seven rhythms can deepen and enhance the spiritual life of a follower of Jesus. You can read more about them here.

Here are some ways to join me in these rhythms at the start of 2023.

1. Join me in a daily Bible reading plan. We have printed plans and journals available at New Life Church. I am excited to use a new Bible and journal that I bought to enjoy during this important part of each day.
2. Participate in the 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting, January 9-29: Resource are available at
3. Invite someone to come to pre-service prayer at New Life Church. The Pilchuck Room is open for prayer every Sunday from 8-9 a.m.

James 5:16
The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

Pray for great things. Expect great things. Believe for great things.