“The disciplines we need to practice are precisely the ones we
are not good at.”
– Dallas Willard
Circle 3 Soul Training
Exercises that you are committing to practice during Lent.
Now, go back and underline
the one that you skipped or passed over because it seemed impossible, too
difficult, or that you questioned the value of. Press deeper- reflect on your
What’s holding me back
from committing? Am I willing to offer that over to God and make a 40 day
yourself to be Godly. – 1 Timothy 4:7
training exercises allow us to place ourselves before God, so that he can
transform us.” –Richard Foster
1. Weekly Media Fast – Practice a
disconnected day: 24 hours unplugged with no screens (TV, cell phone, tablet,
or computer) to battle our struggle with comparison, envy, waste of time,
procrastination, and to become more present and engaged in real family
2. Weekly Sabbath Rest - create space to pray and
play… to learn that God still works when we stop. Our hurried and busy lives
and our workaholic tendencies are a prison. This weekly exercise is a way to
intentionally remind yourself that there is a God and you are not him.
3. Regular Chair Time – learn to
cultivate intimacy and closeness with the Living God. Daily devotional time
including Scripture reflection & listening prayer and journaling to deal
with feeling stale, dry, or stagnant spiritually.
4. Weekly transparent
sharing with a safe spiritual friend – learn to shine the light on
secret shame, sin, or addiction. Invite a friend into a 6-week adventure
together of transparency and trust. Meet up once a week to connect
5. Service - weekly service to crucify my ego,
need for credit, affirmation, or recognition… press deeper: do it anonymously
or in secret.
6. Fasting from spending any $ on myself or my home –
learn to live without… to crucify my discontentment, materialism,
spending more than I make. Write down five things a day that you are grateful
for and stay away from Amazon, Anthropologie, REI, wherever you love to shop.
7. Biting your tongue – commit to not speak an
unkind word about others not present. Self-regulate what comes out of your
mouth about others. Instead, once a day give a five second compliment to
someone and encourage them.
8. Hospitality – learn to live without
isolating. Invite 2-6 people over once a week for a meal. This is to replace
isolation, individualism, feeling left out or lonely with being proactive and
creating fellowship experiences.
9. Pray for your enemies and competitors - learn to live
in freedom from bitterness. A daily
prayer for God to bless them - to crucify a bitter, resentful, critical,
unforgiving spirit in you.
10. Sunday Worship Gatherings – to
prioritize gathering with God’s people to experience God’s love and to
celebrate God’s grace. Which might mean saying “no” to sleeping in, kid’s
activities, exercising, or changing our weekend routine.
11. Slowing Down – learn to live without hurry.
Curing our hurry sickness. It’s hard to love when you are always in a hurry.
Choose to put yourself in a position where you have to wait- pick the longest
check-out line at the store, fast from honking, chew each bite 20x, drive home
a different slower way…
12. Celebration – learn to live without
judgment. Celebration brings joy into our lives, so be intentional about weekly
time set aside to play, sing, dance, and laugh. This will save us from taking
ourselves too seriously, becoming dull, boring, and cynical.
13. Prayer Walking – learn to be an ambassador
of Christ in your neghborhood. Walk and pray around your neighborhood. Ask God
to bless your neighbors and put a hunger in their hearts for Him. Learn their
names and become a light on your street.
14. Financial Giving - learn to live without
loving money. When we give money away we crucify greed and begin to see
ourselves as stewards of God's resources. Give a % of your income for the next
6 weeks as a spiritual act of trust.
15. Submission – learn to live without having
to get our own way. Our obsession of demanding that things always “go my way”
is a great bondage. In submission we value other people- their perspective,
ideas, and plans become important to us. Submission involves a stepping back
and giving way to others.
16. Silence and awareness
of creation – to remind yourself
that God is all powerful, bigger than any problem that you’re worried about,
and can create something out of nothing. Find 5 minutes each day to sit in
silence in creation and become deeply aware of God’s goodness and love. Pay
great attention to the sights, sounds, and colors of nature. Gaze at the stars
before you go to bed, watch the sunrise before you start your day, take a walk
around the block on your lunch hour, stop by the beach and watch the waves, or hike
on a local trail.