One of the biggest obstacles to spiritual growth is being too busy. Between work, sports practices, school, shopping, appointments, programs and events, many have no margin in their schedules to just stop and spend time with God.
During this time of forced quarantines and cancellations, each of us has an opportunity to choose to be good stewards of the time we have been given. Make the most of this "gift of time" by being intentional in your relationships - both with God and with others. Dig into deeper discussions (even if it's on the phone). Play games. Read the book you've been putting off. Look for ways to grow in your faith and spend much-needed rest in your heavenly Father.
Here are just a few recommendations for excellent apps, books and podcasts that we recommend for you during this time. Most of these apps are free and the books are available on audible.
Grow at Home Discipleship Groups - Winfield Bevins
Apps for Your Phone
Right Now Media (online video Bible Studies, etc.)
You Version Bible (Bible app with reading/listening plans)
Pause (options for relaxation and calming)
First Five (by Proverbs 31) (five minute devotionals with opportunities to connect with others)
Daily Office (abbreviated Daily Office with Morning and Evening Prayer.)
Pastor Chris's Past Sermons
Emily P. Freeman - The Next Right Thing
James Bryan Smith - Things Above Podcast
David Watson, Scott Kisker & Maggie Ulmer Plain Truth A Holy Spirited Podcast
Eric Huffman - Maybe God
Scot McKnight - Kingdom Roots
Just for Fun
Mike Rowe - The Way I Heard It
Ian Morgan Cron - Typology (Enneagram Podcast)
Good and Beautiful Series (God, Community, Life) - James Bryan Smith - Spiritual formation
Long Story Short - Joshua McNall (current study going on Wednesday at 10 am & 6:30 pm on Zoom.) - Study Scripture
Water to Wine - Brian Zahnd - Christian Life & Prayer
Invitation to the Jesus Life - Jan Johnson - Spiritual formation