I think many would say that their view of the Spiritual Disciplines might line up with thinking of a monk's life in a monastery! Do you think of a silent lifestyle, praying 10 hours a day and eating only vegetables? Is it really for me, an every day ordinary, modern christian woman?
As my faith walk has grown, and I'm sure yours as well, we are ready for bigger and better pieces of a life with Christ.
1 Corinthians 3:2 NIVI gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready.
Hebrews 5:12 NIVIn fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God's word all over again. You need milk, not solid food!
Hebrews 5:14 NIVBut solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.
The disciplines are not meant as a list to check off like a to-do list. Instead I have discovered that through the practicing of each of these gifts, I grow closer to God. I can't help be lean into Him, celebrating, worshiping, praying and meditating on who He is in my life. If we're living a biblical life, these things come naturally.
I'd like to encourage you to research the Spiritual Disciplines and find the peace and hope that resides inside each one. Allow them to bring you closer and closer to the heart of God. If you've read through the new testament, you'll notice that each of these were practices of Jesus. Now that is an example that I want to follow!