These Free Resources for Your Spiritual Journey can be a great help in seeking out answers about your faith, forming a closer relationship with God, and leading a more fulfilling life.
A few years ago, I discovered a few people on social media whom I felt quite a spiritual kinship with. They really inspired me with their passion and their words. In fact, it was one of those situations where I felt like they had been put in my path by God because it felt like the words they were speaking were just for me. It had quite a profound effect on my life – for a while. I studied the Bible more than ever before. I prayed more than ever before. And I turned to God in times of trouble more than ever before. Life got busier, God was pushed to the back burner (yes I realize how awful that sounds), and my new habits were no more. Recently, I decided to try to reignite that passion by seeking out some free resources to assist in my spiritual journey.
Free Resources for Your Spiritual Journey
1. Free Daily Devotions
Daily devotions are a fantastic way to spend some quiet time with God. I love that they give me a focus and help me get started in my quiet time even when I’m unsure of where to head on my own.
My personal favorites are from Girlfriends in God. You can go to their site and read them or have them delivered right to your email. They even have a free app so you can take them on the go with you anywhere.
2. Free Online Bible Studies
I’ve been taking part in online Bible studies off and on for quite some time now. Because they’re free, I’m able to browse through a few of them before choosing the one that really speaks to me at that moment. Most of them offer current studies as well where women all over the world are working through the Bible study together at that particular time. This usually means a place to ask questions, participate in discussions, and sometimes even a chance to join small groups for support and encouragement.
These are the ones I’ve enjoyed the most:
3. Bible Study Tips and Tools
Sometimes what can hold me back from my daily Bible study is the feeling that I’m inadequately equipped for it. I will begin my reading, have questions, and then be unsure of where to turn for the answers. These tips and tools have proven to be really helpful for me and have turned my Bible study into a richer, fuller experience.
Free e-kit with 5 simple tips for how to dive into your Bible study – 5 Ways to Enjoy the Word from Katie Orr
Free audio resources so you can listen to the Bible on the go or from home –
BibleGateway also offers simple passage lookup, keyword search, a topical index, and more. It’s a great way to be able to dig in to a particular topic – for example, in your Bible reading, you find a discussion of “grace” and you want to explore more Biblical references to this. Or you want to see what the Bible has to say on the subject of Sabbath or mercy or charity and so on.
Sometimes it can also be really helpful to read each verse that you are studying in more than one translation of the Bible. Even just a slight difference in word choice for a translation can make a difference when you’re studying doctrine. Biblehub makes it really easy to do this. Search for the verse you’re studying, scroll down, and boom! Multiple translations.
4. Learning More about Your Faith
Catholic Church Teachings – now clearly, I’m listing Catholic resources here but you could certainly do a quick Google search for resources specific to your own denomination.
5. Free printables
Free printables including printable Scripture cards, Bible journaling pages, faith building e-books, and more. – I like to print out Scripture and hang it around my house, put it inside my daily planner, and any other place I will see it on a regular basis. It helps keep God’s Word present in my mind throughout the day.
Scripture tea tags – These can be used at teatime with your family, for a luncheon or tea with your church, or simply to add a bit of Scripture to your personal teatime.
Ann Voskamp has some of the most beautiful and most inspiring images and Scripture printables I’ve ever seen. – Note: You do have to register on her site to access them but once you do, there’s a whole library of resources available.
6. Prayer Support
You can post prayer requests here as well as here. I find that asking for prayers on social media can also be an effective way of finding others to support you in prayer but they aren’t anonymous like the sites where you can post them.
How to set up a Prayer Binder – this is the method I use for keeping track of my prayers and ensuring that I don’t miss anyone or anything important.
The Faith and Mental Wellness free app available on iTunes and Android from Britney Moses has a full year’s worth of journaling prompts.
7. Tools for Goal Tracking
There are quite a few apps that you can use to track your goals and set reminders for them.
Even a simple calendar that you can print out and check off each day when you meet your goal can be helpful. I love to track my goals on Google spreadsheets and colour code them. Something about that grid of colours just makes me feel happy, productive, and accomplished!
And if you need some simple reminders, you can always just use the alarm on your phone! You’ve likely already got one so why not make use of it. Let me tell you, this has been invaluable to me. If I leave it to my own devices and say “Oh when I have a free moment, I’ll do my devotions”, it never happens. But if I schedule it, when that alarm goes off, I’m much more likely to take the time to do it.
8. Finding an Accountability Partner
This can be a tough road to travel all on your own. Okay, you aren’t really alone because you’re walking with God but sometimes you want a peer who can help provide support and encouragement. Obviously if you know someone who would be the perfect fit, you’re all set. But if you’re not sure where to find someone, I suggest Hello Mornings. They have Bible studies there and you can register for a group as you work your way through it.
The Life also has an online Christian mentoring program. I haven’t tried this one myself so I can’t personally vouch for it but it definitely has potential.