I could not find one source that agreed on what the definition of Spirituality is. Even Wikipedia says:
- There is no single, agreed-upon definition of spirituality. Surveys of the definition of the term, as used in scholarly research, show a broad range of definitions, with very limited similitude. It may denote almost any kind of meaningful activity or blissful experience.
Here is the summary from Dictionay.com
1.of, relating to, or consisting of spirit; incorporeal.
2.of or relating to the spirit or soul, as distinguished from the physical nature:
3.closely akin in interests, attitude, outlook, etc.:
4. of or relating to spirits or to spiritualists; supernatural or spiritualistic.
5. characterized by or suggesting predominance of the spirit; ethereal or delicately refined:
6. of or relating to the spirit as the seat of the moral or religious nature.
7. of or relating to sacred things or matters; religious; devotional; sacred.
8. of or belonging to the church; ecclesiastical:
9. of or relating to the mind or intellect.
You know me, I am a Christian. I think Spirituality is not even possible without the Holy Spirit. Without the guiding and direction of the Holy Spirit, I would have followed any’ ole spirit that came along. Wait a minute, I did!
Yes, there are many ‘religions’ out there. People try all sorts of things to find peace. I know, I did it too.
Truthfully, I really didn’t have any direction before I came to the Lord. I meandered from relationship to relationship, and from state to state. Constantly looking for peace and the ability to live in my own skin.
After my 3rd divorce I had to admit I was following the wrong spirits. I had to admit that I needed healing and help. And I was allowing people to treat me like a doormat. No more!
I took a year off from dating and spent time with God. I prayed, read the Word, and wrote Scripture verses on index cards to memorize the Word. I had to replace the lies in my mind with truth.
Only the Word has helped heal me. It is powerful! Jesus is real. Ask The Father for the gift of the Holy Spirit. Gods power in you – to overcome!
So for me, the definition of Spirituality is “the working of the Holy Spirit within you.”
10 QUOTES ON CHRISTIAN SPIRITUALITY
“The greatest disease in the West today is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for. We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread but there are many more dying for a little love. The poverty in the West is a different kind of poverty — it is not only a poverty of loneliness but also of spirituality. There’s a hunger for love, as there is a hunger for God.” ― Mother Teresa, A Simple Path: Mother Teresa
“As I stumble through this life help me to create more laughter than tears, dispense more cheer than gloom, spread more joy than despair. Never let me become so indifferent that I will fail to see the wonder in the eyes of a child, or the twinkle in the eyes of the aged. Never let me forget that my total effort is to cheer people, make them happy, and forget momentarily all the unpleasantness in their lives. And in my final moment, may I hear You whisper, ‘When you made My people smile, you made Me smile.” ― Nancy Mehl, Blown Away
“We need never shout across the spaces to an absent God. He is nearer than our own soul, closer than our most secret thoughts” ― A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God
“What you are is God’s gift to you, what you become is your gift to God.” ― Hans Urs von Balthasar, Prayer
“True faith means holding nothing back. It means putting every hope in God’s fidelity to His Promises.” ― Francis Chan, Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God
“Remember as you go about your day that you may be the only Jesus some of your friends, neighbors, and family will ever see.” ― Wanda E. Brunstetter, A Celebration of the Simple Life
“One of the most spiritual things you can do is embrace your humanity. Connect with those around you today. Say, “I love you”, “I’m sorry”, “I appreciate you”, “I’m proud of you”…whatever you’re feeling. Send random texts, write a cute note, embrace your truth and share it…cause a smile today for someone else…and give plenty of hugs.” ― Steve Maraboli
“Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.” ― John Wesley
“Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love,
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.” ― Francis of Assisi
“Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.” ― Pope John Paul II
“Help” is a prayer that is always answered. It doesn’t matter how you pray–with your head bowed in silence, or crying out in grief, or dancing. Churches are good for prayer, but so are garages and cars and mountains and showers and dance floors. Years ago I wrote an essay that began, “Some people think that God is in the details, but I have come to believe that God is in the bathroom.” ― Anne Lamott, Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith