Want to know the best holy girl habits to implement in your own life? Here are the top healthy Christian habits to create!
There are a ton of tips to help you become “that girl” floating around out there. And while I don’t think it’s wrong to be inspired by them, I think it’s important to be cautious. It’s easy to look at what everyone else is doing and feel like we need to be doing more to fit in or be like them.
Here’s the thing sweet friend, we don’t need to be more like that girl. We need to be more like Christ. That is our goal. Not to be more like that girl. Not to fit a certain image that society tells us will finally make us feel like we are enough.
The goal with practicing these spiritual disciplines is that we will be transformed more into the image of Christ. We are called to be holy as He is holy (1 Peter 1:16), not as that girl.
13 Holy Girl Habits That Will Change Your Life
1. Prioritize Spending Time With God (Bible Study)
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Ideally, this is something that happens first thing but it’s also important to acknowledge that everyone’s schedule is different. It doesn’t have to be perfect or look a certain way. We don’t have to come to God polished and at our best. In fact, He wants us to bring our mess to Him. The goal is not for it to be super aesthetic but to just spend time with our Heavenly Father.
I would suggest, if at all possible, spending time with God in the Word before you get on your phone in the morning. What we feed our mind is so incredibly important. Why would we want to fill it with voices before we have the chance to hear from God?
For a quick side note, I wanted to share some of my favorite Bible study supplies. While the ultimate goal isn’t to be super aesthetic, there is nothing wrong with liking pretty things. The point of being in the Word is not to have a pretty marked up Bible. The point is to know Him more. And I find that these tools help me dive deeper into studying and understanding what I’m reading.
2. Practice Gratitude And Contentment
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
It can be really hard to be content and grateful while also feeling like some of your biggest prayers haven’t been answered yet. I know I definitely struggle with that.
However, when you are more focused on being grateful, you end up being less focused on what you don’t have in your life.
Here are some practical ways to practice this holy girl habit:
- create a daily gratitude list
- say a prayer of gratitude while doing mundane tasks
- set reminders daily for a random time to be grateful
I have found the most transformation in praying gratitude over the exact things that typically annoy me. For example, when there are dishes left in the sink that aren’t mine. Instead of complaining that someone didn’t do their dishes, I do them and spend that time praying and thanking God that I get to serve my family or roommates in this way.
3. Move Your Body
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
We are not doing this to look a certain way but to steward our bodies well. Since our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, we should create the holy girl habit of treating them well.
Moving your body, even for just 15 minutes a day, can have so many benefits. When you dedicate time to sweating each day, your body releases endorphins that help you feel happier (which will make it more enjoyable to do other holy girl habits).
4. Eat Well
“ So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31
Nourish your body with good foods. Our motivation should not be to eat specific foods to look a certain way or be a certain size but instead to fuel our bodies. God has given us delicious and healthy foods in nature to give us energy and help us function.
He has created our bodies to rely on these healthy foods and when we instead choose junk food, we don’t feel as good or function as well. Once we start eating healthier, it translates into so many other areas of our lives.
5. Prayer Walk
Pray continually throughout the day but also have intentional time dedicated to talking to him. Prayer walks are a great holy girl habit because it allows us to step away from everything else for a short period of time and just spend some alone time with God.
If possible, it’s great to take your prayer walk in the middle of the day because it allows you to reset and finish the day refreshed. I feel like prayer walks can feel intimidating when you first hear about them, but it is simple.
Usually, I go for a lap around my block and I format it like this:
- Gratitude – I thank God for who He is and what He is doing in my life and the world.
- Cast anxiety – talk about everything that is bothering me or that I need help with
- Confess – confess anything I have been struggling with or sins that have happened throughout the day
A prayer walk can also act as moving your body for the day so it’s really a two for one.
6. Cultivate Christian Community
Making friends as a young adult is hard. Finding Christian friends can feel even more difficult. Personally, I prayed for years for the friends I have now. But it takes putting yourself out there. Constantly talking to God and asking Him to provide opportunities for you to meet new people. Then stepping into those opportunities.
A good place to start is getting plugged into a church. Find out if they have a young adult ministry or bible study you can sign up for.
Putting yourself in places with like minded people is the biggest tip I have for meeting friends. Then continue to show up. You won’t always feel instant connections to people like your childhood bff.
7. Rest And Get Enough Sleep
“By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.” Genesis 2:2-3
Rest can be hard in a society that tells us we need to do and be more to be valuable. However, God tells us that it is necessary to rest. Even He, as creator of the Universe, rested. Doesn’t that tell us just how important it is?
As ambitious young women, we can want to keep going 100 miles per hour at all times. It can be tempting to stay up really late then wake up early to get as much done as possible.
College can easily be a time when most people get very little sleep. It’s almost a bragging right if you’ve gotten the least amount of sleep. With studying, work, friends, and goals all in addition to classes it sometimes feels like it’s the only option to run on 4 hours of sleep.
Sweet friend, we are not called to be of this world. So while it might seem like the only way, there is another way. If the Bible tells us that He gives his loved ones rest (Psalm 127:2) then we can do exactly that.
We don’t have to operate in our own strength feeling like we have to get everything done on our own. We have to be cautious to not let being productive become an idol.
Feeling like we need to check everything off our to-do list and not stop until it’s done is actually living in a state of fear that our goals/dreams/purpose won’t be completed unless we are working for them nonstop. However, we can do nothing in our own strength. Even when we are at rest, God is at work on our behalf.
So let’s honor him with this holy girl habit of resting and taking a sabbath.
8. Wake Up Early
“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” Mark 1:35
Waking up early can be a different time for everyone. There is no pressure here to be a 5am girlie if you don’t need to be. The importance of waking up early is to start your day on the right foot. If Jesus got up early to spend time with God, we should try our best to do the same.
Waking up early allows us to carve out time in our day before any distractions take our attention to just be with Jesus. Admittedly, this is the hardest habit for me to consistently do. Sometimes, I have to pray the night before “Lord wake me up in the morning because without you I can’t do it.” Then again in the morning to give me the strength to get out of bed.
If waking up is as hard for you as it is for me, start with the goal of waking up before 8am. I think you will be surprised how much better you feel with a little extra time each morning. It will also help with holy girl habit number 1 – spending time with God first thing.
9. Bible Before Phone
“Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops” Proverbs 3:9
Another reason that waking up early is one of the best holy girl habits is because it allows you to spend time with God before anything else. Waking up and jumping on social media can be really tempting. However, when you start your day in that way, you give your attention to the world first.
This opens the door filling your head with comparison, envy, and even anxiety. We were never meant to have access to as much information as we do now at all times. And not that social media is bad, but if we are not first rooted in God and who He says we are, it can be easier to be consumed by worldly things.
Since we are called to give our first fruits to God (not just our money but of every crop), spending time with Him in the Word first thing should be a no brainer.
10. Get Ready For The Day
“She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple.” Proverbs 31:22
One of the most underrated holy girl habits is getting ready for the day. This doesn’t have to be anything extravagant. But putting even a little effort into your appearance can make you feel much better.
The Proverbs 31 woman was dressed in fine linens. If she can wear nice clothes every day, the least we can do is change out of our PJs and into some normal clothes.
It can be easy to want to wear sweatpants throughout the day (especially with online classes or working from home), but taking the time to change into something that makes you feel confident will be worth it 100% of the time.
To set yourself up for success with this habit, plan your outfits the night before. This will make sure you have time in the morning to get ready.
11. Speak Biblical Affirmations Over Yourself
The point isn’t perfection with any of these habits. Instead, we are trying to create holy girl habits that make us feel our best so we can serve Him best. If you implement any of these Christian habits into your routine, be sure to tag me on instagram!
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