Spiritual Practice


Maryann, Anna Marie, Elizabeth, Michelle, Tynea & Libby

Is there a right way to worship? Of course not—as long as we do it out of love for God. Using our God-given talents, we can worship by singing, playing instruments, painting, spending time in nature, performing acts of service, or leading worship. In what creative ways do you worship?

—Marynn Ashpole, 15


drawing and scribbling

I worship by journaling. I love those unlined journals that allow me to draw and scribble and express my heart to God in a way that I sometimes can’t with words. Whether you use stick figures or spread colors across the page—grab a journal or a blank piece of paper, and worship God.

—Anna Marie Jones


soaking in the songs

When I can’t find the words to express my feelings, I just soak myself in praise music and sing along. The songs create an atmosphere, a certain awareness of Christ, and I steep myself in it. We are created to praise God. So let’s glorify God with the life we have been given.

—Elizabeth Adeyemo, 20


You are my God, and I will praise you.
Psalm 43:4 (CEV)





leading worship

When I was younger I sang in the choir, assisted the pastor as an altar server, and read the scripture during services. These opportunities helped me to experience the beauty of worship in a deeper way. Talk to your pastor about ways you can volunteer.

—Michelle Ankrum, 20


praying for one another

devozine Praying Teen Group TS 78317328Every Monday night during my college years, I attended “Outlet”—an hour of singing praise music. Dozens of students would come to the A-frame church to worship. On countless nights my friends and I would gather together after the music to pray for the tough situations we were facing. The songs brought us to our knees before God, where we lifted one another in prayer.

—Tynea Lewis



“Worship is simply giving God His breath back.” This quote from Louie Giglio reminds me of how God breathed life into Adam (Genesis 2:7). We are alive because God breathed life into us. God’s breath sustains all life and empowers us to love and serve others. When we use this breath, this life that we have been given to express our gratitude and awe, we give God’s breath back.

—Libby Criswell, 17

—from devozine (July/August 2019). Copyright © 2019 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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