Trace Your Spiritual Timeline

Here’s a great tool to help you get an overview of your relationship with God.



  • Click HERE to download the free PDF of The Spiritual Timeline. 
  • Draw a horizontal line. At the beginning point, mark the year you became a follower of Jesus Christ. If this wasn’t a definite time you can recall, when did you first become aware of believing in Him as Savior and starting to serve Him?
  • At the end of the line, write today’s date.
  • Now draw an intersecting line segment going up or down, showing when you felt closest to God (up), and when you seemed most distant (down).
  • Write in the approximate dates of both the highs and lows. Now pray about those events and ask God to help you understand and record:


1. What was happening at these times?

2. How you were feeling?

3. What were your thoughts about God?

4. What did you learn about your faith?

5. How did the good—and the difficult times—affect your relationship with God?


As you look back, where do you see God with you as you struggled through tough situations? (“When you go through the waters, rivers, fire I will be with you…” Isaiah 43:1-5.)

What response of praise or confidence do you have as you reflect on God’s promise to be with you right now in your present circumstances, and in ones that lie ahead? Please share your story. I’d love to hear it.

“You are a chosen people… belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light…” 1 Peter 2:9




Poppy Smith

International speaker, multi-published author, Bible teacher, and spiritual coach

Inspiring Women to Thrive! 


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Poppy Smith is funny, warm, and passionate about helping women grow spiritually and personally so they experience the love and power of Christ in life’s ups and downs. A former teaching leader with Bible Study Fellowship, Poppy has a Masters in Spiritual Formation and ministers extensively as a retreat and conference speaker both in the US and around the world. For more information about Poppy’s heart, her books and ministry, please visit her website at


    As an international speaker, multi-published author, Bible teacher, mentor, and spiritual coach, it's my goal to encourage women to thrive in their relationship with Christ and in life.