Devotions have been life changing for me. I realize when I am falling off in this area, life is more overwhelming altogether. We have a real enemy in this world that comes to kill, steal and destroy (John 10:10).
Every. Single. Day.
The only way we can be ready to stand up against the enemy’s attacks, rather than drowning in them, is to have God’s word readily in our hearts and minds.
I sometimes neglect to realize the real power of this. We can never know enough about God, about His word, and we can always grow deeper in relationship with Him.
When we do this, life gets easier. Life is more enjoyable. Our perspective changes in challenging situations and we experience the abundant life He promised us (John 10:10).
We are transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2).
So there are some tips I think help make it easier to start having consistent devotions.
Let me say first this is completely YOUR choice. We are ALL busy and we make whatever is most important to us a priority. We are in control of our time. I have realized how desperate I am to hear from God daily. I decided I no longer wanted to live just letting “life” decide if I’m having a good day or a horrible one. I wanted to view my situations and the people around me (even the challenging ones) how God wanted me to. So I made this change and it’s made a world of a difference.
1. Pick a time that works best.
If you are a morning person, rise early.
If you are a night owl, turn off the T.V. and head to your room for some quiet time before your too tired.
If you aren’t either and your kids take daily naps, do it then.
I have used all of these time slots at different points in my life, but the important part is picking a time and sticking with it no matter what. Don’t change it from day to day. Keep it consistent.
2. Start with the Bible app.
I love the Bible app. It is so easy to use and you can find a devotional that pertains to whatever you feel you need to learn more about.
I have done various plans on parenting, marriage, friendship, anxiety, fear or “read through the entire Bible” plans. This is simple and you can pull this out anywhere.
Seriously, with the app if you don’t feel like you have time for devotions but, spend time scrolling on Facebook or Instagram every day ...you have time.
This is something I neglected for a long time, but I’ve realized is so important. It helps me process, remember and think deeper into whatever I just read. It helps me to hide His word in my heart (Psalm 119:11) so I can tackle whatever comes my way.
Have you ever read the Bible and forget what you read almost immediately? I have spent time in devotions and by that night I couldn’t remember what I even read about. Journalling has helped me fix that issue and really focus on what I’m reading.
4. Pick an accountability partner.
This can be your spouse or a close friend. Many times this is just as encouraging for someone else as it is for you. When you have someone that you are consistently checking in with to see if you are being consistent, you will be more inclined to do it.
Accountability is such a powerful tool in so many areas of our lives. This is a very important one and can make all the difference in your life.
5. Reward yourself.
When you are starting out, give yourself something to reward yourself at the end of every week. This is just until it becomes a habit. I love to do a special desert or coffee drink, but use whatever is your thing. The point is you are rewarding yourself for being consistent and getting your priorities in line.
Yes, this is something we should be doing. However if you are not already, this is a good way to encourage yourself to take these steps until it becomes a habit and way of life.
Be encouraged! If you even clicked on this article to read it, you already have a desire to know God better, and have a consistent devotional time. That shows a lot about your heart and God will help you as you make this a more important part of your life. He has done this for me and I know He will for you!
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