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What are you using for daily devotions?
Every year starts out the same . . . even though I don’t do New Years Resolutions, I still have basic goals in the back of my mind that I hope to accomplish throughout the new year. One of them always seems to be doing daily devotions DAILY. And, I always start with good intentions, but it seems like something always throws a clinker in my plans and my schedule falls by the wayside.
This year, though, I’ve been keeping up very well, so far (of course, we’re not quite halfway through January, but still). I think that my success this year is going to be a result of going SIMPLE. (My word for the year in 2014 was SIMPLIFY, and I still think this is an important word and goal to be shooting for.)
So, here are the 3 Tools I’m using for daily devotions this year:
I know what you’re thinking . . . “Duh!” But, seriously, how many times do we get caught up in devotional books and forget to open our Bibles? And, the Bible should be the main focus of our devotions. The Evangelism & Discipleship Team at our church has been selecting and suggesting a book of the Bible to spend time reading each month. This month, we are to be working our way through the book of Proverbs, reading one chapter per day.
I’m using my new journaling Bible because the hope is that, as I’m reading, certain things will jump out at me that I’ll want to journal.
A Scripture Writing Plan
I’ve been seeing people on Facebook sharing monthly Scripture Writing Plans. I thought this would be a great idea to do to start the new year right. I printed out the one from Heidi St. John’s website, but I know there are plenty of others available. In other words, I’m sure you can find one that works for you.
I have this one hanging on the wall right beside my desk (beside by wall calendar), so I can easily keep track of what day I’m on.
I found the purple notebook pictured above in the journal section at my local Ollie’s several months ago. It was cheap and purple, so I bought thinking I’d eventually need it for something. It’s perfect for my Scripture journaling. I like it because the spiral binding not only allows it to lay flat (unlike some journal-type books) but it can also be bent all the way back (which is nice for us lefties).
It may seem simplistic to simply copy Bible verses into a notebook, but writing things down definitely helps us to cement them (much like Bible Journaling). I like what Heidi St. John says on her site (and totally agree!):
I’ve learned that taking the time to copy Scripture forces my brain to engage, comprehend and process what the Lord has written for ME in His word! He’s written this for us—and the only way to know what in on His heart is to get into His Word.
I have also been reading the daily devotionals in my Simple Grace magazine; though, as stated above, no devotional book or resource can (or should) take the place of God’s Word.