Okay, so I'm gonna be real. In 2014, my devotional life was terrible. Like pretty much nonexistent. It's really embarrassing to admit. But I know that this really needs to change. In 2015, I am purposing to spend time with God everyday. But to be honest, I don't even know where to start. Like do I just read the Bible or do I use a devotional book or do I journal? Any tips or advice you have would be very welcome! Also, if you have any recommendations for devotional books or just books, I'd love to hear them. I really do want to grow in my walk with God and I know that in order to do that, I kinda have to spend time with Him. haha Oh, prayers for me to keep this resolution would be very appreciated! Thanks, guys!

Posted in: Faith on December 31, 2014

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  • January 16, 2015

    Radical by David Platt. Crazy Love and Forgotten God by Francis Chan. Anything Tim Keller. Praise Habit by David Crowder. And Living Alive-I strongly reccomend this one!

  • January 13, 2015

    I spent the better half of 2014 struggling with the same thing. First, remember that your efforts, no matter how small, matter to God. Even if you spend just 5 minutes in your Bible, the Lord delights in that because it shows that you are fighting for your relationship with Him! But of course it can be exhausting to fight alone. Something that helped me in a huge way was asking a few close friends to carry me to the feet of Jesus when I was having trouble getting there on my own. These friends committed to praying diligently for me, encouraging and motivating me, and just fighting for me when I was too weak. I've learned to lean on the support system God has given me and stop trying to fight alone as if I have no one. It's been so amazing to see how beautifully He loves me and reaches out to me through each of these friends!

    As for devos - I personally LOVE Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. Each one is short and sweet, but loaded with such powerful reminders! I also encourage you to start small. Maybe commit to reading one chapter of your Bible a day. It will help you get into a routine and you may notice that you begin truly desiring that time more so it becomes less of a chore and more a part of your day that you look forward to! Praying for you, dear sister. We're in this together :)

    - Chelsea from AGLM

  • January 9, 2015

    I was sort of the same way in 2014 so I'm walking this journey too. You'll be in my prayers girl! I'm not going to give any advice because honestly I don't know where to start either, but I've heard that reading a chapter a day in Proverbs is good because there is one chapter for each day of the month, so I've decided to try that. Just wanted you to know you're not alone. God Bless!

  • January 3, 2015

    The devotional book called “8 Essentials for a Life of Significance” by Jay Strack and Ron Luce is amazing. I highly, highly recommend getting yourself a copy. It talks about quiet times, living a life of worship, partnering with other people in the Gospel etc. but it does it in a really cool and fun way, with real life stories, definitions, bible references, journaling sections, main points, and other stuff. I went through it when I was in high school and it helped me spend daily time with God, where I grew really close to Him.
    Try starting out with a devotional book (that has parts of the Bible in it, such as the one above or something else). But feel free to read the bible too =). Read it slowly; reflect on the words. Ask God to teach you something through what you read or show you something you didn't see before. When reading the bible, it's normal to have questions too (I know I still do!), so it can be helpful to go to an older or more mature Christian, whom you trust, and talk about it with him or her.
    I've found journaling to be really helpful for me, to organize my thoughts and express myself better. It's also a place where I can be creative. When I don't really have words to say to God, I can still draw or write down song lyrics or paste beautiful pictures into the pages. I think journaling isn't always everyone's cup of tea, but there's no harm in trying it =)
    Quiet times can be really fun too. Depending on how I feel, sometimes I listen to music, light a candle or sip a hot drink while I read my Bible. Other times I go out on an adventure with God to a park... or the garden center at a hardware store haha =P I really connect with God through nature, so it helps me sometimes to break up the monotony that can come from sitting in my room.
    I admire your desire to spend more time with God and grow in that relationship (which really is the best thing in the world!). Keep on seeking after the Lord and know that he loves you SO incredibly!
    Praying for you today, my friend x

  • January 2, 2015

    There is no time that God isn't with you or walking right alongside you. Even if you don't "spend time with Him," He'll always be there. I know some people prefer to read their Bible in the mornings, then go on with their day and basically forget about Christ. Almost as if He only reaches to them through writing in a journal, reading, etc. But this isn't the case. I find it a great comfort throughout all the day to speak with Him and pray. I may be confused or giving praise. Whatever I do: He's there. His presence doesn't just appear when I read the Bible. :) So, don't be embarrassed about not "devoting enough time to be with Him." We're all sinners, we fall, we stumble back up again. It's life. I'd encourage you to seek Him throughout the day, in the dead of night when something's troubling you, or if a hard path in life comes and you have but only questions. Reading the His Word is great, to understand and gain knowledge and be comforted. But don't stress out if you "skipped reading the Bible today." He's right there and He'll keep guiding you through the courses life runs.