Welcome to Day 41 – one more day together.
For many of you, you’re asking what’s next? How do I keep my devotional life going? What step do I take?
Well first of all, don’t miss the two Sunday after Afterlife wraps up. I’ll be speaking specifically to two critical steps you can take in your relationship with God – one each Sunday.
Second, next week on the blog, I’ll cover five things that can help grow your faith. You might be surprised how God will stretch you through what you’re already encountering in life.
Finally, here are some tips on how to have your own devotion time. It’s not that hard to do, and once you get in the habit, you won’t want to quit.
So there’s much more coming. Hang on!
The next two Sundays (May 19th and 27th in Barrie, May 26th and June 2nd in Orillia)
5 Things That Can Grow Your Faith on the blog next week.
A plan to kickstart your own personal devotional time each day.
So what’s the heart of your own personal devotional life? Here’s what’s at the center of mine.
The more I engage the Scriptures, the more I engage God.
Here are five ways to kickstart your devotional life:
1. Find Your Best Personal Time. For me, it’s a no brainer. I’m always best in the morning. If I try to spend time with God at night, I fall asleep (it’s nothing personal, I also treat late night movies, friends and family the exact same way after 10:00 p.m.) I love having time with God between 5 and 6 a.m.. I’m fully awake, engaged and present.
What’s your best personal time? Give it to God. You’ll grow.
Okay, I better come clean. I have a bias. I think everyone should become a morning person. I think there are inherent advantages you don’t get any other way. I started becoming a morning person in my early 30s and have never looked back. Think you can’t do it? Michael Hyatt shows you how.
2. Find the Medium that’s Best for You. I’m a reader, so a written Bible has always equaled awesome for me. But a few years ago I discovered that I had stopped reading my bible in a fresh way because I had been reading it for so many years. The words didn’t feel fresh anymore because they had become so familiar.
Around that time I had bought my first iPhone. I downloaded the YouVersion app and suddenly I found I was reading the Bible as though it was the first time. Every word looked new, even though I had read it before. And that meant my connection with God and the Bible was stronger. The only thing I changed was the media. Now I read it off my tablet with the same effect. Experiment with mediums. See which one works best for you. If you don’t like reading, get an audio bible and listen.
3. Get a Translation You Can Understand. Many new Christians I talk to think there is something sacred to the King James Version of the Bible. There isn’t. It’s a beautiful translation that works powerfully for people with a solid command of 17th century English, but that’s not me.
There are many great translations out there. I personally prefer the New Living Translation. The TNIV (Today’s New International Version), the Message and even the English Standard Version are used by many people effectively.
4. Use a Reading Plan. Random reading can get you started, but it often doesn’t keep you going. Like many others, I use a reading plan. Here’s a sampling of the hundreds available.
After a few years of trying different plans, I’m going back to the One Year Bible in January. Over the years, nothing has kept me more engaged with God on a daily basis than that. It’s about 15 minutes of reading a day (so it’s a commitment), but for me there has been nothing better. I love it because I simply look for the daily readings and they’re all laid out. No flipping pages all over the bible. If it’s July 6th, all the readings for the day are laid out. So whether you use a paper bible or an App like me, it’s all there for you. So easy to use. If reading through the Bible in a year is not something that will help you, there are a ton of other reading plans out there.
5. Take time to Reflect and Pray. A combination of prayer and some kind of reflection time is advised. Some people love to journal. I’ve tried to journal, but I’m not sure it’s me. (I might again in the new year). Other people reflect when they pray. I often do when I cycle. If you make your prayer time a time of asking God to help you apply what you’re learning and apply what you’ve read, you will never run out of things to pray about.
So those are five things that help me kickstart my devotional time with God.
I hope they help you. What else are you learning about how to have a quiet time each day with God?