Posted by: Judy | October 10, 2019

My Personal Devotional

Most of my life I struggled with devoting time to God. I remember, long ago, making goals to read God’s Word for five minutes a day. I often failed. I struggled to find time. When I did find time I struggled to stay awake.

Church was church. It was routine, expected, predictable.

I’d have occasional bursts of study, if I had something specific I wanted to know or understand. However, those were rare occasions.

I follow a variety of inspirational blogs. Every day, I’m blessed with encouragement in my journey to follow God more closely and improve my relationship with Him.

Then I signed up for a once a week one-hour Bible study by telephone, with Debbie Kay of Hope for the Broken Hearted through Soldiers of Faith. She came prepared with excerpts from various study guides, to go along with our Bible reading.

Life happened, and the studies ended. I missed them. I couldn’t gather the women together, but I could do more in-depth study on my own. Hence the goal/gift to myself.

All of those were snippets based on someone else’s choice of material. They were also blessings in helping me learn to establish a more consistent routine of seeking God’s presence.

Bridget A. Thomas’ Redeemed Challenge helped me refine my new routine.

I enjoy sermons online, exploring my concerns and questions in a daily journal entry, read inspirational books, continue with various inspirational blogs and social media posts, and read God’s Word, every day. I’m grateful for those who share and help me grow closer to God.

I can’t imagine my life without God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. When I feel like my life makes no sense I trust God knows what He’s doing. When I feel worthless I know I am a child of God, which makes me priceless. When I feel alone I know my Savior understands me perfectly. How can anyone be truly alone when the creator of the universe is so totally aware of you that He knows the number of hairs on your head?

I also know that when I feel abandoned it’s more about me not seeing God working in my life than Him actually being absent.


Responses

  1. Wow I am honored to know that God used the Redeemed Challenge to help with your routine! I agree, though, that I need a routine as well. If I don’t have one then I might or might not devote time to reading my Bible and a spiritual book. And if I leave it up to chance, I feel “off” and unsettled in my day. Reading and reflecting are like therapy to me! I love what you said at the end of this post: “When I feel like my life makes no sense I trust God knows what He’s doing. When I feel worthless I know I am a child of God, which makes me priceless. When I feel alone I know my Savior understands me perfectly. How can anyone be truly alone with the creator of the universe is so totally aware of you that He knows the number of hairs on your head? I also know that when I feel abandoned it’s more about me not seeing God working in my life than Him actually being absent.” Beautiful words and so very true! ❣️

    • Thanks again. 🙂 ❤

  2. The Word is a lifeline to us in choppy, dark waters which we often pass by for a nice, concrete block with chains on it. Love the line, “When I feel worthless I know I am a child of God, which makes me priceless. “

    • True. 🙂


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