The Only Bible Devotional Book You’ll Ever Need

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As a young Christian woman, I often heard people talk about the importance of “quiet time with the Lord” or “morning devotional time”.  Even though I had grown up in the church, I wasn’t sure what that meant or how to do it.  To hear these people talk, this was THE most important thing that Christians did.  I often felt like I was a failure in my spiritual life (my “Christian walk” as they said) because I wasn’t having the all important “quiet time with the Lord.”If you've ever wondered how to spend time in the Word, READ THIS!

It wasn’t that I didn’t want to, I just didn’t know how!

There are two aspects I had to figure out: when to do it, and what to do.

As a teen and before becoming a wife and mother, I didn’t have too much trouble finding the time.  Now, my schedule is the tool that helps me make room in my busy 24 hours for time with Him.  If you’re struggling to find the actual time, I encourage you to follow my scheduling series for a step-by-step plan to use your time most effectively.

What do I do during my Quiet Time?

It seemed most people spent time reading something.  A trip to the Christian bookstore, or a browse on Amazon, offers up more options for devotional books than you could read in a lifetime of “time with the Lord”.  How could I know which book was most effective?  Which book would draw me closer to God?  Which book would have the answers, the lessons I needed to learn, and the words of encouragement I needed at this particular time in my life?

The answer is so glaringly obvious now, but it wasn’t always.  The only book that can offer all that is the Bible.  “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12 (ESV)

Only the Word of God can discern your thoughts and intentions and lead you to the lessons you need on a daily basis.

Oh, come on, Christina!  That’s a cop-out answer! You promised a devotional book!

Indeed, I did.

Don’t worry, I’m not going to leave it there!

The only devotional book you’ll ever need is….

a journal.

Journal for Bible Devotionals

Other devotional books fall short because they are not the Word of God, but someone else’s thoughts.  God’s word is our spiritual food, and as Teri Maxwell writes in Sweet Journey:

Some will consider a daily devotional with a Bible verse and story for each day of the year to be their Bible reading.  IF I might be blunt, that is a little like eating breakfast after someone else has chewed it up for you, and a minimal amount at that. One verse a day isn’t enough spiritual sustenance.  Save those devotionals for another time in your day, and reserve Bible-reading time strictly for Bible reading.

There is great wealth in sharing our stories, our lessons, and our thoughts with one another, but we have to allow time and space for God to speak directly to us.

My Bible-Study Method

Once I implemented my current method of Bible study, my quiet time with the Lord changed dramatically!  Instead of something I felt a Christian obligation to do, it became something I joyfully wake up before my family to fit in!  Honestly, I used to hear other people say the same thing and think they were so much more spiritually developed than I was.  I wanted desperately to be like that, but I just wasn’t.

Listen to me, if you want to develop in your spiritual life, this will work.  You will grow and you will learn things you never realized.

Now, I get up in the morning and read a chapter in my Bible.  I underline any particular verses that speak to me that day, then I copy those verses in to my journal and write my thoughts and prayers.

It’s very simple.

But SO effective.

Writing my prayers keeps me focused.  My mind is less likely to wander.  Copying the verses helps me learn them.

Here’s the plan:

CONTINUE READING

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10 Comments

  1. Glynis wrote:

    Definitely the pink one! I love pink!!! I have dabbled in journaling in the past but seriously started doing it every day this whole year. I highly recommend this way of Bible study!

    Posted 10.12.15 Reply
  2. Victoria Vega wrote:

    Aqua journal, please! 🙂

    Posted 10.13.15 Reply
  3. Cindy wrote:

    Turquoise! I love reading your blog posts because they are so ME. Thank you for being so relatable!

    Posted 10.22.15 Reply
  4. Melanie O. wrote:

    Both are cute but I would have to stick with pink!

    Posted 10.22.15 Reply
  5. Misty Fuentes wrote:

    Aqua! Love your blog! Thank you for all of your good messages!

    Posted 10.22.15 Reply
    • Christina wrote:

      The random.org number was 5 and you’re the 5th comment! Aqua journal coming your way! 🙂

      Posted 11.4.15 Reply
  6. Stacy Moss wrote:

    I love the aqua! Thanks!

    Posted 10.23.15 Reply
  7. Jenny wrote:

    I’m a big fan of that devotional book! 😉 I like to read the chapter and sometimes dig a bit in background in my study bible or if I’m using a book. But writing a verse or two and what I learned, wonder, or how I could apply it are super important. Love your blog btw!

    Posted 5.12.16 Reply
  8. Found via Pinterest and just want to say this is an excellent post and will be pinning to Bible study board. I am looking forward to roaming around your blog to see what else I find. Also planning a new page on my website where a link to this would be perfect. Let me know if you’re interested. I have a huge passion to encourage women to study the Bible themselves and draw closer to Jesus each day.
    Blessings,
    Lynn

    Posted 6.5.16 Reply
    • Christina wrote:

      Lynn, I would love to connect with your site! Thank you so much for your encouraging comments.

      Posted 6.7.16 Reply