For 30 days consecutive days challenge yourself to spend time with God. Imagine you’re sitting together for ONE HOUR and having daily conversations. No electronics, no interruptions, no study books. Just you and God.
Set the same time each day. Be creative…one hour a day or..30 minutes twice a day or..15 minutes four times a day.
Use a habit tracker method to motivate yourself. Be creative…30 blank index cards and fill out one each day, or ..30 coins- put one in a jar each day or ..30 post-it notes- put one on your mirror each day or ..30 day devotional book
Focus on a theme for 30 days, or a specific Bible passage each day. Be creative. ..taming the tongue or ..turnaround your negative thoughts or ..stand on Gods promises or ..break a stronghold or ..ask for His will and then direction or ..confess or ..take communion or ..ask how to use your spiritual gifts.
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Encourage one another… be an eyewitness.
It’s not my plan to update friends on every aspect of my devotional time with God. I’ll share a few discoveries like the one I encountered today.
Day 2- Opening my Bible I felt God would have a plan for us today. My Bible pages opened to Ecclesiastes- right at the beginning! As I started reading I saw words I needed to hear in verse 2: “Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.”
There you go! Believed to be the words of Solomon, the opening message of this book is about the worthlessness of material things and wasted time.
Not willing to miss this important passage, I set the 15 minute timer on my phone so I would mediate as it deserves. The timer went off, I reset for 15 more minutes. Surprisingly, 15 more was an added bonus. And then… after another 15 minutes I reached my desired time.
This was truly the best thing that happened all day. Since I experienced this in the early morning, I had time to reflect on the devotional time throughout my day. By evening I was pushing aside my scheduled work and desiring MORE than an hour with God.
This morning I weep for my absence and the pathetic sadness of my busy life. When I wake and sip my morning coffee, I’ve been captivated with the morning news app.
Using my my devices for reading, a swarm of notifications draw my attention. Emails, messages, and safety alerts for earthquakes or weather. Important but untimely.
Piles of dishes, laundry, dog hair and unpaid bills mock me from each room. Shouldn’t I be THERE and doing something “important.”
When did it become less important to worship the Lord I love. When did my morning heart shift to busyness and chaos instead of the peace of God’s presence.
Today I turnaround my morning routine. News and notifications are second class priorities- never first.
News triggers fear and anger. God blesses me with courage and peace.
Notifications trigger interruptions. God blesses me with a plan.
Here I am. Your little girl, Daughter of the King!
As I type this a child of mine walks into the room and decides to share her news from the previous day. She’s staring at me, a reminder that I distract too easily.
But her presence reminds me God- my Father- is waiting for His children to come to Him and talk about their day too!
Simple solution- begin God moments in my bedroom retreat. Come out for the day after I’ve enjoyed an hour of prayer and coffee with the King.
Here I am God. Turnaround my morning.
Related Devotional Verses
But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble. Psalm 59:16 NIV
I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning. Psalm 130:6 NIV
“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.” The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.” Revelation 22:16-17 NIV