A Devotional Guide: Daily Growth

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

On our one year anniversary of dating, Josh presented me with a one year devotional. I had previously mentioned wanting one as a way to keep accountable in daily Truth. The devotional I received was a hot pink, leather covered book entitled 'One-Minute Devotions for Women' by Carolyn Larsen. He had them engrave my first name on the cover & left off my last because he told them it would be changing soon. :) I wasn't very far along in my walk with the Lord & at that time, I had no structure in my biblical studies. I would simply pick up my bible & turn to Psalms because it was something I could read quickly & understood easily. I began my devotional & fell into a joyful study each day--adding my own technique to each devotion. I would start by reading the top of each page, which was a scripture. I would then find this scripture in my personal bible & highlight the passage. Then I would read the commentary supplied in the One-Minute devotional & use a pen to write my own commentary in my bible. Looking back at these passages I can see how I was able to venture into areas of the Word that I would otherwise be intimidated by. The commentary supplied in my devotional led to a perspective I wouldn't have created on my own. After one year, I had a completed devotional & a well-marked bible flourishing with notes & thoughts supplied by this gift I received from my now husband.
Over the years I have become more aware of the importance of daily devotions. If nothing else, they supply structure & Truth to your day. If you choose to create a system of biblical time accompanied by your devotions, you can learn so much about God's Word. Below I am sharing a few of the devotionals I have gained over the years along with a bit of information about each. Keep in mind there are SO many options to choose from & these are only the few I have added to my collection. :)
Enjoy!
 This devotional was my first. It is divided into monthly categories & has a scripture/commentary for daily 1 minute devotions. The categories range from purposeful living to joyful marriage. It was perfect for a first devotional while I learned to maintain a structured devotion time. Get it HERE.
My grandma recently sent this to Arkansas for me to have. It came with a 'Woman of God' mug which I now have my morning Spark in :) It's a very thin, easy read & is simple to understand. It has a gardening theme & encourages you to 'plant within you the seed of His Word.' I like to keep it in my bible carrier. Get it HERE.
I saw this devotional on Instagram one day & knew I had to have it! I am a fan of Jane Austen & her classic works. This devotional is so beautiful & includes pages of excerpts from her books along with how we can apply them to biblical Truth & also has a scripture to tie it all together. It comes from the 'Devotional Classics Series' which you can purchase HERE.
I received this from my mom during Christmas this year. It is very similar to that of the 'One-Minute Devotions for Women' previously mentioned. This teaches on Renewal, Finances, Friendship & many other topics. This book isn't dated so you can start at any date. It also has space for notes at the back of the book. You can get it HERE.
This devotional is typical book-size & is organized by days rather than dates. It includes a scripture, a reflection from the author, a 'Looking Ahead' passage in which both the reflection & scripture are brought together & a 'Living it Out' portion at the end to help with encouragement. This is a really great devotion & read for young women though I find it refreshing at 24. You can buy it HERE.
Jesus Calling may be the most well-known devotional mentioned in this post. I received this devotional from my mother-in-law on Christmas. The color is one of my absolute favorites & it is a soft leather which is so inviting. This devotional is dated & the portions of text are written in a way in which we read Jesus talking to us. The text is backed by multiple verses provided below it. It does not provide the actual scriptures printed out so this is a great devotional study if you wish to get into your bible & mark passages while applying the context this book provides. You can get it HERE.
What is your favorite devotional or method of bible study? I'd love to know!

2 comments:

  1. Im I am so glad I found your instagram and your website it's always great to meet another blogger who isn't afraid to talk about God and what He brings to our lives. and I am picking up one of these books thanks for the great recommendations. Warmly Cynthia www.cdelbeauty.blogspot.com

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  2. Im I am so glad I found your instagram and your website it's always great to meet another blogger who isn't afraid to talk about God and what He brings to our lives. and I am picking up one of these books thanks for the great recommendations. Warmly Cynthia www.cdelbeauty.blogspot.com

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