As I previously mentioned in my New Year’s Resolutions post, one of my resolutions is to deepen my relationship with the Lord by making time to devote daily! My walk with Christ truly begun back in college when I dropped to my knees as I battled something that was totally out of control in my life. I had tried to “fix” it a thousand times before however I was never successful, I finally realized that I needed something much bigger.
Ever since that day in 2014 I have been slowly growing closer to the Lord. Yet I still go through seasons where I am very faithful and seasons where I feel I can rely on my own strength. This year I am dedicated to battling those seasons of unfaithfulness by spending time in the word each day!
As I talked with the girls in my foundation group this past week about this – we agreed we have this same desire however we often fall short of making time for God daily. We begun to discuss how we can make 2017 a year we deepen our relationship, and how to become more self disciplined. Here are some steps I have found helpful!
“Your word is a lamp to my feet
and a light to my path.” – Psalm 119: 105
- Find a Set Time
This might sound easy but I feel there is truly an art to it – whether it be in the morning or evening, it is best to set aside the same time each day to spend your time with the Lord. This allows you to get in routine. If you are like me it will take you trying a ton of different times before you find something that works for you.
For me this now looks like waking up early so Tim can take me to work 30/45 minutes early so I can tuck myself into a booth at work and get my time with the Lord. I personally like setting aside my time in the morning. I feel this gives me such a different outlook on the day, and I tend to be much more pleasant because my tank is filled! You may find your time to look a little different but that is okay, morning and/or evening – find a time that you can fully devote yourself to what you’re reading!!
2. Have a Plan
For some people they can flip into the bible and find a passage each day and that works great for them, some people like to have a devotional/or plan that helps guide them within the bible. Whatever it is – have a plan for how you are going to how you are going to devote daily
I love to use devotionals or bible plans each day, I enjoy having the scripture as well as the added writing about how to understand and apply the verses. Currently I am doing the Wife After God – 30 day Marriage Devotional by Jennifer Smith. I love that each day there are verses that inspire the writting, and I love that each day is focused on strengthening your relationship with your husband and the Lord.
Tim is a huge fan of The Journey – a daily devotional created by our church, Watermark Community Church. The journey is an easy for people to read, understand and apply Gods word. Each day the Journey is delivered to your email (or opened in their app) and provides scripture with a devotional that is written by members of our Watermark Community. This year the Journey is traveling through Psalms and Proverbs. Join the Journey by clicking here. Or if you have a smartphone and want to download the app click here.
3. Keep a Journal
Journaling has allowed me to see seasons I am going through, what the Lord has been consistently teaching me, answered prayers and where I have to grow. Journalling is not for everyone – if it is for you, that’s awesome! If not, that is totally okay! Your time with the Lord may look exceptionally different from mine – and that is normal! Find what allows you to grow in your relationship with the Lord and go with it!
4. Say a Prayer
One of my friends once encouraged me to pray before and after my time with the Lord – just asking that he would fully open my eyes and ears to all that he is teaching me that day and every day, and that my heart would receive all his truth. I am so thankful she encouraged me to do that because I feel answered prayers each time I do so, I feel I am much better at understanding what it is the Lord is trying to show me that day.
After my time in the word, my prayer is usually focused on thanking him for the teaching and helping me apply all his truth that day, and days to come. I have found that this has been very helpful for me in just preparing myself for my daily time – maybe it would helpful for you too!
“Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.” – Jeremiah 29:12
I am not a perfect Christian, nor do I claim to be, but I am trying to follow a Perfect savior who calls me to live a life in reflection of who he is. I hope some of these tips help you come to know about a God in Heaven that loves you so much he sent his one and only son to die on a cross so that you could be set free of sin, and death. That you could now have a relationship with our father in heaven for ETERNITY! HOW COOL IS THAT!
Do you have any tips that help you daily devote? I still struggle with my self discipline in this scope and would love any advice you can offer or any encouragement you may have!