For some time now, I’ve been a big devotional reader. I have several devotional books I read daily. Some I read in the morning and the others at night before going to bed. I have three Joyce Meyer devotionals I read from every day. They are by far my favorites. It’s as if Joyce Meyer can see right into my day and my life and know just what I need to hear at that precise moment.
Another favorite is a daily Psalms devotional which my sister gifted me with for my birthday about 4 years ago called 365 Daily Devotionals From Psalms for Women.
Then there’s Henry T. Blackaby and Richard Blackaby’s devotional, Experiencing God Day By Day. Some of these go a little deeper and are very thought-provoking. I need that.
Another favorite is a devotional called Moments Together for Couples by Dennis and Barbara Rainey. I’ll read these aloud to hubby many nights right before we turn out the light. I find them very meaningful and they even have questions to discuss at the end of each devotional as well as a prayer suggestion. I love that.
The older I get, the more I’m realizing how important it is to me to spend daily time in His Word so I’m trying to read scripture daily and not only read it but study it. I’ll confess, while my intentions are good, I often fail miserably at this. I can’t tell you how many nights I climb into bed with my bible and fall asleep with it on top of my chest. I’ve come to the conclusion that reading at night right before bedtime is probably not ideal. I’ve been thinking for a while now that I really want to establish better bible study habits and spend time when I get up in the morning in prayer, reading God’s Word and my devotionals. I’ve purchased a prayer journal and I’m hoping it will help me to become more faithful in my prayer life.
Today was the first day I attempted to have an intentional quiet time with God first thing after waking up. Ideally, I would like to get up before sunrise and have my quiet time then, but I’m such a night owl and my sleeping habits are going to have to change dramatically before that happens. I plan to work on that. I wish I could say this morning went well but it didn’t and I found myself actually apologizing to God for all the disruptions and my lack of concentration. I went to a quiet area of the house with devotionals and bible in hand, lit a prayer candle, and started praying fervently. Not even five minutes had passed when the house phone started ringing. I answered it. Then it rang again. And again. My cats cried incessantly just outside the door as they wanted in on the “quiet time.” I became really distracted. But I’ll try again tomorrow and this time the phone calls can wait.