Saturday, September 6, 2014

Acts 19:12 and personal devotionals.

This morning I finished reading Acts. For awhile I was reading the Bible through the YouVersion phone app, doing different devotionals. I liked it, but after about six months I really missed my highlighter and holding my real Bible. So, for the past couple months, I am reading on paper instead of electronically, and I really like it. Who knows? Maybe I'll somehow develop a mix of both.

Also, I used to be very set on always reading at night. That worked well for me when I was younger and in college, as it wasn't hard to stay up later. Now it is. I am a morning person, so after feeling frustrated for missing days for awhile because I would forget or fall asleep, I switched to the morning. I wake up a little bit earlier and make sure it's the first thing I do. (Kley and I also do our couple devotionals together at night, after dinner, so it's nice to spread those out throughout the day.)

It's been going quite well and I am happy with the switch! It's been easier for me to be consistent, and I like having something to fill me up in the morning.

So, I guess what I'm saying is that if you are feeling frustrated with how your daily devotionals are going, try changing it! I know that's easier said than done sometimes, especially for those who don't like change (like me). But, I finally did it after feeling frustrated for a long time, and it's been so worth it.

This morning I finished Acts. I hadn't read it in awhile, and I really enjoyed reading it again! I can't believe all the hardships Paul endured and how no matter what he went through, it keeps talking about how Paul continued to share the word "boldly." I would like to have more boldness. A lot more.

One verse that particularly stood out to me that I don't remember ever realizing before was Acts 19:11-12- God did extraordinary miracles through Paul, so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were cured and the evil spirits left them.

Isn't that amazing? Wow. I want to be used like that.


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