Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Home Management- Spirituality.

I, by no means, profess that I am perfect at having devotional time, but I do believe that it is of utmost importance and should be something that is a part of your daily life. Sometimes I really do want to do it and sometimes I really don't, but I believe God will meet with me and is anxiously awaiting for me to come to Him. Even if I don't "feel" like spending time in the Word or I don't "feel" like I got anything out of it, it's still important because I want spending time with Him to be a habit and a vital, real part of my life and my relationship with God isn't based on my feelings. He never changes.

I encourage you to find a time of day that works for you and that you are able to be mostly consistent at in spending time with God. Whether that's reading your Bible, reading a devotional, journaling, praying, listening to praise music- pick one and do it! Even if you don't feel like it or don't think you have time, choose to do it. Also, while I think all those things are good, I do think reading the actual Bible and prayer are the most important. Devotional books and other things are great, but shouldn't replace the actual Word and prayer. I love reading Christian books/devotional books, but I keep my devotional time alone in the morning to the straight Bible. For awhile, I tried to read devotionals on the youversion Bible app, but it just wasn't the same as holding the Bible in my hands or reading the actual Word. But, you have to find what works for you depending on your stage. Maybe you are just starting your devotions again after a time away and need something lighter. Maybe you are a new Christian and reading 2 Chronicles would be way confusing for you. That's okay!

For me, it works to have devotional time in the morning when I first get up. Back in high school/college, late nights worked for me, but that's not what's best for me anymore. That's okay if your time has to change as your life stages change. What's important is to just keep it up. If you've fallen away, just pick it back up. Kley and I read a devotional together at night before bed and pray, though prayer is something I want to get better at, myself individually and together with Kley. If you are married, I think it's important to worship individually as well as together. Both are important and necessary. (Also, Norah just turned one, so our spiritual habits with her will change as she grows older, but it's important to have devotional time with your children and to model to them what that looks like too. We started reading a short advent devotional to Norah during December, and now are reading a short story from her children's Bible before bed.)

So, I don't have amazing tips, other than to find a time of day that works for you to be consistent and to try your best to spend time with God, even if it's short, every day.

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