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Totally honest post here. I have always been horrible at keeping up with my personal devotions. I grew up in a Christian home and my parents always read us (or had us read, as we got older) a chapter from the Bible each night, or we would do the Daily Bread devotionals, so I always justified that was good enough for me. My youth directors at church really tried to encourage us to do devotions daily, but it was hard to stay accountable. I learned pretty quickly that I could answer all the questions in the booklets on the 5-minute ride over to church, so I really never got into the meat of the Word, if ya know what I mean. I even went to a Christian school, where they encouraged us to get in the Bible, but I figured I was pretty good on my Bible, between school, home, and church, so, what did it matter?
Fast forward ten years later, and I was still struggling. I would find a "cool" devotional and start it, but then stop after a couple of days. I mean, I just struggled! To be honest, it had been a while since I had cracked open my Bible just to read it voluntarily. This is so horrible to say, but I only opened it if I needed to look something up, or at church.
Becoming a mom really opened my eyes to a lot of things, and that included my doing devotionals. I want to set a good example for my children as my parents did for me. I didn't want to grow up to be some hypocrite mom telling my kids to read the Bible when I rarely ever did that. So, I started researching. I found a few, but my reserve was that a lot of the devotional books did the SOAK/SOAP method. I tried that at one point and I found that it just didn't work for me. At least not right now. I finally stumbled upon Kristin Schmucker's shop The Daily Grace Co. and found Daughters of Grace.
And y'all. This was exactly what I was looking for! I really need something to prompt me and it does just that. She gives the Scripture passages, an anecdote and a few questions to ponder. This particular devotional goes through the different women of the Bible starting with Eve.
In those couple days spent with Eve, I learned a lot of things about her. I mean, I knew who Eve was. But, this time in reading her story, there were things that really stuck out. More on that later!
I was so impressed with Daughters of Grace that I had to jump and buy one of her other newer devotionals, Everlasting Love, which is a devotional on Isaiah. I have been going back and forth just because my mind can't sit still at times and again, I'm still trying to figure out my groove. I'm still not as consistent as I should be on doing my devotions every day, but I'm progressing. I'm trying to figure out the best time of day that works best for me. It's a daily struggle, but I'm learning!
How about y'all? Anyone else struggle with keeping up with devotions? If you're not one who struggles, please share your tips and secrets! And what devotions do you all use? Comment below! I'd love to hear from you!