Within the Christian community, there are lots of buzzwords and buzzphrases. These words and phrases are trendy and important sounding, but they can also be intimidating and hard to understand. Among today’s more popular Christian buzzphrases are the words devotional time.
It’s interesting that those five short syllables can sometimes cause angst among believers including me. I’m talking sweaty palms, feelings of inadequacy, and looks of uncertainty. However, it’s important to note God never intended our private time with Him to become a source of stress and worry. In fact, that totally defeats the purpose of setting aside or devoting intimate time with God.
I thought about my own struggles with devotional time and then asked friends and family members about why devotional time can be such a challenge. Over and over again, I heard the same answer.
I don’t know what I’m supposed to do during devotional time.
Don’t fret friends. There is no magical formula or “simple three step plan” for devotional time. Our time of devotion is a personal thing and since I’m me and you’re you, my devotional time will not be the same as your devotional time. Lean in and let me tell you a secret: That’s okay. Really, it is.
After all, each of us is a unique creation. God has given each of us special gifts, abilities, desires, and personalities. If each of us has been created so very differently, it would make sense that our approach to quiet time with God would differ too.
During my devotional time, I pray and read my Bible, but I also do a few other things as well. If you are unsure of what to do during devotional time or you’d like to add something new to your devotional routine, check out these awesome devotional time activities.
Do some Bible journaling. If you’re an artist or a wanna be art (like me!), you may be interested in Bible journaling. Bible journaling has become extremely popular and Bible readers are creating beautiful illustrations within their Bibles to help enhance their study of the Word of God. Check out this gallery of journaling images to learn more.
Write down scripture. I love doing scripture writing. The premise is simple. Each day, a different Bible verse is written down. I find this to be a great way to reflect upon God’s Holy Word. If you’d like to add scripture writing to your devotional time, check out Sweet Pea Blessing’s February Scripture Writing Plan.
Complete a Biblical character study. Completing a character study is an excellent way of getting to know more about a figure in the Bible. A character study will help you explore an individual’s life in greater detail. Download my Bible Character Study Worksheet by clicking the Download button below.
Create a vision board. Is there a spiritual discipline, Biblical virtue, or Christ-centered goal you’re focusing upon this year? Growing spiritually and meeting goals can be challenging, so you’ll likely need motivation at some time or another. A vision board is a marvelous way to keep yourself both focused and motivated. Use a large piece of posterboard to illustrate this virtue, discipline, or goal. Cut out photos, create illustrations, and add Bible verses to depict your vision. Once done, mount your vision board in a place where you’ll regularly see it.
Write your own Psalm. Many people love the book of Psalms. Within its one hundred-fifty chapters are heart felt cries to God and the simple displays of raw human emotion we’ve all experienced. The psalmists praised God for His goodness, pleaded for His mercy, and longed for His justice to be poured out upon enemies. Read a few Psalms and then put pen to paper and craft your very own Psalm. You’ll be blessed by what you write and recognize how much time it takes to create a beautiful song for the Lord.
Make a Bible study binder. I worked on my Bible study binder for several weeks during my devotional time. It took time for me to plan out its sections, organize the dividers, hole-punch pages, and add information. But as I worked, I felt God guiding me and I created a binder that would serve me as I served Him. If you’d like to learn more about creating a Bible Study Binder, check out this video which includes a tour of my binder:
Our devotional time does not have to be boring or become rote. God wants us to draw closer to Him during our personal time with Him. This can be accomplished in many different ways. I’ll be praying you as you strive to embrace God during your time of devotion.
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