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Monday, November 12, 2012

8 Tips for a Fulfilling Devotional Time- Tip 1 | Guest Post by Angela Howard

When I attended North Central University one of the required courses was a class called “Devotional Life.”  The staff at the school had great intentions, knowing how vital it is to develop intimacy with Jesus, and they made an effort to facilitate that.  Unfortunately, the class fell flat for some students and was mockingly dubbed “Emotional Strife.” 

Have you ever felt discouraged when trying and then failing to establish a quiet time with the Lord?  aHI’ve found that a vibrant devotional life isn’t something found in a textbook; it is all about a relationship with Christ and learning to find a rhythm to life where Jesus is a part of everything you do.  That is why Joanna and I wanted to share what we have learned through our journeys so that you will be inspired to begin or perhaps begin again to spend time At the Feet of Jesus.

Tip#1:  Determine what time works best for you.
Although I’m sure all the morning people out there would claim otherwise, there isn’t a holy hour of the day when heaven meets earth.  Play to your strengths and look for a period of the day when you are least likely to be interrupted.  Try it for a while; if it doesn’t work well, try another time until you find what works best for you.

When I was a young(er) mother nap times were my golden opportunity for prayer and study.  Maybe your lunch hour is the perfect fit.  We are all in different seasons of life so ask the Lord for wisdom and remind yourself that your time with God doesn’t have to look like anyone else’s. 
Eliminating distractions is a huge help.  This summer I realized that my morning ritual of watching the news while I ate my breakfast was stealing at least an hour out of my morning.  This distraction would end up pushing my prayer time later and later into the day.  Maybe you’re like me and need to unplug from technology to gain some focus. It could be as simple as finding a quiet place that doesn’t have constant reminders of the pressing demands of life.
If you have lost your focus the best place to start is at the feet of Jesus.  There you will find comfort, hope, peace and healing.  God is faithful.  He will meet you where you are.

You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13 (NASB)
What has helped you in your devotional time?  We would love to hear from you!

SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT WEBCAST:  On November 8th Joanna and I had the joy of connecting with many of you through a live webcast about the launch of the new devotional At the Feet of Jesus.  For those of you who were unable to join us you can view it here.

Angela is an inspirational and educational speaker who teaches the hard truths of God’s Word in a fun and relevant way. She is also a writing assistant to Joanna Weaver, author of Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World. Whatever she is doing, she has a passion to see spiritual growth and an increased sense of purpose in people’s lives. Angela and her husband Michael graduated from Northwest University in 1997 and have been married for 17 years and have 2 children. They currently live in Washington State.

You can follow her on her blog at No Ordinary Days

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