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Thursday, November 15, 2012

8 Tips for a Fulfilling Devotional Time - Tip 2 | By Angela Howard

In my last post I shared Tip #1 for a fulfilling devotional life:  Determine What Time Works Best for You.  I look forward to hearing how each of you has found your own special time with Jesus.  In our journey through life we must remind ourselves of what Colossians 3:11 (NLT) says:
“Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us.” 
One of my earliest childhood memories is sitting with my parents and my little sister having family devotions and memorizing scripture.  My parents intentionally passed on a legacy which would change the course of my life:  A passion and love for God’s word. 
Tip #2—Find a Bible Translation You Enjoy and Understand
It can be difficult to cultivate a desire for God’s word if we don’t understand what it says.  That is why I encourage you to find a Bible translation you enjoy and understand.  Often times we simply choose whatever Bible we have on hand.   But if you do a little research you can find a translation that is both accurate and easy to understand. 
If you are feeling stuck in your Bible reading or have never even started try these 3 things:
·         Read a Study Bible that gives you notes and background on each one of the books.
·         Change translations.
·         Listen to an audio version of the Bible. 
In an interview on Joanna’s podcast Wellspring, Leslie Ludy shared the importance of her devotional time.  When Leslie was in high school she turned her life over to the Lord and felt Him saying, “You can’t just fit Me into your life, you have to build your life around Me.”
The only thing that will bring lasting fulfillment is having Christ at the center of our lives, and one way that we can draw close to Him is by reading and studying His word.
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.  Romans 10:17 (NKJV)  
How has the word of God changed your life?

SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT WEBCASTOn 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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