In a previous post I wrote a letter to my younger self of lessons I’ve learned since that time. It was created with hopes of younger men and women benefitting from it. This will make it so much worthwhile. The one habit I don’t regret during that time in my life is establishing my devotional time with the Lord. It’s a routine that is fully engrained into my daily routine.
Prior to having a regular devo time, I was completely entrenched in church life. Singing in the choir and volunteering for other ministries as needed. That is until the day I was forced to face my motivations for being so busy yet not having developed a relationship with the one I was supposedly working for. The lesson: I needed validation and enjoyed the compliments I had received. However, it all came to an end after I arrived at church one Sunday morning without my bible. These were the days before mobile devices and apps galore. I began using the time that was previously dedicated to volunteering to becoming more acquainted with the God I was serving. I’ve never looked back nor withdrawn from this wonderful habit.
Over the years my devotional time has taken many forms as have my writing methods. In the beginning I used a one subject notebook to keep track of my daily readings and prayer requests. It was shortly after my devotional life took of that I began keeping a journal.
David (along with a few others) wrote the book of Psalms as a form of devotional writing. Documenting the highs and lows of life in a manner that is both confession and adoration. To this day each believer who needs comfort can turn to the book of Psalms to find grace in the time of need.
In Psalms 63:1 David wrote “…I shall seek you earnestly; my soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” The word “earnestly” is translated “early” in other versions. Written while fleeing from either his son Absalom (2 Sam. 15:23-28) or Saul the king who previously held the thrown (1 Sam. 23:14) David was in the wilderness of life while writing of his longing to spend time with the Lord. Charles H. Spurgeon writes in the Treasury of David “when the wilderness caused David weariness, discomfort, and thirst, his flesh cried out in unison with the desire of his soul.”
Having endured my own season of wilderness I too have found solace during my daily time of devotion. Studying the life of the Jeremiah who like me served God while unmarried (Jer. 16:2) and in ministry (Jer. 1:9).
Currently I use a larger one subject notebook replete with pockets and sticky tabs in order to locate previous notations and ideas. For years this method served it’s purpose by allowing me to utilize a single notebook on a yearly basis if not more. However, now that I am facing my second act in life I find myself needing something more.
I am a single-minded woman now. Wanting to serve God on whatever path he chooses. Regardless if it is behind the pulpit or behind the pen, I am determined now more than ever to fulfill God’s calling upon my life. Thankfully ministry is not limited to a building or title. But I am submitted to authority no matter the call.
My gift to myself for 2019 is the Hope Planner. A system created specifically for devotional use. I’ve come to realize the more I ask of God the more he requires of me. Which means releasing the warm covers of my bed early in the morning to spend time with him. So, with coffee in
The hope planner allows me to incorporate both journal writing and planning into my morning routine. With dedicated space for documenting scripture, prayer and gratitude lists it will be an efficient use of my time. There’s even room to decorate with washi, stickers and whatever else I desire. I can’t wait to get started.