Daily Devotions – Reading & Journaling through the Bible
This blog started out as select entries from my daily devotions, using the S.O.A.P. method. A devotional journal is a reminder of what I have read and how God is speaking and teaching me. It is about the lessons I learn and need to relearn. I hope you’ll join me in keeping your own devotional journal, come back often and give me feedback on anything here that speaks to you.
To begin you can use New Hope Oahu’s online devotional from Today’s Life Journal Reading or any daily devotional; I like the One Year Bible (read Update below). You can learn how to understand the importance of growing in Christ, hearing Him speak to you, guide you, and strive to live, grow, and share your faith with others by learning how to journal your devotions.
II Timothy 3:16
“All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
How this blog came to be
On Dec 31, 2009 – I watched a movie called, “Julie and Julia” – the story of a woman (Julie) who began a journey to discover herself by blogging and cooking from Julia Child’s cookbook. Be warned that her blog has strong language and that she and the movie are strictly secular in content – it’s a lighthearted movie directed by Nora Ephron, who has created classic “chick flixs” in the past – I digress… so because of my wanting to get back to writing consistently – I was motivated to begin a blog again. I did blog in years past, while traveling a month in India. Since we’re starting a new year, I thought this is a perfect time to BEGIN again and this will help me to be consistent, not just in my daily reading of devotions, but also for devotional journaling.
In 2007, while attending a conference called, DCAT (Doing Church as a Team) in Honolulu, HI. As a gift for attending, all attendees were given the book, The Divine Mentor, by Pastor Wayne Cordeiro. I had read my devotions and journaled, but not consistently. After reading the Divine Mentor I felt I had a greater understanding to do both daily. It was easier for me to read my devotions by reading the paper version of The One Year Bible, New Living Translation; you can always read the One Year Bible Online. I would encourage others to use whatever bible version that helps keep them in the Word, and use other versions to study and expand on what you’re reading. I found that reading a paper version was better for me at the time. I still go back and forth between looking up devotions online and reading my paper bible. I also found that going back and forth in the bible wasn’t as simple as using the One Year Bible, so I stuck with that. The readings online are not in the same order as the Life Journal that’s on New Hope’s website, so this year I’m going to start using the online version. Whatever you do, use what works for you!
So let’s begin our journey, feel free to comment, write, or start your own. Even if you don’t want to start your own journal online, I urge you to get a notebook and start. Follow the How to Journal instructions and you’ll see that it’s not that difficult if you schedule time daily for God.
God gave us His son, His life, I’m sure we can start with at least fifteen minutes of our day and go from there. I’m looking forward to reading, hearing, learning, growing, sharing, God’s word and lessons learned from my daily devotions.
Often times we wait til we need something from God before we go to Him. I’d like to go to Him daily, so that He can guide and give me something to recall when I need Him. Enjoy the journey. ###
2016 What I’m Reading!
You don’t “have to” use the reading plan that’s mentioned in the instructional ‘how to journal’ – you just need to start somewhere and have some type of reading plan. I enjoy reading a little something from the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs (a little from each section) every day – which is what the One Year Bible has in its daily reading program. Also the Bible Gateway version is out of the order I’m accustomed to reading (starting in Genesis & Luke). There’s a reason for that, of which you can look up yourself, but I’m simple and like to start the year and my reading in the books of Genesis and Matthew. I’m not a Bible scholar, nor a teacher, or have a special gift of interpreting the Bible. Everything I write starts off in prayer, reading the Word, asking God to reveal Himself to me, then I S.O.A.P and go from there.
I’d also like to mention that there are times I am ravenous about getting more of God’s word, so I’ll read my regular reading and several devotions. My pastor used to say, keep reading til you get something – you only need one verse to S.O.A.P. and if you can’t go through all the readings of that day, just read til you get one verse then stop. I’ve found that to be a HUGE help, especially when schedules can become overwhelming.
Here are some of my other favorite daily devotionals, sometimes I like to take my journal entry from one of theses. You’ll see daily devotionals don’t need to take hours of your time, a few minutes in the morning and you can be out the door. Or if you are an evening person you can spend more time reading and journaling, consider your best time.
– The Bible App on your Smart Phone, Tablet or computer
If you have any favorite daily devotionals that you read from, let me know and add them to the comment section! ###
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