Daily Devotional Routine
I would really like to know what your devotional time looks like! I’ll start things off below. If you would like, just leave a comment on this post with a link to your Daily Devotional Routine post and link back to this post on your blog.
- When do you have your devotional time?
- Where do you have your devotional time?
- What does your devotional time consist of in general? What books, devotionals, sermons, etc. are you currently including in your devotional time, if any?
- How do you keep a steady routine?
- What do you do when you find it’s becoming mechanical or a check list item, if that happens for you?
1. When do you have your devotional time?
The mornings are the best times for me personally. I am up at 5:30 to knock out CrossFit. After that it’s time for my Devotional Time. That is typically 45 minutes to an hour. I have to stick close to this routine because at 7:00, all 9 kids are waking up and have to be ready to leave here by 8:00 for school drop offs. My wife heads to work at 6:15, so I am the child wrangler in the mornings.
2. Where do you have your devotional time?
I have a desk at home that I like to use. Sometimes in the summer I like to go outside and find a place away from everything.
3. What does your devotional time consist of in general? What books, devotionals, sermons, etc. are you currently including in your devotional time, if any?
In general I like to start with scripture and then move into prayer. Scripture puts my heart and mind in the right place to pray. If I don’t do that, my prayer time is more frantic and about asking for things or complaining. Prayer after meditation on scripture is more about communion with God. After prayer it’s scripture that less meditation and more study. I then read the entry for today from God’s Wisdom for Navigating Life by Tim Keller. Then it’s time to journal. I discovered in my teens that if I don’t journal during devotions, that not much of what I have done sticks with me. Journaling is like cementing the concepts, the feelings, and the impressions into my heart and mind. If there is time the last thing I do is read. I am a huge Theology nerd, so I am always reading. I picked this habit up around 13 years old when I got my first Theology focused book by A.W. Pink. I just finished going through Prayer again, which is an excellent book. This week I’ll start on True Paradox: How Christianity Makes Sense of Our Complex World.
4. How do you keep a steady routine?
I struggle with keeping my routine steady. I think the best motivator is how badly I am able to handle a typical or hard day without a regular devotional time. Staying dependent on God is hard, it’s the opposite of everything my flesh desires, it really comes down to just doing it. Being committed. Like everything else in life.
5. What do you do when you find it’s becoming mechanical or a check list item, if that happens for you?
As an introvert I long for a desire deep relationships in a community of believers. But also, as an introvert, relationships take a lot of energy from me. When it becomes mechanical, I share that with someone. In the sharing there is something that happens that I can’t explain. Sharing struggles, being encouraged, living out faith and admitting my weakness, it makes me stronger. It makes my faith stronger. I grow. And it’s no longer mechanical. I wish I could say I do that every time it happens, but I don’t. Sometimes auto pilot kicks in and it takes something in life to shove me out of that mode. God is gracious and I am thankful for his love and discipline.
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