I mentioned in my blog post on Friday that I have been listening to a book about the power of habits. This book has been a real eye-opener for me and it has really made me think about “what” I do and “why” I do the things that I do. More importantly, it has made me think about habits that I would like to change or start.
In the book, they talk about making small changes, something that is manageable. Making one small change can then start having a ripple effect. I have already made one small change to my daily habit and that involves walking on the treadmill. I am hoping that this one small change will affect my food choices and my moods.
But, this also got me to thinking about my devotional habits. Could I do better? Gracious, yes!!! Do I want to do better? Gracious, yes!!! So, now the question arises for me to analyze what I already do and see where there is room for improvement. With any habit, there needs to be a “cue,” a “process,” and a “reward.” I know a lot of you talk about reading my blog with your morning cup of coffee, so that is your “cue” to open my blog. The cue is the coffee, the process is the reading of the blog and hopefully, the reward is an inspiration for an outfit that you can duplicate. So, what can we do to create a devotional habit?
Find your cue. My cue is to start my devotion early in the morning. The time is up to you but you need to pick a time and stick with it. I wake up, feed the dogs, and fix me a cup of coffee. Before I open my computer, I open a devotional book that I am reading at the moment. Sitting down at my breakfast table is my cue.
The Process. Everyone’s process will differ and that is fine. Here are a few suggestions that I found online. I need help in enriching my devotional process so I checked out what some other people do and I am listing a few of my favorites.
- Find a quiet place. If you want to be able to absorb the material you are about to read then you need to focus. Distractions of noise can take your mind off of what the Lord wants for you.
- Start with a prayer. Ask the Lord to open your eyes and mind to what you are about to read. Ask Him to give you wisdom and understanding and to show you His will.
- Focus and be Deliberate. Examine the passages and focus on what the Lord is telling you. Examine your life and see how it can apply.
- Look for Derailment. The devil is not going to stand by and not try to derail you. Is your stomach starting to growl, is the dog suddenly needing to go outside, did your husband just call for you to come help him find something? All of these seemingly happen for no reason, but did they?
- Keep a Prayer Journal. I used to do this and I need to start back again. By writing down my prayers I found that I was more focused. I felt closer to God and I could track His answers.
- Join a group. Much like a book club, you can join in a daily devotional group. Ask your friends or those in your church if they are willing to enter into a group. Pick a Bible study book and then talk or message daily about your findings.
- End with prayer. Praise the Lord with thanksgiving in your heart. Thank Him for His son who died on the cross for our sins.
The Lord knew we need habits and Paul gives us directions in Romans 12:2.
Paul wrote, “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think”.
The Reward. Hopefully, the short-term reward will be a closer relationship with the Lord. More importantly, the long-term goal is to spend eternity in Heaven.
Please share your tips for all of us who are striving to do better. Please share this post with your friends and don’t let the devil keep us quite.
Have A Bless Day!