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“But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.” II Peter 3:18

Have you been born again, trusting in Christ as your Lord and Saviour? If not, I hope that you are seeking Him and will soon follow Jesus’ words, “repent ye, and believe the gospel."   If so, my hope is that you are walking daily with Him in love and obedience to His will for your life.

Two main aspects of the Christian life are prayer and Bible reading. Through prayer, we not only communicate with God, but we pause to meditate on His Word and listen for that “still small voice” speaking to our hearts. My husband has taught us a good acronym for keeping prayer in the proper perception:  C.A.T.I.P.M. (Confession, Adoration, Thanksgiving, Intercession, Petition, Meditation) That is an entire study in itself!! Through Bible reading, we not only learn and grow in knowledge and wisdom, but also gain daily strength as God continually feeds us from His daily bread.

What about our daily devotionals? Are we as careful when choosing a daily reader as we are when attending a church or listening to a sermon? There are some old standards like Morning and Evening, My Utmost for His Highest, and Our Daily Bread… yet if you follow social media you might be seeing new devotionals coming out every other week!! Can we honestly ask  ourselves as we scan through blogs or pick up on the newest devotional craze, “Is this honoring God?” Just as we should be discerning in our daily life- we need to seek the truth in the spiritual aspect of what we ingest into our minds.  Is our daily devotional based on Bible truth, or is it something we use to get an emotional fix and smooth over our failures?

I encourage you to find some moments- whether it be in the morning, at bedtime, or a few minutes throughout the day- to spend in a devotional that is keeping your mind on Christ and draws you closer to Him. Some important questions to keep in mind: Is this based on the Bible or on psychology? Does the author line up with the doctrinal truth of God’s Word? Is this helping me to  grow closer to the Lord and grow in my desire to help others in their walk with Christ? I will share two of my current devotionals with you.

 
 
Here is a story of 2 seeds.

One was planted by a master gardener. He spent his days mixing together just the right amounts of compost and soil until he knew it would be perfect to grow beautiful flowers in. He had the ground at just the right angles for proper moisture and drainage so his plants would not spoil. He laid down black plastic during the cold months to keep the soil warm for early planting. At last he planted, watered, and cared for the seed and with great joy watched as it sprouted into a small green sprig popping through the ground!!  Just days later it was a tall bright flower. All summer long the master gardener enjoyed the beauty the flower brought to his yard.

The other seed was planted by a little girl. She was playing in the shed and found some old seed packs leftover and unused. With joy she found a small rake and ran to her favorite spot in the yard. She dug her seed into the hard dirt and patted it down with her hands. She quickly went on with her play. Days later the seed sprouted into a small green sprig popping through the ground. Soon it was a tall bright flower! All summer long the little girl enjoyed the beauty the flower brought to her yard!
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