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As most of us ended 2017 in a reflective spirit, I wanted to share my recommended devotional read for 2018 to supplement your spiritual growth in this new year.
I don’t know about you but 2017 was a year of many ups and downs as far as personal challenges & growth grows. I was challenged beyond ALL of my comforts and pushed beyond many of my hypothesized capabilities. I really grew in the knowledge of myself and what is possible beyond my often too quick “no” when I’m uncomfortable with an idea.
My devotional for 2017 was Experiencing God Day by Day: Devotional . Being challenged to that in my new environment, there was no better time to supplement the things I was learning in church and reading on my own than with that devotional. Any time I looked beyond the day that was in front of me, like Peter, I lost sight of Who carries me through my days and I began to sink. If you’re having trouble being disciplined in seeking God every day, I’d recommend you start with this devotional before moving into something more specialized like my pick for 2018.
For 2018, I want to be more intentional with embracing my femininity and learning about the women of the Bible and how they were used by God.Given our current cultural climate, it seems as though women are being highlighted for many different reasons and I do not believe that things happen just because. Not in the past and not now. There’s a focus on us now and if I believe what the Bible says that there is nothing new under the sun, then many of the things we ladies face, can be empathized with through the stories of these ladies.
That said, my devotional read for 2018 is Women of the Bible: A One-Year Devotional Study. It’s a one year devotional study highlighting week by week a different woman of the Bible. Honestly speaking, I didn’t think you could cover a whole 365 days with just the women of the Bible but clearly I’m wrong. I personally love how they’ve structured it not to rush through the women and their stories. A different woman covers a whole week so really, 52 biblical female characters are being highlighted and broken down for further study.
Having already worked through a few of the ladies (I cheated & started earlier that 1/1), I like the format of each woman’s story being told but also we’re instructed to go read certain passages on some of the days to truly see the biblical text and study it.
Ladies, if your devotional reads don’t push you to open your Bible, stop – drop – and roll on to the next devotional that will. Don’t just take an author’s interpretation of the word as your daily bread. You’d be cheating yourself out of knowledge that is freely available for anyone that seeks it.
If you purchase either of the devotionals, let me know how you feel about them. Also if you have any other devo recommendations I’d love to hear them and add them to my list for future review.
Let’s be women not easily shaken in 2018 because we stand on the promises of God and in the knowledge & power of who has created us to be!