Do you find yourself saying that this is the year you are going to stay in the Word and develop a stronger relationship with Jesus? Then after a few months you get so overwhelmed because you missed a few days that you just give up? I know, me too. But, here is the good news…you can start again. And again. And again. And again. We’re not going to be perfect. Jesus wants us anyway. To help you out, I put together a list of 10 devotionals and study ideas that will help you get started in the new year.
1. She Reads Truth & He Reads Truth – these are great resources. You can get daily reflections and verses to hold in your heart. You can also purchase study guides if you would like a guide/notebook to work with. Download the app or simply visit them online. Their newest devotional book ‘Open Your Bible‘ has an online study starting on January 7th!
2. Family Devotions – I love it when my family actually has meaningful time together in the Word. While this doesn’t happen super often I’ve found a book that helps with our young kids. For teenagers, my pastor recently recommended keeping a bible near the table. As you discuss life and the issues that come up you can bring out the Bible to see how the Word wants us to react, respond and grow.
3. Seamless by Angie Smith – I love how down to earth Angie Smith is. This is a great study to discover how the Bible ties together as one complete story.
4. Deep Cries Out by Kristen LaValley – I haven’t read this one yet but love that the idea that it is for moms who are in tough times.
5. Women’s Bible Cafe is hosting a couple online Bible Studies starting on January 11th. Sometimes an online Bible study is just what you need. Check these out.
6. Bible Reading Plans – Perhaps you just want to dig deeper in the Word with a Bible reading plan. Here are a few. Do you have any favorite ways to go through the Bible?
7. Proverbs 31 Women has come out with the First Five app. This is a way to train yourself to give your first 5 minutes to God.
8. Good Morning Girls – This one is a great study as well. You can plug in to the community or simply do it on your own.
9. Find a local church and plug in
10. Memorize scripture – Here are some great ways to memorize scripture. You can choose scriptures based on your current studies or follow us online or on social media and use the one we push out each day.
You guys, it’s hard. And, it’s okay if you don’t get it right the first time. Let’s take it one step and a time and share along the way so we can learn and grow together.