Strengthening my faith is very important to me and always something at which I work. We attend church as a family and are fairly involved there, but I find that my faith and my relationship with God is strongest when I spend some one-on-one time with Him.
This Spring, we had a great speaker at our church for a Visionary Family weekend. He put several things in perspective for us, but my favorite is when he likened our faith to food. He pointed out what our three meals should be (attending church, reading the Bible, and having family worship time) and that everything else is a vitamin (youth group, FCA, etc). One cannot survive on vitamins alone, but they make us healthier and we need them as well. One of my daily “vitamins” is reading a devotional so I thought I’d share my three current favorites. In all honesty, I do not read all three of these every day, but have read much of each of them throughout the year.
Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence by Sarah Young
I’m pretty late to the game on this one as it has been popular for the last few years, but I hadn’t read it until a beautiful friend gave me this for Christmas. There is something about this devotional that just speaks to me. I had a pretty rough year personally and much of this book encourages trust in God. I needed this devotional this year and I read it daily, usually at night because I’m not a morning person.
I love that the passages are short and that they include verses that relate to the message for each day. The passages are dated so if you are particular about starting things “on time,” you may want to wait until January to begin this one. This devotional is really uplifting and would be a great way to start (or end!) your day. This would also make a great gift and if you are an early Christmas shopper or have a friend who is in need of something like this, the original title can be purchased here.
The First5 app has also been a favorite of mine this year. This is a free app (available in an Android and iOS version) developed by Proverbs 31 ministry in order to “greet you with a short teaching first thing in the morning, so you can exchange whispers with God before shouts with the world.” Each day, there is a lesson with clickable links to Bible verses, a suggested reading, a prayer, and an opportunity to delve deeper in a “More Moments” section.
You can check off your progress at the end of each passage and participate in the First5 community by posting in the “My Moment” section. I love reading through this part because the positive comments and support offered to the women on here is amazing. The devotionals are written by many women who are well-known Christian authors, including Lysa TerKeurst and Leah DiPascal. If unable to get the app, you can also access the readings online here.
Just Ask: Devotions for the Coach’s Wife by Sarah Roberts
I really don’t even know where to start with this one because I love it so much. Although it is written with a coach’s wife in mind, this devotional would be appropriate for ANY wife as the lessons relate to what most women experience in marriage (the lesson on not keeping score in your marriage is a particular favorite of mine and one I desperately needed to read).
There are just over twenty teachings that are each split into three sections: Just Ask (a person or people from the Bible), Just Ask (a specific coach’s wife), and Just Ask Me (a section you can fill out about your own experiences). For example, there is a lesson about God asking us to trust Him with our children and the sections are: Just Ask Mary and Joseph (with suggested readings), Just Ask Christine Donovan (wife of Billy Donovan of OKC Thunder basketball), and Just Ask Me.
This newly published book is not necessarily something to read daily, but something to read when you need some inspiration or support as a wife. It is written so well that I feel like I can sit and read several sections at once. I will definitely be referencing this book often next football season and gifting this to several friends this year. You can find Just Ask here.
If you are looking for a new devotional, I hope this post helped you in some way.
Have any favorite devotionals to share with me? Comment below and let me know!