At the end of 2015, I wrote down my resolutions for 2016. One of those goals was to spend more time connecting with God’s word. One way I planned to accomplish this was by creating a daily devotional routine. I knew that it was important to take time to be in God’s presence, but I wasn’t sure how or where to start. Should I just start reading the Bible? Do I buy a devotional bible? Should I find a book of devotionals? I wasn’t sure, but I was committed to spend 2016 figuring it out.
I became a practicing Christian later in life. I always believed in God, but I didn’t follow him. Four years ago my husband and I found a church home and began to follow God. I would always hear about the importance of starting your day in God’s presence. I would feel a bit convicted when I heard my pastor or others speak about starting your day right and devotional time. I knew it was something that I should be doing, but I just didn’t and I didn’t really have a good excuse. Toward the end of 2015 I knew that there were things that needed to change in my life. 2015 was a year of a lot of worry and doubt, and I hated that. I knew the love God has for me, but I still found myself not at peace. I could encourage others, but found it difficult to see the blessings in my own life. I knew something had to change within me and that change could only happen through God’s word.
Fast forward to January 2016, and it just so happened that I was listening to the radio and heard the radio host talk about how much she loved her church. So, I decided to google the church in hopes of listening to a sermon. When I landed on the church’s website, there was a banner announcing their 21 daily devotional and fast for the New Year. I clicked on the link and found the 2 devotionals that were already published and I loved them. I loved the fact that God’s word was easily accessible to everyone. And if I’m being honest, the first thing I do when I wake up is pick up my phone, so it was nice being able to use it during my devotional time. When the 21 days began to come to an end, I started searching for other online devotional resources. Unfortunately, it took a bit of searching, BUT I was able to find a few that I love.
I thought I would share what I have found. The bonus is that all these resources are written or produced by women. I hope you all find this list useful and it blesses you! Please make sure you comment and let me know what you use during your devotional time.
4 Daily Devotional Online Resources
Your Daily Cup of Inspiration with Dianna Hobbs
I love Dianna Hobbs’ podcast. Every week day morning she puts out an inspirational podcasts that’s about 10 minutes or so long. She starts her podcast telling a story or something that she has faced or happened to her family and ALWAYS connects it to the bible and God’s love for us. What I really love about her podcast is that she takes her time to show listeners the wonderful ways God moved in the Bible and how he can move in our lives. If you are short on time and can’t spend a lot of time with God in the morning, I suggest subscribing to to Dianna’s podcast. You can read her awesome blog and listen to her podcast HERE.
She Reads Truth
She Reads Truth is a beautiful app that provides daily readings. In addition to daily readings that are really thought provoking and require you to do some work, they also have bible reading plans. From the women in the Bible to Christ’s resurrection, SRT offers themed bible reading plans that allow me to spend a few days focusing on scriptures that address certain topics. While some plans you have to pay for ($1.99), they have many that are free. Additionally, the Bible feature of the app is amazing and they offer free inspirational wallpapers and lock screens. I encourage you to check out their site and learn more about their app HERE.
Daughters of the King
Daughters of the King is an app that features daily devotionals. I just found this app about a month ago, but I already enjoy it. The devotionals are quick and easy to read. Although they are short, they still do a great job explaining scripture and detailing God’s love and expectations for us. You can download the app through the app store or read them directly HERE.
Small Straws in a Soft Wind
I found this newsletter through a pin. After googling Small Straws and Marsha Burns I was directed to Faith Tabernacle’s website. Once you subscribe to the newsletter you will get a daily devotional email every week day. It’s always very short and mostly focuses on one scripture, but it offers great motivation and reminders. Small Straws has been around for YEARS, but I was just recently introduced to it this past January. I’m probably really late lol. But better late than never, right? Subscribe to Small Straws HERE.
I hope you are able to use these resources to start or enhance your daily devotional time. If you haven’t started to take time out your day to spend with God, I encourage you to do so. It has without a doubt transformed my life and reminded me daily who I am and who I belong to. Some of the same things that plagued me in 2015 are still present in 2016, but the difference is that I am more connected to God’s word and I can lean on his truths and his promises when things become difficult.
Remember to let me know what online or print resources you are using!
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