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Learning How to Grow in Love With Jesus

By: Bethany Beal

Can I make a confession? Digging into God’s Word on a daily basis is hard for me. I don’t typically wake up in the morning with a spring in my step, ready to dig into the Bible.

I’m not saying I don’t want to read my Bible. I’m just saying that it’s hard.

Even though I love God, I love His Word, I love learning, and I love growing in my faith, I still struggle to make it a priority day in and day out.

But here’s what matters most: I don’t let that stop me.

I don’t have the perfect personal devotional life, and I don’t think I ever will. But I want to do my best. I want to be faithful. I want to have an awesome relationship with God.

I bet you are trying your best, too. My hope is that today’s blog post will encourage you in your personal devotional journey. I want you to know that there isn’t a perfect step-by-step system that we have to follow. Depending on our personalities, schedules, and preferences, each one of our personal devotional times might look just a little bit different.

What’s the Point?

I love the advice Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth gives in her amazing book A Place of Quiet Rest:

Whatever approach you take to reading the Bible, don’t let yourself become a slave to the method. Don’t get so caught up in the mechanics that you miss the point.

So what is the point of our personal devotional time? Deuteronomy 6:5 gives us a great answer: “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.”

We read our Bibles because we love God and we want to learn how to love Him more. When we learn to love Him, we will know how to live for Him. When our driving purpose in life is rooted in a deep and sincere love for God, everything else will flow from a Christ-centered motivation.

Purpose Over Process.

My prayer is that we would focus more on the purpose of our devotions than on the process. When we lose sight of the goal (building a deep and meaningful relationship with Jesus), we forget why we are having devotions in the first place and we start just going through the motions.

Once I realized that my personal devotions don’t have to fit inside a perfect box, I felt so free to get to know God and to build a relationship with Him. Instead of trying to meet some unspoken expectation to have this “perfect” devotional time, I just started doing things that worked well for me.

Here are a few of them. Feel free to use some of my ideas or come up with your own.

  • Focus on reading through one book of the Bible at a time.
  • Underline passages that stand out.
  • Always have a journal by your side during your devotional time.
  • Journal prayers, thoughts, and meaningful verses.
  • Listen to worship music, and write down meaningful phrases as you listen.

As you consider your own approach to reading God’s Word, I want to highly encourage you to grab a copy of Nancy’s book A Place of Quiet Rest. It has been life-changing for me in my understanding of a devotional time. Nancy gives us a peek inside the lives of wise women who have walked the walk and who have been faithful to God for years on end. These are women who truly love God with all of their hearts, souls, minds, and strength.

They get the purpose of reading God’s Word, and it shows in their process.

Having the opportunity to peek into their personal devotional time and hear what works for others and what doesn’t is a priceless opportunity. Seriously. Read the book if you can get your hands on it.

Here are some questions I’d love to hear your answers to:

  • What do you enjoy doing for a personal devotion time?
  • What works well?
  • What doesn’t work well?


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9 Responses to Learning How to Grow in Love With Jesus

  1. Shanae B says:

    Great post! It’s easy to get into just one way of doing daily devotions and losing focus that it’s about loving Jesus more! Thanks for the encouragement and reminder! 🙂

  2. Jéssina Lopes says:

    This was on point for me today. I need incorporate new things in my quiet time. It was a good reminder for me.

  3. Paola Lizeth Mar says:

    Hi! Thanks for your advices, they are very helpful:) God bless you

  4. Annie says:

    This like me , thanks for the advice 🙂

  5. Janice Verhoog says:

    I usually do my devotions at night before I go to bed because I find that in the mornings I’m not coherent enough to really understand what I’m reading. Thanks for the encouragement! I really enjoy your blog!

  6. Nikki says:

    It’s easy to quickly read a portion of scripture and check devotions off the list without mediating on what I read and how I can apply it. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Brooke Selby says:

    Thank you Bethany for the advice, I really needed it! For my personal devotion time I like to listen to worship music, I’m a musician so music really moves me, and writing/drawing in my Jesus journal. Something that has worked well for me is talking with God throughout my day at school, meals, rehearsals, work and even during movies! 😀 Something that I need to work on is reading my Bible, I try to read before bed, but usually I’m tired and skip it, or I make up an excuse like “I’ll just do it tomorrow.” Your blogs always encourage me! Thank you!

  8. Kjames813 says:

    I need help with Learning to fall in love with Jesus. I try reading my Bible and praying, but it isn’t always consistent and feels like a chore. Need help. How do I love Him?

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