Yesterday I wrote about Feeding Your Soul: A Quiet Time Handbook by Jean Fleming. In her book, she lays out a simple format for daily personal devotions. Of course, this is not the only format for daily devotions. But it is one that I have found to be effective in my life. I’m still interested in hearing what you do for daily devotions.
Today I’d like to run through how I apply Jean’s format of Read, Report, Reflect, and Respond. What is below is simply my time in the word for today. While I was hoping that I’d have some amazing insight to Scripture as I worked through this, that is not the point. Rather, I’d like for you to see this simple format in action.
Before I began, I prayed and tried to quiet myself so that I could focus on God and what he had to say to me. This time wasn’t long and protracted. I simply tried to move my mind away from “the daily grind” so that I could focus on what is eternal – to create a “mini-sabbath” in the middle of my day.
And, as I go through my day, I look for opportunities to live what God has shown me in the word. I look for him to give me answers to my questions – answers from the Word, through the community of saints, and through creation.
May God bless you with understand, wisdom, and the grace of obedience. And may he do the same with me!