A new year is an opportunity for new beginnings, in fact it’s an opportunity for 365 new beginnings. Each and every day is a blessing and a chance to create new memories, discover new things, and change new lives.
Embracing that mindset completely changed my heart in 2017, it helped adjust my attitude, address my lack of positivity and it helped me grow so much stronger in my faith. It took a year of stress, struggle and sadness and turned it into a year of restoration, salvation and transformation.
This change didn’t happen overnight, it took a leap of faith, a ton of commitment and a serious adjustment of my priorities.
So what did I do?
I decided to commit my mornings (at least 10 minutes of them) to God. Starting each day with my head grounded and my heart centred on Jesus through prayer, open communication and a daily devotional became the only way to live. Every single day became a new beginning, a new chance to face the day-to-day struggles head on and leave all of my nightly worries in God’s hands.
So what is a devotional?
It’s almost impossible to truly explain what a devotional is but Wikipedia says
“Daily devotionals are publications which provide a specific spiritual reading for each calendar day. They tend to be associated with a daily time of prayer and meditation.”
Most devotionals contain a simple, but powerful format. The scripture reference is the root of the devotion and is a starting point for the reflection. The reflection is the body of the devotional is a reflection written by an author to aid the reader in focusing on God’s word and teaching. A daily devotional ends with a prayer that relates to the scripture and the reflection. The general purpose of a devotional is to encourage spiritual growth. Not all spiritual journeys are the same, so different devotionals serve different purposes.
For myself, devotionals have become an integral part of my day and of my spiritual life. They are something I really can’t live without and if you are on a spiritual journey, I genuinely want to encourage you to take that step and try one for yourself.
3 Must-Read Devotionals
The first devotional I want to share is The Lipstick Gospel Devotional: 90 Days of Saying Yes To A God Who Is Anything But Boring by Stephanie May Wilson.
I first discovered The Lipstick Gospel (the novel) through Instagram and I immediately felt like I could really connect with the writer of a book that breaks all preconceived notions of Christianity and what it means to be a Christian woman. The book itself is refreshing and a true joy to read and the devotional falls right along side it. Stephanie describes her devotional as – “90 days of small steps toward a fuller relationship with God, with our lives, and with ourselves.
The Lipstick Gospel Devotional is about God and our relationships with Him, and how to find Him in our everyday lives. It’s about rest, and celebration, and learning to love ourselves. It’s about travel, and whimsy, and toes in the sand, about the transformative power of best friends, and a really great chocolate croissant. It’s a reminder that there’s never anything too broken for God to heal or redeem, and a dare to say yes to the plan He has for our lives.”
The Lipstick Gospel Devotional is an incredible option for someone who is still a little unsure about their journey or who has trouble connecting the dots from their past to their future.
Flourish combines a weekly devotional with an adult colouring book as a way to really encourage you to be present in your prayer time and to focus on the words you read each day. It is described as – With a unique blend of enthusiasm and encouragement, best-selling author Margaret Feinberg offers a year of weekly devotions that will awaken our souls to a life of fullness and joy that spills over to bless others. Featuring Dive Deeper Scripture references, reflections, and prayers for each devotion, Flourish challenges us to live more fully, create more actively, and be more engaged in the present moment. Feinberg’s signature coloring pages are woven throughout, making Flourish an interactive spiritual experience.
Flourish is the perfect interactive option to help you hone in on what God is saying to you through every word. It’s a wonderful option for the artistic soul or someone who needs a little extra time with their devotions.
The third devotional I want to share with you is 100 Days to Brave: Devotions For Unlocking Your Most Courageous Self by Annie F. Downs.
100 Days to Brave is a relatively new devotional that pushes boundaries and challenges everything you think you know but in the absolute best way. It is described as –
You were always meant to be brave.
Whether you’re making a major decision, dealing with a difficult transition, or facing a fear, 100 Days to Brave will give you courage and confidence to move forward. Annie F. Downs felt her challenges were too difficult, too scary, too much. Then she decided to stop allowing fear to hold her back. It wasn’t easy or simple. But it was good. With honesty and relatable humour this compilation of best-of writings and new pieces from Annie will help you embrace the path and the plan God has for you. Dare to spend the next 100 days discovering that you are braver than you know and stronger than you thought possible.
100 Days is incredibly motivating and will really encourage to face your fears head on. It is perfect for each and every one of you and it will effect you all in different ways.
What Devotional Am I Reading Right Now?
Now that I’ve shared 3 incredibly devotionals that every girl should read along her spiritual journey, I want to share the devotional I am reading at this very moment.
Jesus Calling is a rather heavy hitting devotional, it is not only best selling but it is one of the most referenced and talked about devotionals.
It is described as – After many years of writing her own words in her prayer journal, missionary Sarah Young decided to be more attentive to the Savior’s voice and begin listening for what He was saying. So with pen in hand, she embarked on a journey that forever changed her—and many others around the world.
In these powerful pages are the words and Scriptures Jesus lovingly laid on her heart. Words of reassurance, comfort, and hope. Words that have made her increasingly aware of His presence and allowed her to enjoy His peace.
Jesus is calling out to you in the same way. Maybe you share the author’s need for a great sense of “God with you”. Or perhaps Jesus seems distant without you knowing why. Or maybe you have wandered farther from Him that you ever imagined you would. Here is a year’s worth of daily readings from Young’s journals to bring you closer to Christ and move your time with Him from monologue to a dialogue.
Each day is written as if Jesus Himself were speaking to you. Because He is. Do you hear Him calling?
I am only a few days in but I can tell that this is a must read for every Christian at some point along the way. It has such a unique perspective that really hits you and makes you feel so close to God Himself. It really helps you absorbs the words on the page.
You can buy a hardcopy or ebook on Amazon here.
What are you going to do with your new beginning today or even tomorrow? Whether it’s day 4 or day 204 you have the chance to start fresh and change your life.
Which devotional would you reach for?