So if you’ve been around me for.. I don’t know 7 seconds or more LOL. You’ve probably heard me talk about how important it is for us to use our daily devotion time as a mastermind session with Jesus. One that’s aligned with your priorities, purpose, and passions. Only then will it be impactful and only then will you really begin to accelerate your spiritual growth.
Once you’ve designed your dynamic devotion, now it’s time to personalize it. I’m not sure when we accepted this notion that devotional time had to be boring and mundane. But I choose to believe that it can be exciting, personal, and something to actually look forward to every day. See, God made each of us differently, so there is no reason our devotional time has to be spent the same way. You should craft your daily devotion time in a way that makes your heart sing. It should be dripping with ways you best receive information and should be as unique to you as your own fingerprint.
With this in mind I’d like to share with you 7 ways (along with resources) that you can personalize your devotional time. I pray you would consider utilizing all, one, or a combination of a few the next time you design your dynamic devotion.
This is where you can use prompts to help get your creative juices flowing and dive deeper into the topic of your devotion. Prayer journaling also helps you being to dialogue with God in a very real way. Writing out your thoughts then sitting quietly and allowing the Holy Spirit to speak back to you is powerful. When I suggest this, many people ask “how do I know if the responses I’m getting is from God?” The answer to this is to search the scripture and see if it lines up. Because the Holy Spirit will never contradict His own word. Mark Virkler does a phenomenal job in explaining this process in his book The 4 Keys to Hearing God’s Voice. I totally suggest you check it out.
If you’re like me and sometimes need more than blank pages to help express your thoughts and feeling then creative journaling might be more your style. Morgan Harper Nichols at herbinderproject.com has some super fabulous printables to help get you started. Her beautifully crafted pages help you interact with your devotional passages and prompts you to think in fresh creative ways.
Watching Bible animation
I have to admit Bible animation is a new concept even for me. But since I’ve learned about it I’m totally sold on how effective it can be when incorporated into your daily devotional plan, especially if you are a visual learner. The Bible Project does a phenomenal job at utilizing short-form, fully animated videos to make the biblical story accessible and easy to understand.
Listening to podcast or watching videos of sermons
Sometimes you just need to hear a good word. And if you enjoy watching or listen to sermons than you should totally be incorporating them into your devotional time. My only suggestion is when you do, take it a step further and interact with the message by taking sermon notes. I’m almost certain when Anna Joy of throughthenarrowgate.com created these she meant them for kids. But I think they are crazy boss and beneficial to use while you’re listening to your favorite preacher. In order to make the most of your time and maximize the effectiveness of what’s being taught.
Now I can’t draw a lick but I love to color. Coloring scriptures sheets helps you to slow down and engage with your scripture focus. While you color read and recite the passage and prayerfully ask God to speak to you during this time. You may want to keep your journal or a clean sheet of paper near by so you can write down any revelation He may give you.
If drawing is your thing, or if you just want to create then passage illustrating is your groove. This is when you draw the images God gives you as you read your passage for the day. It’s a great way to personalize scripture and helps with memorization as well.
Have you ever been so bold as to insert your own name into a passage you were reading and pretend God was speaking or interacting directly to you? If not, then now’s the time. Let your imagination run wild and personalize the passages you are reading.
Customizing your daily devotional plan is one of the 7 steps I discuss in my Dynamic Devotion Design workshop. If you haven’t completed this workshop I strongly suggest you do, as we cover some foundational principles you’ll need in order to make the most of your devotional time. You can CLICK HERE for more details.
If you’re going to wake up and spend time with God I encourage you to make it your point to connect in a very real way. Using personalized devotional strategies like these are the perfect place to start.
Cheers to you and your dynamic devotion.
Sending you positive vibes and the love of Christ,