by Leigh Ann Dilley on January 13, 2022
Busy women often ask me how they can develop their relationship with God and study the Bible when they have little time for homework and study. The practice of a devotional is a great place to start. Devotionals are short essays that usually take three minutes or less to read. Biblical devotions usually have a scripture passage or at least a verse to meditate on and get you into the word of God daily.
The very first Psalm speaks to the importance of being in God’s word: Psalm 1:2 His delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law, he meditates day and night. Psalm 119 is full of verses that proclaim the greatness of God’s word. Psalms 119:97 reads: Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long. “The law”, as used here, is another name for “the Word”. No time is more valuable than the time you spend alone, in the presence of God, in His word.
By using a devotional, you plant spiritual seeds of faith. The Holy Spirit will water the seeds and make them grow. Are you a busy woman caring for others, a single woman, a busy working professional? Perhaps you are in a difficult season and you lack concentration and endurance. If you are overwhelmed or confused about how to begin a Bible study program, or don’t think you have enough time or energy to read and study the Bible, a good devotional may be just the thing you need. The seeds of scripture will be planted and will grow. When God’s timing is right for you to go deeper, the Holy Spirit will move you to do it, and provide you with the means and motivation to make it happen.
The following are a few suggestions of common devotionals, and can be found in Timberline’s Café:
- Jesus Calling by Sarah Young
- Surrendered: 40 Devotions to Help You Let Go & Live Like Jesus by Barb Roose
- Life with Lucas by Pastor Jeff Lucas