the great adventure
April 25, 2016

Genuine Devotions

By: Anna Dembowski [East Bethany, NY]

I’ve struggled to spend time with God every day. I’ve tried various Bible reading plans and, at times,

have focused on a passage that I blindly pointed to. I have tried writing about the text, asking questions, and pulling out key words as I read. Still, I struggle.


The Scriptures were written to teach and encourage us by giving us hope. Romans 15:4 (CEV)


In trying to read the Bible every day, I’ve become frustrated at my lack of focus rather than grateful for God’s presence. Until the last year, I looked at my time with God as another item to check off a to-do list or as a means of getting the good stuff: more prayers answered, safety, another day of life, a good grade on a test. I was afraid that missing a day of reading meant I was closer to hell and farther from heaven. But spending time with God because I’m afraid not to or because I want something has not brought me closer to God.

Young student reading book in library

I’ve begun to see that spending one day genuinely studying God’s word and lifting up praises is better than spending seven heartless, unfocused days reading the word with selfish motivation.


REFLECT: God knows our hearts and still loves us. God doesn’t call us to be perfect, but to love God and to enjoy the great adventure through God’s word. Will you join me?


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Reflect

God knows our hearts and still loves us. God doesn’t call us to be perfect, but to love God and to enjoy the great adventure through God’s word. Will you join me?

the great adventure

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