Near the end of a deadline, an amazing thing happens to my daily Bible reading: It literally doubles in length. When I assign myself the number of chapters I write PER DAY, then it would be easy to write-off spending an hour in God’s Word and prayer. Instead, I make sure to schedule this time in . . . yes, even when each precious minute writing counts.
The thing is, God seems to multiply my time. Not only that, it’s just AMAZING that my devotional books often provide the VERY quote or idea that I need.
For example, last Thursday I knew one of the chapters I would be writing that day dealt with the topic of peer pressure. And, in my daily devotional time, I just “happened” to read this quote by Beth Moore:
“Approval and servanthood are connected because we become immediate slavesto the person(s) from who we seek approval. You can trust only One to constantly be on the lookout for your best interest. Only one holds the future in His hands and knows your part in that future. Only One cares for you with a perfect and unconditional love. Only One can make ‘all things work together for good’ (Romans 8:28, KJV). ~Beth Moore, Living Beyond Yourself, p. 15
That one thought centered my thinking and became the theme for my chapter. After all, isn’t that what teen girls deal with . . . seeking the approval of others and not realizing that when they allow someone to influence their dress, actions, talk, etc., they’re actually a slave to that person?
This is only one example. Time and time again when I need the perfect quote or Bible verse, I find it during my daily devotional time. Not only that, the more frantic my deadlines are, the MORE I need God.
So . . . don’t think you have time to read God’s Word and pray today? That only means one thing: You better double up on the minutes you’d planned to set aside because friend, you need them. You need HIM. Just like I do.