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When I see this photo many, many memories flood my mind- my heart even. I can see girls running in and out of the cabins. I can hear the bell ringing for free time to begin and smell the pine trees. But my favorite memories at this camp were made when it was quiet and still.
I spent many summers at Camp Sankanac. I grew spiritually here. I was challenged to know what I believe and stand firm in that.
I can still remember when Mrs. Jan handed me my first devotional and challenged me to have devotions every day for a year. That sparked something in me. That following year I spent every single evening in my Bible and in that devotional she handed me.
I developed standards and a deep love for the Lord in that year. I learned about Him.
I still have that devotional and still use it from time to time. And while I wouldn’t suggest a devotional being the only part of your devotions (gotta make sure you are reading straight from the Bible as well!) there is something to be said for a great devotional.
I want to share with you three of my favorite devotionals. These are all devotionals I have used and loved.
First is the devotional I was given so many years ago at Camp Sankanac: Charles Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening: Classic KJV Edition devotional is well known and well loved for a reason.
This book has a short devotional for every morning and every
evening of the whole year. They are challenging and direct and I believe this devotional would be a great for a new Christian or someone who has been saved for some time.
If you are looking for something to help you get on track and start having devotions every day I would suggest starting with “Morning and Evening” by Charles Spurgeon.
Second I would like to recommend a devotional called Pressing Pause: 100 Quiet Moments for Moms to Meet with Jesus.
I have to say that I have not finished this devotional yet. I cannot say that I agree with everything in this book only because I haven’t finished it yet. But I do love everything so far.
This book does not use King James Version so I just take my pen and write in the KJV verse on the page of the devotional. This works for me. Writing out the verse helps me think a little more about it, too.
I love this devotional because it speaks directly to me as a mom. Karen and Ruth get me. I know they know what I am dealing with because they’ve both been there. They have kids. They know what it’s like to have very little time for themselves and for quiet time with the Lord.
And I know we shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover- but I really LOVE this cover. You have to feel it.
Third I have to mention a book that has been sitting on my shelf for almost three years.
I am not sure if The Love Dare is really meant to be a devotional. But remember I said that I want to start intentionally dating my husband more? I found this on the shelf and thought why not start here?
Same as with Pressing Pause, I write in the KJV verse on the top of the page because they use a different Bible version.
I really love how this book is directed toward marriage. Each day I get a new challenge to follow through with based on the Scripture I read. When I started this devotional I didn’t expect what I got. I am not really sure what I expected but what I got was my toes stepped on every morning!
This devotional goes down into a deeper level. It gets very up close and personal and challenges me to think about myself and what I need to change. This isn’t an easy make me feel happy kind of devotional. This will challenge you every day.
What is your favorite devotional? Why do you love it? Have you tried any of these devotionals? What do you like or dislike about these that I have listed?
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