Three Resources for Daily Devotionals
“This book of instruction must not depart from your mouth; you are to meditate on it day and night so that you may carefully observe everything written in it. For then you will prosper and succeed in whatever you do. Haven’t I commanded you: be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:8-9
“Help me understand, the meaning of your precepts, so that I can meditate on your wonders.” Psalm 119:27
I am SO EXCITED to write this blog post! Sharing resources is one of the reasons I started This Simple Love! Inspirational Instagram accounts, online magazines, Bible reading plans, podcasts and apps are all resources I want to share through this blog!
As I mentioned in Reading the Bible Daily: How to Make it a Habit, my goal this year was to read my Bible daily, study it, and be grounded in the Word and God’s promises.
I started with the gospel of Luke, with the one goal of making it a daily habit. And it worked! Even though I had a busy schedule, I was able to start my morning with God’s word. And I enjoyed reading the gospel straight through.
My next goal was to find a daily devotional that would help me find a deeper understanding of the Word. I needed it to be easily accessible (even when I’m abroad), encouraging, and straightforward. I also wanted to follow a plan, so it wasn’t a random verse taken from all over the Bible. I found three amazing resources that I think you will like too!
Here are three resources to help you dig into God's Word:
I absolutely love this website! She Reads Truth is devoted to helping women “reach for their bibles every day.” They offer a daily reading, two passages that connect to that reading and a reflection. Each devotional is part of a Bible reading plan-usually a chapter from the book being studied. For example, at the end of July, they will start a new 5 week plan about “The Life of David” reading 1 and 2 Samuel.
The best part is, there’s also He Reads Truth! The readings are the same, but the reflection is written for men. Michael and I just finished reading Romans with the four week plan. We’re fortunate to be together every morning, so we can read the scripture together, take a few minutes to read our separate reflections, then chat about it.
They provide devotionals Monday-Friday. Saturday is a “Grace Day” to rest in the presence of God, pray or like us-catch up on a reading we missed! Sunday is called “Weekly Truth” when they provide a verse to memorize for the week. They also make beautiful wallpapers for these verses you can set as your lock screen. They also have an app, but you have to purchase the plans.
First 5 was created by Proverbs 31 Ministries “to connect a woman’s heart to God’s Word the First 5 minutes of her day.” Their goal is to provide a “short teaching first thing in the morning, so you can exchange whispers with God before shouts with the world.” They give a daily reading-usually one chapter from the book being studied, and a reflection. The readings are Monday-Friday and they provide a “weekend teaching” which is a video message-so cool! They also have a great app with current and past plans available for free!
If you read my post about Worship Songs for Your "Quiet" Time, you’ll see why I love the format of First 15. This is a “daily devotional created to help you meet with your heavenly Father.” Each day they provide scripture, worship, a devotional, and prayer. The layout is simple and easy to navigate, and the structure of the daily devotional is comprehensive. They also have an app! The goal is for a daily encounter with God and to be fully in his presence.
If you don’t have a daily reading plan or devotional, these resources make it so easy! Just pick one to try. Bookmark the website, sign up for the emails or download the app.
If you have a different online daily devotional, or if you tried one of these resources, I would love to hear about it! Leave a comment! : )