Devotions, Memorization & Prayer – Conclusion

First off: I have been so incredibly blessed by the outpouring of encouragement from people reading this blog. Wow. I am blown away by the love you guys are showing me – thank you! Glory be to God for anything good that comes from this!

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“Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:7 

For any young women reading this – it was important to me that we start this blog journey in building a consistent, healthy routine in the Bible and in prayer. This is the way we grow closer to him, deeper in him. I can’t stress this enough – if I am not planted in the Word, if I am not rooted in His grace, His Scripture, I cannot be the cause for joy that He created me to be. Christ must be the center of everything.

As you become more like Him, you become more of the person He designed you to be. Fruit-bearing. Helpful. Organized. Generous. Compassionate. Meek. Analytical. Motivated. Bold. Problem Solving. Artistic. Self-less. Honest. Serving. Humble. Joyful. Educated. Enthusiastic. Your hopes, dreams and talents are magnified by His grace, for His glory.

Life is never perfect, and here in our earthly bodies we will never reach all of our goals – but we continue to grow into them when they are grounded in “the confident hope that springs up from the truth of the gospel” (Colossians 1)

This why Cause For Joy started with devotions and prayer. If we begin at the right place, we can confidently launch into so many different areas. I hope to explore many of those areas, with lots of help from you and from wise friends and mentors. May this be a tool to help you become more of the person you are in Christ!

So before we conclude this section and dive into other areas – any questions or comments on devotions, memorization & prayer?

  • How does this work out everyday in  your life?
  • How would you like to grow in this area?

Please share, even if it is small. We are all different parts of one body. This makes us each unique with special things to contribute.

Lord willing, we will be discussing the world of organization in the next few days. As soon as I get my things organized enough to share about it with you… which means I should probably go clean my closet!

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10 comments

  1. carlimichele · · Reply

    Most of my life, I have struggled deeply in devotions. And unfortunately, that’s normal. I do not want to participate in a “normal” activity in this world. I desire to be Not of This World and to be set apart. These past few weeks, reading and meditating on these devotion posts have deeply affected my devotion life. Thanks to Elsie’s wonderful guest post, I was deeply inspired to begin my very first prayer journal. I have grown so much in my devotions, and honestly this stage in my life right now, as a sixteen year old daughter in Christ, I will admit that I have never felt so close to my Savior. Doing my devotions everyday is not normal for teenagers. I aim to continue where I’ve started and only desire more and more to be unique and not normal.

    1. Hooray! I am so excited to watch as He continues to lead you in His ways!

  2. Skylar Gross · · Reply

    “Time with Me cannot be rushed. When you are in a hurry, your mind flitters back and forth between Me and the tasks ahead of you. Push back the demands pressing in on you; create a safe space around you, a haven in which you can rest in Me. I also desire this time of focused attention and I use it to bless you, strengthening and equipping you for the day ahead. Thus, spending time with Me is a wise investment. Bring Me the sacrifice of your precious time. This creates sacred space around you – space permeated with My Presence and My Peace. Ps. 119:27; 2 Chron. 16:9; Heb. 13:15 (NKJV)”
    -Sarah Young, “Jesus Calling”

    1. Thank you for that lovely quote Skylar – I love Young’s devotional!

  3. Stacie · · Reply

    Hi Marli!

    I just found your blog and I love it! Time in the Word is essential to living a life close to the Lord. Reading it daily helps reminds us of His truth, who He is and how we should live and gives us the strength to get through life’s trials.

    I’m curious what your average daily devotional routine looks like. Do you mind sharing?

    Keep up the good work. Your blog is inspiring women of all ages.

    1. You have no idea how flattered I am that you read this :) Your blog is a daily source of inspiration, prayer and laughter for me!

      My ‘average’ routine is different each day depending on how early I get up… If I sleep in a bit, I will end up praying, reading a few verses from my area of study (currently Philippians) and then writing a couple of lines about them in my journal.

      If I am disciplined and give myself a larger window of time I also read a Psalm, Proverb & a selected devotional. I’m working through small paragraphs from ‘A Blossom in the Desert: Reflections in the Art and Writing of Lilias Trotter’ and ‘Jesus Calling’ by Sarah Young. The first one is one of my all time favorites – Lilias was a missionary to Algeria in the late 1800’s.

      Usually what ends up happening is I get the few verses from Philippians and a Psalm, and then scatter the rest throughout the day.

      What about you?

      1. I have a routine that your mom suggested in a discipleship class I took at RdR. I read a Psalm, a Proverb, one chapter of the Old Testament (I am reading it one book at at time. I was in Chronicles and recently took a break to read Jeremiah) and then a verse from the New Testament (currently I am in Ephesians. I take it slow and study it verse by verse. There is too much good stuff!). Then I also try to read the daily devo from my Utmost for His Highest. I used to journal while reading, jotting down things that stuck out to me. I stopped for some reason and want to start that again.

        I find that if I don’t do it in the morning, I will get too busy throughout the day. So,after I do my initial chores in the morning (feed the dog, refill the water – it’s only on for one hour a day here, etc) I sit down for some quiet time. Prayer and then time in the Word.

        It’s amazing how much your life changes when you spend time reading Scripture everyday. It’s so true – it’s our life’s bread. We need it so much. When I committed to reading my Bible everyday, God did amazing things in my life – things I never would have imagined for my life.

        I’m so happy you are encouraging others to do devotions everyday. They won’t regret it.

      2. Haha – no wonder our routines sound similar, we both got them from her! Love it :)

        Thank you for sharing a bit of your heart… So inspiring!

  4. Kayla Chavez · · Reply

    I’m so glad you started this blog because it helped me get started on my devos I haven’t really got the chance to do it. After reading your blog I got started on the Bible by reading 1st Corinthians, Pslams and Proverbs there are so much good stuff!!! And Dad gave me one of his unused journals so I’m going to use that to write in verses that really stand out to me and I always feel so satisfied after reading the Bible!!! I’m so happy because I’ve been struggling with a lot of things over the years moving to Carlsbad and starting high school it has been a tough time but made me closer to Jesus 😊 I’m so excited to read more of the Bible and grow in Jesus!!!

    1. Wow Kayla, you have no idea how much this means to me… Praise Jesus! I am so glad he is using this to bring you closer to him! He will finish the good work he has begun in you :)

      Please keep us posted on how it is going – I will be praying for you!

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