My devotion this morning was about whether or not we're really listening to God's voice. I think that we all get too caught up in whatever we're doing: school, work, hobbies, friends, and forget to actually take a moment in silence to calm our minds and let God talk.
When I pray, I talk to God like I'm talking to a friend. I speak to him this way because I've known him all my life. He IS my oldest and greatest confidant even though I will never COMPLETELY understand everything about Him and never know everything there is to know about Him. But lately I feel like I haven't made enough one-on-one time. One of the passages from today's scripture was "Eli told Samuel, "Go and lie down and if he calls you say, 'Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.'" (1 Samuel 3:9) I need more time in quiet to just let him speak to me. I think maybe this morning during my post-devotion prayer I was just given a little nudge to blog about this.
This summer I think I'm going to TRY to take 10-15 minutes each morning (at least while I still don't have a job), go outside, and sit. Sit, do my devotion, and just be quiet so I can hear what the Lord is trying to tell me. I feel ashamed that my life is SO overrun with miscellaneous CRAP (school, wedding, stupid job, WORRYING, etc) that I'm not truly listening sometimes. He listens to me and I should listen to Him. This weekend I'm going to make sure I set aside time for this...
If anyone needs a good Bible recommendation, the one I have is AMAZING. I have the Zondervan NIV Women's Devotional Bible. I HIGHLY recommend it! It's written for women and BY women with a devotion for each day. Each devotion includes a scripture reading, anecdote, reflection questions, quote from a famous woman, and other related readings. The cover is SUPER cute too. Easy to carry around. I love my bible SO much.
My aunt also just gave me the Zondervan NIV Trimline Bible-in-a-Bag as a gift and i LOVE IT!
So those are just a few of my recommendations for a good, compact, but well-put together bible. Just comment if you have questions!