Fast forward and now I‘m a devotional reader, and writer. And the editor for Proverbs 31 Ministries' online devotional Encouragement for Today. Plus, I served as General Editor, along with my friend Lysa TerKeurst, of the devotional book God's Purpose for Every Woman. (Yes, God has a sense of humor.)
I finally grasped their value - in just a couple minute's time, a devotion can pull my heart towards God and refocus my priorities.
And that makes me a better woman.
Reading devotionals can be a powerful exercise in renewing our minds in Christ. Writing them can too. Writing does wonders for my walk with God. It helps me recognize what God's doing or has done in my life. It helps me search and apply God's truths from scripture. And writing devotions helps me turn my thoughts heavenward.
So I got to thinking ... what if you wrote devotions too? And I and others could read them? Last spring I held a devotional carnival here on my blog (see here). It was so much fun, with about 40 participating, that I continued every month until the summer. And I’m starting up again now that the summer break is over.
Next Monday, 9/20 , I'll host another devotional blog link up party. And you’re invited.
Vicky wrote me recently to ask if I would be bringing the devo carnival back. She was happy when I said “yes” and thrilled when I said, “why don’t you pick the first month’s topic.” She chose SIMPLE PLEASURES. Great topic – I can’t wait to read what you write about it.
So if you're interested in participating, here's the simple how-to: Offer a key Bible verse that ties with what you are writing about. Keep it under 700 words total. And post your devotion on your blog on Monday, September 20th. Then come here to link it with my post for that day. There'll be instructions on my blog that morning for how to do this with a simple Mr. Linky box. People will then be able to get to your devotional post from my blog.
Doesn't that sound like all kinds of spiritual fun?!
But wait, on Wednesday, 9/22, I'll select a winner from the participating writers to win a copy of my new book It’s No Secret: Revealing Divine Truths Every Woman Should Know. I know you want to go start plotting your devotional post right now. But before you do, go tell a friend about Monday's carnival and get her to participate as well. The more who do, the more we'll learn about enjoying life’s simple pleasures.
Thankful for those who pierce my heart with just a few devotional words.