Category: Life

My Morning Reading Routine

Are you fascinated by how other people’s lives look like? What their morning routine is like? Because I am. Therefore I decided to share my morning reading routine with you, in case you are at all like I am. This is what most of my mornings look like. I allow at least half an hour for my morning devotions. If I am not busy, I usually spend at least an hour doing my devotions. If I have time after doing my devotions, I usually read a spiritual book to help me grow in my faith. Recently I have been (re-)reading Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin, which is such a great book.

Morning Reading Routine

The One Year Bible (NKJV)

The One Year Bible has been a part of my morning routine for the last four years. I find that it is the best reading plan for me, at least right now. The One Year Bible goes through the whole Bible in one year. Every day has a passage from the Old Testament, the New Testament, Psalms and a verse or two from Proverbs. This works great for me. There are different versions of The One Year Bible with different translations. NKJV is the translation I read almost always, which is why I have this one in NKJV as well.

Another added bonus for me is that this is an actual book. I do not like marking my Bible in any way. However, I like writing my insights and underlining verses in this one. It is sweet reading through the same book, and see what I have learned throughout these years. (Which, I’m sure, is how people feel about Bible journaling. There’s just something that stops me from marking my actual Bible.)

My Utmost For His Highest

I got My Utmost For His Highest devotional — the classic version — only last year, and I cannot believe I did not get it earlier. This is easily one of my favorite reads. The words of Oswald Chambers challenge me, encourage me, and inspire me to grow in my faith. There is so much wisdom in this devotional, and in my opinion it is one of the best reads for a Christian. Every reading in My Utmost For His Highest is fairly short, so it is a quick read. However, as short as these are, they still go very deep and have me thinking through the day.

Journal

Right now, I have a Moleskine journal. I do not write on my journal every day, but I write on most days. I write down the verses that speak to me. I write down the things that God puts on my heart. Sometimes I write quotes that have really spoken to me. Sometimes I write down prayer requests or the received answers to prayers. Some days, I also just journal if that is what I feel like. But mostly my journal contains writings from my devotions.

The Bible

During my devotional times I usually just read The One Year Bible. Sometimes, I want to study something deeper or I might even be studying through a book of the Bible. (Currently I am actually leading a small group Bible study through the book of Ruth.) These times I have my actual Bible with me as well. I have had the same Bible through all the years I have been saved. My brother bought this Bible for me, with my name graved on the front and I absolutely love my Bible. It is the NKJV Bible; but sometimes I also use the NLT as I like the way it words and gives me better understanding of a passage.

What do you read during your devotions right now? Do you have any suggestions? Let me know in the comments below!

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Comparison Game and Why We Need To Stop It

I have been thinking about the comparison game quite a bit lately. If you know me, you know that I struggle a lot with feeling like I’m not good enough. Like I should be less and like I should be more at the same time.

Maybe it is because summer is the time when there are notifications of engagements and weddings all over the social media. People are graduating or traveling on the most beautiful summer vacations — and I cannot help but feel the twinge of jealousy as I compare all of this to what my life looks like right now. Not because I don’t like my life right now. Honestly, I so enjoy it on most days. But my life very rarely looks like Instagram perfect.

comparison game

The trap of the comparison game

A few weeks ago, I substituted at a daycare and found myself constantly telling the children that they were not in a race. Because these kids would turn everything from eating lunch to putting on clothes, into a race. They would be racing to see who was the fastest or who would be the first to complete the given task. Soon, there would be tears as disappointment took over the ones who were not the first or who didn’t even know there was a race going on.

I couldn’t help but think of how often we do just the same.

Every area of life suddenly becomes a race when we look at people’s lives over social media. Who has the best marriage? The cutest, sweetest kiddos? Who eats the healthiest, is doing Whole30 for the second time in a row or eats all vegan and gluten free? Who goes to the gym or runs 5 miles every day? Who is the most successful at school or at work? Who just got a raise? Who preaches the best sermons? Who dresses the best and is able to buy whatever is in fashion right now?

I can do none of that, in all honesty.

Why we need to stop the comparison game

We so easily forget that we are not in a competition with one another. Life is not a race. We were put on this earth to complement one another in the body of Christ, our gifts and talents working together to build up and edify. So we need to be aware of the competition game this life so easily turns into — and instead choose to compliment one another. We all have purpose in our being, and that doesn’t take away from you or me. It all works together in unity, to bring something beautiful and glorious when we choose to compliment instead of compare, to encourage instead of discourage.

“Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.” (Romans 12:9-13)

Dear friend, our God and Maker has created you so beautifully and wonderfully with a purpose. You have a purpose that only you, just as you are, can fill. We all have our parts, like different instruments have their own part in creating a symphony. It all works together in unity, creating something glorious and miraculous. So you can let go of comparing, trusting that the Lord has given you enough for the moment. Choose to compliment the beauty you see in others, as the same can be seen in you.

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