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The Healthy Habit of Daily Devotionals

“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain. ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours” (Mark 11:22-24).

We all run into mountains throughout the course of our lives. They are unavoidable barriers and challenges that we cannot go around and must take on step by step. As we begin arriving at these mountains, it is easy to get overwhelmed by their size and begin to doubt our ability to handle them. When we begin to doubt ourselves and our capabilities we can rely on God, and trust that he is going to give us all the resources that we need to move the mountain. Whether that mountain is big or small, nearly everyday we are faced with one that we must choose to rely on God to guide us over. On days where we feel particularly overwhelmed, that is where devotionals can serve to remind us of the grace, peace, and love we have constantly surrounding us.

Devotionals are daily spiritual readings that remind us who God is and who he has created us to be. They serve to remind us that God can move mountains, and to trust in that truth when we feel we can’t quite trust in ourselves to move them. Devotionals are usually read in the morning, coupled with scripture passages and guided prayers, we can begin each day refining our faith and deepening our connection with God.

It is not complicated or expensive, in fact you don’t even need to have a devotional book. All you have to do is commit to sitting down everyday, opening the Word of God, and talking to Him. It could be out loud, in your head, or even in writing. God is not picky when or how you talk to him. All he wants is to know you and to encourage you when you are feeling discouraged, support you when you fall, and be a source of comfort when the world seems scary.

If committing to doing a daily devotional seems too overwhelming, start with a weekly one, or even a monthly one. Life can be hectic and overwhelming, but in everything, know that God is patiently waiting beside you, just hoping that you will ask him for help. God loves to help. Trust in him daily. He can move mountains.

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