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Follower Trap #6

# 6 Lousy Devotional Life
I just hear it all the time from people who come to tell me they’re not growing spiritually (often they begin by saying it must be the services…they’re not "deep" enough.)  Then, after a few questions and some listening,  I usually ask how their personal walk with Christ is going.  Too often (and sadly) this is what I hear:  I pray when I’m in the car.  Six days go by and I realize I haven’t picked up my bible.  I pray in the shower.  I don’t pray much.  I’m just so busy. I heard part of James MacDonald this morning on the radio – that’s all I do.  I find the Bible difficult.  I get to it when I can.

So imagine if that dialogue was your approach to food.  If I eat at all, I eat in the car…grab it mostly through drive thrus.  Six days went by, and I realized I just hadn’t eaten.  I really only drink when I’m in the shower.  I just don’t each much…never got into a routine.  I get to food when I can, which is a couple times a month.

You get the point. 

The place in which you are going to grow the very most is in that quiet time when you take what we’ve shared in community on Sunday, what we’ve processed in a community group mid week, and then apply in your life deeply, personally, as you interact with a beautiful and Holy God.

This week, change your pattern.  I use a one year Bible.  It’s so easy.  I open the Bible and turn to January 13th…the readings are all there.  I reflect on those readings, pray over them, and pray over all kinds of issues.  Some days it’s dry.  But over time, regular devotion becomes a harvest that offers the finest food.

An amazing thing happens…when you go deep with God, He goes deep with you.   What’s your experience?


  1. Stephanie on January 14, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    Thanks for the link Pat!!!

  2. Dave and Gen on January 14, 2008 at 11:08 am

    Daily eating habits compared to daily feeding of the spiritual part…??? Praise God for a spiritual mother.. One of her main points in guiding me, was "you eat three times a day to feed the body, remember the soul needs feeding as well and just as often.." strange we don't have time for that..Thanks Carey for the guidance and teachings you pass on to us.Let us press on to the goal which is set before us.

  3. Pat on January 13, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    Just a quick tip…
    I've been using the one year bible reading plan at It's great because 1) it's free, and 2) it's online, so I don't have to have a "special bible" to use it.


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