Do you love to make lists? Heck! I've even got lists of lists! I love goal-setting too. I've even got goals for my goals! We create big goals, little goals, wish-lists and bucket lists and masses of To Do lists; but one thing is certain, as busy women of faith, we need to create a habit of staying closely connected to God. So, how do we foster a depth of devotional life that really translates into devotional living. Click 'Read More' to find out....
.. and so 'Reboot Your Devotional Life' was born. Here at She31 HQ, we created a 10-part course on how to build, or rebuild. to habit of a regular 'quiet time' with God.
Here's what just some of our most recent She31 Members have told us about taking part in this FREE study;
"Thank you so much! This was a truly powerful and inspirational reboot to my devotional time. I have enjoyed interacting with the amazing women who participated and the tools I've learned are already bearing fruit! Much love, and appreciation."
Karen F, Teaching Ministry, Tennessee, USA
"Making a conscious decision to spend time with God each day is logical and wise.. and by rights, should be easy to do. Yet I often struggle. Being a part of this group study - taking the time to share what God and I were exploring together - helped me to build commitment and learn so much more than I would have, if left to my own devices! The group encouragement was fabulous, and taught me even more again. Thank you!"
Kathryn McN, Business Owner, UK
"Due to health issues, my husband and I drifted away from attending church. For a long time, my Bible time would consist of some daily devotionals. I found it too easy to drift off and I felt I needed to spend some real time with God. I found that I had been remembering that God was there, but not spending time simply listening to Him. This devotional study came at just the right time. Remembering that I was doing this together with others helped. And I got my first Word! "Renewal" - God wants me to renew my relationship with Him and renew every area of my life. Now I am more focused on standing on His promises, not doubting and truly placing things in His hands. I find I have new hope for the future."
Tanya B, Homemaker, UK
"If you've never taken part in an online Bible study, please give one of She31's Bible Studies a try! I have completed two now, and they were both huge blessings in my life. The most recent one, 'Reboot Your Devotional Life' really encouraged me to be more disciplined to be in His Word on a daily basis, which is something I neglect more often than I care to admit (as if He doesn't already know lol!). It was wonderful to read the other women's understanding of many of my favorite scripture verses and to encourage and lift each other up in prayer".
Lin R, Family Services Specialist, New Hampshire, USA
Over 600 women worldwide have been learning together what it means to get back to basics of creating - and sustaining - a strong, personal devotional life with Jesus.
Together, we studied 10 critical steps to rebooting your devotional life;
1. Sacrifice - we learned that in order to carve out quality time to spend with God, we would need to commit to sacrificing something else. It's fair to say that this session led to an outpouring of commitment from the women to proactively limit time spent on social media, television and other entertainment. Most of us were not too proud to admit that we spend many hours per week, aimlessly surfing the web or peering through Instagram or Facebook. Instantly, the realisation that 'actually, I DO have time to spend with God, it's that I'm distracted by other things, and I want to change that'. Do you recognise yourself here too? Join our group - you're amongst women who juggle the exact same challenges!
2. Solitude - this is where it gets more challenging. Where can you go to be alone with God? Is there a special place where you can go to get that time without distraction or interruption? For some of our Members, 'solitude' was as practical as switching off their phone for an hour. For others, it was getting into the discipline of rising early before the rest of their household wakes up. Many of us have a corner, somewhere, in our home which we settle into for times of reading, studying and prayer. There were also some entertaining suggestions about hiding in the bathroom with our Bibles - just to get time alone! Where is your place of solitude?
3. Silence - this is one of the most powerful and effective spiritual disciplines we can develop. We ran a mini-challenge to see if we could even sit for 3 minutes in perfect mental silence! The group shared with great humility and transparency that although this sounded so simple... the rate at which our busy minds compete for our attention became glaringly clear. This was really hard! Try it out. Set a timer for 3 minutes and sit silently and try to focus on God in worship or prayer or meditation on a verse... did you manage? Is silence part of your devotional routine? Share in the comments below.
4. Seek - this session was all about the conundrum of why we need to seek God, when He is omnipotent! The discussions drew out some amazing insight into the value of seeking; searching for, targeting, hunting down, pressing in, desiring connection with our Father. Just as you make a date with your loved ones to get quality time with them to connect, and reconnect, so God is worth seeking out through reading, Bible study and prayer. Are you a Seeker?
5. Savour - so many Bible references compare God's presence as being like consuming food and drink for our bodies. For our spiritual life, we think of thirsting after God, drinking in His goodness, hungering after Him, His provision of our daily bread.. This aspect of devotional life is about really taking time to chew over whatever God is speaking to us about in our devotional time. It could be a particular verse or story in the Bible. It could be labouring in prayer over something important to you. The food and drink analogies were abundant as we considered how to extract the most 'nutrients' from our time with God, taking time to savour.
6. Share - as our devotional time nourishes us, we should be looking for every opportunity to share what we learn and experience with others. This session challenged us to think about how openly we share our hearts; our worries, hopes, expectations and desires with God - because His Word clearly invites total transparency. We don't have to stand on ceremony or 'pretty-up' our prayers.. we can come just as we are and pour out our heart to our Father. The other aspect of sharing - is to simply tell others what we're learning about in our devotional times. This is not only a great way to build others up, but it might be just what they need to get their own inspiration to make time for God each day. too.
7. Soften - this session was really challenging as we looked at what it means to have a hard, or hardening of our heart and how this can impact our relationship with God. How do you know when God is correcting you? How do you respond? One of our Members, who is a practising doctor shared: "I was thinking of a physically hard hard and how it becomes inefficient and stops pumping blood effectively round the body. It causes the body to swell up and have pain and can become irregular. I was thinking how if we are not responding to God then the same is true of us and we are not being as effective as we could be for Christ and are probably causing hurt to the body of Christ, i.e. the Church. I was picturing a soft, healthy heart pumping blood and being fully responsive to signals and fully active and efficient. This is how I want to be for God, responsive to him and working to full efficiency. Let's aim for this in our lives!" Such a beautiful prophetic picture of how regular devotional time can help keep our hearts soft and healthy.
8. Sense-Check - ensuring that what we believe God is saying to us; be it through prayer, prophecy, a deep impression, or directly from verses in the Bible.. we looked at the absolute essential of making sure that what we take as God 'speaking' to us is scripturally sound. We discussed all the different ways in which we have experienced God's 'voice' in our lives; through the Bible, through songs, through others, through nature.. there was widespread agreement that it seems that God is never silent! Even more reason to come and sit with Him and receive His love and encouragement, and sometimes, His loving correction! One Member shared; "As I have taken the time to study His word, pray with Him, spending time in solitude in His presence and spending time with like-minded people .. (these have) .. all worked to perform a transformation in me that has helped with being to know within your core that you are hearing from Him. I find that when you stop doing these things or allow worldly things to interfere in your relationship with God, then your ability to hearing from Him or understand when you're hearing from a Him becomes difficult and frustrating. I want to hear from Him all the time."
9. Satisfaction - this session is all about sharing the things in our lives that bring us great satisfaction, and those things that are a source of dissatisfaction. What does God's word have to say about them? We looked at many promises in the Bible that God would bring great satisfaction into our lives, if we allow Him to.
10. Significance - the final session looks at how we find our sense of significance in God's Kingdom; in our homes, workplaces, churches.. everywhere we go. Knowing that in everything that our daily lives are composed of we can find a sense of significance - knowing that God created this life for us to enjoy and that He blesses us to be a blessing!
Our thanks to the wonderful ladies of She31 for not only launching themselves into this study with such passion and commitment, but for the constant cheering-on of everyone involved. The short testimonials give just a glimpse of how our hearts, and lives, are being transformed by dedicating - and rebooting - our regular times with God. To grow closer to Him, to serve one another, and to be a blessing in this world.
The Reboot Your Devotional Life Study Workbook is available now in our shop for you to use as a solo study or as part of a church or small group!