So I’ve had a lot of people ask me how I worship and pray throughout the day so I decided just to write it all out! I hope that something that I say encourages you and gives you some ideas. I am going to divide this blog post up into five sections: my mornings with God, Jesus throughout my day, my nightly time with Him, how I pray, and my favorite devotionals. I hope you enjoy! Let me know if you have any requests for future blogs. Pictures of everything mentioned in here are down below. Oh, how I love y’all!!
So, I am NOT a morning person in any way. I love my sleep, and I love sleeping in, but recently, I read a verse in Psalm 5, which says, “Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.” So, I read that verse and God just really started bugging me about it, until I decided that I was going to do it. I was going to pull my non-morning person self out of bed 30 minutes earlier than usual to spend time with God. And let me tell you, I have not regretted it since! It is so beautiful to start my morning one-on-one with God, and to just listen to Him. I don’t have my phone with me at this time, I just sit and pray to God. I read one chapter of the Bible in whatever book I am in at that point, and then I search that chapter for something that God could teach me. Then in my prayer, I pray that God will help me use what He taught me in that chapter throughout my day. Some things that I pray for each morning are my family, my friends and their walks with God, things going on in my life, our world–even people who I don’t know; and I thank God over and over again for His unfailing love and what He did for us on the cross. My mirror in my bathroom is COVERED in Bible verses and encouraging notes to help remind me to be positive. I’ve also recently started the book Uninvited and it may be the best ever! I seriously recommend it! I read a chapter each morning after my Bible, and take all kinds of notes in it.
Throughout the Day:
I am a student, which means free time in my days is limited. But whenever I get the chance, I like to go on the YouVersion Bible App. I LOVE doing the Bible plans on there and seeing what my friends and family are reading. Some of my favorite Bible plans are Fighting FOMO, (I’ve literally done this one like a million times!) Gospel-Driven Ambition, 10 Myths of Teen Dating, and Deeper into Romans. I also take my Bible to school, and whenever we have free reading time, I read that.
My night time routine is VERY different from my morning routine. Once I have finished everything, and I’ve gotten ready for bed, I start off by praying and thanking God for letting me get through another day. I then do my devotional and read my Bible and sometimes I go to bed right after that and other times I’ll stay up for hours in the Word. The devotional that I am currently using and am IN LOVE with is the All and All Journaling Devotional by Sofie Hudson. It’s one of the best devotionals I’ve ever read in my life!
How I Pray:
I actually get a lot of questions about how I pray. So I’ll start off with two things: I do not get on my knees every time I pray, and I say thank you A LOT when I pray. I pray very differently than some people do. I know that since I accepted Jesus into my heart that I now have a personal relationship with God, so I pray like that relationship is the reality that it is. So my prayers vary, sometimes I pray these beautiful reverent long prayers with big fancy words and calling God by all of His names, and sometimes I just have a conversation with God. And I believe that that is perfect. Yes, God is our Heavenly Father and HE deserves our respect and our everything, but at the same time, God is our father and it says and Romans 5 that we have a “friendship with God” and so I like to pray and talk to God like we have a friendship while also being reverent. But if you’re trying to find a way to pray, I recommend just doing whatever doing what makes you feel closest to God, and whatever makes you feel comfortable. Also, remember that you can pray anywhere. Like I said, I don’t get on my knees and make a big deal of it every time I pray. Yes, I pray when I’m intentionally spending time with God in quiet and study time, but I also pray in class, in car rides, at parties, in church, in youth group, at football games, anywhere and everywhere when I need to talk to God about something going on, or just give Him praise. Also, I believe that thankfulness is always the basis of prayer. Even when I am in tears, begging to understand something going on in my life, I still believe I should start in thankfulness. That helps me gain perspective of who God is. It’s all about who God is, and He is amazing!! No matter how you pray, I highly recommend that you do spend time in prayer at least once a day because it truly is so amazing to just be in communication with God, and there truly is a peace that comes from prayer that cannot be explained. God is so good!
My Favorite Devotionals:
A lot of people ask me why I choose to do my devotionals every morning and night and the reason why actually has to do a lot with my testimony. I’ll upload a blog about that soon, but pretty much there was a time in my life when I did not believe God was real or that if He was, that He didn’t care about me; and in that time of brokenness and hurt and just emptiness, I went to bed every night not knowing if someone cared, and I never want to go back to that time in my life ever again, so I always do a devo at night so that even if I can’t understand what God is doing, I still can still fall asleep knowing that He is there and that He cares. By the Grace of our God, it was revealed to me that there were and are so many people who care about me, most of all God and my family, and I had been believing a lie that the devil had convinced me was the truth. I choose to also do devos in the morning because, like it says in Matthew 8, when we build our hearts on Jesus, who is solid ground, then when the storms of life come, we cannot be destroyed. And I like to think of that as my day–if my day isn’t started with Jesus, then my day isn’t built on solid rock. If something happens throughout the day, I just feel more at peace knowing that my day has been built on solid rock and not sinking sand. So, I mentioned some of my favorite devos earlier but I’m going to mention a few more below, and I’ll include some of my favorite Bible verses! A really good devotional that has helped me out as a teenager is the Red Stuff. It’s such an encouraging devotional that my sweet friend and youth pastor gave me in 6th grade. I also love Streams in the Desert(for graduates) which was given to me at my 8th-grade graduation. If you are just beginning a prayer life and trying to learn how to pray, the Daily Prayer Guide is a fantastic devotional book about prayer! And if you are having a hard time or are very anxious, the Prayers for an Anxious Heart Devotional book is AMAZING! I use this every time I get anxiety and it helps! For girls and teenage girls, I recommend a Young Woman’s Guide to Making Right Choices. (I think there is a boy version of this as well.)This book is all about living your life for God and being as much like Christ as you can and I love it so much! The Jesus Calling Morning and Night Devotional Book was given to me by one of my mentors (my aunt) and I love it! I’ve done it 3 times and I just continue to learn something new about God every single time! and ladies, I cannot begin to tell you how amazing the devotional books that I am in now are. All in All is a journaling devotional written for teenage girls, and I love it. Uninvited is the best devotional book I have read in a very long time! It’s constantly just revealing to me more and more of who God is. It’s just awesome, and I recommend it to literally everyone. So I have a plain leather-bound journal that I got for 15 bucks from Francesca’s and I literally write everything that God has ever put on my heart in it, and I just love it so much. Writing some of my prayers and thoughts and notes from different books, speakers, etc is so helpful to me. When I write it, I remember it!!
So that is my routine with Jesus! Those are just some of the things that just help me stay close to Him. You 100% do not have to do any of this, however, t0 be close with God. I don’t tell you any of this to be legalistic or to act like I have it all figured out. (And I’m not going to lie…there have definitely been occasional mornings where I slept through my alarm and had to way shorten my morning time! Jesus was human, too, so He understands being tired and oversleeping sometimes, I mean the dude slept through a storm in Mark 4!) I just have had some people ask about how I do things, and I wanted to share. Just stay in His word and in constant prayer with Him, and you will be close with Him. He promises us in Jeremiah that if we seek Him with our whole heart, we WILL find Him, so there’s no magic formula for how to do it. Oh how I love each and every one of y’all, and I pray for y’all daily! You are priceless, sweet friends!