I am looking for a new women’s devotional. I wonder if any of the ladies have a recommendation? I was thinking Find Rest: A Women’s Devotional for Lasting Peace In A Busy Life by Shaunti Feldhahn or Prayer Journal for Women: 52 Week Scripture, Devotional & Guided Prayer Journal by Shannon Roberts. I think I am leaning towards something that encourages me to journal. I am not at all comfortable with that, however, I think it may be something that will help me with my communication issues and my ability to “speak out” my feeling instead of processing everything internally. Any thoughts?
I really liked Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young. There are a few versus each day, 2-3 verses or passages of Scripture. What I did for journaling, I read the first verse, than wrote down what I thought Jesus was saying to me. I did that before reading the writing of the day. I felt if I journaled before reading what the author wrote, the thoughts from Jesus would be more from Him, and not so much from the author, if that makes sense. Also, I was able to use that devotional for a couple years. Its not specifically written for women, though. My DH has used it as well.
I have never really been into devotionals all that much, nor journaling. But, you could look into something out of Kay Arthur’s Lord Series. On each book, they are classified as a “devotional study”, therefore it isn’t just reading a short thought with a verse and then closing the book, it actually is more like a Bible study in a devotional format. You write answers in the book. I have gone through several of them, so if you have any questions on any specific one, I may be able to give you more detail.
I think I’ve mentioned this before, so forgive me if I’m repeating myself. I am too OCD to use a dated devotional of any kind; I always miss a day eventually, and then feel like I have to catch up in order and the more I try to catch up the more impossible it is to keep up and the farther behind I get and I end up giving up entirely. I found a “blank” book diary/journal that happened to have a Bible verse on each page. I just started writing about whatever verse was on the next page whenever I sat down to do it so if I missed a morning (or three months) I didn’t stress about it but just picked up where I left off. Eventually, the verses started repeating, so now I just sub out a verse from the sermon the previous Sunday, or one from Fighter Verses, or one that caught my attention somewhere else. The Lord always reveals something new, even in familiar verses, and this has been the best, low-key, up-keep-able method I’ve ever tried.