Seeds of Devotion
By Julia Attaway

6 Silent Devotions

There’s a saying attributed to Francis of Assisi: “Preach the Gospel at all times. Use words if necessary.”

It’s had me thinking about ways to improve my relationship with God by using what I do as an act of prayer. Here are six silent devotions I came up with to start:

1. Perform a secret act of love.
Do something for someone else, for God’s eyes alone.

2. Notice an invisible person.
Look on the fringes of coffee hour, at the PTA meeting or at who’s handing you change at the grocery. Find a quiet way to acknowledge that they’re there, even if it’s just a smile.

3. Bite back one critical comment, for Jesus’s sake.
Just one. When you get good at it, go for two.

4. Get to know a non-Christian better.
Find out what God loves in him and learn to love it, too.

5. Practice being last.
Allow someone else to go first: in line, when merging in traffic, in speaking at a meeting. Work on finding a balance between assertiveness and humility. 

6. Notice an unspoken need.
Ramp up your powers of observation, actively looking for people God has set in your path so that you can help them.

What can you add to the list?

Julia Attaway is a freelance writer, homeschooler and mother of five. She is the editor of Daily Guideposts: Your First Year of Motherhood, a book of devotions for first-time moms. She lives in New York.

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Something I do, which seems to me a kind of devotion, is to change my attitiude about doing things I don't like to do by reminding myself, "It's an act of love, not a chore."

I believe my purpose in life is to increase peace in the world through my words and actions. Changing my thinking about chores reminds me that fighting with myself is often the first step.

I LOVE THE IDEAS SO MUCH. THEY'RE RELLY SILENT SEED OF DEVOTION.

KEEP THE GOOD WORK ALIVE.

THANK YOU/

brovo.
I try to do this every day.
Good for you.

God bless you.

These suggestions are so inspirational and motivates me to be mindful of just who it is I am serving. What is actually my purpose for living is to be of service and by my own actions becoming a blessing to someone else. Whenever we make someone else happy our own happiness increases. I truly appreciate this article and will try to add my own practices to these. One sure way to be led of the Spirit is to "Be still and know I am God". In silence we find our way in this world of much thought and misdirected action to true peace.

thank you.

Thank you.

Wonderful ideas all, thank you and praise God!

To say I enjoy your writing (and Andrew's) would be an understatement. I have been reading Guideposts magazine and the yearly devotional books for more years than I can recall. My Mother subscribed to Guideposts so it was always in our home, and then when I married 51 years ago and left home she gave me my own subscription which I continue to this day. She gave my sister and me the annual devotional book on Thanksgiving Day each year it was published, and since her death 12 years ago I have continued to purchase one for my sister and one for myself. Your writing has been such a special part of my life for a long time, and I just want to say thank you so much for sharing your gift with all readers. God's Blessings to you and your wonderful family.

Acknowledge other Christians. For example, I was in a restaurant & saw a mother with her children. They were saying grace before their lunch. Seems simple enough but a lot of people don't have the courage to display their faith in public. When I passed their table later I stopped to tell this mother how much I appreciated the way she was raising her children &. I could tell that little compliment meant something to her. We need to reinforce others good behavior as much as possible. It seems to be so rare any more.

Thank you for words of wisdom.
I retired after 30.5 yrs. as sec'y of our school corp. My husband has owned contract school buses for 40 + yrs. Different ones would ask me if I was going to drive a bus for him now. I said "no way". But....I have been driving for him 3 yrs now...due to health problems. he cannot drive a bus anymore. I ask God daily to be my 'pilot' and for me to be His 'co-pilot'. I also pray daily for each student by name. I know they don't know it, but, I pray for them to come to know Jesus as their personal saviour at some point in their lives, for their daily choices, family and teachers. I hope and pray, that my prayers matter to them and for them.
Violet

I AM A RETIRED BUS DRIVER OF 22 YEARS. EACH DAY I WOULD PRAY FOR EACH STUDENT. I ASKED GOD TO USE ME AS APOSSITIVE INFLUENCE IN THEIR LIVES. WHEN I RUN INTO SOME OF THOSE STUDENTS TODAY, THEY GIVE ME THANKS FOR BEING THE PERSON THAT I WAS, A POSITIVE INFLUENCE IN THEIR LIVES.
Ruthie

Love the ideas!
Here's one I sometimes do:
Give an extra, more generous amount to someone you normally give a tip to.

Write a note to someone you appreciate.

Great ideas, I will try to put them into practice. Love your articles, have been reading Daily Guidepost for years and following your family. Love in Christ, Dee Marlow