Spend Time in Jesus' Presence
Devotional writer, Tricia Goyer, shares an important turning point in her relationship with God.
It’s funny how much we grow and change in our life with God. Just the other day I was thinking about how much my devotional time has matured and blossomed, just as I have.
When I first started quiet time with God I thought the goal was to learn the most about God as I could. I read commentaries and studied books. Then one day I felt God whispering to my heart, "You know ABOUT Me, but take a moment and just love me. I'm right here."
After that, I still study, but I also make sure to just spend time in Jesus' presence. I wake up before anyone else. With my husband, our college student, a teenager, my grandma, and a one-year-old that's the ONLY time it's quiet. In addition to sitting down with my Bible and journal sometimes I'll read while I'm on my recumbent bicycle. I'll read Scriptures and then close my eyes and pray for various concerns.
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Sometimes I sit on my couch with my Bible, a journal, and a few devotional books. My all time favorite "study" book is Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby. I usually write out what God is speaking to my heart or I write out my prayer requests. It's great to look back over old journals and see how God answered prayers!
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Tricia Goyer, the author of 30 books who won the Historical Novel of the Year award in both 2005 and 2006 from American Christian Fiction Writers, describes what it was like for her to pen the devotions for Mornings with Jesus and how she drew closer than ever to Jesus during the process.