2020 has been quite the year! Can I get an “[A]men?” Although this year has been much different than any of my 5 + years as a student of Jesus Christ, I have connected with God more deeply than I have ever in my entire life. Yup! That’s right—in this weird, strange time, I have connected with Jesus in a whole new way.
In my recent times with Jesus, I have been asking for help with my blog and my YouTube page. I feel deep in my core, that Jesus wants to use me for His Church (aka His Bride)—to be a voice. I have struggled with that realization and in creating content, with the idea of—“[w]ho’d listen to me?” But, Jesus has reminded me of Luke. Luke was a physician and an investigator of the Good News. He was also a companion of the Apostle Paul and the author of the two books, Luke and Acts. In Luke 1:1, Lukes shares this:
“Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us.” And he continues by sharing, “[w]ith this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus.” (Luke 1:1,3 NIV)
When Jesus revealed this to me, again, it hit me! I can be concerned and wrapped up in my own efforts to be ‘original.’ It’s funny when I think about it. However it should not stop me from being used by the Lord, Jesus Christ. It’s His glory that must be exalted, not mine. With that said, I hope Luke inspires you to go after the desire(s) God has placed on your heart! I hope you will start today. Learn from our friend and brother, Luke—who, despite the many authors (some of which walked with Jesus), took on the call to investigate and report to us the Good news of Jesus, the Messiah.
Christian Girl Essentials for 2020
Watch now, the video with a few resources and essentials for Christians girls and women—new or experienced.
Skip the reading, and watch the video! In this video, I have included a few resources and information every Christian woman and girl needs to start her daily time/journey with Jesus. I’ve also included ways on how I save money!
Honestly, that’s all you need to start. There’s no surprise there! There are two ways that you can view the Bible: online and a physical copy.
Here are my online recommendations:
-Bible Gateway (it’s free!)
-Youversion Bible App (it’s free!)
For the physical Bibles there are tons of sizes and styles. You can choose between fonts like large or small print. There are [literally] hundreds of styles to choose from. You can also find pocket size Bibles for on-the-go. I’ll leave that up to you to decide.
My online store recommendation:
#2 Journal or Notebook
Let’s keep it real: Journals can be pricy! Somehow I still love a great looking journal. It makes me feel whimsical. I don’t know why. It just does. What if you’re trying to save money? —Perhaps you are a teen, with big dreams and no money? I got you. Just grab a notebook. You can find some great ones at the dollar store. A tip: dedicate that notebook or journal to just God. You can use it for your Bible studies, quiet times, prayers, and Sunday service notes. I, personally, keep separate notebooks and journals for all those things. But you get you the picture. I tried to support small businesses or coffee shops that hold journal. Unfortunately, I’m new to Nashville and Covid-19 has gotten in the way of me exploring the city. With that said, I am currently using journals made by Minimalism Art online at Amazon.
Unfortunately, I forgot to add this in my video, but notecards are great for things like scripture memory cards or prayers.
#4 Highlighters, Pens, Stickers
Get creative! See video.
There are tons of devotionals. I recommend the devotional book, Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. The online devotional that I still use from time to time can be found at: http://www.JustBetweenUs.org
#6 Christian Books
My top for 2020 are:
Fervent by Priscilla Shier
Fervent has radically changed my prayer life. As Christians we must have a prayer life and Mrs. Shier teaches us that in her book.
The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry by John Mark Comer
Comer has me re-thinking life. In a great way, though! I think his points and his research on how our lives should match our walks with Christ is spot on.
“Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.”Psalms 1:1-3 NIV
#7 Mediation & Dedication Prayer Space
In my video, I mention my prayer-wall, but you can decide to use a wall to hold your written requests or an entire closet. The idea stems from the movie, War Room from back in 2015. Since then, each house I have lived in, whether back home in Jersey or right here in Nashville, I have dedicated spaces to prayer and to my hand-written prayer requests.
Lastly, I’ll mentioned mediation. In Psalm 119, verse 15 in the Amplified Bible, it reads, “ “I will meditate on Your precepts And [thoughtfully] regard Your ways [the path of life established by Your precepts].” As Christians, we must be meditating on God’s holy Word. In Chapter 1 of the Psalms, we see that benefit of mediating on God’s Word—“[t]hat person is like a tree planted by streams of water, whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers.” Wow! Amazing.
To conclude, I recommend that you learn how to sit before God in silence. Spend 5 mins and continue to add more time to your time—just listening for His voice after or before you read The Bible. Teach yourself to be in relationship with God. Also try the mobile app: Abide. It’s free!
I pray that every piece of information shared was helpful.