The Object of Her Attention


By Holly Vicente Robaina

Where’s Angela?” I asked. Everyone shrugged. Curious, I went in search of my sis. I checked each room of the house. When I finally found her, she was intensely focused on something. She looked up, revealing the object of her attention—her Bible.

I started to notice that Angela “disappeared” about the same time each day. I wondered how she found time to read God’s Word: So I asked her.

“Well, every day I have to make the choice to spend time with God,” she said. “It’s not easy, but it’s worth it. Angela had some great tips on how she formed her good habit. Here are five of them.

Schedule a devotional “appointment.” Write a specific time and location on your calendar, or in your planner. Angela says.
Choose your tools. Some basics include:

1) A Bible. Biblegateway.com offers 16 versions for you to compare, from that classic King James Version to modern versions like The Message. Or, consider using a student or study Bible—many contain reading plans and practical ways to apply Scripture to everyday situations.
2) A devotional book. Some are specifically for you.
3) A journal. Use it to record your favorite verses and reflections on Scripture. Or, try writing a poem or letter to God.

4. Start with prayer. Ask God to keep you focused and to help you understand what you’re about to read. “Sometimes, my mind just starts to drift. I tell God I’ve set aside this time especially for him, and that I choose to focus on him,” Angela says.

5. Don’t give up. Let’s face it: There will be days when you skip devotions. Just try to keep it a high priority and do it whenever you can. “God is not going to abandon you if you don’t do a devotion one day—he knows what our schedules are like, and he knows our hearts,” Angela says. “Any time that you spend with God, he can use it to teach you and to grow your faith.”

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