Life, and all of the craziness that goes into raising a family and working to pay the bills, often gets pretty noisy. There are so many distractions – so many messages popping up in my face all day long – that it is fairly common for me to completely forget to devote some time to my spiritual well-being.
When my alarm goes off in the morning, I grab my iPhone, turn the alarm off, and immediately open my email.
After email, I check twitter and a few other apps on my phone. Then I roll out of bed and pray.
It never occurred to me before last week that I could – and probably should – use that first-thing-in-the-morning time for my daily devotionals, too.
Daily devotionals with the Jesus Calling app
A week ago, I downloaded the Jesus Calling app on my iPhone. Each morning (or any time of day, for that matter) I can open the app and read a quick but powerful devotional, related scripture, and then make notes or share what I’ve read on Facebook or Twitter. I can also search topics or passages of scripture.
I am loving that I have found a simple way that I can add a simple step into my morning routine – before I even get out of bed – to start my day off on the right foot.
The updated Jesus Calling app for iPhone or iPad comes directly from author Sarah Young’s best selling book by the same name. The Jesus Calling book itself has sold over 1 million copies over the last several years. The app gives you a complete, digital version of the book.
Why I’m loving this app
As much as I love the feel of a book in my hands, I really appreciate the app’s ability to search for keywords and Scripture references. In other words, if you’re looking for something about forgiveness, you can search for all the references to forgiveness in the book.
I also appreciate the fact that, no matter when I start or whether I miss a day, I can always stay on track because of the way the app is organized by day. It’s easy to scroll back to read missed days (or scroll ahead if I feel like it).
Starting my day with a devotion has made all the difference.
How do you fit gospel study or devotionals into your day?
We’d also love to hear from those who have already read Sarah Young’s book, Jesus Calling. What was your experience and what did you love about Jesus Calling?
Note: We are being compensated for our time to field test the Jesus Calling app and let our readers know about it, but as always thoughts, opinions, and morning routines are uniquely our own.