How to Make Bible Reading a Daily Habit

Begin a practice that nourishes your spiritual life and makes you useful to God

Written by GodLife on 07/03/2017
Series: Weekly Devotional
Tags: Bible, Reading, Peace, Faith, Wisdom
Be like newborn babies who are thirsty for the pure spiritual milk that will help you grow and be saved.

1 Peter 2:2
When Peter compared the Bible to the milk which feeds a newborn baby, it was a picture we can all understand. Have you ever seen a baby hungry for food? Every attitude and action comes from intense desire. This is how God wants us to approach His Word.

But the Bible is a big book! It can’t be read in one sitting. How is a new follower of Jesus supposed to get the nourishment he or she needs for growth? Read on for practical encouragement to get you started on a lifetime of growth.

To Fuel Your Desire for God’s Word:
Think of the many benefits the Bible promises the reader. Within its pages, you can read the confirming stories from those who read and treasured it while it was still being written. They experienced:

Growing faith (Romans 10:17)
Clarity for knowing and following God’s will (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
Knowing God’s character (John 1:18, 16:14)
Better insight into their own nature (Hebrews 4:12)
Instruction from the successes and failures of others (Romans 15:4; 1 Corinthians 10:11)
Increasing peace (Psalm 119:165)
Growth in purity (John 17:17; Ephesians 5:26)
Here’s How to Make Reading the Bible a Habit
First, know the benefits of doing this. (See the list above.) “By your teachings, Lord, I am warned; by obeying them, I am greatly rewarded.” (Psalm 19:11). Meditate on these things. Appreciate what is to be gained. Do you want to know God and experience His guidance? Do you want to be instructed in how to avoid pitfalls? Do you want purity, inspiration and peace? Committing yourself to daily time in the word is the first step toward making real gains in these important areas.
Go public with your commitment. Knowing your friends, your spouse, children or parents want you to succeed can make you rethink any thoughts of simply giving up. (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
Set aside a time each day, in a quiet place where you can focus on the most important thing — hearing from God. (Luke 10:41-42) For many, that time is first thing in the morning.
Have a plan. (Proverbs 21:5) We already mentioned that the Bible is big: 66 books, with 1,189 chapters containing over 31,000 verses. It may seem too much at first, but it isn’t hard to manage with a good plan. And there are many good ones. For example, reading about three chapters a day will allow you to read the whole Bible in a year or you can read through the New Testament in a year if you read only about five minutes a day. Whatever you choose, make a decision to eventually get to it all. As Paul advised Timothy: “Everything in the Scriptures is God’s Word. All of it is useful for teaching and helping people and for correcting them and showing them how to live.” (2 Timothy 3:16)
Take notes. (Jeremiah 30:2) If you had the opportunity to spend the day with an honored mentor, would you take a notebook with you? Of course. Why not make notes about what God shows you each day? If you do, you’ll get more lasting benefit out of it.
Don’t have an all-or-nothing attitude. (Matthew 21:28-31) Set modest goals, but take them seriously. Forgive yourself when you miss a goal, but don’t give up.
Physical growth can only happen when a child has plenty of nourishment. It’s the same with our spiritual lives. Followers of Jesus need a good diet of God’s Word. Otherwise, our spiritual lives begin to suffer. If you read the Bible and pray daily, you will be surprised by how much you grow in your knowledge of God and His will for you.

And just as activity as well as nourishment are necessary for healthy growth, Jesus challenges His followers, “You know these things, and God will bless you if you do them.” (John 13:17) It is when you put what He shows you into practice that “what you know about our Lord Jesus” makes your life “useful and meaningful.” (2 Peter 1:1-8)

Pray this week:

God, I thank You for these invitations to appreciate the value of Your Word. Please open new ways for me to consistently read it so that I can be more in step with You.

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God teaches His people to avoid sin and to live in His ways.

God’s Power in Your Life: Living God's Will
God teaches His people to avoid sin and to live in His ways.

Written by Hope on 18/10/2016
Series: Weekly Devotional
Tags: Life, Power
Everything in the Scriptures is God’s Word. All of it is useful for teaching and helping people and for correcting them and showing them how to live.

II Timothy 3:16
Do you know that God is calling YOU to live out an extraordinary life by following His commandments and seeking His will for your life? After you have experienced the power of God’s forgiveness, you can allow His power to remake your life in His ways.

Here are ways you can learn to listen for His teachings:

1.Obey God’s Word
“What God has said isn’t only alive and active! It is sharper than any double-edged sword.” (Hebrews 4:12)! The Bible is full of stories that tell of God’s love and hopes for His people. Reading and studying it regularly will help you come to know Him better. When you have questions about what you should do, use God’s Word as “a lamp that gives light wherever you walk” (Psalm 119:105). The stories of the people featured in God’s Word often present great examples of how we should behave (or how not to behave!). No example is better than that of God the Son, Jesus Christ.

2. Jesus Was Called “Rabbi,” Which Means “Teacher”
How can we know that God wants us to learn? Well, while He lived on earth, Jesus took the title of teacher — He was famous for it: even when potential enemies met with him, they said, “‘Teacher, we know that you are honest. You teach the truth about what God wants people to do. And you treat everyone with the same respect, no matter who they are.’” (Matthew 22:15-16). Jesus taught His followers, “If you love me, you will do what I have said, and my Father will love you. I will also love you and show you what I am like.” (John 14:21). Learn what Jesus has to say, and learn to obey those instructions, depending on His power to make it possible for you to do so.

3. Let God Teach You
“I will point out the road that you should follow. I will be your teacher and watch over you.” (Psalm 32:8). God’s power is so great that He knows you: He knows who you really are; He knows your situation; He knows what you want and what you need! Tell Him what you need, and listen for His guidance. The Apostle Paul advised, “Let the message about Christ completely fill your lives, while you use all your wisdom to teach and instruct each other” (Colossians 3:16). Ask trusted Christian friends, family, and leaders for godly support and prayer. Compare their advice with what you find in God’s Word (Acts 17:11) as you seek the power of God’s will in your life.

Pray this week:

O Lord, along with Psalm 25:4, I pray that You will show me the right path; and point out the road for me to follow. Amen.

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50 Ways Entrepreneurship Will Change Your Life

I’ve seen tons of articles talking about what personality and skills you need to become an entrepreneur, but while certain qualities can help you become more successful as an entrepreneur, anybody can become one.

Related: 8 Entrepreneurial Qualities That Contribute to Success

The experience of being an entrepreneur changes you, fundamentally, from the way you think to the way you act and the way you want to live your life. Most of the time, it’s for the better, and occasionally for the worse, but entrepreneurship will change your life. Here are 50 ways:

1. You become passionate about working. Success in entrepreneurship depends on following your passions.

2. You wonder how you ever held a normal job. Each day, that typical office-based 9-to-5 lifestyle seems stranger and less appealing to you.

 

3. You think critically about everything. Being in control makes you evaluate everything, from your morning coffee to the arrangement of your living room furniture.

4. New experiences become a commodity. You crave new experiences because you know they’re a gateway to new insights.

5. Everything can turn into an idea. Every object, situation and experience you encounter becomes a potential platform for a new idea.

6. You see the potential in everyone. You see the strengths and weaknesses in people, sometimes immediately, and imagine their great potential.

7. You can reduce most things to numbers (if you choose to). Entrepreneurs have to objectively analyze very subjective topics — the result is your ability to objectively analyze almost everything.

8. You get a new perspective on common situations. Some things seem more important, and others wholly unimportant.

9. You don’t care about small failures. When you stumble, make a mistake or lose something, those failures somehow don't seem as bad.

10. You embrace criticism and feedback. When someone points out something you’re doing wrong, you embrace that feedback as an opportunity to improve.

11. You support other people’s passions. You know the value of passion and support it in others.

12. You appreciate personal freedom more. Once you’ve tasted it, there’s no going back.

13. You make decisions more easily. After making 100 decisions a day, all other decisions in life seem easy.

14. Your problems seem smaller. Your daily crises pale in comparison to what you face as a company leader.

15. Your brain never turns off. You find yourself thinking and brainstorming all the time, with no reprieve.

16. You constantly want to learn new skills. You’re thrilled at the notion of how much you have left to learn.

17. You read more than you ever did before. Books, news, articles . . . you love to absorb new information.

18. You want to meet new people more than ever. You realize the value of new connections, and love to meet interesting new people.

19. You can’t just do nothing. If you feel as if you aren’t making progress at something, you go crazy.

20. Everything becomes a productivity challenge. You want to make everything as efficient as possible.

21. You want to tinker with everything. Your life is a giant experiment.

22. You have an easier time speaking in public. The pressure is off, you become more confident; and speaking becomes easier.

23. You work harder for things. You know your rewards are proportional to the work you put in, so you work harder at everything.

Related: 25 Common Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs

24. You aren’t afraid to say no. When you don’t want to do something, you feel less pressure to say yes.

25. You feel accomplished. Whether you've produced a success or a failure, you’re proud of what you tried to do.

26. You never feel bored. Even in dull moments, you find yourself entertained with complex thoughts and brainstorming patterns.

27. You feel in control of your own destiny. You truly feel in charge of your life.

28. You see patterns in chaos. That crazy traffic can be reduced to a series of actions of and reactions by reasonable drivers facing specific conditions.

29. You care less about your comfort zone. You’ve broken your comfort zone so many times it no longer exists.

30. You’re more confident in your abilities. You feel sure of yourself in certain key areas.

31. You want to experiment all the time. Everything is alive, and everything can be changed for the better.

32. You think more about your community. If your business relies on your community, you think more about giving back.

33. You see “work” and “fun” as no longer mutually exclusive. You know there’s a difference only if you make one.

34. You become a teacher. You want to share your knowledge and experience with others.

35. You become an even better student. You’re always eager to learn something new from anyone who wants to teach it.

36. You take more risks. You aren’t as afraid to fail because you know failure is never the end.

37. You aren’t afraid to dream bigger. You demand more for yourself.

38. You encourage others to dream bigger. You demand more for others.

39. You construct your own routines. You enjoy creating processes and systems for yourself.

40. You care more about time. You realize the true value of time, and that time truly does equal money.

41. You spend more time with people you like. You know who’s valuable to you and don’t waste your time with anyone else.

42. You challenge the status quo. You aren’t afraid to break the rules.

43. You take more initiative to build great environments. At home and at work, you strive to create places where you feel good.

44. You see everything as a game. Everything can be broken down into rules, actions and objectives.

45. You see everything as a win. Even failure is a learning opportunity.

46. You respect anybody who works hard at anything. You know the value of a work ethic.

47. You try to innovate everywhere. You want to try new things all the time.

48. You love solving puzzles even more than you did. Puzzles are especially thrilling because you know the satisfaction of finding solutions.

49. Everything seems faster paced. The pressure of being an entrepreneur bleeds into other areas of your life.

50. You remain calm in tense situations. Nothing seems as intimidating as it did before you became an entrepreneur.

I, for one, love how my entrepreneurial experience has changed my life. My days have more meaning, my mind seems sharper and everything has become easier to understand, in a new perspective. If you’re exploring the possibility of becoming an entrepreneur, grab my eBook, The Modern Entrepreneur: How to Build a Successful Startup, from Beginning to End.

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8 Ways To Beat Job Search Burnout

Burnout is a state of physical and emotional exhaustion that can result from chronic stress. It often leads to cynicism, detachment, a lapse in accomplishments, and feelings of ineffectiveness. According to HelpGuide.org, “When you’re burned out, problems can seem insurmountable, everything looks bleak, and it’s difficult to muster up the energy to care – let alone do something about your situation.”

However, left unaddressed, burnout can threaten your relationships, your health, and your career, not to mention your job search. So, how can you prevent or heal job search burnout? Here are eight strategies to consider:

1. Leverage technology

Use a wide range of technologies, software, and apps to enable you to work smarter and job search less time each day without sacrificing results.

Use job lead aggregators, for example, to eliminate the task of manually searching for open positions on job boards – let automated searches do the work for you and deliver relevant lists to your inbox.
Organize your search and networking to-dos with tools such as JibberJobber that simplify critical follow-up tasks.
A simple tool such as the canned emails feature on Gmail allows you to strategically re-use email messages over and over again without having to rewrite them.
Discover 35 apps and tools that can save you hours of time each week in your career search.
2. Batch activities to streamline your job search workload

In other words, combine apples with apples and oranges with oranges – capitalize on mental synergies by doing similar job search activities at the same time.

Reply to emails and voice mails in the same period of time since both tasks require similar intellectual energies and will often utilize the same information.
Do all of your resume tailoring for the day at the same time.
Chunk your relationship-building with recruiters and hiring managers into the same time period so you can re-use messages and resources when relevant.
Complete a week’s worth of content curation within a few hours so you can quickly access curated material when you’re ready to batch emails to recruiters.
3. Say no

Set limits with others and yourself. Know what you can manage and ensure you take on no more than that.

Say no to more projects or honey-do assignments. Being unemployed does not mean you have endless time to get things done around the house. Make your search a priority without sacrificing your personal relationships, but make sure you set limits on how many extra projects you can complete.
Say no to workaholism. Job searching more than 30-35 hours per week is counterproductive. By exhausting yourself week-after-week you will inadvertently rob yourself of energy when you need it most – for job interviews and salary negotiations (not to mention starting your new job). I suggest working no more than 4 days weekly in your search so you can take every Friday as a  “me” day. Use that time to invest in yourself personally and professionally. One of my clients goes golfing every Friday, for example, which gets him away from his computer. He gets exercise, invests in networking relationships, and returns to his search the following Monday with a renewed perspective.
Say no to too many social contacts. There is no way to do it all when you’re in active search mode. You may have to say no to attending select get-togethers or professional association meetings. Choose the ones you do attend wisely and spread them out through the course of the month. While it’s critical to stay in touch with people and professional organizations in your search, it is possible to overdo both. Know what you need and let go of the rest.
4. Know when enough is enough

How many job applications should you complete every week in your search? How many recruiters should you contact? How many times? How many LinkedIn invitations to connect should you send? When it comes right down to it, most of your job search to-dos can be boiled down to a series of simple metrics.

Create a job search dashboard so you have specific goals to work toward each week and know when they are complete. Set achievable, realistic targets for every area of your search.
Use those targets to create a weekly job search action plan. This directs your job search activity a week at a time and helps you to sustain momentum month-by-month.
From your weekly job search action plan extract daily to-dos and monitor your output and success. Make it a habit to start and end each job search day by reviewing and updating your search metrics.
5. Invest in yourself & your career

A career search is the perfect time to invest in reflection and growth, both personally and professionally.

Take time out to earn a new certification, take a professional development course, or finally enroll in that MBA program you’ve been wanting to pursue.
Explore your passions. Revitalize your energies by indulging in beloved hobbies or work-related interests. Read books, journals, and articles. Start a blog. Write guest posts for others’ blogs.
Invest in your values. What is most important to you in your work or life? Invest time or energy in family, relationships, friends, or favorite activities. Take a vacation, preferably toward the beginning or end of your search.
Have fun. Now is the time to play and recreate more. Reserve a little fun for each day and a little more each Friday. And role model that self-care by weaving more fun into your weekends with your loved ones, too. Your kids and your spouse will thank you.
6. Shift paradigms

Most job seekers have an inherent “me, me, me” attitude. Shift that to a “give, give, give” mentality to transform your search results.

Instead of pummeling your network with requests, trying giving valuable ideas, suggestions, resources, and aid.
Rather than trying to grab the attention of recruiters, why not earn it by giving them leads, strategic industry information, and recruiting resources?
Stop pursuing hiring executives and refocus to building long-term relationships with them. Invest in their interests, learn about their problems, and suggest solutions. Interest in you and your candidacy is sure to follow.
7. Take a break. (Or 2. Or 3.)

Research shows us that we all need breaks in our work approximately every 90 to 120 minutes. Likewise, we need longer breaks on a weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual basis.

Take breaks every 1.5 to 2 hours throughout your job search days. Make sure you switch mental gears. Get away from your computer and all technology for 15 to 30 minutes each day.
Plan at least a full hour break daily. Get totally away from technology for that period and engage in activities that utilize different parts of your brain.
Change up your “work” locations. Conduct your search from your back porch, the beach, or your favorite coffee shop at least once a week.
8. Keep your search in perspective

Yes, your career search is important, even vital. But let’s face it, it’s not more important than the rest of your life. For most of us, there are other things that are much, much more important.

Take time out to remember your priorities in the midst of an extended job search. Remember your “big whys” – why the search is important to you and why it’s important to your family. Reconnect with what matters and gives meaning to your life.
Take care of your social needs. Not all of your social engagements have to be about networking, so make sure you hang out with friends and family and participate in neighborhood get-togethers. Don’t avoid social contact because you don’t have a job (do set limits on how much you will talk about your search and what you will say, though; otherwise these social outings will discourage you).
By leveraging practical solutions, setting healthy boundaries, and establishing rational expectations for your search, you can heal burnout or, better yet, prevent it from happening in the first place. And the even better news? Any or all of these same strategies will help you fend off burnout in your career as well.

This post was originally published at an earlier date.

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