I posted this how-to over on my Instagram page, but figured I would write a blog post as well for all my folks who may not be on the whole social media craze 🙂
I’ve been on a “serious” walk with Jesus for a little over a year now. I say “serious” because there were several times when I tried my hardest (or maybe not) to wake up in the morning before anyone else, spend time with Jesus, and read the Word. Apparently, those times never stuck in the past. Fortunately, things finally began to turn around for me once I implemented the tips that I will be discussing with you down below.
Feel free to grab a piece of paper so you can hop on the “serious” train with me! Corny? Yeah, I know. But on a for real note; please keep in mind that these are only tips that have worked for me. Incorporate whichever ones you would like to, but also have an open mind to find what works best for you specifically on your own walk.
Now…let’s get to it!
FIND A BIBLE THAT IS EASY ON THE MIND
There are many versions of the Bible. So many that I can’t even give you a specific number without looking on Google, lol. Many people are turned off from reading the Bible altogether due to not being able to understand what is written. So finding a Bible that suits your specific vocabulary need is crucial! Doing so will save you from the unnecessary frustration in the long run.
For myself personally, I stick with the New International Version (NIV) because I find it very easy to comprehend compared to the King James Version (KJV).
I’m naturally a writer (hence the blog) so this tip came pretty easy to me. But I would like to explain why I write, and how I believe it will help you on your walk with Jesus.
To be exact, I have 3 different journals in total. One is for writing my thoughts and feelings. The second one is used for writing notes while studying the Bible. And the last one is my prayer journal.
All of my journal entries start off with either “Hey, Lord” or “I wonder what you’re doing right now.” Addressing my entries to Him make things feel intimate and personal, and allows me to just pour out everything that is on my heart.
You don’t have to go out and buy three journals as I did, but I do suggest that you at least start off with one. You can use it as a way to get things off your heart and also write down what God has placed on your heart. And to make things even better, I love the fact that I can always look back and see what I went through, and how much I have grown in Christ.
DEVOTIONALS & FAITH BASED BOOKS
I don’t know about you, but even before I got serious on my walk, I’ve always had numerous devotionals lying around the house. (I know I can’t be the only one who buys a book with the intention of finishing it, but ends up collecting dust.) So it was nothing for me to pick one and begin to read it daily. I really love the “devotions for every day of the year” style books because it helps get my mind and thoughts going in the right direction before the day starts.
I really don’t have a long list of why you should give devotionals a try, but I can say that it will bring so much positivity to your day. And trust me; it’s a whole lot better than waking up and immediately checking your social media.
When I first started my serious walk with Jesus, things were pretty solo-dolo. But, I didn’t mind too much because my heart was in such a good place, and I was content in my little bubble with Jesus. Don’t get me wrong, I still am content, but it is apparent all throughout the Word of God that believers shouldn’t walk alone.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 says,
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls down and has no one to help them up.”
That scripture speaks volume! And I was thankful and blessed that God placed a few women in my path to help me in my walk. There were many times when I felt discouraged and weak, so if it weren’t for these godly women to talk some sense into me with scripture, encouragement, and prayer, I don’t know where I would be! Truth be told, I’m sure I would have reverted to my old way of living before Christ.
I know it may be intimidating to put yourself out there, but you would be surprised by the fellowship that could manifest. In order for God to place you in the support group where He knows will help you grow; you have to step outside of your comfort zone. Go to your local church’s bible study in the middle of the week or even browse through the comment section on YouTube sermons as I did. Call it crazy, but I was able to come across a great group of women in Atlanta who I still keep in contact with today!
You may come across some wrong people (ones who aren’t as serious with their walk as they say they are) and it will show. The real and genuine ones will uplift you, encourage you to do the right thing, pray with and for you when the going gets tough, and will have no problem telling you when you’re in the wrong.
I really hope and pray that these tips will help you get started on your walk with Jesus and remain steadfast. Where there’s a will, there’s a way…so don’t give up! I promise that the Lord will show up and reveal Himself to you. Your part is to believe and have an open and willing heart ready to listen, learn, repent, and rediscover.
As always, please feel free to contact me via email or comment below if you have any questions or would like someone to pray with and for you 🙂
Forever rooting for you,
Marie Lewis ♥