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The Best 16 Websites for Daily Devotions [Updated for 2017]

Let’s be honest. Most of us – if not every one of us – struggle with the idea of spending time in the word every day. If you’re like me, your struggle doesn’t come from lack of desire. You know the benefits of spending time in the word and in prayer every day; you just never can get into a discipline of doing it every day.

Let me give you a couple of encouragements before I present the 16 best places I’ve found on the internet to help you build this daily discipline.

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Show Gratefulness

12 Ways to Show Gratefulness to God

Why is it so hard to be thankful?

I’m sure you’ve seen the same articles I have - like this one from Happier Human that tell us how much better off we’ll be if we are intentionally grateful. I’m also sure you’ve read the admonitions in the Bible like in Psalms 100:4.

So have I…

If we know it’s good for us and that it pleases God, why is living a grateful life so difficult?

Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name.

Psalms 100:4

If you listen to popular wisdom, there are several reasons. For example:

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Obedience to God

Obedience is a 4 Letter Word

​Obedience is tough.

If you’re anything like me, you struggle with obedience too.

​Whether it’s being obedient to your schedule, to another person, to an exercise regimen or to God, we all struggle. At least everyone I know does…maybe you’re different?!

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What is Righteousness

Righteousness Defined

I’ve talked about being righteous and righteousness in several articles and it struck me that it’s a word that means different things to different people both inside and outside the church. So, I thought I’d write an article to explain what it means on this site.

In its simplest form, being righteous is being right before God. And righteousness is acting in ways that are Godly.

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godly conflict resolution

The 3 Ps of Godly Conflict Resolution

God has no respect for my comfort zone!

​​Every time I've picked up the Bible over the past week or so, the Holy Spirit starts talking to me about one thing in particular. After I finish reading every day and begin thinking about what I've read, the primary message I keep hearing is an admonition to use my speech more wisely. ​And while this is not a new thought in my life, it seems that maybe I'm ready to hear it now. Maybe...

​Last week, I wrote and asked Do I Choose Wise Words​ when I speak. Today, through Proverbs 15, God gave me the 3 Ps of Godly Conflict Resolution to consider. As it turns out, though, the 3 Ps are largely about the same thing. Choosing how to respond to others instead of reacting to them.

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12 Benefits of Living a Righteous Life

12 Benefits of a Righteous Life

In a world that seems to be devolving by the day, I found this list to be quite encouraging. And it’s all found in one chapter of Proverbs…Chapter 11. I’m sure there are more benefits to righteousness than this, so if you think of one (or many), please leave them as a comment below.

1. The righteous are delivered from death (v4). On the day of judgment, the righteous need not fear.

2. Righteousness makes your path straight (v5). The Lord guides your steps.

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reconciling faith and politics

Reconciling Christianity and Politics

What do we want out of life?

As I think about the future of our country, my faith and the era of civil unrest we're going through right now, I wonder what it is we're actually hoping for as Christians and Americans. Where is our focus? What is it we really desire out of life? How do I reconcile my christianity and politics?

I think we've lost our bearings as a country and as a people. It seems our goals in life can be reduced to two basic things:

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what does God want

What Does God Want?

When I was 10, my mom and dad got divorced. There were many reasons, of course - some I was painfully aware of and others I'm sure I knew nothing about. When Dad moved out, it wasn't a surprise because my mom had told my brothers and me what was going to happen, but it still changed my life in ways I couldn't have imagined at the time.

Maybe you have treasured memories of your dad as you grew up. Memories of him playing with you, spending time with you or protecting and caring for you in other ways. I don't have many memories like that. Just a couple of them, actually. The memories I have of my dad are more sobering; more disappointing.

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Do I Choose Wise Words?

Have you ever called customer service in a huff because something was messed up about your bill, just to have the person you talk to be so pleasant and helpful you went away from the conversation in a good mood or wishing you had been nicer to them? I have...many times.

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