You know that Sunday feeling, right?

We leave the church building inspired and filled with Truth and encouragement on Sundays … and somewhere along the course of the week, pieces of the message tend to fade and we often lose that Sunday feeling.

The Monday After {the Sunday Sermon} carries the Sunday message into Monday mornings by sharing how what we’ve heard on Sunday morning is making a difference in our Mondays, our weeks, our lives. Because of your generosity to Accelerate, we are able to share these stories! Thank you!

The Monday After Sunday, July 13, 2014: Habits of Happiness: Know Contentment Through Generosity {Listen HERE!}

by Gracie Adamek

When I think of doing devotions, I think of a few things: I think of retreats and I think of waking up early, sitting at a desk with a cup of coffee, my bible, journal and pen. I also start feeling really badly because I very rarely do my devotions.

When I said I associate devos with retreats, that’s because I basically only do devotions when they’re laid out for me in a neat little booklet, as they so often are on retreats.

In that booklet, there are all the Bible verses you need to read for the day and a short passage that essentially explains the verses and helps you to form an opinion.

Easy.

But the kind of devotions that are not easy is the other kind I mentioned. I have never really been an early riser so getting up to read and write and just sit there is so unappealing to me. Traditional devotions have never been up my ally.

That is why I really resonated with Pastor Josh’s message yesterday. There has always been a little voice in the back of my mind telling me that because I don’t read my Bible everyday and because I don’t journal regularly I am a bad Christian.

But what I learned from Josh is that, yes, it’s very important to be in the Word everyday and quiet time with God is vital so we should make time for those things, there isn’t a set of steps in the Bible telling us how to do devotions.

It doesn’t make us better Christians to wake up at the crack of dawn to spend time with Him instead of at 10:00 at night. God doesn’t care about when or how we do it. He cares that we make a sacrifice for Him.

Maybe we do end up losing an hour of sleep or we don’t watch that half hour of TV before bed or we wait to go to our friends house but it’s all worth it because we are strengthening our relationship with God.

“Devotions are about a friendship, not a formula.”

Forget about getting a “formula” right. Focus on keeping your relationship with God right!

Snapshot_20121212Gracie Adamek is a recent graduate of Lakes Community High School. She enjoys singing, acting and spending time with friends! Gracie is so grateful for this opportunity and hopes to glorify God 100 percent through this!.

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