Daily devotionals ~ religious, spiritual, personal growth?

@makingpots (11922)
United States
December 10, 2008 11:03am CST
I've been familiar with what I've known as daily devotionals for most of my life. Books written in snippets of information, intended to be read each snippit at a time, on a daily basis for the purpose of meditating on the information. Most of these books I have come in contact with have been religious in nature. But there are also books written with similar intentions for career growth/improvement, mental focus, health knowledge/practice, creative growth/development and many more. Do you read these type books? Do you use them daily as they are intented? Do you thumb through to gleen information that matters to you? Do you have a favorite one you would like to recommend here?
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
10 Dec 08
Hi makingpots, Thank you for this great discussion. I have seen many daily devotionals as well and have used them at different times in my life. Right now I usually get something online and am not subscribing to any particular book at the moment. One of my favourites is Daily Word which comes from Unity, I also like the Guideposts daily devotional guide. I sometimes read Daily word at the unity site. I do like the idea of a quite time to start each day and such positive thoughts always help. Many years ago,I think it was in the fifties,(Wow! I must be getting old) Norman Vincent Peale published a little book called "Thought Conditioners", a collection of quotes from the Bible, which are absolutely wonderful for meditating upon as you start your day. Of course all of these is of a Spiritual nature and I'm not really familiar with any of the others that you mention. Blessings.
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
11 Dec 08
Guideposts were always around my house wehn I was growing up. I agree, it is nice to start each day with positive thoughts.
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@eaforeman6 (8983)
• United States
12 Dec 08
I have signed up for the email devotionals and they are really nice. You can have them sent free to your email. They are inspiring and nice to get throughout the week. THEY HAVE ALOT OF TIPS AND POINTS ON KEEPING GOD FIRST IN YOUR LIFE.
@makingpots (11922)
• United States
12 Dec 08
Which one do you subscribe to, eaforeman6?
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• Philippines
11 Dec 08
i too likes this devotional that i read on a daily basis. thanks for bring this up, this reminds me that i need to buy a new one for 2009. I use my devotional book in a daily basis especially at the start of the day and as i give thanks for the new day and as I offer my day to God. as for the career growth and development i have this one good devotional that i bought 2007 and i love it a lot it thought me how to deal with other people and how to make my day in accordance to God's word and purpose and to remind me of how should i deal with things in life. It is entitled Daily Wisdom for Working Women written by Michelle Medlock Adams and Gena Maselli. Hope you can have acopy of this it helped me a lot.
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
12 Dec 08
Hi, kenchiprincess. Daily Wisdom for Working Women sounds like a very good one. Thanks for sharing it with us.
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@Zezloler (497)
• United Arab Emirates
10 Dec 08
I have heard of these types of books, but I never knew their names. Unfortunately, I have not owned or seen many of these around here. =( They seem to spread good spirit though, and this is something I definitely support. In today's world, many seem to be lacking the information and motivation these types of books have to offer and deem that they do not have time for something like this. I'm all for the intentions of these books though, and encourage anything that has to do with personal development, especially something efficient such as these daily devotionals that's able to be read on a day-to-day basis. It's great that you read them and thanks for sharing this information! ^_^ I'll be on the lookout for more daily devotionals around here, and if I manage to run into any, this discussion will be in my memory. =D
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
11 Dec 08
Hi, Zezloler. I agree with you in support of the intentions of these books.
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@ellie333 (21029)
10 Dec 08
Hi Makingpots, I personally read one published by United Christian Broadcasters called 'the WORD for today' Each day has an inspirational message of encouragement. Also each page gives sections of the Bible to read that day so you can by reading each day what is recommended read the whole Bible in a year. I do read other motivational books and self help books but not daily message ones. Huggles. Ellie :D
@makingpots (11922)
• United States
11 Dec 08
Hi, Ellie. I used a daily devotional series once in order to read the bible through in one year. I enjoyed it.
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@winterose (39918)
• Canada
10 Dec 08
I read them when I can but I am just so busy on line trying to make money that it is really hard to read on my own, I also have to read for publishing my e-zine as well. The devotionals are wonderful though.
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
11 Dec 08
I can be hard to fit reading into busy schedules at times.
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@jillmalitz (5132)
• United States
10 Dec 08
The only one I read daily is an e-mail devotional from Joel Osteen at Lakewood Church. I enjoy his positive message and encouragement.
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
11 Dec 08
I'll have to check his out. I worry that e-mail devotional would not work for me as they might get lost in all the other stuff I receive and I'd end up just deleting them. But it is a good idea to get positive messages out to a lot of people.
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@AmbiePam (49532)
• United States
12 Dec 08
Sometimes I read them. Lately, I've been getting my daily devotions in my e-mail. I subscribed to the Purpose Driven Life devotionals. Rick Warren wrote the book, but he and several others write the daily devotionals that I get in my e-mail. I really enjoy them.
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
12 Dec 08
I was looking at them just the other day. Glad to know of someone who enjoys them. I liked reading that book. I tried an email devotional for a brief time, but I just get so bogged down with all the stuff coming into my email. I eventually just started sending it right too trash.
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@AmbiePam (49532)
• United States
12 Dec 08
Oh I know. If I don't read them within the first few days of getting one, I get way too behind and end up deleting a couple. I haven't got behind in a while.
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@wahmivy (778)
• Philippines
11 Dec 08
Right now I'm following Checklist for Life for Women. I love Sue Buchanan's Duh-votions too, so I go over it from time to time because it's both entertaining and inspirational. I try to do a daily devotion, but do not fret too much if I miss a day or two. I find, however, that I start the day better with meditation so devotion time does infinitely help me.
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
12 Dec 08
Duh-votions.... that sounds cute. I will have to check them out.
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
19 Jan 09
I looked Duh-votions at the bookstore recently. Enjoyed flipping through it and the few things I read.
@sweetie1026 (1723)
• Philippines
11 Dec 08
I have the devotion to the Perpetual Help of Mary which is for every Wednesday.If i can not make it to the church then i just read the booklet at home before i go to bed. It has been a great source of inspiration to me and i do believe that she is extending me her Perpetual Help always.
• Philippines
11 Dec 08
I also have another one titled Ten Minutes With The Lord (One Hundred Times) it is a compilation of verses and psalms from the Bible for guidance and enlightenment. It was a gift given to me by a long time friend and who is now a priest.
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
12 Dec 08
That was a nice gift from your friend.
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@zhangfzoe (432)
• China
11 Dec 08
I like read such kind of books. And I buy those books. I read them as the motivation to fresh my soul.
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
12 Dec 08
May you soul remain fresh, zhangfzoe.
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@bing28 (3798)
• Philippines
11 Dec 08
Nice to hear of those books and glad for you posting this topic nice to remind us and other friends that these are of big help to us in our daily living. Me, I do recite the Psalm 91 at El Shaddai handkies (memorized) at 6AM as much as possible also 12nn, 6pm and 12 midnight also novena to Mother of Perpetual Help on Wednesdays and read novena to the Black Nazarene on Fridays. I would be very glad to read religious books as well. With these I do attend Family Appointment with El Shaddai on Saturdays, Novena prayers on Wednesdays and mass and novena at the Black Nazarene on Fridays.
@makingpots (11922)
• United States
12 Dec 08
It seems you are very disciplined. That is great.
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
26 Dec 08
I don't have a daily religious devotional and I have read many business guides; but not on a daily basis. The last one was "coaching Teams", doesn't that sound an exciting read?! However, I do spend 20 minutes a day just thinking through my day and about those that are close to me. A friend encouraged me to do it and it really works. I have found that It makes me more positive about myself. There's no meditative preamble, I just sit, or kneel, I find that a comfortable position, and focus on my thoughts. Works for me.
@makingpots (11922)
• United States
13 Jan 09
Hi, p1kef1sh. Sounds like a wise friend who recommended that to you. It is good to have something that focus' our thoughts.