When I was in my early teens I always struggled with my devotional times. More specifically my Bible reading. When I was 16 I remember setting a reminder in my phone at 4:30pm to do my devotions everyday. It helped me a lot and very quickly it became a consistent part of my life. Once I started Bible School I continued my Bible reading and even at one point read the whole Bible in a year. Once my school load started to get heavier I found myself not being as consistent with it. I also found that when I was reading my Bible I wasn’t getting a lot out of it, I was just reading to get through it. I’ve always had a really transparent relationship with my Mom so I was telling her about how I was struggling with my devotional times. She looked straight at me and said don’t be religious about it. She knows I do a lot of Bible reading as well as other Bible-focused reading for school. My Mom told me it was more important that I was able to learn something from my devotional times, even if that meant reading less. I can say that hearing that challenged me in a different way and even though I’m not doing as much reading as I have previously I’m still growing and learning new things from my devotional times.
If you’re struggling with your devotions maybe you need to switch things up. It’s more important that you’re understanding and learning something vs. the amount you’re reading. Below is a little encouragement from one of my Professors at Bible School talking about this very thing. Be encouraged, God won’t fail you when you’re being honest with Him in your walk.
It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.