The Growing Christians Devotional blog contains short, timely posts by Ron Reid and Catherine Reid.

Getting What You Need to Grow from the Bible

Here’s something to try this month as you read the Old and New Testaments. Take a minute to jot down the theme of each chapter you have just read. I do this right in my Bible at the beginning of the chapter. (I have The Inductive Study Bible that has blanks at the beginning of […]

Spiritual Habits and High Cholesterol

I have high cholesterol. You wouldn’t know it to look at me. I look relatively healthy. And I haven’t done anything all that “bad” in terms of lifestyle to warrant such disastrous cholesterol numbers. The thing is, I inherited a tendency to high cholesterol. Bummer. So to combat the natural tendency inherent in my body, […]

Spiritual Habits–Taking Advantage of the Nutrients God Offers

Last fall my husband and I rescued six azalea bushes that were “trapped” underneath an overgrown evergreen tree in our front yard. The azaleas were being choked by the tree’s roots and received virtually no sun. They were slowly headed toward certain death. We transplanted them to the backyard, enriched the soil around them, added […]

Spiritual Habits: Obligations or Opportunities?

Sometimes talking about developing steady spiritual habits of daily prayer and Bible reading can sound pretty legalistic. I worry that I sound like a broken record– repeating a list of arduous and boring tasks that everyone has already heard hundreds of times—when I am actually trying to help others walk through an open door to […]

“Unanswered” Prayer

My daily email from Back to the Bible today contained an excerpt from Elisabeth Elliot which is exactly what I had been planning to blog about. Since Elisabeth Elliot undoubtedly writes better and with more experience and authority than I do, I’ll let her say it: News came one day which indicated that a matter […]

Praying with Faith in God’s Answer

Elisabeth Elliot writes in A Lamp For My Feet: Sometimes when I was a child my mother or father would say, “Shut your eyes and hold out your hand.” That was the promise of some lovely surprise. I trusted them, so I shut my eyes instantly and held out my hand. Whatever they were going to […]

Praying Without Ceasing

A year or so ago I caught the flu. Now I have often thought that being confined to bed for a couple days with nothing to do would be like heaven on earth–but of course it wasn’t. It was awful. And it happened at a time in my life that I was longing to have […]

Praying Simple Prayers #2

Henri Nouwen expands on the idea of simple prayers in his book, The Way of the Heart: When we simply try to sit silently and wait for God to speak to us, we find ourselves bombarded with endless conflicting thoughts and ideas. But when we use a very simple sentence such as “O God, come to […]

Praying Simple Prayers

Do you wonder how to pray? Do you think to yourself, “What good is it to set aside time to pray each day if I don’t even know what I should say?” Here is helpful advice from John Climacus, a 7th century Christian monk: When you pray, do not try to express yourself in fancy […]

Resurrection Power for Your Habits

When we try to establish good habits that increase our time with God and our capacity to hear His voice, we begin to realize how very often we fail. We get busy; we get tired; we forget. We become conscious of “the body of death” that we are lugging around. (In Romans 7, Paul wrote […]