So I was recently realizing that I need to improve my devotional life and work on applying the Bible to my actual life. Reading the Bible is great and all, but not as much if it does not show in your life. So here are some of the things I did to improve my devotional life and apply the Bible to my life:
1. Keep A Bible Journal- Jot down what comes to your mind as you read, whatever the Bible inspires you to write. It really helps your get more out of what you are reading and this is the first step of improving your devotional life and learning to apply what your learn to your life. At the top of the page write whatever chapters you are reading, this will help you reference whatever you write on the passage.
2. After you are done with Bible reading for that sitting skim over what you wrote, what can be learned from it?
3. For each thing that can be learned sum it up in 1-3 words and write it down.
4. Think of a practical way that you can apply it to your life, not something vague like "make an effort" but something more specific. For example lets say your want to improve your prayer life. Don't put down something vague like "Pray more often" or "Have longer prayers". Instead put something a bit more specific such as "Keep a prayer journal", or "Ask at least one person per day if they have any prayer requests". It is important to be specific otherwise it is very easy to forget.
5. At the end of the day write down how you did for each "project". Rate how well you think you did on a scale from 1-10, write down what you learned. Oh, but be careful not to do to many "projects" at once; otherwise you will have way to many projects on your plate at once!
I hope that helps! Lets me know if there is anything else you would like me to write about! :D