Somewhere along my Christian journey I picked up a checklist of sorts with what good Christians are supposed to do:
Read your Bible.
Go to church.
Being the rule-following girl I am, I subscribed to these good disciplines. However, none of it felt personal to me. Day by day, I waited with great expectations to receive the zap of contentment and happiness good Christian girls are supposed to exude.
But I still felt restless. I still reacted in anger. I still felt a bit hollow. I was going through all the motions but didn’t feel connected to Jesus.
Others around me seemed very connected. They would talk of being ‘moved by the spirit.’ They would hear from God Himself. They would clap their hands and shout “amen” in the middle of a sermon that sounded like Greek to me.
I often felt like a weightless soul grasping at the air hoping to somehow snag this Jesus that was just out of reach. Have you ever been there?
Have you ever sat in a church service watching everyone else eagerly flip open their Bibles to the exact right passage while you were left sweating because you didn’t have a clue how to find what they were reading?
Have you ever walked out of church watching everyone else smile and seem so gentle while you mentally beat yourself up for throwing a fit with your family that very morning?
Suddenly this nagging sense creeps in that you don’t belong – that you’ll never get it – that you don’t have what it takes to be a Christian. That’s where I was. I lived there for a long time until someone challenged me to stop simply reading my Bible because it was a thing on my Christian checklist. They challenged me to experience God. And then they guided me through the process of connecting God’s Word in my everyday life.
If that’s where you are now, or if you know someone who’s in that place, we’re creating an app at Proverbs 31 Ministries called “First 5” that will help us give God our first thoughts of the day before social media or email distracts us.
I’m confident this app will guide you into His Word in such a way you experience God.
And I want to give you the opportunity to be informed about the First 5 app through our interest list before it launches this summer.
By signing up for the interest list, you will…
• Have a chance to be among the first few people to use First 5 and provide your feedback to our app development team
• See the features of the app in detail
• Get all the updates about the launch before anyone else!
• Be entered to win some of our fun, weekly giveaways
Sign up… yourself! Your daughter! Your friends!
I’m so excited about First 5 and I think you will be too.
Because when we put God first by giving Him our first moments of the day, we will be radically changed. His truth will become the new filter through which we process life.
And spending time with Him will become one of our greatest joys instead of just another thing on the Christian checklist.