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I had started reading two different devotionals through a new Bible App on my phone last week. I started one devotional Wednesday night and started the other one on Saturday morning. The one from Wednesday was for women and it was my last day of it and the topic was on worry, especially idols that we worry about. Idols like marriage, kids, promotion, sports teams, television, or doing great. The one from Saturday was for mothers and the topic was Idols. It was strange that I would be reading two different devotionals that had nothing in common and for some reason they would both cover the same topic on the same day. God must have been speaking to me about idols this morning. I had not thought about the idols that we put in our own lives and the things is that we do without thinking about them as idols. I knew that I was not spending the time reading God’s word like I should until I started these devotionals on my phone. I had been putting life before God and not realizing that I was turning life into an idol.

This made me realize that I needed to start reading devotionals every morning in order to start my day off with God instead of the things in my life. With this app on my phone, I have the Bible and the devotionals close at hand, so all I need to do is take a few minutes out of my day to read the devotionals. I once read them out loud while in the car, because Shawna had a doctor’s appointment in Springfield really early that morning. Normally I read them after I feed Shawna a bottle and right before I get out of bed in the morning. I have also been reading them to Shawna out loud, so that I have a reading buddy and it also lets Shawna hear God’s word. I have been trying to set up a family devotional time and this might be the beginning of getting that family devotional time.

Two of the verses really stood out to me this morning and I wanted to share them with you.

Exodus 20:3 You shall have no other gods before Me.

Matthew 6:24 No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.

Are you letting your life become an idol before God? If the answer is yes, ask God to forgive you and turn it around so that God is first in your life.

Kathleen Sterling

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