The Bible – The most important resource I can recommend is a Bible because the only way to get to know our Heavenly Father is to get to know the Word (the scriptures in the Bible). In the 1st chapter of John it talks about that in the beginning was the Word and the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, speaking of Jesus. To understand who our Abba is, who Jesus is and who the Holy Spirit is and what all of that means to us as individuals, all of that comes from the Bible! (Note: In A Daughter’s Prayer, many of the things prayed there are promise from scriptures.)
YouVersion – https://www.youversion.com/ YouVersion is a free Bible on your phone, tablet, and computer. YouVersion is a simple, ad-free Bible that brings God’s Word into your daily life. I love it because I always have my phone with me so now I always have my Bible with me. It also let’s you read scriptures in different versions, it has a way to bookmark scriptures, highlight them, make notes and even has where you can have daily devotional plans. There is a lot to this app and I can’t recommend it enough!
Joyce Meyer Ministries – https://www.joycemeyer.org/ Her tagline says it all, “Enjoying Everyday Life”. That was what I was looking for, how to enjoy my life each and every day! I’ve watched Joyce’s broadcast for years, read her books, listened to her CD’s and she has been one of the most instrumental influences in helping me want to know my Heavenly Father more and more and become everything He created me to be. I highly recommend reviewing her resources as there is pretty much something for everyone. I would certainly suggest everyone read The Battlefield of the Mind as that really started the journey of understanding how to start this journey of victory, getting my thoughts where they needed to be!
Joseph Prince Ministries – http://www.josephprince.org/ One of the best Bible teachers I have ever listened too. Ed & I were introduced to him a few years ago by some very dear friends in Connecticut. As I mentioned in my profile I’ve been a Christian for a long time but Joseph Prince’s teachings on the Word have definitely transformed how I interpret the Bible, see how our Heavenly Father sees me and expanded my desire to live a deeper Christian life!
Andrew Murray’s Abide in Christ 31 day Study – Abide In Christ I must admit it’s taken me more than 31 days to get through it! Even though it’s in the King James Version of speaking (I translate it to modern day in my head!), I’ve found Andrew’s teachings to be so deep and impactful and as I get ready to go through it again, I’m excited to become more deeply connected with Christ with Him as the vine and me as the branch!
Graham Cooke’s Crafted Prayer Crafted Prayer You will never see prayer or pray the same again. Not only will your prayers change, you will change!
Debbie Alsdorf’s He is My All: Living in the Truth of God’s Love for Me He Is My All This devotional is amazing and if you are struggling with seeing how much your Heavenly Father loves you, Debbie will take you step by step through the process of getting rid of wrong thinking and leading you to a loving Heavenly Father.
Prayer Exercises: Talking with God, or prayer, is one of the most important aspects of our relationship with our Heavenly Father. If you don’t talk to someone, there actually is no relationship. Here are some tools to help when you have some really hard things to pray about, or even just getting your thoughts in order to feel like you’re articulating what you’re feeling to say these things to your Heavenly Father. They have helped me tremendously!! Prayer Resources
HubbleSite – How people cannot believe in God after seeing this, I do not know, but these pictures are absolutely incredible!! http://hubblesite.org/gallery/album/
FaithGateway – I signed up to get their daily devotional emails. Through this I have read some of the best Christian content I have ever experienced. Now not every day and every devotional does that for me, but I would say 80% or more they speak something to me that I really need right then. If you’re interested here’s how you can sign up. http://www.faithgateway.com/
J.D. Greear – If you enjoy reading I would highly recommend J.D.’s book Jesus Con’t. but even outside of that his sermons are life changing and point you to the One who is the one who transforms us. http://www.summitrdu.com/messages/ Also, if you need an absolutely amazing teaching on patience, guest speaker Bryan Loritts has a fantastic one that he gave during the month of July: Bryan Loritts – Patience
PodBay – I first started listening to J.D. on this app on my phone as well as several other speakers. It covers many genres but the good news is it has a lot of Christian speakers, so you may want to download this free app if you’d rather listen than watch: PodBay for Android PodBay for iPhone
More to come!!