A friend once asked me why I enjoyed reading devotional writing. She said that Bible study was too important to substitute for anecdotal literature. I agreed with her. However, for me, devotionals serve a purpose and allow me to make connections from God’s truths to my own daily life.
Later I applied this idea to my devotional blog. As the years progressed I learned my readers benefit the most from writing in which I include my personal story. The reasons why are powerful.
First, it makes me, the author, real. I am flawed, but I am learning. I am broken, but I am in the hands of the Healer. Readers can connect to someone like that, someone they understand.
Secondly, they relate. My story is not theirs, exactly, but they see themselves in the bits and pieces. They’ve felt pain. They’ve made mistakes. They are trying and striving, just like I am, to stay close to their Heavenly Father. They too are learning the importance of being filled with God’s love, joy, and peace.
Lastly, it can be applied. If readers connect with me and relate to my experience, then they will be able to apply lesson’s learned to their own lives. As I share with others how God is teaching me, they benefit from my challenges, hardships, and joys.
If God has placed it on your heart to write a devotional piece or book then trust Him to equip you with words that will connect to His children. Our story is His story. It is meant to be shared.