Time Well Spent

Time Well Spent

January 5, 2017

“Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun. Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.“ Psalm 37:4-7 (NIV)

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There is an old saying “time is money.” That really isn’t true. The real truth is “time is life.” Life comes down to the time we have on this earth and how we spend it.

The older I get, the more I realize the most precious time in life is when I spend it with the people I love the most. Even after 40 years of marriage, I love spending time with my precious Teresa. One-on-one. Just the two of us. I have never gotten over the fact that … a) she married me, and b) she still loves to spend time with me.

Yet even more amazing to me is that God desires to spend time with me!

In fact, He wants to spend time with you and me so badly that He paid in order to get it. He sent Jesus to remove every barrier, tear down every wall and unlock every door so we could have a personal relationship with Him. In fact, He gave us His Word so we could hear from Him constantly and consistently.

That’s why I love to read my Bible. I know God wants me to have unrestricted access to Him, anywhere and anytime I want. God has a personal side and He wants me to know it. God wants you to get to know Him better so you can love Him fully, hear Him clearly and experience His guidance. This comes by spending time with Him in His Word.

A king by the name of David wrote a song about the benefits of spending time with God, showing us why this should be a top priority of our life.

Spending Time with God Causes Me to Reflect God’s Character
Just as I enjoy spending precious time with my wife, God is delighted when we are delighted in Him! He loves to be our eyes and ears so He can speak into our heart.

Have you noticed the more time you spend with someone, the more you become like them? As we spend time with God and His Word, He changes us so we become more like Him. God changes us so He can use us to change other people. You simply cannot spend time with God, hear His Word, know Him better, love Him more and be the same person.

Spending Time with God Causes Me to Receive God’s Blessings
God promises that when we delight in Him, He will give us the desires of our heart. Now this is not a “your wish is my command!” promise. As we spend time with God, we will delight in Him. His desires become our desires because our hearts are tuned to His. He will grant us what we desire, because we both want the same thing!

Spending Time with God Causes Me to Rest in God’s Will
As we spend time with God and His Word, our faith and trust in Him will grow. Fear is replaced by faith, and worry is replaced by worship. Spending quality time with God and consistently studying His Word grows our confidence in His power and our commitment to His plans for our lives.

So today … set aside time to spend with the One who is above all time. It will be time well spent.

Heavenly Father, thank You for wanting to spend time with me and inviting me to spend time with You. Help me prioritize this time with You, knowing it is the path to divine power and meaningful productivity in the time You have given me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

2 Timothy 2:15, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” (NIV)

Why does the Bible often collect dust on our shelves? Why don’t we mine the wisdom filling its pages? Gain a big-picture view of God’s message to you through Dr. James Merritt’s latest book, 52 Weeks Through the Bible.

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  1. This is indeed a journey I would like to take with Jesus, my Redeemer, my Savior!

    • I’m always looking for a new devotional that will challenge me. This sounds like a great one! My husband and I enjoy his messages when we watch him on TV.

    • Thank you for reminding us that the more time we spend with God, the more we will be like him!

    • Debi Neverman says:

      Thank you for the reminder Lord, that spending time with you is the best way to start my day. Let me learn to walk more closely amen

    • Thank you for the encouragement.

    • Stephanie Hainer says:

      Understanding is an issue for me. I worry so much that I won’t understand what I am reading that I talk myself out of reading.

      • Stephanie,
        I completely understand where you’re coming from. There is a LOT in the Bible that is hard to wrap your head around. But God has promised us His precious Holy Spirit to illuminate His words. Try opening your time with God by praying, “Open the eyes of my heart, God. I want to see you.” Or one of my favorite verses from the Psalms, “Show me your ways, Lord. Teach me your truths.” He is faithful and will help increase your understanding as you faithfully spend time in His Word.

  2. This is indeed a journey I would love to take with Jesus!

  3. Kari Spalding says:

    Hoping you Please pick me. I need this book to help me with the Bible. I would love to get more in depth with the word of our Lord.

  4. Hoping you Please pick me. I need this book to help me with the Bible. I would love to get more in depth with the word of our Lord.

  5. Kim Osborne says:

    Good morning
    Thank you for today’s message. It is a real wake up call as life is just so hectic that I never seem to find time for everyone and everything. And sadly you nailed it on the head …My quiet times have become almost mom existent..
    Thanks again for today’s message.

  6. Christine says:

    As a working mom I struggle to find time to do my devotions and read my Bible. I’m dragging in the morning because I’m up so late getting things done after the kids go to bed. This message really spoke to me. Tonight I left the dishes in the sink so I could spend some time with Him. Thank you!

    • Christine,
      Your comment has been on my mind all day, so I thought I’d respond in order to share with you my experience from this past week. I am by no means an early bird. Mornings are NOT my thing. But my days have become so hectic running carpools, getting my kids to sporting events, prepping meals, trying to spend a few minutes in the evening with my husband — there’s been NO time to spend quality time with God. So this past Monday morning, I decided things needed to change. I set my alarm and committed to not hitting the snooze button when it went off painfully early, I dragged my tired self off to the bathroom (yes, the bathroom!) where our brightest lights are and where I won’t disturb my sleeping family, I opened my Bible and a study guide and spent some quiet, quality uninterrupted time with God. I devoted my day, my time, and my energies to Him. In 30 minutes, I’d refreshed my spirit and was prepared to face the day by the time my 7-year old knocked on the door.

      If that was the only byproduct of a few minutes spent with God at the start of my day, I probably wouldn’t have commented on your post. But it wasn’t. Every day I started like that was characterized by a peace that prevailed all day long. It was as if God Himself was directing my day. Everything on my to-do list got done; I enjoyed quality time with my kids and my husband; and I felt happy and rested at the end of the day. THAT hadn’t happened in a LONG time.

      The apostle Paul wrote, “I consider all things a loss for the sake of knowing Christ.” In my case, that meant the extra half hour of sleep I was holding on to. He can redeem that time you think would be better served by a little more rest / getting a few more things done around the house and do with it what you would have never dreamed. As Jesus told Martha as she was ranting about Mary spending time at Jesus’ feet and not helping her in the kitchen,”… only ONE THING is needed. Mary has chosen the good portion and it will not be taken from her.” I’m committing with you to choosing the ONE thing and letting everything else work itself out. I know it will.

      Thanks for sharing your story.

  7. I’ve always wanted to do a general study of the whole Bible in a year. Looks like a great book!

  8. Mary Anne Wilmouth says:

    “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you”. Not sure of the verse but this devotional reminds me of this. Thank you!

  9. Carlene Nicholas says:

    I would love yo win a copy!

  10. Thank you for your words in the devotional today. Spending time with God is important to me. I pray I grow in my walk each day. Not just reading His word but to live it in my daily life.

  11. Thank you Dr. Merritt for reminding us how to spend time well – that spending time with Father, Son and Holy Spirit is the engine that strengthens us and keeps us going in His direction.

  12. Charlene Whittingham says:

    I was really Blessed by today’s message that I was inspired to share with my friends on Whatsapp. Continue the wonderful work. You are changing people’s lives through your words of encouragement. Blessings to you always.

  13. Jaconda L Morrow says:

    I have been praying and asking the Lord to help me to read his Word and spend more time with Him. When I read the devoptions this morning it really touched my heart. Thank you for hearing the voice of God and being obedient to do what He said.

  14. Angela Burke says:

    Everyday i watch God work in different ways in my life that up until six month ago i didnt think was possible.God is great!!!

  15. Wow! God’s timing is perfect. I’ve been struggling with knowing that I needed to spend more time with Him and less time on social media.
    Yesterday the Holy Spirit made it clear that I needed to fast from social media for 14 days and spend more time with Him.

  16. Susan Johnson says:

    I would truly like to have this.. I choose a focus word every year and this year it is Trust and Joy.. I kept Joy from last year too as I felt God still wanted to teach me about JOY.. my husband was diagnosed with Stsge 4 lung cancer.. never smoked a day in his life.. and no cure.. I’m trusting that God has this and that there is more Joy to come into my life as I get closer to God.. I would love the 52 weeks!! I truly need to have a plan to get in the word everyday.. blessings

  17. Thank you for this opportunity! I would love to win, to have a chance at understanding the Bible more in depth! This is my resolution in 2017!!!!

  18. Alan Pulkkinen says:

    I enjoyed to reading your books.

  19. Vivian Rios says:

    To think that the bible is so accessible on our phones, yet it is easier to read mail hundreds of times during the day.
    Would love the book to see how it can be of help to make it a 52 week focus!!

  20. Ellen arndt says:

    I need and want to get back into Gods Word–I strongly feel this nook would help me to faithfully read the Bible every day

  21. I would love to read 52 weeks

  22. Grace villar says:

    I find this different from any devotional guide because this so close to the pattern i use in my daily devotion notebook. I will start this year by using this in my daily devotion. This will help other new christians as well to study Gods word .

  23. Peggy Kirk says:

    The verses shared in the devotion today Psalm 37:4-7 has been my favorite for more than 40 years. But it spoke to me in a new way this morning through Dr. James Merritt’s insight. Thank you, I really needed that today. It has renewed my commitment to get up early and spend time with God before I leave for work each day. I would love to have a copy of Dr. Merritt’s book 52 weeks through the Bible.!!

    • Your response caught my attention, Peggy. Psalm 37 is my favorite Psalm, too! I have learned so much from studying this Psalm in relation to meekness, keeping our petitions secret, connecting John 21 with feeding His sheep, waiting patiently for God’s timing, and discovering that God spins over us with delight in Zephaniah 3:17. When I learned that not only should I delight in the Lord, but that He delights in me, I was astounded! Now today, God has used my favorite Psalm to teach me yet again.Thank you, Dr. Merritt for allowing Him to use you! Although I spend time each morning with two different devotionals, I don’t pick up my Bible nearly enough. I go through streaks, and lately, honestly, I know I have been completing the devotions as quickly as I can to commit my time to writing before my children wake up. Yet, waiting on God and delighting in time with Him that is patient and not rushed would do so much more for me and everyone I have the privilege to love. I love that God’s Word is the Living Word!

  24. Vicky Dracos says:

    I love God’s word; it’s my source for life, daily!

  25. It upsets me to think how I don’t spend quality time with the Lord reading his words that are such a gift. It seems like I dive into it and really enjoyed it but along the way I let things in life take over all of my time and then my bible is back on the shelf collecting dust. I need to make time to read my bible daily and remember that it is a precious gift from God, a way to know him and be more like him. Just like James 4:8 says “Come near to God and he will come near to you.” I want God near me always, I want a deep relationship with my Lord.

  26. Mike & Emy (Nz) says:

    We believe the three most important things in this life are;
    No#1 “God and his Love”;
    We all need to desperately share this; as there needs alot more urgent Love World Wide…
    No#2 “Praying & Worshiping the only Sovereign Living God”;
    This brings love,Joy,Freedom,Anointing, Healings,and a relationship with a loving father… God
    No#3 “The Living Word Of God”
    This brings great health to our bones with Wisdom,the Truth,Our Now/Future,Encouragement,Laughter,Joy and Freedom…

    Thankyou for your New book, that would cover all this and so much more… God’s Love & Blessing’s to All…

  27. Dalinda Roberts says:

    Wow! What a blessing received by reading this . . This single-mom with insomnia found this at 3am and found joy and peace. This one is going to be printed and saved. What powerful words of wisdom.. thanks for the reminder of His purpose for my life. To God be the glory!

  28. I wish I could share my story. It’s long. So that won’t work here. Anyway. I was in and out of clinics for years. Darkness was all there was in my head. I gave my heart to Lord in 2012. A journey towards healing and freedom started. It’s been hard work. Like for example to be very disciplined to dwell in the word daily.

    One of the things I still need the most is a renewel of the mind. I’ve been tracking quit a while now with Proverbs 31 ministries. The materials are such a blessing in my walk with God on so many levels!

    Thank you, from Ghent, Belgium

    • God knows your story, Erika. All the days ordained for you were written in his book before one of them came to be (Psalm 139:16). And because he is the author and finisher of your faith (Hebrews 12:2), it is a beautiful story. He who began a good work in you, Erika, will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus (Philippians 1:6).

      • Thank you so much Shirlee. Always a great reminder that He will finish what He started. I’m blessed and surrounded by an awesome church family and a good professional team. Makes such a difference when you don’t have to do the walk (Whatever that looks like) alone.

  29. Thank you for this. One truth I liked is that, you become like the one you spend more time with. Please God, I would like to be more like you by spending more time in your word.

  30. Stephanie Morris says:

    I really enjoyed this devotion and would love to read this new book.

  31. Wonferful words of wisdom, would love to journey here every day.

  32. Lana Parks says:

    I would love to have a copy of this book.

  33. Liz Wesley-Barker says:

    Help me to spend my time wisely.
    Amen x

  34. It’s funny how God works because I spent my time very poorly today, ignoring God and escaping reality. But despite choosing to ignore God all day, I knew I needed to spend some time with Him before going to bed. As I began to journal and ask Him why I would rather watch TV or do other things all day than spend time with Him, I received this email. I knew God had something to do with the ring that went off on my phone signaling the email before I even reached for my phone. So I see the title “Time Well Spent” and the key verse being the exact passage I’ve been meditating on the past couple weeks. The Lord is good. Thank you for the perfect reminder and emphasizing the importance of time with Him, definitely the encouragement I needed and the push to devote more time to Him and stop escaping. Love the resource mentioned, too. I’ll have to look into it.

  35. I have accepted the calling to become a lay speaker. I’m having difficulty finding good materials. This would benefit me greatly.

  36. Mabel Dalle says:

    Thank you for sharing your heart and the truth of the Word of God, I would love to have a copy of this book.

  37. Debra Blackwell says:

    These words of encouragement have opened my eyes today. The thought of spending time with someone makes you act more like them! I love it! My desire is to be more Christ-like so I must stay in His word. Thanks for this insight.

  38. Gabriela Quinteros says:

    God is good! I thank him for speaking to me through this devotion. He knows I needed this. I would love to have the book!

  39. Would love to win!

  40. I have seen the fruit of spending regular time in the Word. When I have the habit going, I read from different translations and from different points in the Bible, and I can start to see connections. The regularity keeps an open line of communication too. Usually it’s merely the start of an ongoing dialogue for the rest of the day. However, since moving I haven’t been in as regular of a habit. I got a couple Bibles from my boxes, but I haven’t adjusted to a groove because I haven’t felt settled. I’m working on it. I’m trying to do the online studies too to have some consistency while I continue to search for a church home.

  41. Helen Odaga says:

    Thank you so much for sharing about spending time with God and that this will make me look like Him.I would love to have a copy of this book. It will help me go through the Bible within a year. I have tried several times but did not manage to go through it. Thanks for your positive response. God bless you big time.

  42. Nancy Sanford says:

    We listen to Dr Merritt every Sunday. He is packed with knowledge

  43. I desire to draw closer to God and am praying to receive favor before God and man by winning a copy of 52 Weeks… In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

  44. Karen kroske says:

    I am trying to be more with god…. it is much needed these days… thank you for your words….

  45. Thank you for these words of wisdom so beautifuly written . I will be sharing this with my husband and 8 grown children today. I would love to have the gift of this book so that once again I can share in the blessings of what I gain from it with the rest of my family . ❤

  46. Dawn jeffers says:

    To have a closer meaningful relationship and better share what God has done and going to do in my family and my live

  47. Thank you Dr. Merritt for your encouraging devotion. I really like how you said “His desires become our desires because our hearts are tuned to His. He will grant us what we desire, because we both want the same thing!”…..the key words to me….”we both want the same thing”. The more we are with God, the more we want what he wants for us and sometimes we don’t understand. However, that is where we do have to replace fear with faith and worry with worship. ~Lisa~

  48. Time is what I was complaining about last night, not having enough to read and connect with God. But he woke me up at 3am, so I could do that 🙂

  49. Thank you for allowing God to use you to reach me in these early morning hours. A message sent straight to my heart.

  50. The spending time with God devotional was very good and uplifting. Just what I needed to hear this morning.

  51. Bonnie Rudisill says:

    I have been seeking God through devotions, group studies & prayer but looking for ways to keep me in scripture more & more to keep me connected to God more.

  52. I would love to get a copy of the book to help me draw me closer to Him! ?

  53. Cary Jones says:

    I look forward to my Proverbs 31 devotional. Thank you. Have a great day.

  54. Jackie Huerta says:

    I need to get serious with God.And let the past hurts go

  55. Would love to win a copy! God bless you.

  56. monica Brewer says:

    The timing of thus devotional is perfect as this is an area that I have been struggling with…not that I don’t want to spend time with God but work seems to consumes my life. I would love to receive a copy of your book maybe it can help bring balance to my life.

  57. This is super we are blessed by the Grace of God.

  58. This word has spoken to my heart.
    I have learned to trust and obey God and he will grant me the desires of my heart.
    The Lord bless you!!

  59. Cathleen Rafalko says:

    Thanks for your reminder that God wants to spend time with me. I concur completely that time is life and time is God’s precious gift to us♡ what a blessing that you love your wife most. I still need to read the bible in a year. Blessings friend ♡

  60. Thank you for sharing your devotion and I would love to read your book.

  61. Thanks for your encouraging message. Being a widow, & spending most of my time alone, it’s nice to have the message explained on-line, through sites such as Proverbs31 Ministries. A copy of your new book would be most welcome, as I need the discipline in my life.

  62. Davious Chigwada says:

    Thank you for the devotional message of today,which encouraged me to delight in God’s continuing presence in my life

  63. Kacie Marks says:

    Just read Time Well Spent. My family has an outstanding testimony. My husband and I were on the brink of seperation and we gave our life to Christ. Such an amazing transformation it was and still is. After spending 3 years in church going everytime the doors were opened we just stopped going. We were out about 2 months and I could feel myself slipping further away from God. And we started back last night and it felt amazing. Like I was coming home after being gone way too long. So the devotion this morning was just another way of The Lord speaking to me. Thank you.

  64. christine says:

    Hi, Thanks for the word that is helping grow. I am currently facing one of the hardest pills in my walk with God. I just got out of a relationship with a man that lied and cheated on me . I have blamed God and questioned my worth. I love this message on time as it has brought a fresh perspective to my situation

  65. Jeff Simon says:

    Praise the Lord. Proverbs 31 Ministries is such a blessing. It has certainly helped me in my walk with the Lord. May God bless you all. Thank you.

  66. Every time I open God’s Word, I get more! Sometimes a passage is confusing but I will reread it later and I clearly see the message in the words for me. I love how He gifts us with new knowledge and fresh understanding every time we read His Word!

  67. Krystal McManus says:

    I would love to win!

  68. I would love to win a copy!

  69. Deborah Hall says:

    I cannot walk this life without the word. There was a time that I acknowledged God but I did not spend time with him not was I obedient. I still struggle with this. I want more than ever to have faith and not be confirmed by the world. I am 53 a single mom of a 17 year daughter whom
    God has given me. I am
    A daughter of a 84 year old mother who is doing her best in her later years. Our relationship has been challenging. I want more than anything for us to be at peace and for my daughter and to finish his life with Gods approval. I want to live and not just exist.

    Thank you??

  70. Karen White says:

    It is my hearts desire for more intimacy with God.

  71. Natalie Guzman says:

    Looking forward to the new book!

  72. Amanda hawver says:

    Would love a new book!

  73. Deborah Hall says:

    Excuse previous typos. Auto correct is not always correct.?

  74. Jena P Carter says:

    Thank you for todays devotional. I have discovered that it is all about having a relationship with God. Some days I get more from His word than other days and that’s just what He wants. Some scripture may not speak to me until some time later. But I need His word everyday.

  75. Thanks so much for the devotional this morning and for the 3 reminders of what we receive by staying in his word.

  76. I will spend more time with God!

  77. I need this reminder to pick up my Bible to read every day!

  78. Liezl Hopkins says:

    I would like to grow a stronger relationship with God starting today. I feel that if I have God with me all the time then I will be a better Mother, wife, sister , friend and a daughter.
    2017 I will have more faith and worry less.

  79. Gina Harrison says:

    Great reminder that I’ve been telling myself lately, to make time with God a priority in my life.

  80. Spending time with Jesus is time well spent! I can truly say it has been why I’ve matured spiritually in my character, knowing His voice and will, and an everyday guide.

  81. My husband an I are reading through the bible together.

  82. Diane Kepic says:

    I would love to win this book. I’ve been reading the Bible but have never read the entire book.

  83. One of my New Years resolutions is to read through the Bible this year.

  84. Melissa Hixson says:

    A great reminder at the beginning of a new year. We cannot afford to not spend time in God’s word! I thank God for his word and my prayer this year is to make it a priority to read and cherish the Bible. So true that when we do this, it changes us! Lord, make me more like You! Amen

  85. Veronica Viviani says:

    I was recently diagnosed with an Invasive Ductacal Carcinoma, Breast Cancer. I enjoyed Dr. Merritt’s reading today and am looking to strengthen my spirituality through God’s Word.

  86. Corena Hall says:

    Thank you for the reminder that my intimate relationship with God is why He made me. His Word is Him. Living, breathing God in all His might. Yet He bothers with me. I would love to meaningfully read His Word cover to cover. Every time I read it I see exactly what He needs me to at that moment in time. It never fails to amaze me. If blessed with this book it will be His will that I read His Word with the help of this book. Thank you again

  87. Krissy Bailey says:

    I love to have as much of God’s Word available to me throughout each day so I am prepared to stand against the enemy

  88. Ted Britt says:

    I love spending time with God, I allways will.

  89. Donna Sprow says:

    This grabbed my attention. Time is life. I would enjoy reading this book.

  90. I need to prioritize my time to spend more time in His word.

  91. Lynn Saino says:

    I would like to develop a more consistent quiet time to read and study the Bible and to hear from God.

  92. Darlene Jones says:

    I need to spend more time in the word.

  93. Kristi McCoy says:

    I desire to spend more time with our Lotd and savior.

  94. I was encouraged by your devotional on Biblegateway. Thank you!

  95. I am starting to read through the Bible again this year. I have done it two or three times before, but can always find new treasures. I would love another way to glean more each day, and would look forward to using this new book.

  96. Annette Smith says:

    Woke at 5 am and began to read emails. This devotional spoke to me as my Bible has gathered dust. A new year a new goal to better know God.

  97. Sonia Thompson says:

    Being really the sole “practicing” Christian in my family, I do often find it difficult to prioritize time in God’s Word. Lacking a guide to help teach me through the bible, I struggle to study it consistently. This book sounds like it could be quite helpful.

  98. Thank you for sharing Proverbs 31 devotions. The best part of my day is time spent with the Lord. May God continue to bless your ministry.

  99. christine rogers says:

    My new years resolution was to pray first thing in the morning and read my devotional. I can feel the difference in my life in this first week of the new year. I am hopeful for once in a very long time. Thank you Lord. Help me to be worthy of your goodness always.

  100. I needed this. Thank you.

  101. Kristi Corrigan says:

    Would love to begin the 52-week study!

  102. Rachel Ernst says:

    I grew up attending Dr. Merritt’s church and listening to his messages. Still just as powerful for me today! This is a great reminder of the amazing gift we have, one-on-one time with our creator. Thank you!

  103. What are the barriers that keep you from spending time with God? It’s been pure laziness up until now. I’ve started back waking up early to read, pray, and write. I would love that awesome book to help me walk through the Bible.

    What are you willing to give up today to make spending time with God a priority? I’ve made the commitment to wake at 5am for reading and meditating. For some time now, I’ve been feeling “disconnected” from God. Between searching for a new church home and reduced time with Him, it’s caused me to be distant from God. It’s my purpose to reconnect with Him (He is already there; I need to make the connection) and spend time with him. Even the few days since I’ve started, I’m sensing Him near and my spiritual fire is rekindling. I don’t ever want to lose my connection with God!

  104. Thank you for this devotion. I would love to do a 52 week Bible study.

  105. I am so grateful for your blog. I wish I could say I find time to read it every day, but I don’t. Every post I read encourages and guides me to be a better christian and live in His light.

  106. I want to spend more time with my Lord and Saviour, but I allow “life” to get in the way! May I delight in seeking His company more often.

  107. Sara Fowler says:

    I am thankful God draws near to me as I draw near to Him.

  108. Paula Miller says:

    Would love to read this book.

  109. I have never read the whole Bible, but really want to. A book like this would be very helpful for me to spend more time with the Lord.

  110. Thank you! Such an encouragement!

  111. Sara Fowler says:

    I am thankful that God draws nearer to me as I draw near to Him.

  112. Stephanie Pomajzl says:

    As a single mom, I would so appreciate a guide to read through the Bible!

  113. Lord, I need this to follow my dream of bringing others to know you through me. If it is your will Lord – let me be the winner of one of these 5 free 52 weeks lesson/guide books. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

  114. Christi Long says:

    I’d love to have a copy of 52 weeks of the Bible.

  115. Susan moore says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to grow in my relationship with God,
    It has been a challenging new year foe me thus fan and one of the things I can count on is God’s word.
    This world is difficult as Jesus promised it would be however, he also said that we will over come.
    I want to stay faithful and grow in my relationship with hi.

  116. Stacy Pulliam says:

    The devotion today reiterated the importance of a close intimate relationship with God. My family and I have started nightly prayer time together. My husband and I have challenged each one of our children to chose a scripture a week and study it. Each night we all have dialogue about what was ministered to them.
    My prayer is to grow closer to God and teach our children how to develop their own spiritual relationship with our heavenly Father.

  117. Judith Figareau says:

    I struggle with spending time with my Lord and Savior. One of my commitments for this year is to spend quality time with God through daily bible reading. My church is encouraging everyone to choice one word that describes them for the year and I have chosen desire. It is my desire to seek God and spend quality time with him through daily prayer, worship, and bible reading.

  118. Thank you for your generous offer. I too, would love a copy of your book. Thank you

  119. Michelle Berg says:

    I’ve wrestled with doing this my entire life only finding the time when life goes horribly wrong. Not understanding that a consistent relationship with him won’t keep troubles away, but better prepare me when it happens and give me comfort. I’m hoping this year I do better at carving out time to spend with him. Keep me in your prayers.

  120. Krista Landy says:

    Just at the right time! 2017, the year of truthful living.

  121. Would love a copy of this book!

  122. Thank you for today’so inspirational message. I would love to begin a program to read the Bible in 52 weeks.

  123. Robyn Dean says:

    Thank you for guiding us through these verses today!

  124. Wanda Mitchell says:

    I was truly blessed by Dr. Merritt’s devotional this morning. I appreciated how he described spending time with God more would enhance my life in various ways. I would like the opportunity to delve into God’s Word a different way with his book. Thank you.

  125. Dominique Chawlk says:

    Wow!!! This message/passage really hit home for me. I realized it is time for me to bring my relationship with God closer than it has ever been before. In 2017 I will break out my bible more often and reflect more upon it. This book will be a great read for me! Thank you God for sending this my way to lead me in a path of righteousness!!

  126. I would love a copy to guide me!!! Thank you

  127. Wendy Long says:

    Enjoyed the devotion. I hope I win the book:)

  128. Would love to add this to my library.

  129. Thank you so much for the gift and blessing.

  130. I would love to win! Pick me!

  131. Shawnee Carlock says:

    I never quite understood “Take delight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart”, until now. I always questioned how could this be possible when I haven’t seen certain desires come to fruition. Thank you, Dr. Merritt! I am in a transitional period where I’m seeking to have a real relationship with God and have so many questions. Today is the first time in a very long time that I feel comfortable in finding an answer to one of my many questions. Thank you! Thank you!

  132. Ralee McLaughlin says:

    I would love to read 52 weeks.

  133. Hannah magann says:

    I would be grateful to receive this book! This message really spoke to me! I want to be equipped with all of the wisdom of the Bible.

  134. Deborah Sump says:

    Would love the book.

  135. Kerry Smith says:

    I am guilty of not reading my bible enough. I want to be able to be fully armed as I navigate this journey called life.

  136. Mary Bean says:

    It all seems to make sense when you say it. We all just need to practice being the best we can be. Someone that even we can be proud of. Words well spoken and I thank you! I would love reading the book!!

  137. Walking closer to God is what I am striving for each day. Would love to use this book on my journey!

  138. Carol Finch says:

    What a blessing this book would be to me and my boyfriend. We’re learning the bible and about God together..

  139. I am interested in seeing the Bible study. Thank you for the post Time Well Spent.

  140. Marlene Gouffray says:

    Today’s message was amazing. I very much needed to hear it. I would love to start this New Year by going through this 52 week study of the bible!

  141. Rhondda Tomlin says:

    I enjoyed this devotion & would like a copy of the book , even though I live way away from USA in Sydney, Australia.

  142. Tonya Dunn says:

    I’ve read the Bible a few times now, but I still have SO much to learn and understand!

  143. This book would be a great start to my year! Thank you Proverbs 31 Ministries.

  144. Reading the Word is almost like having a blood transfusion. It gives life!
    Thank you for reminding us of how God “loads us up daily with His benefits”.

  145. What a blessing this book will be to me!
    Thinking that I would never win, along with
    my impatient nature, I went to Amazon to
    order a copy!
    To my surprise your book is completely SOLD OUT!
    I thought go ahead and try to win a copy,
    why not you never know,
    I might just win one after all…only God knows
    for sure! So here is my entry! I do not believe
    In luck! But faith I do have in our Father and if it is His will!

  146. Amanda King says:

    To delight in the LORD. Ah! How I wish this were true in my life Every. Single. Day. Don’t get me wrong, some days I relish the time spent in prayer, reading the Word, and interacting with Jesus. However, to truly delight EVERY day… the days that everything is off and NOTHING goes right? I’d rather throw something! It’s then that I need Him most: quiet uninterrupted time to be in His presence so that He has a chance to renew my mind and change the desire of my heart back to Him and consequently fill me with peace. LORD, grant me perseverance to serve You… with ALL my heart, time, and life.

  147. Kimberly Dearing says:

    I want to spend time more time in my bible. Im trying to find a way to study it but am struggling. I pray evry night that god will give me guidance and I know his word is all I need. Please consider me for this gift. Thank you. God bless

  148. I would love to do this study and share with friends and family.

  149. I enjoyed this devotional and would love to receive this book

  150. I was just thinking that perhaps my devotional time was causing me more fear and anxiety, and then I read your devotion. God used you to speak directly to me this morning. Thank you for being a vessel!

  151. Would love a copy

  152. I enjoyed this devotion. The book will help me spend more time with GOD. Thank you!

  153. There was a time in my life a few years ago when I was in God’s Word every morning without fail. And then I started teaching kindergarten full time and those mornings became busy and chaotic and my time with Him fell to the wayside. I recently started reflecting on a time when I had more energy, was more joyful, and just felt better, in general. It was the time when I spent every morning with the Lord. So, I have made a commitment to rise a little bit earlier in the mornings (4:30), so I can have this time with Him. It’s already proving to make my days go much more smoothly. I love my time with God!

  154. Mary Zahrt says:

    Sounds like a great way to learn more about our Father! Thanks for the devotion and the opportunity to read this book and study the Bible!

  155. Mary Greenfield says:

    Thank you

  156. Amy Francis says:

    Would love this book as a tool to spend more time in the word and to read through the Bible. Have been reading the Bible for years but have never read through the entire thing.

  157. Christy Saladino says:

    Thank you for this devotion. Making time with the Lord in His word a priority has been something God is speaking to me about. This devotion is definitely for me today.

  158. Thank you for sharing these truths. Oh, how I desire to know God more deeply in 2017! It would be an honour to win a copy of this new book.

  159. RebeccaBartunek says:

    Would love to have a book to help me be more disciplined in r to qdinf

  160. Susan Mitchell says:

    Having a structured guide to read and study the Bible would be so helpful. I’ve always wanted to read the Bible through in a year.

  161. Rebecca bartunek says:

    Would love to win a copy of the book to help me be more disciplined in reading the bible

  162. Danielle Hayes says:

    I would love to win your book! This year is different then any other year for me, as far as resolutions go. I’ve decided to stop toiling and (over)doing, obsessing, and running myself to the ground- because I’ve finally realized it’s not about me and how much I do- it’s about Him and what he wants me to do. I feel a tug to be still, present and listens. So, no resolutions. Just, presence and open heart so I can be guided daily.

  163. The book sounds wonderful!

  164. Thanks for the timely reminder?

  165. JuliAnn Butler Green says:

    This is a new year and I am committed to following and spending time with our Lord and Savior and to be a good example for my little one. I’d love a copy of your book! Thank you.

  166. I enjoyed your devotional.

  167. I look forward to this devotional everyday as part of my daily meditation.
    Thank you so much.

  168. Kellie Holm says:

    Life is a struggle, that is for sure. Would like this to help me through it. Thank you!

  169. Yes,please

  170. Very encouraging thank you…a good reminder of how important time with God is…would love a book to help me get into a deeper relationship with God

  171. Would love to take a closer walk with God by reading His word!

  172. I too often neglect to read my Bible. I want to get to know God better so I can become like Him and be a reflection of Him.

  173. Juanita Anderson says:

    I absolutely love these devotionals. They always speak about what I’m going through. They are a tremendous help because they let me see things from the spiritual side and not the carnal. I thank God for these encouraging words. Be blessed!!

  174. Apoorwa Rajesh says:

    Amazing insight…God spoke to me

  175. Thank you for this opportunity to win a copy of this book. I’m just about finished reading the bible from start to end but would love to do it again with some guidance.

  176. Jennifer Benton-Rowe says:

    I do want to spend time in God’s word. I know it is time well spent but it does seem overwhelming. I work full time and have 2 active kids. i always have something i should be doing it seems. i do make time to read the Proverbs 31 devotionals and it has become a part of my day. i know i need to carve out more time. Thank you for your words of encouragement.

  177. The Lord desires a personal relationship with each of us. He made us unique and can teach us so much. Thank you for these devotions to help know him better. ?

  178. My declaration for the new year was to spend more time in the Lord, to get a closer a closer relationship with Him and ultimately digging deeper in His word. These daily scriptures fuel my day, I read them every morning. I would love a copy of this book to aid me in growing closer to Him.

  179. Not coincidental that this is my ‘first day back’ to morning devotions and today’s topic is spending time with God! I’ve been through some faith shattering crises the past several years and am still struggling… I’ll get there! Thanks for this devotional this morning!

  180. Dr. Merritt I am encouraged and inspired by your message.
    It reminds me of actions that I should be taking in my spiritual life but
    have been neglecting. Thank you.

  181. Denise Wood says:

    Living with my husband is a constant chore. He doesn’t feel the same as I do about being more Christ like. I have tried so many times to get him to go to church with me. I bought him a Bible 2 years ago and it still sits on the table where he left it. He has never even opened it just to look in it, very hurtful to say the least. I read scripture daily and I pray for him daily. Most days I feel my prayers aren’t being heard. Thank you for the daily devotion. Please pray for my husband.

    • Denise, I feel your pain. I’m also married to a man who is not a believer. After many years of struggling with it, I’ve come to realize that his walk with God is not about me and his turning from the Lord is not a personal attack on me. It’s about him and God. God absolutely can change his heart but on His time and through His plan. Instead of praying that your husband will be saved, pray that God makes you a shining example of His love and the best wife you can be so that your husband can’t deny Gods greatness! This is still a major work in progress for me- let’s pray for each other.

  182. Catherine Hayes says:

    Trusting that if it is God’s will I will be randomly selected to receive this gift of the Spirit. If not, I’m no less confident that my God will find other ways to communicate His word to me.

  183. Tracey Means says:

    I’d love this book!

  184. April Fath says:

    This would be awesome to receive this book, promoting my time with God and learning.

  185. Thank you to all for their words of God…my sister told me of Proverbs31 & it makes my day…you all are a major blessing!

  186. Jan Dunham says:

    Thank you for the devotion today with a word of encouragement that we all need to spend our time in getting to know God
    And growing our relationship.

  187. Dawn Malone says:

    As I struggle with making the time, I am convicted that I must. While I feel connected to God all day long and converse with him all day long, I desperately need a plan and I would so love to have a copy of this book. Thank you proverbs 31 for all that you do !

  188. Kay Kramer says:

    I long to know God more intimately and live fully in His Spirit. Proverbs 31 devotionals and First 5 have ben a blessing in my life. I would love a copy of this book.

  189. V. Osborne says:

    Would love to complete the Bible through and maybe this tool is just what I need!!

  190. Thank you for your devotion today. It was time well spent! May God bless you and your ministry.

  191. I’m committed to reading through the bible this year. Have been prioritizing my morning coffee date with Jesus. What a blessing.

  192. Pain trials in life bad people getting my way in life are keeping me angry I can’t accept me being a nice person then to be treated wrong I’m angry at god why he allowed such huge pain in my life I can’t spend haply quality time with God bcz I feel pain in my heart although I’ve been praying since I was a little girl

  193. Jerry Morehouse says:

    I don’t have an excuse for not doing better about reading the Bible, praying, and strengthening my faith and walk with God. For the past several years, I’ve had a gnawing feeling to become less lukewarm and more like Luke. I am looking for a modern guide to help me get into a good habit of spending time with God and finding out what he wants me to do. I’ve made getting healthy a physical goal and want to make getting spiritually fit just as important.

  194. Wairimu Gachuhi says:

    I thank God for using you to spread that powerful message. I’m 24 and in this era it has become so easy to get swayed by the world and forget the bigger picture, our walk with God. This year I am taking it upon myself to be a better believer and to only seek approval from God. I’ll be so blessed to win a copy of the book!

  195. Lauren Hele says:

    I have been trying to get through the bible with full understanding. I pray that your book will be the help I need

  196. One of my goals for 2017 is to spend more time in the Word. Would love a copy of this book.

  197. The times in my life when I was happiest and most at peace were when I was spending quality time with the Lord. Really digging into what His word meant to my life, pouring out my heart to Him and letting him into my heart. Yet I still struggle with daily devotions sometimes. This book sounds like it will be a blessing to many. Thank you for the reminder of how precious time spent with Him really is.

  198. Would love a copy of this book to enhance my Bible study!

  199. One goal I have this year is to read the entire Bible. Excited about doing it 🙂

  200. Catherine Green says:

    I would love to have a copy of your book to help with some of the challenges I face when trying to read the Word. Having a book that helps me read through the Bible in 52 weeks would be an asset. Thank you for offering.

  201. Sylvia Tucker says:

    Thank you for the reminder of how important it is to spent precious time with God. I am learning how delightful it is to set aside this time in Him.
    Be blessed!

  202. Time spent with God each day makes all the difference. Thank you for your inspiration.

  203. Thank you for your encouraging devotionals. Two years ago I decided to pick a word that the Lord could use me to share HisvWord and love. I prayed and the Lord gave me the word “encouragement”. When I do my devotionals, God places a name on my heart to share it with. What a blessing this has been.

  204. Dale Hayes says:

    May God continue to bless you
    It’s no happen stance that I’m reading The Encouraging words provided by Dr Merritt on today
    God has a way of giving us exactly what we need/when needed.I am committed to Elavating my prayer time & my time spent Reading & studying His word So on this 5th day of 2017 I thank God for the knowledge gained reading
    “Time Well Spent”
    I am so excited about my future
    Praise God as I Elevate& Go Higher Hallelujah!!!!!

  205. As I work with young people and new believers, my mantra is Read, Read, Read your Bible. Nothing arms us to better face life than time with God.

  206. Dawn Zieg says:

    It would be God’s blessing to win this book

  207. Good morning. I enjoyed reading your post it tugged at my heart to read more and pray more. God Bless.

  208. Natalie Howard says:

    I so enjoyed today’s devotional. This is exactly where I’m at in my life right now. My time with God is so precious to me. I look forward to the time that we get to spend together.

  209. His word is such a gift!

  210. Tracey Cooper says:

    I forget that reading my daily devotional is not enough, I also need to be in the Word.

  211. I know that spending more time with God and in his Word brings me closer, yet I have fallen out of step with this. I want to be more intentional about how I spend my time. Thank you for this devotional!!

  212. Paige Timmons says:

    Leaving comment 🙂

  213. Thank you for this post! It is absolutely true. I really enjoyed what you said about time not being money but being life. We don’t exist for the purpose of simply accomplishing things; the time we have should have meaning and that requires intent to make it so. Every day is a gift and while that doesn’t guarantee that every moment of every day will be perfect, we can choose how we spend our time, our attitude, and our perspective.

  214. Thank you

  215. Sheena Strudwick says:

    I continue to craze His presence in my life. I am grateful for HIS mercy, grace, love, forgiveness and His strength

  216. This book sounds awesome! A great way to spend time with the lord.

  217. Katherine says:

    This spoke directly to me this morning, as I lay in bed not wanting to get up. I struggle with having a regular quiet time with God. I let so much distract me. But that one-on-one time with Him makes all the difference.

  218. Mario Espiritusanto says:

    God is amazing! It’s unexplainable to describe the feeling that produce spending time with HIM, I just love HIM and I’m thankful for HIM to decide to create me and be with me, do everything that HE does in my life like blessing me with my wife and kids, it’s just amazing.
    Thank you for this words of wisdom, may God keep blessing and using you for His Glory.

  219. 52 weeks

  220. I would love to have a copy of your book. It will allow me to spend more time studying God’s word!

  221. Today’s devotional was a good reminder of how much God loves us and wants to have a close relationship with us. We all need Him. Thank you you for this devotional and a chance to win this book!

  222. Melissa Clark Herman says:

    What a great devotional and very timely for me. My goal this year is to spend more time in the word!

  223. Leigh Christian says:

    I need guidance to inspire and encourage me to meditate on his Word everyday I would love this! Thank you

  224. Melissa P. says:

    A wonderful confirmation on so many levels…may God add a blessing to all who read this devotional…

  225. Jennifer Scott says:

    I’d love a copy, thanks

  226. Phillip Patrick says:

    Thanks for today’s devotional. It’s exactly what I needed. GnPx

  227. This was a fantastic reading to start my day! Spoke to my heart and how I need to spend time with the Bible.

  228. Kim Kunze says:

    I would love a copy. It’s so hard for me to read – and the Bible is complicated but I love the stories and the word. I’m sure this would help me get thru it so much easier. It’s what I’ve been looking for.

  229. Laura Bennett says:

    I needed this today. A great reminder of what the most important thing is everyday. Satan’s great at distraction and too often I let my time with God slip to the bottom of my list. I am fasting right now with a focus on my time with the Lord.

  230. Sarah Smith says:

    I would love to have this!

  231. Praying!

  232. Praying

  233. God’s timing is perfect! I have spent the last few days mulling over leaving Facebook because of how it eats up my time. The struggle is that there are great resources, such as this one on Facebook, but I find that I spend so little time doing other things such as reading my Bible. I want to see what transformation would occur if I spent as much time in the Word as I do on Facebook. Thank you for this message today. It really was perfect timing. God’s timing.

  234. Thank you for the awesome message. It makes sense that the more time with spend with God how our desires line up with his. I made a resolution this year to dig into his word more!

  235. Meredith Philley says:

    I definitely needed this devotion today! I would love a copy of the book!

  236. Alesha Logan says:

    I am so learning in this season of my life how important it is for me to be still in God’s presence. In his omniscience and infinite wisdom he has the ability to provide clarity and understanding to the seemingly complicated things in my life. Started my day out in his word is an instrumental part of allowing God to speak to me.

  237. Have never read the Bible all the way through. This would help!

  238. Klaudia calderon says:

    Love today’s devotional! Definitely need to dedicate more time to God and get to know him in a more personal and intimate way. Would love to win this book!

  239. Time is a dtruggle for me. I was reading this thinking about how I’ve committed to managing my time better, but still sometimes feel overwhelmed. I’m grateful that yime with God is something that I manage to do, and feel guilty sometimes about the quality or quantity of that time. I’ve learned that each day won’t look the same, so it’s important to keep going.

  240. Thank you for the daily devo.

  241. Bonnie Brown says:

    Wonderful, uplifting wisdom from The Word. God bless you for sharing it!

  242. For 4 years I’ve prayed for my family to be restored to me. A friend gave me this verse )from today’s devotional. I keep it on my mirror. Dr. Merritt has really touched my heart and reminded me to stay in the Word! “As we spend time with God, we will delight in Him. His desires become our desires because our hearts are tuned to His. He will grant us what we desire, because we both want the same thing!”

  243. Thanks for this message today.

  244. What I needed to hear today. Thanks! God bless!

  245. Gail Guinn says:

    God’ Word speaks to me through Dr Merritt’s words! He is s man if God! Thankful for him!

  246. I’ve been looking for a guide on how to study the bible daily. This sounds perfect, and I’d love a copy of it.

  247. Marge Michulsky says:

    Thank you. I’d love to have more direction in how to read the whole bible.

  248. Father God. You know the needs in my life better than I do. If this would be a good devotional for me I ask that I would review one. Or Lord let me hear you voice so I can get one another way. In Jesus precious name. Amen

  249. I’m so hungry and so thirsty for God’s guidance. I want to be equipped to reflect and reveal His Truth so others will want to know Him!

  250. Lauren Schricker says:

    I want to know Him better. This would be a great tool to help.

  251. Thank you for this message…I’ve been spending each morning reading God’s Word for about a year now and i must say i love it…it clears my mind and gets me ready to tackle my day…the hardest thing for me has been finding a good EASY to understand Bible…does anyone have any suggestions…Thank you in advance…May God bless you…

  252. Mary Beth Barnett says:

    Thank you for such words of wisdom at the beginning of this New Year. My goal is to spend more time in God’s word each day, so that I may know Him better, and discern His will for me.

  253. A great reminder! Spending time with God is worth prioritizing and it’s amazing to consider that the Lord actually desires to spend time with us.

  254. Just what I needed to read this morning. Thank you for this and the opportunity to own this book.

  255. Julie Kendrick says:

    This last year has been a difficult one but I am not alone. So many others in this world are in pain, craving, and full of uncertainty. I pray this year to have the wisdom from above to see those in need and reach out to them in unwavering and unconditional love. This year I know that means to start within my own home. I pray Lord Jesus for this. Thank you for sending your Son to give us the gift of eternal life. Thank you for sharing your most precious gift so we may live.

  256. Jenny Hughes says:

    Thank you for the devotional today it was easy to read and very applicable.

  257. 52 Weeks Through the Bible
    Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path

  258. Cari Scanlon says:

    Thank you for a great word, such a loving remind that our Father wants to be near us.

  259. Gail Honey says:

    I would love this!!

  260. Would like to have guidance reading the bible

  261. Such a great reminder!

  262. Denise Beecher says:

    I really enjoyed this Word today, I need to go back to being in God’s Word daily. God Bless you and your writing.

  263. Brindha Gajendran says:

    Would love a copy of the book…will be very helpful.

  264. Sounds like a fun book

  265. Agreed. The most important time we spend is with the Lord and then from this relationship we learn to love and live.

  266. Debbie W. says:

    Would love to grow and learn in 52 weeks.

  267. I would really enjoy reading 52 weeks Through the Bible!

  268. I have always struggled knowing where to start when reading the Bible. Would love to see what this book suggests!

  269. I love God’s words and always in His words first thing in the morning and before going to sleep at night. Thank you for your book.

  270. Rasheida Washington says:

    The Bible reminds us to hide God’s word in our heart so that we might not sin against him. This is only done when we know the word and spend time in it.

  271. What a timely message. We watched War Room at church last night as a start to a year of prayer and this morning your message spoke directly to my heart. The Lord is persuing us every day! I would love a copy of your book to guide my year. Thank you!

  272. Fonda Manwell says:

    I would love to have a copy of this book

  273. Such a needed read this morning, thank you!

  274. I love the part about becoming more like someone when we spend time with them. My husband is deployed, so I wake up earlier than my daughter every morning to get uninterrupted precious time with the Lord! Sometimes this means 3:30am… but it’s so worth it!

  275. I really needed to hear this today. It is so true that spending time with Him, we become more like Him.

  276. Jessica Bender says:

    I’ve felt so lost and distance this past year. This is the exact reminder I needed. Thank you!

  277. Very profound read this morning. Thank you.

  278. This is what I needed today, to get back on track. Not spending time with God has become a habit, as I got too busy and my priorities were skewed. But “time is truth” and I realized that my priorities and time will be better spent when I first spend time with God.

  279. Love to start my day in God’s presence. Sometimes I feel like I wander in my readings. Some direction would be greatly appreciated.
    My goal for this new year is to make better use of my time.
    Thanks for the uplifting message today!

  280. Lisa Erdmann says:

    Sometimes it’s hard to read the Bible and truly understand what each message entails. With a little
    guidence and reading your book 52 Weeks Through the Bible we can truly get a greater understanding
    of his message to us.

  281. I’m looking forward to using this book!

  282. David McLaughlin says:

    Great devotional. Would really enjoy your book!

  283. Carol Boriskie says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book 52 weeks through the Bible!

  284. Angela Meccia says:

    I know all the truths in this devotion, and I love God with all my heart. I just feel unprepared to dive into God’s word. I feel like I need a plan or map. Thank you for the devotion. That is why I am up before my family, reading my Proverbs 31 devotions before my family awakens, but I want more to go deeper with the Lord. Thank you, Angie

  285. Wendy Shriner says:

    I want to tune my heart more toward God.

  286. Janice Whitworth says:

    I loved today’s devotional. I work at an independent retirement community, and I plan to use it at a Bible Study we have every week. I would love to have 52 weeks through the Bible to know God better and to share with the sweet people that I get to “do life” with. Thank you. Janice W.

  287. I desire to be changed thru being in God’s word.

  288. I would love the opportunity to grow close to God and spend more time in His word. This bible would be a blessing as I am pregnant and nervous of what our future holds. I know being in His living word is exactly what He desires for us.

  289. I desire an even closer relationship him my Father in heaven. Reading your devotion today confirmed what I know is true. I pray that I commit to doing it. Thank you

  290. This year I’m reading the Bible chronologically. I would love to have this resource.

  291. Thank you . I want to know the heart of God better, by reading the word.

  292. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of this book! ?

  293. Pamela Barbosa says:

    I love God! I speak to him daily. He is always in my thoughts, but even still I struggle with fear, anxiety and anger. I know I need to read his word daily to better my relationship with Him and all those I interact with on a daily basis. I haven’t made reading His words a priority and I know that’s what I am missing in my life. Your writing today made it very clear to me that He’s asking me to get to know Him better through his words. Thank you and bless you!

  294. Lisa Gothelf says:

    What a blessing spending time in our father’s word is.

  295. Toni Talton says:

    Loved your devotion this morning! Would be very interested in your book as I and searching for something to start for the new year! Thanks for the opportunity to enter!

  296. Alberta Shaffer says:

    Without God I am nothing. Thank you for your ministry. It helps me through out my day.

  297. I Love my Lord God

  298. Mandy Lacy says:

    Well said. Thank you for this message today. I would also love a copy of the book to guide me through the Bible this year.

  299. Chrislyn Nicholson says:

    I would like to read through the Bible again to continue to gain a big picture understanding about God’s word, and be closer to Him.

  300. Shanta Hyche says:

    Thank you for this article. I am learning to set aside required time with God each morning. Its new to me and I find myself looking for ways to meditate because I dont know how. Each morning I start with the Encouragement for Today email from Crosswalk. Adding the Bible into my daily routine would be awesome. God bless!

  301. Thank you. I am forwarding this one to my husband! I love the occasional devo written by a man here on P 31.

  302. Feeling the Holy Spirit promoting me in this direction and it would be a blessing to win a copy since our personal finances is the other area of concern for me right now.

  303. thank you for the message. It always seems the time we spend with God is the first thing to slip. This book sounds like a good tool to keep you engaged in a consistent way. My struggle with bible study has always been what to study and where to start.

  304. Julia Sorensen says:

    Enjoyed your writing today and would love to be able to read God’s word with the help of your 52 week devotional.

  305. Jada Mathis says:

    Your devotion spoke to my heart. I want to draw closer to God and put Him first. I want to be more like Him. I want to stand even when I am shake. When I fail, I want to run to Him.

  306. I would love to have a structured plan for reading the Bible – I want to understand HOW to use the Bible too.

  307. I want to read the Bible but I don’t know how.

  308. Brenda lewis says:

    I’d love to read your book.

  309. Darlene P Chandler says:

    I look forward to reading what the men and women of God have to say about the Word of God. It’s a great start to my day.

  310. Dusti Hurst says:

    I would love a copy of 52 Weeks Through the Bible.

  311. Jada Mathis says:

    Your devotion spoke to my heart. I am struggling to put Him firat, but I want that to change!

  312. I would love to have a copy of this book!

  313. Beth Lansdell says:

    Thank you for the devotional. I desire to grow in my faith aND witness. The Lord has placed spending time in his word and time priority as a burden on my hesrt.

  314. Marilyn Haynes says:

    His Word is true and He promises to be with us wherever we go. Hallelujah!

  315. Would like to try this

  316. Today’s reading reinforces the importance of beginning the day in prayer. I have limited resources and would love a copy of your book.

  317. Jackie Williams says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this devotion. I pray that 2017 is the year that I will draw closer to Him. Would love to have the 52 week devotional to help me stay on track.

  318. Michele Hull says:

    Thank you for todays Encouragement of the Day. This was a good time for me to have read this.

  319. Thank you for reminding us of how important it is to make Jesus a priority in our lives and that spending time with Him affects every aspect of our life.

  320. Jennifer Franklin says:

    Thank you for this reminder! God bless

  321. Regina Gupta says:

    The last point, spending time with God allows fear to be replaced with faith stands out to me as an important truth!

  322. Thanks for the giveaway! Wonderful teaching today.

  323. Stephanie Armstrong says:

    God is teaching me so much about time well spent! This was an awesome read! Thank you!

  324. I have been going through some very difficult times with my son and my husband. I have realized that I need God more than ever to get me through this! I need to spend more time with God through his word and I need some help finding a place to start.

  325. Love this. Great reminder

  326. My goal this year is to read daily to get through the whole Bible. I’d love to win the book!

  327. Stephanie Armstrong says:

    This was an awesome read! Thank you!

  328. Great reminder . Days are better when I slow dowm and spend time with God.
    Looking forward to reading the book.

  329. Vicki Clark says:

    My desire is a closer walk with my God. This book would be a help as I dig deep into His word.

  330. Thank you for today’s insight! It encourages me to continue to spend time with Christ and be mindful of who else I spend time with.

  331. Thank you for this devotion. I really need help with being consistent in my walk and reading of His word. I so want to grow and glow for the Lord.

  332. Shonta Rosborough says:

    Thank you for today’s devotional. And thank you for the book giveaway.

  333. Pam buenker says:

    I would love to win 52 weeks in the Bible and start a daily reading program.

  334. Your devotion was an excellent devotion today, it speaks real truth in that who we spend time with we become. You are so right in saying if we spend time with God good quality time, we become more like Him! You can’t help but want to He is a loving God. I want more of Him the more I read His word…
    God Bless You James

  335. My husband and I, too, love spending 1:1 time with each other. I could relate to that entire paragraph. This was a great way to connect that desire God has to spending time with us, to grow in Him.
    The barriers that keep me from spending time with God are typically polar opposites. I’d either really like to just stay in bed a little longer to catch some sleep instead of starting my day in His word, or I get so task oriented like Martha did during Jesus’ visit with her that I don’t stop to devote that time with God in His word. Today I’ve given up sleeping in.

  336. Would love to have a copy. My goal this year is to spend more time reading my Bible and listening to God’s words for guidance. Thank you for the devotion today!

  337. Thanks got the offer! I enjoyed reading today’s lesson, and being reminded to keep God present in the busyness of daily living. God bless!

  338. Linda Emory says:

    Spending time with God is the key to relationship with Him. I have learned many valuable lessons directly from Him in doing so. More is always cherished.

  339. Erica Thomas says:

    As I was reading through a devotion last night, I came across two small words, “Be still.” As I was reading this devotion this morning, those same two words popped out at me. Being a mom of a toddler and infant, it can seem impossible at times to be still. I know that I HAVE to make time every day to just be still in the Lord. Thank you for allowing God to speak through you and into my heart.

  340. Cona Rose says:

    Thank you for your encouragement to get out our Bibles and read God’s Word. It is truly life changing!

  341. What a great book to start the year!

  342. Adebukola T Adeiya says:

    Thank you for this wonderful devotional. I have been meaning to have a deeper revelation for the word but I keep falling short.

  343. Such a great and easy concept… but one I hadn’t thought of before!! The more time we spend with God, reading His word and talking with Him, the more we will become like Him. That’s the ultimate goal!

  344. I would love this book. I so look forward to waking up early to read my devotions and Bible readings for the morning. I so want God to overwhelm my heart, soak in HIS love, removing the guilt and doubt that seems to creep in so easily. I love that statement, ‘God wants to spend time with me’. Thank you ~ God bless you ~

  345. Lafecia Hoover says:

    Thank you for the encouragement!

  346. Melissa Fleming says:

    I would love to win this book.

  347. My pastor quoted that very verse in Psalms last night at prayer meeting. What a wonderful reminder of God’s love for us!

  348. Lisa Cullen says:

    I loved this article. I would love to win to give to a friend who recently lost his wife of 20 years to cancer. He is struggling and I am trying to help him establish a relationship with the Lord.

  349. I enjoy reading the encouragement on this website. Thank you.

  350. I would love to have a copy of this book. I have tried before to read through the entire Bible. I know that God has so much to teach me and share with me through his living word.

  351. Janice Fontenot says:

    I enjoy your messages on the emails. I know I would this devotional. Thanks.

  352. LaTora J Carol says:

    I have been on this journey to get closer to Jesus and getting to know God, and as I am doing so the Devil is attacking me now through my children since I am no longer easily swayed. My road is long and hard but with your book I know that’ll be another way I can defeat him in all that he does instead of falling short with anger and not quickly forgiving my children. This verse and your word has spoke volumes to me today and I thank you for that. Very inspiring!

  353. Thanks for the encouragement!

  354. 52 Weeks Through the Bible sounds like a marvelous journey that I’d love to take!!

  355. I know that in order to experience divine power and to live productively in the Lord with the time he has blessed me with, I have to get into his word. I have struggled with how to do that. I feel that “52 weeks in the Bible” would give me a start on how to have time well spent with my lord.

  356. Brittany Lee says:

    Really needed & enjoyed this devotional…I need a reminder every now and then to keep my time with Him first and for most. ?♥️✝️

  357. Melissa P says:

    Timely word. Thank you.

  358. Jackie Martin says:

    Thank you for this message. I know I have to spend daily time with my bible. Thank you! HAPPY NEW YEAR. It is going to be a great year!

  359. We want to spend time with someone we love … we should love God above all others and desire Him. I loved this reminder … thank you!

  360. Would love to read this book!

  361. It is amazing to think that God wants to spend time with me. I want my times with him to be meaningful and to draw me closer to Him.

  362. Deb Bakken says:

    I would love this!

  363. Spoke directly to my heart

  364. Each day is a blessing from God. My desire is to have a heart like Jesus. The only way this can happen is if I have a deep and meaningful relationship with Him.

  365. Great devotion!

  366. Tracy D Porter says:

    I love the connection between the trough and how it nourishes the animals and Jesus, His Word nourishes us.

  367. Deb Bakken says:

    Yes please !

  368. I would like be to read 52 weeks.

  369. Dawn Weyh says:

    I so enjoyed the devotional words this morning that you wrote, that I want to print it out to remind myself of how vitally important this truth is. It spoke to my heart! To God be all the glory!

  370. Mendi McDowell says:

    I love the point about the closer we become to someone the more like them we become, had never thought about comparing people versus God in that sense! Also, I have to love the truth for today from 2 Timothy considering that is what the Awana program is built upon…learning Gods word and not being ashamed. Thank you for helping me start my day!

  371. Thank you for sharing the importance of knowing God’s word and spending time with him.

  372. The perfect start to every day. Gets me focused on things above and attuned to how God wants to use me in my daily walk. I enjoyed your devotional and think it wonderful to still enjoy time with your wife.

  373. Elisabeth Lutz says:

    This devotion spoke directly to my heart! Thank you!

  374. I am looking to read through the Bible this year. This would be very helpful.

  375. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks for this beautiful reminder!

  376. Gretchen Burwick Scoleri says:

    Sounds like a wonderful concept! Would love it!

  377. Janet axelson says:

    Thank you for that reminder that I can go to God anytime and commune with Him. I would love your book.

  378. After reading your devotional, I visited Amazon to preview your book. I would really love to have a copy and I have placed it on my Amazon wish list. However, I am hoping to win a copy in your generous give-away! 🙂

  379. Thank you for your inspiring words!

  380. Amber Evans says:

    This was another great devotional by the Proverbs 31 team. Today’s devotional hit home as I have been wanting to get back in the Word and gain more knowledge, while growing closer to the Lord. I want to be so close to God that His light shines through me so that I am a better person and others want what I have, in that sense of closeness with God.

  381. This could be the year that I complete a plan to read through the Bible!!!

  382. Would love to win your book

  383. Heather Reinmann says:

    Love as a new Christian to have access to your devotional it’s a great start to my day.

  384. Good devotional. I like the message and truth that as we spend more time with God our fear with be replaced with faith and our worry will be replaced with worship!

  385. Hillary QUEENAN says:

    Im just begining to really grow in my faith. Id love to read the entire bible. It’s a huge goal of mine! And it sounds like you could help me accomplish that.

  386. Pam Mattox says:

    So glad I found these encouraging words this morning, now off the spend time with Jesus! I would love to read
    “The Bible in 52 weeks”. I try to read through the Bible every year, but always get stalled. I know this would be a great resource for me and for our family. Thanks!

  387. Marlene Santana says:

    Thank you! This was a reminder of His goodness and the importance of spending more time with Him.

  388. Please! I’d love a copy of your book!

  389. Karen Walsh says:

    I’ve been so restless….unable to sit still and do anything since my sister-in-law’s death on 9/6/16. She left behind 2 small children and a very lost husband. I’ve been lagging behind on the daily devotions from Proverbs 31. Something or someone drew me to this devotion. It is like it was written for me. Thank you!

  390. Rosa Nicholson says:

    What a timely and perfect reminder…that we NEED to spend time in the Word and in prayer.. sometimes the demands of the life one has keeps him/her so busy..so exhausted that before you know it, another day has ended and time that one could have spent with the Lord is gone! We must start the day worshipping, praying and studying the Book that will extend our life..not just here but for eternity. Thank you to the author, very good message, I enjoyed reading the comments he shared about his wife, Teresa.

  391. Great devotional. I am trying to start my day with Him and end my day with Him. I am facing obstacles in my life but praying and reading my Bible in the morning and evening gives me peace and hope!!!

  392. Tanya Parker says:

    Knowing I need each day with Him, I allow my days to be cool me full of busyness. Dr. Merritt shares wise words and I need this reminder each morning before I begin my days.

  393. A friend of mine shared this publication with me yesterday. It has been truly a blessing. My family and I are going through some very difficult times. I have much faith in God. But this added devotional that I read daily has really touched my heart and has helped. Thank you and God bless, Dawn

  394. This was a very timely devotional for me. It is a great reminder how important it is to spend time in God’s word.

  395. Thanks for the devotion today.

  396. Pamela =) says:

    Spending time in God’s word is crucial. Would love to win this book.

  397. Kerry Sigg says:

    I find if I give my best time,making God my first priority, I always have time to do everything else I need to do during the day. Best of all everything goes hassel free.

  398. I needed this devotion today. It is so easy to allow things to hinder our maintaining our connection to God. Because God knows all we sometimes rely on the fact that He knows my heart to justify our lack of spending time with our Creator. Today’s author has taken a familiar scripture and explicated in a fresh way. Now, I’m going to ensure that I maintain a true relationship and connection with the one, true, and living God daily. Thank you for this timely insight!!!

  399. Pam Quimuyog says:

    I desire to send more time

  400. After having a lot of stress in my life over the past 5 years, I recently started having quiet time in the morning reading daily devotions and the Bible. What a difference it has made in my life!

  401. Paula Erickson says:

    Time spent with God…..I am currently in recovery for the disease, compulsive overeating. This horrid disease kept me from God and my recovery program has brought me to God! Time is precious and the time I am spending with God each morning, and through each day, is allowing me to remain abstinent, have healthier relationships, live in peace and serenity, and navigate through every conversation, thought, and action with His Love guiding me. I am humbled by this gift of Time that God desires with me and with everyone. Thank you for your wonderful reminder of our most precious resource which allows us to have intimacy with our Beloved, Living God.

  402. I love my morning time with Him. For the first time, God gave me a “word” a few months ago during a fasting period… “Awesome”. He has awesome plans for my near future. I truly do not understand it but that is ok.
    “Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him” is where I am right now as He refines this child.

  403. Emily Barina says:

    I’m excited to have a structured study like dr. Merritt’s.

  404. Norma Lloyd says:

    I’m always amazed the Bible has the answers to today’s problems AND grateful I can always trust Jesus’ promises.

  405. I would love to become more familiar with each chapter of the Bible vs skipping around and reading verses here and there. This book sounds like a great plan to delve in deeper.

  406. Bobbie Reiter says:

    Great advice. I’m going to take it and spend more time with God.

  407. Darlene Cullen says:

    Enjoyed this devotional. Has been a blessing to receive them each day. I know how important God’s word is. Would love a copy of this book.Darle

  408. Aatavia Brown says:

    I would love to win a copy of your book! What a blessing proverbs 31 ministry is to my life❤️

  409. Jessi Skinner says:

    Boy do I need this! I love Jesus and talk to Him throughout the day but I struggle with reading His word. I can’t focus and my thoughts race!

  410. I have experienced many blessings-mainly a more peaceful soul-from devoting time to spend with my Heavenly Father. Over the last couple of years I have intentionally set aside the first part of each to spend in devotional time. Lately, however, I find myself hungry for more. This offering may be just the source I am looking for to expand my reading time in the evening. I would to have this book. God Bless–Vicki

  411. Would love a copy of the book!

  412. Anna Antunes says:

    I can do this at 52 weeks with this type of book? It’s in the bucket list LOL

  413. Alexandra says:

    Thank you for this devotional! I have been trying to recommit myself to God after having a few very challenging years. I have just recently chosen to begin my day by reading devotionals and learning the Bible. It has been life changing!

  414. Kelly Bronnenberg says:

    I would love a copy of this book!

  415. Anna Antunes says:

    I can do it with this type of book 🙂 into the bucket list ?

  416. I would love to be able to do a study that allowed me to read through the whole bible.

  417. Would certainly enjoy reading this book!

  418. Alisa Walls says:

    I would love to win, I try to read the Bible in 52weeks but always seem to get distracted! I would really love to win!!

  419. Tracey Greenland says:

    I think I needed this message today. Now I just need to take action. Thank you for your timely message!

  420. Greetings!
    Time Well Spent spoke deeply to my heart. As a minister’s wife and mom, I often find myself busy or pushed for time. I am intentionally working on spending more quality time in the Word and with my family. I hope to win your book and plan to use it as a resource to achieve this goal.


  421. Julie staires says:

    This past year I strived to spend more time with God in His word. A tool like 52 weeks would help jumpstart me for 2017.

  422. Chantelle Thorpe says:

    Thank you for the reminder to follow after God!!

  423. there are so many truths in your message today – thank you!

  424. Mari Frederick says:

    My husband and I are trying to study the Bible this year! Your book may help…

  425. Laura E Socha says:

    Thank you for considering me for this great offer!

  426. Rachel Forsythe says:

    I would love to have a copy of the book! I’m ready to start my 52 weeks ?

  427. Kathy Bright says:

    Love this and get so much encouragement from this.

  428. Laurie Cowan says:

    Just signed up for the daily devotions! They are awesome! I am looking forward to reading them everyday and I’m sure the “52 weeks through the Bible” would be just as encouraging!

  429. This book would help me greatly

  430. This would help me a lot in my devotions and digging deeper into the Bible.

  431. Gina Enderlein says:

    Would love to win a copy!

  432. Janice Johnson says:

    I would love a copy of the book. ?

  433. Thanks for the inspiring words. Particularly appreciated the thought that He will grant what we desire because we both will want the same thing.

  434. Love the Word.

  435. Deborah Pugatch says:

    I would love to win a copy. I’m looking for a good guide to help me stay grounded in the Word.

  436. Elisa Hostetler says:

    Thank God and P31! This is what I needed to read today. 2016 was a VERY hard year and my priorities had selfishly shifted so that time with God wasn’t at top. Praying for a change of heart and a desire to put God first.

  437. Would love to see how my life can change with daily devotion to the Word

  438. This was exactly what I needed this morning. We get so wrapped up in the everyday things that we tend to forget to spend time with our Father.

  439. I would love to have this so I can deepen my relationship with God

  440. Sometimes it’s hard for me to decide where to start reading in the Bible…sounds like this book would give direction in that area.

  441. The timing is wonderful, this book fits right in with guiding me through the Word in 2017.

  442. Rachel Emhoff says:

    God is really speaking to me about spending time in his word. Just what I needed today.

  443. Sandy Womble says:

    I’d appreciate a copy of your book to help deepen my walk!

  444. Beth Reynolds says:

    Really enjoyed today’s message!

  445. Amy Mackey says:

    I would love going through the Bible – this book is just what I need!

  446. I would Love this!

  447. Jennifer Stepanski says:

    Thank you for this opportunity. God bless. I’m praying to learn this truth. Enjoyed your message. Grace.

  448. Veronica Gable says:

    Perfect read and reminder for the new year.

  449. Lou Ann Wenger says:

    Appreciated his timely words. Our time with God is life!

  450. Thank you for the message today, whenever we have doubts God always delivers the message we need to hear by one or more of his followers today and always. Blessings to you and your family!

  451. Kenna hutto says:

    Thank you for the offer, I’d love to win a copy! My husband and I need a jumpstart on devotion time together

  452. Jean Wilson says:

    Would love to have a copy. It would take me on a journey back through the bible guiding and giving me what I need to live a godly life and share with others.

  453. Elizabeth Brown says:

    Really enjoyed today’s devotion!

  454. Hollye Hornsby says:

    I would love to win a copy of his book!

  455. Priscilla Oxyer says:

    Thank you for the devotional today. I never looked at spending time with God they way you broke it down. I pray and talk to God several times a day and will listen to scripture on U tube. I try to read the Bible but never know where to start.

  456. Kimberly Pennington says:

    What a great way to continue to grow in understanding and have and foundation for living out what we believe! I’d love to have a year-long guide to walk me through my studies.

  457. Great reading! Got a lot of thought provoking moments from it! Thanks.

  458. Lou Ann Wenger says:

    Appreciated his “timely” Message. Our time with God is LIFE

  459. Robin Merrill says:

    Thank you for your daily devotions! It’s the first thing I read when I wake up and a wonderful start to my day! Have a blessed day!

  460. I was just looking for a new bible reading plan and would love to win!

  461. Sherri Hopkins says:

    I am growing in Christ and would like to enter to win a copy to go deeper. Thanks for your ministry.

  462. As I renew my commitment to my physical health, I also rededicate my life to growing closer to and becoming more like Christ.

  463. Janelle Vanderveen says:

    Would love to win!

  464. I want to “mine the wisdom in God’s word” and deepen my relationship with Him.

  465. Angela Davis says:

    I need to make my quiet time a priority. Life gets busy but I need to “Let go and Let God”

  466. Peggy Fye says:

    I would love to win a copy. Having a lot of fear and panic attacks. I know God is able and I know he takes care of me. Just need to get past this time….

  467. Tabitha meringa says:

    Since my husband and I moved, I have lost my consistent morning devotion due to a job change. Thank you for the reminder that I need to find a different time to dedicate to bible study and prayer!

  468. Rebecca Mohler says:

    I needed this today. I am a stay at home mom with three young children and I constantly feel like I don’t have enough time. I need to specifically set aside time for God and this Devotion was a good reminder of that.

  469. Nicole Hughes says:

    Thank you! I would love to win a copy.

  470. Pamela Sakutukwa says:

    Today’s devotion really spoke to me. I have been struggling with understanding why God would have my husband and I separate. It’s been a difficult six months and I am sure it will continue to be a difficult journey of up and downs. But I believe that God has also given me this opportunity to grow in my relationship and walk with him. While I’m scared of what will happen with my husband and I, I know that God will never leave my side and will always be with. I think the 52 week devotion will be a wonderful way for me to begin anew with my relationship with God. Thank you for sharing inspiring words that truly touched me and reminded me.

  471. Being in His word is a blessing. I long to know Him.

  472. Reading the Bible is never time wasted!!

  473. I have been researching ways to ‘read the bible in a year’, but havent found a book I like. I have recently ‘dug’ out my old bible and want to make it more of a focus in our lives – this would be the perfect compliment! Thanks for sharing your story as a real life illustration!

  474. I’d love a copy!

  475. Patti Blankenship says:

    Enjoyed today’s devotional, would love to have this book. Thank you!

  476. Would love to dedicate myself to studying God’s Word more intentionally!

  477. Dolly Fraser says:

    Thank you so much for this! I needed this today. I have been doing my devotions, but not spending a lot of time doing them. I needed this as a reminder and refocus on my time with God. Also, to help me desire to spend more time with God to know him better 🙂

  478. Francine Money says:

    Just recently started reading these devotions as the first thing I do to start off my day with God! They have been so helpful and I’m very excited to see what God has planned in helping me have a closer relationship with him.

  479. Time well spent in the Lord is in the Bible. Thank you for the opportunity.

  480. Janet Jaynes says:

    I definitely need the reminder to spend my time wisely and to set a time aside everyday and read my bible!

  481. Needed truth in a time of big life changes. Thank you!

  482. Great words to remind us how important God’s Word is.

  483. Beautiful devotional! I love that you point out how the more we spend time with a certain person, the more we become like them. I truly want this year for my bestest friend to be Jesus! Thanks for reminding me of that!

  484. My Pastor preached on this same topic last Sunday. We must get into God’s word! Thank you for another reminder today. ❤️

  485. Rebecca Bornman says:

    Thank you for the devotion today! Gods Word is like a table laden with the best and most delicious delicacies! We need to pull up a chair and dig in! Jesus promises to prepare for us a lavish banquet in Isaiah 25:6!

  486. I read proverbs 31 and Charles Stanley, would love more literature to read.

  487. My goal this year is more of God. This would be great to help with that.

  488. I would love to have a “no excuses” tool to get me started in daily dedication.

  489. Thank you for the reminder of how God desires to spend time with his people.

  490. Thank you for these daily devotions – they are a blessing to my soul and always seem to speak to my current situations. I definitely need to spend more time with God, and look forward to reading Dr. Merritt’s latest book. Though I read my bible, I’ve never read it from cover to cover, so this would be a great adventure for the new year!

  491. I have been looking for a book to lead me through studying the Bible.

  492. Teresa Taylor says:

    I look forward to the opportunity to win this book so I could spend 52 weeks going through the Bible with a guide book.Thank you for considering me.

  493. Denae Hula says:

    Great devotional! thank you

  494. Susan Coyner says:

    Your message is so timely, thank you.
    It is my number one resolution this year of 2017, to spend my first moments every morning with God and to read through the entire bible.

  495. Anne Ausdemore says:

    I’m a 3rd and 4th grade religious education teacher, and, while I feel I can adequately teach parables and other New Testament stories, I still feel lacking in the Old Testament. I’m sure this series will help my daily reflections, as well as help me provide “the rest of the story” to my students.

  496. margaret corry says:

    Thank you.

  497. Thank you for the wise words. I love spending time with my husband and with God. It helps me put it into perspective as I am often distracted when spending time with God. He must not like that. Something I can work to changes.

  498. Melissa Emerson Layton says:

    I would love to read the whole Bible. I feel like I piece it together to much and I can’t seem to get going on it ! Thank you !

  499. Thank you for this devotion. The Lord has been drawing me closer and teaching me so much more about Himself recently.

  500. God has become the biggest priority in my life. I want to put Him first in everything I do daily! My schedule consists of being with Him the very start of my day. This is a divine appointment, one I look forward to all the time. Although I wasn’t like this and I actually still struggle with it some days that maybe I have big plans, I’m going away, or there’s a special trip somewhere. I realize when I miss my time with the Lord, my heart is not set in the right place for the day. I find myself longing for more, thirsty for something this world cannot satisfy. Putting what I think might be important in my flesh to me during that time, keeps the barriers up from spending time with The I Am. When in reality the only important thing of all is our relationship with Him.

    I make a commitment to give up my free time today for the Lord. Instead of filling in the gap of what I have time for to do whatever my heart desires, I will choose to do what the Lord desires instead. His plans and His thoughts are so much greater than my own. He knows exactly what we need. Exactly what will satisfy our souls.

  501. I like the line, ‘fear is replaced by faith.’ When I lean on God that is exactly what happens! I’m working on making God the one I turn to first; not as a last resort… it’s an ongoing process, for sure!!

  502. Eric Maust says:

    I needed this today, really struggling.

  503. Dawn Evanoff says:

    I can’t imagine being able to get through the Bible in 52 weeks but it sounds like an interesting challenge. I enjoy your blog as it gives me food for thought during the day. PLus, often what you write about comes to me again through the day …i.e. When listening to Joel Osteen or Ravi Zachariah or my pastor at church. It’s so funny how messages that seem unique in the original will pop up again through the day and week ?

  504. Karen Feigh says:

    My goal is to read through the Bible this year. I always have good intentions but life gets in the way. My purpose is strong and to focus on my relationship with the Lord.

  505. Amanda Zimmerman says:

    I needed these reminders today, thank you so much for sharing!

  506. Thank you Dr. Merritt! I heard you on the radio yesterday and I thought your book sounded like a brilliant way to read through the Bible. Your words really rang true for me today in this devotion. Looking forward to digging deeper in the word this year!

  507. I would love a guide like this to get me through the Bible!

  508. Thank you for this morning’s devotion.

  509. What a gracious chance to grow deeper with God! ?

  510. Would love the encouragement! Thank you for your message today.

  511. After many years I have started to study the bible again. We attend church and are doing an Alpha course. There is still much I need to learn. I would love a copy of this book to help me walk this path and understand it fully.

  512. Teresa Fitzgerald says:

    I would love a copy of the book, and to make my way through the Bible, gaining a closer relationship with God!

  513. This was an uplifted devotion this morning to remind me to slow down spend time with God

  514. Spending time in God’s word is an opportunity to grow in his love and grace. I’m so glad God sent his son to save us and his word to comfort and grow us in his promises.

  515. Rebecca L Tydings says:

    I would love to win a copy of “52 Weeks through the Bible.”

  516. Wow! This resonated within me! “Have you noticed the more time you spend with someone, the more you become like them? As we spend time with God and His Word, He changes us so we become more like Him. God changes us so He can use us to change other people. You simply cannot spend time with God, hear His Word, know Him better, love Him more and be the same person.” I want this relationship for my entire life! Thank you.

  517. Dana Bolton says:

    My biggest problem. Consistency, even though I know how important it is!

  518. Colleen Ligh says:

    This word hits me where it hurts; I am a worrier and I need to trust more. I would love to have a deeper relationship with the Lord so that my “fear is replaced by faith, and worry is replaced by worship”

  519. Would love to use this book as a study.

  520. Gail Branum says:

    Your message spoke to my heart, exactley what I needed to hear this morning!

  521. Diane Ruby says:

    Need a good book to read

  522. Glen Raggio says:

    Great reminder of what is most important.

  523. angela newkirk says:

    What an intriguing way to kick off the New Year! These words were extremely empowering!

  524. I feel lost. I feel faith slipping away at time…sucked down in the vortex with school activities, family obligations and social obligations. Time Well Spent was a good reminder for me to think of God when I feel like im getting weighed down…such a simple thing to do but so hard sometimes.

    • DeAnn J Parsons says:

      Lori, I was where you are at one time. I have 4 children and we were over involved. We “stopped the insanity”. We went to church, but other than that, in the evening we had family time. We played games, they would play with Legos in the floor while I read to them, we watched a good movie, etc. I will never regret that. God didn’t intend for us to be overbooked, we do that. We are living as the world expects us to….everyone takes a class, dinner out with girlfriends, being over involved in church and school. If GOD is not calling you to serve in that spot, then say No. Claim your life back, let go of the stress and have more quite time for God. Also….I have limited myself to 10 minutes a day of Facebook. When I Have an extra minute or I am bored…instead of grabbing my phone and perusing fb, I pray, I read my bible or best of all, I just close my eyes and give God praises. It has been lovely, but I still fight the urge to pick up that phone and be in social media, but in time I know it will be easier as I retrain myself and I can’t wait until it is automatic to go to the Lord when I have down time vs FB. Hope this helps, being a mom is the toughest job you’ll ever love, it’s not the Army but being a mom that should have this quote! God Bless, and I will include you in my prayers today.

  525. Tracie Mccarty says:

    I really enjoyed this devotion. Ive re ently dive back into my quiet time more in last several months and encoraging others. I meed this quiet rime in the morning to start my day off right. I look forward to hear wgat God has for me each day and as he says..Christ speaks to me through his word and prayer. Its makes me stronger to tackle my day and look for Him in moments during my day. But like any relationship, you have to grow it, speak to it, nurture it, trust it for it to flourish and grow and get stronger and deeper. I would love to have a copy of this for my Fiance. We are getting married in 3 weeks and going through marriage counseling right now. Our counselor and Pastor has studied under Dr. Merritts teachings and we actually spoke on this subject during our session last night and this would be an awesome book for him to read starting on our new journey into marriage! Thank u.

  526. Thank you for blessing us with these words today. They perfectly pointed back to Christ.


    Your words spoke right to my heart. I want to get to know God better and I know I cannot do it on my own. Reading these daily devotionals lift me spiritually and help me to learn more about God. I love sharing these with my husband because he has just found his way back to God and we are learning to put him first in our marriage. Thank you

  528. Kellie mark says:

    Thank you for your contribution to P31 this morning. There is so much life given when reading the Bible. I would love a copy of your book!

  529. Holly Taylor says:

    Would love this! I’m certainly out of touch with my God lately!

  530. Christy Brady says:

    Would love to receive a copy

  531. Julie Schievelbein says:

    I would love this book!

  532. Shirley kerwin says:

    I would love a copy

  533. I would love to receive a copy of this book!

  534. Such an inspiring devotion. I would love a copy of this book ?

  535. Brittany D says:

    Setting aside time for prayer and reflection is one of my resolutions this year. I fear I only have a deep prayer life when things are very good or very low; I need to appreciate the life I’ve been given and the one who gave it to me on an everyday basis. I hope to continue working on that this year so I can become the best version of myself- I can tell when I spend less time with God that the troubles of this world creep in.

  536. I’ve been reflecting on how my time has been spent and where I need to refocus. I’ve seen the fruits and available peace and joy radiate from a few Godly women who have this daily, intentional practice. This post reiterates this. Have also been reflecting on the word and need for “rest”; not just physically but in a spiritual sense, the importance of resting in Him.

  537. Shannon Ellsworth says:

    I would absolutely love to have this book. This would be a great way to start out the 2017 year!

  538. Phyllis Borchardt says:

    Time well spent. My husband and I had the luxury of two four day weekends together this holiday season. It was indeed a blessing. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

  539. I really enjoyed – and needed – this devotional this morning! It makes so much sense that we have the gift of the Bible to know him better, but yet I often don’t take advantage of that. Like so many others I’m sure, I’m hoping to change that for 2017 and so far, so good! And reading this devotional definitely helped

  540. Rhonda Jones says:

    I know that when I don’t spend my morning time with God my whole day seems off.

  541. Elizabeth Bodie says:

    Thank you for your thought provoking works. They are very helpful as I struggle with worry at times.

  542. candy hill says:

    I have been growing closer to the Lord through HIS word.

  543. Melanie Jacques says:

    I would like to read more about learning the bible. I would love to be picked to receive this book!

  544. I enjoy watching James and listening to his ministry. I appreciate his post today on the Proverbs 31 ministry site. I would enjoy a copy of this 52 week bible study….?

  545. Perfect timing! God has been urging me toward more of his word!!

  546. DeAnn J Parsons says:


  547. I love the scripture you included in today’s devotion. As much as I love reading from my paper Bible, lately I read more scripture on my phone which doesn’t get dusty. Please enter me in the drawing for your book.

  548. Misty Baker says:

    Simple and profound reminder. Thank you Dr. Merritt.

  549. Laryssa Malafy says:

    This is conformation of words I have been receiving to spend more time with him. I also love the point that you become more like the people you spend time with and I want to become more like Him! Thank you. This was a great day to start my morning!!!

  550. What a great reminder today. I am looking foreword to checking out this book.

  551. Spending time with God and seeking His path changes us like nothing else. Thank you for the solid reminder that we are chosen and have the opportunity to grow our relationship with God.

  552. More time you spend with someone, more you take on same traits. Love it! So true!

  553. When I spend even a few days away from God’s Word, I can tell the difference. There’s a disconnect—less patience and other qualities that reflect the fruit of the spirit and His word in my life and heart. In the words of the famous song, “Nearer, My God, to Thee” is where I want to be.

  554. Rhonda Corbett says:

    It took years for me to learn the significance of today’s devotional. Time spent with God is never wasted. I’m a living example of 2 Corinthians 5:17 all because of the Truth of God’s Word changing me from the inside out. Psalm 37 is one of my favorite passages. It’s good to revisit again and again!

  555. Mary-Ann Knott-Craig says:

    I’ve been getting up at 5am to spend an hour with jesus in the morning for the past 2 weeks as a part of a devotion I got from P31. I’m not kidding, my heart is being CHANGED. Radically. I’m not the same person. I’m hearing the voice of God, speaking over people, skipping out on social plans to sit with my Savior. I’ve never had this relationship with Jesus before. Thank you so much!!! God is so good. His WORD is so sweet!

  556. I have recently found life and love in god again and would love to receive a copy of the book to further my exploration. ?

  557. Rachele Warner says:

    I would love to draw closer to God through this study.

  558. Barbara Bailey says:

    I always look forward to learning more about the Bible. I teach a ladies’ Sunday school class, and use many sources when explaining Scripture. This devotional book will be an added plus to my studies.

  559. Tammy Williams says:

    So glad my daughter told me about Proverbs 31….I read the daily devotional every morning!

  560. Only with the Lord is anything and everything possible, this I know.

  561. J E Armes says:

    I would love a copy of your book to help me understand Gods word.

  562. Sarah Rollins says:

    Wonderful post and sounds like a wonderful book.

  563. Avis J Hearon says:

    I want a closer relationship with God thru His Word. I am a born-again Christian but don’t seem to relish in His Word like I should. Definitely want to be on track to reading daily. Thank you.

  564. Deborah Baker says:

    A truly humble experience, just reading todays devotional. I never considered how God wanted to spend time with me, I always felt I longed to spend time with Him! I hope to read this book one day and grow in my journey, a new creation in Christ! It has taken years for me to realize a relationship with God is a work in progress, progressively becoming closer to Him one day at a time.

  565. Teri Burzynski says:

    Thank you for creating these daily devotionals and exposing people like me to further resources. I love seeing how God is using so much around me to draw me closer to him. This journey has been “one for the books” for sure and I look forward to all He has in store. Thank you.

  566. Jena Schulte says:

    Would love to read this book. Been thinking of starting in the new year.

  567. I start my workday off by reading Proverbs 31 and this morning while reading I thought to myself I need to get back on a bible reading plan. Then I see the 52 week bible reading book at the end of the message. Totally meant to be. Hope I am 1 of the 5!

  568. Courtney Lackey says:

    Thank you and God bless!

  569. this devotional would be so encouraging

  570. Melissa Morin says:

    This devotional sounds like the perfect way to keep God’s Word in the forefront as I start my journey into 2017.

  571. Denise Smithson Green says:

    Would love a new devotional. Thank you for sharing.

  572. Thank you so much for the wonderful reminder of how much God loves us. There is nothing more precious than spending time in His word. It’s made even more so when we recognize that the enemy fights against us by telling us that we need to fill our schedules with things that the world says are important. Taking a step back, being still before God, takes on a whole new importance and He will remind us what is truly important.

  573. Susan Mosley says:

    I have loved Dr. Merritt and his ministry for a long time. It would be such a blessing to receive this book.

  574. Thank you! Sometimes in our busy were we forget the most important thing we can do is spend time with God.

  575. Thank you for this reminder today. Our time is precious and God deserves our time. I love that the more time we spend with Him we learn more about His will for our lives. ❤

  576. Wow!!!! Perfectly said:) I plan to print this out and keep a copy with me to repeat to others:)
    Our pastor was teaching about this very subject last night! God’s perfect plan:)
    Thank you for writing this and making it available to the public!

  577. Sounds like an adventurous book I need and would greatly enjoy! Thank you!

  578. I love getting Devotionals in my mail every morning.Good start to the day.

  579. Kathy Maguire says:

    Psalm 37 has carried me through some tough times in my life. Thank you for sharing and I’d love to read your book.

  580. Joan Alcorn says:

    I need encouragement and a plan to spend more time in God’s word in 2017!

  581. I so hope I win this… I have been a Christian for years. It now divorced after 30 yrs of marriage… that still aches in my heart … I find it difficult to pick up and steadily immerse myself in Gods Word… and I have had to begin work ( nursing home) so my ‘free time’ is limited and usually exhausted…this would give me a study plan to read through.(have tried others that Were not a good fit)

  582. What a wonderful gift to read in the new year!

  583. So thankful for the daily devotions provided by Proverbs 31. I love starting my day with just the right amount of Jesus, scripture and a challenge.

  584. I look forward to digging into God’s word more.

  585. Great message! Exactly what I needed to be reminded of; I’ll be sharing this devotional with my friends and family!

  586. Time spent with God is precious.

  587. Thanks for today’s message on “Time Well Spent” I have enjoyed it and have plans to use it to help prepare a short message in the future, Lord’s willing

  588. Jane johnson says:

    I’m thankful for devotions that help me focus on my relationship with God.

  589. Jessica Crowley says:

    Love starting the day with encouragement

  590. Donna Singleton says:

    Spending time in God’s word helps me prepare to face life’s challenges

  591. Ali Carpenter says:

    “Yet even more amazing to me is that God desires to spend time with me!”
    My daughter is struggling to understand her father’s suicide almost 1 year ago and she has distanced-herself from me. She confides in her step mother and tells me I don’t understand. I would do anything to get her to spend time with me. This must be the same way God feels when I’m not in touch with him. I needed this devotion today, thank you!! Love you!!

  592. I really think I could use this book

  593. I would love to have this book! At times, I catch myself looking for so-called “wisdom” in every place, but the Bible. That is where I also find my comfort!

  594. Kristen Stevenson says:

    I would love a copy of 52 Weeks Through the Bible! This would give me a planned format to better get into God’s Word and grow. Thank you for the offer 🙂

  595. Rebekah Foster says:

    I would love a copy. My desire for the new year is to grow closer to God. Loved today’s devotion.

  596. “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
    Romans 12:2 has been in my devotional readings for a week now. The only way my mind can be transformed is through God’s Word.
    My barrier is time management…I have none! I can fritter away hours that I could be meeting with God.

  597. I see all the people who have commented this is wonderful . We can start the New Year right by wanting and needing God’s word in our lives.

  598. I really needed to hear this today. Thank you for such timely words. I pray God blesses you and your family in a special way this year.

  599. Brittany Jost says:

    Great reminder of how precious our time is with the Lord and that it’s not one sided!

  600. I would absolutely LOVE to have this book! Really enjoyed this devotional for today, as it spoke directly to my heart. Thank you!

  601. Thankful the powerful Word of God spoken in these devotions. We need to connect with Him everyday to stay on the narrow path. Thank you Father.

  602. Ria Lishman says:

    always timely devotionals.

  603. Sue Olivier says:

    I turned my life over to God and read the Word daily and truly learned what “time well spent” means. I start my day ready to roll….to Him.

  604. Thank you for this message which was perfectly timed as I’ve been struggling to make reading God’s word a priority in my daily life.

  605. Tiffany cress says:

    Excellent devo this am! Spoke to my soul. Thank you!

  606. Jan Pavlica says:

    I would love to have this book. The best time spent is learning more about our Heavenly Father.

  607. Have a blessed day

  608. Nancy lindelof says:

    These daily reminders make me stop for a few minutes. Thank you. If I don’t win a copy I hope I can afford to buy one. There are days when it fits my situation more than others. Thank you again for the blessing of your insights.

  609. Cynthia vanaudenhove says:

    I love Priverbs 31 devotions!

  610. Jeanna Hendrickson says:

    This year my focus is to read through the entire bible. Being a Christian nearly my entire life and will be turning 28 and expecting my first child, I wanted to be equipped with leading this sweet boy through the wicked world we live in and be able to quote scripture when needed most!

  611. This is the first time I read a devotional by Mr. Merritt and I really enjoyed it. I have been looking for a new yearly devotional and this one sounds like it will speak to me very well

  612. Great message! I definitely need more time in the word. I am starting to make this a priority.

  613. Joan Van Santen says:

    This would help me get back on track!

  614. Ginger Lasch says:

    This spoke to me, as I realize I need to decrease.. and that will only come through more time with the Lord!

  615. Melissa Carter says:

    I’ve recently started reading these devotionals to help get me through a difficult time in my life. I’m finding comfort through all of them. Thank you

  616. Thank you for this and for giving away copies of your devotional! It’s a great reminder that we need to constantly and consistently connect with HIM to be transformed into His likeness! Thank you!

  617. Thank you for your devotion today! God’s Word is our connection to Him!

  618. Joann M. Smith says:

    In the new year I vow to find more time to spend with God in word and prayer.

  619. Donna Hoerdrmann says:

    EXACTLY the guidance I needed today. Thank you and God bless you all!

  620. Elaine Nunn says:

    Your message today is spot on for all of us, but, especially for someone who doubts God’s promises and truth like my son. He is a “skeptical agnostic”. I’m sending him this devotional and hope to win your book -a gift for him.

  621. Joan Van Santen says:

    This might be what I need to help me get back on track!

  622. Thank you so much for this reminder. My family and work take up most of my time. Social media and tv time take the rest. I need to remove the barriers and put God above all else.

  623. This is so true! This year (2017) my kids and I (& husband) have scheduled in a time before bedtime to spend time reading God’s word. As I was praying last night, I was also asking God to help us continue this through the year. I know we’ll gain a closer relationship with Him. I love that so far my kids and I (&a husband) have new topics to talk about and learn more about God together. It’s a blessing in itself!!! 🙂

  624. PATRICIA BOWEN says:

    Growing up in the church,I always learned my memory verses and studied my weekly Bible lesson, but it was much, MUCH later in life that I learned the awesome blessing of spending time daily in God’s Word. Since then, Father God has enabled me to read through the entire Bible every year, and it never ceases to amaze me to see His awesome love for me/us revealed in His Word and in His presence.

  625. Kim Broyles says:

    This is exactly what I am praying for today and this year. I want to develop the characteristics God will take delight in. I want to feel that personal connection by spending time with Him. As so often happens, when I desire direction or affirmation from my Heavenly Father, He delivers, and your post today was His confirmation to me that He heard.

  626. Connected with today’s blog on “Time is Life”. It’s a good reminder to spend our time with the those we love and spend it with the Lord.

  627. Amen! Praise God for this wonderful insight!

  628. Kacie Grubb says:

    Hello! Unfortunately my bible has been sitting on my stair case collecting dust for weeks. I just decided to deactivate my facebook last night so instead of wasting my time on there I can spend my time reading the Word!!!!

  629. Trying to let God lead me.

  630. Linda Hill says:

    I would love to receive this book and learn how to understand when God is speaking to me, sometimes I think it’s just me, the more I know and read the better knowledge I get, and I also want my children to know this too, God is an amazing God, he has gotten me through the loss of my mother, husband and sister and without him that would not have possibl, I am so blessed to be a child of the most high God and blessed with my family, friends and another day to be able to live and tell others God is crazy about you and me, thank-you God

  631. I thoroughly enjoyed today’s devotional. I plan to get the book.

  632. I would love to read through the Bible but struggle to maintain consistent reading time. I get easily sidetracked with other studies or even just business. Praying God will honor this new commitment as I prioritize with Hus help each day.

  633. Thanks for the devotion today. My husband and I have really just started to delve into the Bible together. We’ve seen a lot of signs to go on this journey together and this post is just one more to add.

  634. Connie Rogers says:

    I find myself in a season of life that I did not expect. We are now raising our 14 year old grandchild. Time is easily gobbled up and my relationship with God suffers. Thank you for the reminder!

  635. Jacki Payne says:

    I am learning to take time each day and really spend it with the Lord. I start and end each day with prayer. I start each day with a Bible reading and I am trying my best to keep this faith practice going as I find it helps me cope.

  636. Melinda Grandstaff says:

    Thank you for this morning devotion. Good way to start the day.

  637. Sharee Karg says:

    My goal is to not just to read the word of God everyday, but to ‘consume’ it. This book would be perfect in helping me to understand God’s word for my life.

  638. I would love to win 52 Weeks Through The Bible by Dr. Merritt.

  639. So grateful for a God who desires to fellowship with me!

  640. Debbie Kirk says:

    A great book to study.

  641. Renee Evans says:

    Thankful for this word from God today. We’ve been hit with some schemes from man and needed this reminder today to rest and put our faith in God. Thank you.

  642. Andrea Griswold says:

    Thank you for your devotional today. It helped remind me of the importance I am to God. It reminded me that I need to set apart time daily to be with Him. I had forgotten how important this is to me. Slowly we can drift away and not seem to notice the difference until we are caught in the grasp of the enemy again. Praise be to our heavenly Father who is so gracious and forgiving! Thank you for your gift of giving the blessings God has given you. And again thanks for the powerful reminder. Blessings.

  643. Appreciate the encouragement

  644. Lila De Jonge says:

    Oh yes I would love the help.

  645. I’ve noticed that if I take time out of my day, even just 5 minutes, to spend time with God that I feel so much better. A day without spending time with God is just blah. No good. I want God to consume my heart and be the focus of my day. I’ve always struggled with this. I’m such a take charge person and get super stressed out and upset. I need to reset myself with God. Always.

  646. Rita McClain says:

    Your devotional is a great reminder of daily reading of God’s Word.

  647. To draw closer to my Lord is a desire of mine!

  648. I have listened to Dr Merritt for years. My step daughter’s last name was Merritt and she was delighted to listen to you. She became a Christian before she passed away in 2009. I lived in Avondale Estates from 1952-1970, in MS from 1070-2014 and now since my husband passed away I live in Richmond VA close to my daughter. Every Sunday I listen to Dr. Merrit. I am 78 and study and read my Bible every morning and attend a Bible preaching church. Thank you for your messages.

  649. I love this daily devotional, it is such a help to read before I start my work day. I would like a copy of this book, I think it would be a great help with my personal devotional.

  650. I am looking for something to read with my three teens that will give us guidance and direction through God’s word consistently. This sounds like a perfect fit.

  651. Shannon Cunningham says:

    I have been bery busy for years now. People have been amazed at how much I could get done. The problem is my obligations were getting done but my life, the everyday sitting at the feet of Jesus was not always getting done. I am tired of all the other stuff being the top priority and want more of Him on a regular basis.

  652. Donna Smith says:

    A much needed message today. Thank you!

  653. I want to have a deeper relationship with God. Thank you for the opportunity to win this book.

  654. Lori Dopp says:

    Thank you for your devotion today
    A great challenge for the new year
    One of my goals is to get into the word and spend more time with the Master
    I would love to receive a copy of your book so I can journey with him throughout this year God bless you

  655. One of the enemies greatest tools is distractions
    This happens constantly to me;if it is not the children then it is work ,or other things ,or places to go .
    But now that I am older and children are watching the pattern in my daily routine ,distraction are becoming not as strong as before.I can not say that there are no distractions any more but from different avenues. I am learning to overcome them and he my devotional time in with the Most High G-d.

  656. Renee McClintock says:

    Spending time with God daily, is the best habit anyone could have form. Thank you for your devotion today!

  657. Becky Hardy says:

    I am at a time in my life when I thought was going to finally start doing things for me enjoy the Hobbies I have always enjoyed. Instead I have been given a diagnosis that is pretty life altering. But I grow in my faith and look ahead day 2 day, week to week month to month, year to year. Whatever I am given. 52 weeks sounds wonderful to me and would give me direction.

  658. My daughter and I had this very conversation last night. We both wish our first and last conversations of the day to be our Lord in prayer and in His word. I have not ever read the entire Bible and would like to with the aid of Dr. Merritt’s book. Blessings!

  659. Brittany Williamson says:

    I would LOVE to win this book. I believe it would help me tremendously with my walk with GOD. Thank you!

  660. Margaret Kizer says:

    This message was a blessing- especially good for the New Year and resetting priorities- Thank You

  661. Betsy Colliander says:

    Thank you for today’s devotion! I would love to have a copy of this book to study.

  662. Beth Morgret says:

    I greatly appreciate this devotion. My heart aches to know God better and to understand His love for me. I have been on a journey that sometimes I’m not sure that I’m making any headway. I feel that reading the Bible will help me with that journey, but I’m not sure where to start. Thank you.

  663. I tend to let family and work needs get in my way. I’ve been getting up earlier in the morning to spend quiet time with God and take several intentional breaks throughout my day to pray.

  664. I’ve never actually read through the entire Bible before, and I’ve been a believer for years! I would love to do this, time and time again really, like a new runner whose goal is to do their first marathon and then becomes “addicted”! I know that each new time I read something in His word, even the same verse, He shows me something different.

  665. Jennifer Dixon Palmer says:

    God is good! My husband and I have started doing our Devotionals together every morning! Just celebrated 33 years of marriage! Would greatly appreciate your book to help us read through the Bible in 2017! ❤

  666. Thank you! I would love this book. I just recently finished my certification which took me almost a year and a half of 4am wake-ups, late nights and no weekends with family. I realized that if i can do this to gain a certification I can certainly make time for my Father in heaven and spend time every day in His word.

  667. Tonya Burg says:

    I love finding new ways to spend time with God. Thank you for the book in advance!

  668. Sharing time with Jesus each evening is time I look forward to. Talking to him about my day is comforting.

  669. Nancy Douzuk says:

    I would love, love, love to win this book. Thank you

  670. I love Dr. Merritt’s messages! Always a clear and concise word from God!

  671. Debbie McIntosh says:

    Thank you for the devotion this morning. I’m looking for direction on a reading, studying plan for my morning devotions. This really spoke to me today. I’ll be a little late getting started by the time I’d receive your book but I’ll catch up. Thank you for the offer from Proverbs 31 Facebook devotees.

  672. Marie Cook says:

    As I have grown in my relationship with God over the last few years, I am constantly looking for new ways to become closer to Him. iDisciple, a Christmas present from my daughter and her family this year, so far seems to be another great tool and the daily devotions are a true blessing. I would love to add this book to my references. Thanks so much!

  673. Maureen Guevara says:

    I was truly blessed with the message today, you know how our Great God works. He give you the message just when you need it, for his timing is perfect. I going through a job transition and trusting in Him and his perfect word and will. This was time well spent this morning….ready for another day to walk with the King of Kings, show me the way Lord and I will follow. Thanks so much for the devotional…..I was truly blessed.

  674. Joanne Reynolds says:

    Spending time with God everyday is what we must do to be equipped to face what is presently here and what is to come.

  675. I ran across this website two days and its the best thing that happens to me thus far for the new year.

  676. Thanks for sharing this website

  677. Melissa Duggan says:

    This is what I need to do. Make time with God and time for studying his word. When I study my Bible I always feel closer to God and better about everything. This is my priority for 2017 and FOREVER!

  678. Jenny Hines says:

    Blessed by today’s message and would love to read through the book with my 12 year old daughter as we seek to tuck God’s truths into her heart for life.

  679. Sharon Andrew says:

    I lost my husband of 36 years. I leaning on God word for strength. I would love to read this book.

  680. Monica Cason says:

    Thank you for shedding light and helping me to understand the importance of spending time with God first thing each morning.

  681. Amen

  682. Trying to find a new way to read my entire bible for the year. Would be the second time I do this and this book would be a great chance if I win. Bless you all!

  683. Thank you for the encouraging message and opportunity to win the book.

  684. Sally Anderson says:

    Thank you for reminding me that God wants me to prioritize time alone with HIM. I want to spend more quality time with HIM. I want to make the time with HIM the most blessed time of each day.

  685. Jon Farris says:

    Thank you for this good word.

  686. Kim Woirhaye-Reid says:

    I would love to win this book. I am growing in my daily walks with God but struggle with making time to dive deep into his word.

  687. Sharon Andrew says:

    My husband passed away after 36 years of marriage. Reading Gods word is helping me with my pain . Would love to read this book

  688. It is always encouraging to read a devotion from a man’s perspective, and especially so when I consider my own marriage of 20 years. My precious husband and I delight in time together. Including God in that time, and realizing that His desire is to communicate with us through His Word, cements our marriage and gives us growth.
    Our family of 6 has begun and will be reading through the Bible together this year, with God’s help!

  689. Lupe Valdez says:

    Thank you. First think I do when I get to work is open my email and read your encouragement for the day.

  690. Julie barrett says:

    I recently tried to purchase one of the suggested bible’s 0n proverb 31’s website,to read the bible in a year…

    So this would be a divine gift if I would be blessed with this book!!

  691. As much as I enjoy reading, I am ashamed to say, I’ve never read the Bible cover to cover. Now that I am 60, that has to change.

  692. TallulahJane says:

    This is a great blog. Really delving into the Bible is so essential to staying focused on Him and being more like the Lord in our daily life than the world. Sometimes, I get so busy that I don’t study like I should. I would love to win this book to help me go through the Bible in a set time period.

  693. Would love to start this and read through the entire Bible!

  694. Been away too long! A book to revive the joy!

  695. Debra Walker says:

    I so desperately desire to spend more time in God’s word, but I always seem to let other things get in the way. I pray that I will be able to set these other things aside and see what is most important….spending time with our Lord.

  696. I would love to read more of the Bible. I have read a lot of different Chapters but never the complete book.

  697. Darleen Sweet says:

    I have been looking for a resourse to help me read the Bible every day. I pray this is the one and God gifts Dr. Merritt’s book 52 Weeks to me.

  698. Exactly what I need!

  699. Kathy wyg says:

    Good morning…..thank you for your story/devo today….very uplifting &…
    Encouraging….& I agree…as you get older…it is so important to spend time w/your loved ones…&…too..for me as you…my hubby…&..40 yrs…too….of marriage…


    Have a blessed day………….Kathy wyg

  700. My family worships most Sundays in church but would love to have a guide for reading through the Bible at home. I enjoy the Proverbs messages & share some with my oldest daughter & husband. I love the encouragement every day.

  701. It would be awesome to have a copy of this book

  702. I have been desperately needing to learn how to spend more time with God. Just last night I asked Him guidance, this morning this comes across my email. Maybe this is part of the answer I’m searching for…. Thank you for the opportunity

  703. This devotional was the best, most concise devotional on spending time with God. It was clear and understandable and encouraging. It was also encouraging and uplifting. I have already known I should have my devotions everyday but I never really realized that God wanted to spend time with me. After all who am I that the God of the universe would want to spend time with me. Thank you for helping me understand His word better! Blessings

  704. Sheri tucker says:

    I would love a copy of this book. My 2017 goal is to develop a closer relationship with God.

  705. This certainly spoke to my heart this morning. I have been feeling like God wants more of me. It’s so easy to place others before Him, but I’m making a decision to pursue God just like He pursues me.

  706. Linda Crutchfield says:

    I need a more structured study. This sounds perfect for me!

  707. Molly Higle says:

    When I don’t read the word I end up living in fear, doubt, anxiety, and all the other negative emotions out there. Those emotions begin to tell me who I am and shape my choices instead of God and His truth.

  708. Thank you for your insight! For the first time, I’ve spent the last two years reading the entire bible. Would love your book to help on this journey. Thank you!

  709. Enjoyed the daily devotional. Especially the section explaining that “his desires become our desires” that is so true. We continually pray for blessings and sometimes forget that – his will be done. Thank you for reminding me.

  710. Elaine Segstro says:

    I was so blessed by your devotional this morning. I’m still finishing “reading the Bible for 2016”, and I have a few more chapters to go. I too would like to have a resource for reading the Bible every day. I admit it was hard some days, just reading quickly to get it done.

  711. Thank you for this devotion this morning. I would love to have a copy of Dr. Merritt’s book. I really want to spend more time with the Lord and to thirst after time with Him more than anything else.

  712. This really speaks to my heart! Thank you for the encouragement!

  713. Heather D says:

    Would love to get a copy of this book!

  714. Never tire of this needed reminder!

  715. I love this devotional. I would like more direction on how to read the Bible.

  716. Katherine says:

    I have read the Bible through numerous times and each time God reveals new truths about Himself and about me. Thank you for this devotional today, it reminded me that God wants to be my number one priority and I have made that commitment to Him today.

  717. Thank you! Needed this today…

  718. This was enlightening for me. True and to the point.

  719. Kathy Hood says:

    Thank you

  720. This spoke to my heart! My husband and I are working through the 1 Year Chronological Bible this year, and this was wonderful encouragement 🙂

  721. Deidre Chambers Logan says:

    I need more time with God and will wake up earlier and also spend time with him before going to sleep at night. I need God in my life.

  722. I love that you said: “Worry is replaced with worship.” Far too often I find myself overly concerned about things. In my heart I know that God is going to take care of the situation but rather than thanking Him in advance for it, I fret and worry. Today I will replace my worry with worship!

  723. Trish Patterson says:

    Wonderful devotion. The book sounds intriguing.

  724. I am at a point in my life where I need to learn how to spend time in my Bible. I sense God wanting major changes in my life and keep looking to find answers to that quest. If this book would help me do that, I would be grateful.

  725. Keturah Reed says:

    Thank for this timely message and reminder! I’ve made it my goal this year to grow in my relationship with God by spending more time in prayer and in his word. The First 5 app through Proverbs 31 is helping me achieve this goal! I also love reading the various devotionals and recommended books! Thank you for being a blessing in my life Proverbs 31 Ministries!

  726. I simply love this devotional and it is taken from my favorite passage Psalm 37. Learning where to put your time is something I am learning now as I read this book about have a Mary heart in a Martha world. Mary chose to focus her time on Who was more important Jesus!

  727. Thank you for reminding me to make my relationship with God a priority, that it is not water time but time well spent.

  728. These were good thoughts!

  729. Thanks for sharing

  730. Lisa Alexander says:

    I would love to have a copy . I have always listen to Dr Merritt and love his Bible teaching.

  731. Sherri Cox says:

    Would love a copy of this book. Have always wanted to try to read the Bible in its entirety. Thank you!

  732. Andrea Arany-kovacs says:

    Thank you for the reminder that God loves to spend time with me! This is an area I am challenged in, I feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to begin my journey in the Bible.

  733. Megan Margaret Tracy says:

    Thank You for Blessing us with your God given words and wisdom! 2017 is going to be my best year ever, because Spending Time With God will be my first priority! I can’t follow HIS most precious commandments to: 1. Love HIM with all my heart & Soul & Mind, 2. Love my neighbor as myself unless I Read, Meditate on & Follow
    HIS Word!

  734. Nancy Derkowski says:

    Have faith!

  735. Thank you for a great reminder of God’s desire to have a personal relationship with me.

  736. Thanks for sharing!

  737. This was the first morning to receive the devotional from Proverbs 31. The scripture and your explanation were spot on! You were able to help me understand that God only wants relationship with us and sent Jesus to accomplish it! Thank you for your well written words.

  738. Would love to have direction in the study of the Lord, thank you for your consideration.

  739. Amanda Cox says:

    This seems like a great book! I’d love a copy!

  740. Melody smith says:

    This was an excellent reminder of how important it is to spend time with God, not just in church but every day. Thank you!

  741. What a timely read for me this morning. So thankful for God’s mercy

  742. I struggle with the desire to read my bible. I am consistently asking God to help me read his word more. I do for a while and then it fades. I wish I had a better understanding of God’s word and a strong desire to dive in it everyday.

  743. I would love a copy and would plan on going through it with my daughter.

  744. Tara Pease says:

    For those of you struggling to find the time to spend reading the bible, consider checking out P31’s First 5 app. The idea behind it is to give the first five minutes of your day to God – you read one chapter of the bible each day along with a devotional teaching; on the weekends there’s a short 10-15 minute video that goes a little more in-depth into that week’s readings. It really truly can be done in just 5 minutes!! The app has helped me stay consistently in God’s word for over a year now. I cannot imagine not starting my day off in God’s word now!! 🙂

  745. Great devotion and the book sounds like a great resource also.

  746. Thank you for reminding me how much the Lord desires to spend time with me.

  747. Pat Crouse says:

    This was a great message. I truly believe the things mentioned were a direct answer to a prayer I said just this morning. I’d love a copy of the book!

    Thank you!

  748. LEILA Cruz says:

    This message is so on point with this time in my life where I’m trying to put my house in order, and spending my time with my Lord will definitely help with that. Thank you for thr reminder!

  749. Wanda Tillman says:

    Spending time with God, in reading His word and prayer, every day is time well spent. So to is time spent answering God’s call to love one another, giving of your time / life in visiting those in hospitals, nursing homes or housebound. Your reward will shine in the faces of those you serve.

  750. Tim W. Hammett says:

    Thanks for sharing the great recipe for a good life

  751. Great message today!! I am really working on spending more time with God and these were great reminders of why I should! I would love to win a copy of this book!

  752. I have started several times to read the Bible all the way through but have gotten bogged down. Would love to be able to get through it and understand what I am reading. Very encouraging devotion this morning.

  753. I love The Word and enjoy new ways of reading and studying! Would love be a copy of the book!

  754. Kina Burkett says:

    I want to spend more time with God in my busy life. I do not know where to begin. Thank you for sharing. This is definitely something that I want to invest in to get me on track.

  755. Mary Johnson says:

    Thanks for this devotional. I needed this encouragement today!

  756. Anita Summerlin says:

    I would love to read through the Bible this year!

  757. Reading this book would be time well spent.

  758. Emily Salsky says:

    I love spending time with Jesus and want to go deeper in His word.

  759. I feel with all my heart that no one not even me can ever spend enough or too much time with the Lord…over a period of 14 years now I have spent time with the Lord as much and as often as I can…within these last two years I will not go a day without reading his word and going to Him in Prayer…and I can honestly say the more time I spend time with the Lord and reading His word ..the more wisdom…knowledge…and understanding I get…Thankyou Lord!…now I look forward to each and every day I am here on this earth to do Gods will/plan for my life!

  760. I think this will help me to get back on track with making God a first priority again. Thank you.

  761. Would lIke this book. I don’t want my time God to ever be part of a checklist.

  762. Lacey M Pierson says:

    “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you” Isaiah 26:3

  763. Such a good reminder of why we should worship our God! Thank you for all reminders. God is good!

  764. Doris Hart says:

    Thank you for reminding me of how much I am loved by God. My morning coffee time is my devotion with Proverbs 31 and the First 5 app.
    I really struggle getting through reading the bible. This book sounds as if it is easier than I think to get through the entire bible, and understand what I am about to read.
    Thank you to all that put these devotions together.

  765. I would love to win this book!

  766. Kristin Bailey says:

    What a great resource. At times, approaching the Bible can seem like a daunting task. Having this would certainly put it into better perspective!

  767. Help me walk thru the Bible in 52wks.

  768. Wonderful reminder of the importance of daily time spent in the Word. Would like to use this as a family devotion and discussion with my older kids.

  769. I enjoyed today’s study. My parents who are no longer able to attend their church enjoy your tv broadcast and I was glad to see your study on Proverbs 31

  770. Love this devotion today!!!

  771. Thank you for the reminders on why we should worship our God. God is good all the time!

  772. Thank you for this additional opportunity to study the word!

  773. Kathleen Breitfeld says:

    I have taken this new year opportunity to re-connect with my Lord and Savior. I don’t know why I have such a difficult time committing to reading his word daily, but, I do. All my life I have struggled to read, I’m a listener better than a reader I try to commit daily but wind up falling short Jan 1 has been my new leaf, I am focusing on quality and committed time every morning with God. I decided to find at least a daily read and discovered proverbs31 your my go to after I spend time in prayer. I would greatly appreciate a daily inspiration to assist me on my mission to drawing closer and resting in sweet Jesus. Thank you

  774. Loved this devotion today!

  775. I have turned my life over to God, asking for his strength, peace and grace. Today’s message is very moving. I want to know God better through His word.

  776. Robert Vance says:

    What a great birthday ?! LORD willing,tomorrow, 57-year-old and learning still. A different perspective is always welcome.

  777. What a great reminder. Thanks so much!

  778. Carol Watkins says:

    I have coffee and chat time with God every morning. I long for God to speak to me through his living word or spirit. I’ve recently been thinking about reading through the Bible again and can’t seem to get started. Instead, I have a devotional and pray and then open my bible randomly. I think God wants more and I’d love a guide through his word. Thanks, Carol

  779. Beth Erlander says:

    Would love this 52 week study for my husband and me!

  780. I would really love to have the book at this time in my life. I know in my heart i still have a strong belief but lately i feel so distant. My prayer is to launch out in the deep like Jesus said and get a fresh direction and more dedication to God especially in His word. Then i want to share with someone else which may include the book.

  781. This would be great! I’m on a mission to discover Gods purpose for me and reading through this book would help me greatly! Thanks for the offer!

  782. Would like the book to help this year’s journey in the Word.

  783. Mari Lynne Snyder says:

    I was just thinking about getting a new devotional and if I win this one, I would get one. Thanks for the chance!

  784. I read various daily testimonials 95% of the time as well as share them!
    Because I do not pass judgement or have negative thoughts about people; i will not hold my tongue. I will let a person know, that they are profiling someone and shouldn’t assume that persons motive, intelligence, or situation.
    I’m often referred to as being too nice or naive (I have life experiences; I’m in my fifties, married with children, come from a huge family, work outside the home for 30+years, volunteer) – I will not change who i am!

  785. I would love this devotional!

  786. Thank you Dr. Merritt, your teaching has been a blessing to me and my husband. We live in Chicago, but have listened to your sermons for a while. God does delight in spending time with us, I notice a change in my outlook, attitudes, and heart when I am making time for God’s word…that truly is Him being manifest through me. I appreciate the encouragement to be more intentional about how we spend our time.

  787. Ashley Chimonas says:

    This was exactly what I needed! I have about 10 of my morning devotions in my email that I haven’t opened because life has just been busy and I don’t take the time to sit and read them..it’s something I’m wanting to do better at this year. God gave me a little nudge and I sat down with my morning coffee and read today’s, and I’m so thankful I did! I needed it, and will be setting time aside daily to be with God.

  788. Donna Jones says:

    I enjoy Dr. Merritt’s teaching and watch him on t.v. On Sunday mornings before I get ready for church. He is such an inspiration.

  789. Thanks for this opportunity

  790. Thank you for this reminder!!! Would love a copy of this book!

  791. Thank you for this offer. Getting more of God’s word in me is a goal of mine on this new year.

  792. Yes, this is a good reminder to me not to rush my time with God just because I have things on my agenda for the day. I know how much I need Him and how much He loves me. ❤

  793. I really want to know how I can read thru the bible in 52 weeks. I have been wanting to do this my whole entire life. plus I would like to know what is the best version to read or does it matter? I do find sometimes that the King James is harder to understand, but I could really use some pointers from this book. Thanks and God Bless.

  794. God, please bless every one today and keep us all on track to spend more time with you. Amen

  795. Inspirational reading to provide hope, direction and love each day of our lives.

  796. I will make a choice to be more devoted to delighting myself in the Lord!

  797. This is a timely devotion today as I have committed to spending time in the word this year. I would like to have this book to help me with this commitment.

  798. I am 18 years old and I have been trying to grow closer to the Lord after almost loosing my faith altogether. I believe this would really help to build my faith.

  799. I needed this devotional today so badly. Thank you!

  800. Teri McKenney says:

    I loved the reminder when you spend time with God you become like Him. You can’t
    Spend time with God and not change.

  801. God’s will be done

  802. Whitney Bownds says:

    Thank you for your words. Great way to start the day!

  803. Exactly what God is working in my life- spending time with Him in His Word and delighting in Him. Thank you for this devotion.

  804. I would love to have this study to guide me through the New Year. I have been in many Bible studies but have found myself “drifting” lately due to many family responsibilities including a stroke my husband suffered a year ago. I feel a strong need to get back in God’s word daily. Thank you for this nice offer.

  805. This is a fantastic reminder he wants us to spend time with him, and there is no rejection with him.

  806. Thank you for your devotional.

  807. Very well put!

  808. I would love a copy of this book as I start the new year committing to sit at the feet of Jesus every day! I am praying to be more like Mary this year and choose “the better portion”.

  809. This looks great!

  810. This really spoke to me today. This is an area I’ve really been struggling in, and God used this message this morning.

  811. This is such a great article outlining the benefits of reading God’s Word. My personal relationship with God started with serious Bible study and since then I have encouraged everyone I know to read and study the Word. I’m going to share this article with my blog readers. Thank you!

  812. Taryn Collins says:

    So ready to start the new year off in a different way, keeping my mind and heart focused on Christ Jesus. My husband and I watch James Merritt on TV and love him. God has truly blessed him with a saints heart!

  813. Shana Henry says:

    This was what I needed to hear today ???

  814. Barries… Poor time management! Excuses, excuses, excuses!

    I love The Lord and The Lord loves me. ALL OF ME (even my not so great parts).

  815. Elvira Muniz says:


  816. I would like to take this year to dig deeper into God’s Word. It is so easy to get distracted by other things and the devil tries his hardest to make that happen. I would love to use your book to assist me as I begin to study and lean on the word of God!

  817. Hope I win

  818. Great devotional! Will be sharing this with my teenagers.