All persons, who have ever served as a pastor of a church or in any other full or part-time pastoral ministry role, understand the importance of personal soul tending. In order to be at one’s best in ministering to others, we ministers must tend to our own spiritual needs. This means that personal devotional time, daily Bible reading and prayer time are of utmost importance. But like all Christians, the demands of hectic work schedules, or family life can sometimes make it difficult to carve out the time needed for our own devotional time. Some ministers find that their day goes more smoothly when they can start the day with devotional time, so they awaken early to spend time with God before other distractions can enter the picture. That plan does not work so well for those who are not morning persons. The particular time of day set aside for soul tending is not nearly so important as the practice itself.
The truth of the matter is that devotional time is a very personal thing and each of us must try different approaches for our own practice until we find the style that best fits our lifestyle. Many of us find that a variety of devotional exercises work better at different times in our lives. We need to realize that there is no such thing as one size fits all approach to soul tending. Below you will find some links to some websites that others have found helpful in their own devotional time. If you are looking for something different from your current routine, perhaps one of these might prove helpful. In recent years, many people have found that the Bible reading plans can be useful tools. With smart phones and other handheld devices, Bible apps have become great tools for daily devotional time.