Staying in Love With Jesus

This Devotional, Planner, Journal is intended to deepen your love relationship with Jesus.


The introduction was shared as a sermon, recording and presentation are available below.


Sermon presented at Tidings of Peace Mennonite Church 3.6.22
This was also presented at REACH 2022 and the recording can be purchased above, or the presentation viewed below.


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Recommended Reading

The Common Rule: Habits of Purpose for an Age of Distraction

Justin Whitmel Earley

The Common Rule offers four daily and four weekly habits, designed to help us create new routines and transform frazzled days into lives of love for God and neighbor. Justin Earley provides concrete, doable practices, such as a daily hour of phoneless presence or a weekly conversation with a friend.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Stephen Covey

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, first published in 1989, is a business and self-help book written by Stephen R. Covey.[1] Covey presents an approach to being effective in attaining goals by aligning oneself to what he calls “true north” principles based on a character ethic that he presents as universal and timeless.

An Unhurried Life:

Following Jesus’ Rhythms of Work and Rest

Alan Fadling

The 2014 Christianity Today Book Award of Merit Winner (Spirituality)

“I am a recovering speed addict.” Beginning with this confession, pastor and spiritual director Alan Fadling goes on to describe his journey out of the fast lane and into the rhythms of Jesus. Following the framework of Jesus’ earthly life, Fadling shows how the work of “unhurrying” ourselves is central to our spiritual development in such pivotal areas as resisting temptation, caring for others, praying and making disciples. Here is a book that affirms that we are called to work and to do work. Productivity is not a sin―it is the attitudes behind our work that can be our undoing. So how do we find balance between our sense of calling and the call to rest? An Unhurried Life offers a way.

Street God:

The Explosive True Story of a Former Drug Boss on the Run from the Hood–and the Courageous Mission That Drove Him Back

 Dimas Salaberrios

His street name was Daylight. But he was a nightmare. On the streets of New York, darkness and violence reigned. Dimas “Daylight” Salaberrios popped his first pill when he was eleven years old, and just days later, he was selling drugs to his schoolmates. By fifteen, he was facing time at the notorious Rikers Island Prison. It was never safe to turn your back, and Dimas saw only one chance to survive: to become a street god. He would be the richest, most powerful ruler in the hood . . . or die trying.

But in one terrifying moment, with a gun pointed at his head, Dimas had to decide: How far would he go? Was he finished taking reckless chances to rule as a god of the streets? Would he dare to entrust his life to the real God―an even riskier path? Because that God would send Dimas back down the darkest streets he’d ever known on a rescue mission after those still in danger.

Street God is the true story of one man’s against-all-odds journey from the streets to the altar and back again. A modern-day The Cross and the Switchblade for a new generation, it reveals that we’re never too far gone for God to change us―and shows how a single spark can illuminate even the darkest existence.

Disciplines of a Godly Man

R. Kent Hughes 

No man will get anywhere in life without discipline―and growth in godliness is no exception.

Seasoned pastor R. Kent Hughes’s inspiring and best-selling book Disciplines of a Godly Man―now updated with fresh references and suggested resources―is filled with godly advice aimed at helping men grow in the disciplines of prayer, integrity, marriage, leadership, worship, purity, and more.

With biblical wisdom, memorable illustrations, and engaging study questions, this practical guide will empower men to take seriously the call to godliness and direct their energy toward the things that matter most.

Bring your Children Along

If you are a parent you know how important it is to bring your children with you in your love relationship with Jesus so that they can also fall in love with him.

  1. Another Book recommendation

We have found this to be a great resource for family devotions that children beg us to do with them!

Our 24 Family Ways: A Family Devotional Guide

Clay Clarkson

Our 24 Family Ways is a parent-friendly, Bible-centered family time resource that seamlessly weaves together devotional interaction with discipleship instruction for the whole family. This is a tool to train your children in the way they should go, teach them Bible truths and principles, train them in Christian character and values, and strengthen their relationship with the Lord.

Our 24 Family Ways is a multi-purpose family devotional guide that will shape hearts in your home for God and his ways. It’s easy to use and hard to forget! Here’s what’s included:

–120 complete family devotionals…five for each of the Ways, in family-ready ARTS outlines.

–24 easy-to-learn family Ways…24 biblical values in six key areas of family life.

–24 Scripture memory passages…one for each Way, in NIV, NASB, and NKJV.

–24 character quality definitions…one for each Way, in child-friendly language.

–25 original screened illustrations…one for each Way, plus one for Proverbs 22:6.

–25 line art coloring pages…make My 24 Family Ways notebooks for each child.

The only thing missing from this whole family devotional guide is you…to open it and use it. Clear instructions and a generous helping of creative ideas and suggestions are included for using the Ways in your family.

Additional PDF downloads and user-generated companion resources are available on the publisher’s website at

  1. A Star Chart

The following start chart is meant to be printed and personalized for you and your family.  I recommend that you do it along with your children and that any quarter that 85% of the goal is completed, a certificate be awarded.   Any goal that is not completed with 85% should be revisited until a certificate can be earned. Happy habit forming!

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