Monday, January 1, 2018

Todd Galberth's "Decrease" Devotional Notes: Day 1

Happy New Year, everyone! I know I usually post on Wednesdays, but I'm trying something different. First thing's first, let's start the new year off right, by being honest: We all make ridiculous resolutions that we abandon within the first week of every year. I don't know about you all, but this time around, I needed to make a tangible, realistic resolution I could actually stick to. So, I bought Todd Galberth's 21-day "Decrease" devotional as a Christmas present to myself, and I started it today. Granted, it's only day one, but so far, I think it's a great investment.

Todd Galberth - "Decrease" devotional / Todd Galberth online store

The "Decrease" devotional is based on Todd's song/album of the same name, released in September 2017. Let me pause and insert a shameless plug here because...when I tell y'all this album--especially the title track and "Lord You Are Good"--had me WRECKED...listen, if you don't have the album, you need it in your life. Get it here. Now, back to our regularly scheduled programming. The premise of the devotional is to teach readers how to decrease to allow God to increase in every area of our lives. Todd's writing style and tone is very conversational and familiar, which I appreciate (probably because I like to write that way, too), but he makes it clear from the introduction that he's going to teach us the concept of decrease the way God gave it to him.

Todd Galberth - Decrease (2017) / Amazon

Day one of the devotional, entitled "Lord?", speaks to how to surrender to God fully and allow Him to not only be the God who saves us, but also the God who leads us. It focused on how to make God the "headship" of our lives. The section was a short but "meaty" read, exactly what I needed, and it reminded me of my previous post in so many ways.

As if you needed another reason to purchase this book, here's one more cool thing: If you're familiar with Todd's music, you know he's a phenomenal songwriter in his own right, but I was pleasantly surprised that he featured other artists' songs in the devotional's "Medicine Music" section. Day one's song was "I Surrender" by Hillsong, a perfect fit for the message he shared.

For the next 21 days, I'll be using this blog as a journal as I reflect on and pray about the topics discussed in the "Decrease" devotional. If you have a copy, feel free to read along with me and post your thoughts in the comment section. If you don't, I hope these posts inspire you to get one. Let's decrease together!

Day 1 takeaway: In 2018 and beyond, I want to focus less on my hardships and more on God as my headship. In everything I do, I want Him to go before me. Less of me, more of He.

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