Devotionals for James 1


This is our final week of memorizing James 1 at Do Not Depart.

We’ve been convicted often on . . .

  • hearing versus doing
  • doubting versus believing
  • quitting versus remaining

If you’d like to spend more time in James 1 now or in the future, below is a list of the short devotional thoughts, prayers, wallpaper, and resources that we used this summer.

After a few weeks off, we’ll return this fall to dive into a different chapter, memorizing, meditating, and studying as we go. Stay tuned for details to come.

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Is memorizing scripture a helpful practice to you? What tips could you share? I’d love to hear in the comments.



12 thoughts on “Devotionals for James 1

  1. Linda Stoll

    Thanks, Lisa. I love the book of James and am bookmarking your bountiful resource for my personal time with God. I always love a fresh glimpse, a renewed perspective, into His Word.

    Appreciate this …

    Blessings, friend.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Thanks, Linda. I love the book of James too. As God would have it, my church began a series on James shortly after we started memorizing this, so I’ve been blessed to dig more into the whole book myself. Beautiful timing.

  2. Sharon

    This is just so wonderful, Lisa. So organized, and so much good stuff to ponder in James. I love this powerful little book in the NT. I remember years ago learning that the book of James wasn’t written by the disciple named James (John’s brother), but rather, it was written by Jesus’ half-brother James. To me it’s a testimony of the reality of Jesus’ resurrection. What else could change the mind of his previously unbelieving brother than the Truth of His rising from the dead?!

    So, I always read what James has to say with that whole scenario in mind.


    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Yes, Sharon! I too love the fact that the James who wrote this is the half-brother of Jesus. And yet he doesn’t even mention that fact—his humility is another testimony to me of his firm belief that Jesus is Lord.

  3. ~ linda

    Lisa, ’twas this that contributed to my husband and I reading a chapter of the Bible together each night. We read the chapter on our own and then share what we read and what God placed on our hearts. We are being blessed by this sharing which we have not done in years. Now we are reading 1 Peter and it began when I shared something you shared in the earlier part of this on James. Thank you. Thank you. ~ linda

    PS…I am reading “Their Name Is Today…Reclaiming Childhood in a Hostile World” by Johann Christoph Arnold. It is a short book but very powerful.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      How wonderful that you and your husband do that. It’s been awhile since Jeff and I have done any reading together, but I do love the idea of starting again at some point.

      Of course I had to go get the Kindle sample of “Their Name Is Today” since you mentioned it. 🙂 I’ve thought often about your encouragement about my Jenna’s Kindergarten class. You took away some of my fears. It’s been such great fun helping her prepare for the precious little kids who will come in there on Tuesday!

  4. Jen Ferguson

    I used to stay away from James because it always made me feel like a bad person. But now that I can read scripture with new eyes (and as one released from a bunch of shame), I have found it to be very helpful and life giving! SO glad you did this study!

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Releasing ourselves from the heavy loads of guilt and shame makes our vision so much clearer, yes? Thanks for your honesty, Jen. Your authenticity is always so refreshing and encouraging.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      I know–that line is powerful to me too. Bridling our tongue is one of the most difficult things we can do, but without doing it, we are only fooling ourselves.

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