This is one of my flashcards I made during the Journal Challenge
Sitting in the library cramming one law principle after another...desperately looking for a distraction, I hit a blog post that I believe I really needed to see. It's a post by Katie Ganshert (author of Wildflowers From Winter) that appeared in my e-mail (as is custom).
Let me invite you to go on over to Katie's blog and check the post out. It'll only take a minute, and a very worthwhile one too. C'mon, I'll be right here. When you're done with that great post, then we can chat a little.
Click HERE. Go on, I'll wait :)
Back?? Alright time to chat. A little believer-to-believer chat. Will you promise to be honest with yourself? Well, I promise to be honest with you.
When I started this blog about a year ago, one of my first posts was God's Love Letter To Us (please, by all means, check it out. Or simply read it later. It is still an eye-opener to me today). And in it I confessed to seriously having trouble reading the Bible sometimes. Why? Too much to do! Goodness, it is definitely not an excuse. It wasn't then and it still isn't now. While I can say I'm better at it, I am still not there and finding an appropriate Bible study plan for myself has been a roller coaster ride. I'm not the world's most organized person and this probably takes its toll on my daily devotion. So, along the line I tried several things, one of which was having a check-list everyday. I made my check-list first thing in the morning. Reading the Bible would appear on that check-list *you can gasp now. Lol*. Seriously, it worked well at first, I mean, I was reading the Bible (improvement!). And then those days came when I'd look at the time and think "Okay, nearly done with the check-list, if I can read the Bible in 45min I can still have time for ....etc" and man, that is just WRONG. Seriously wrong. So, I quit putting it on the check-list (also because on days when I didn't do it I would feel an incredible amount of guilt). But that didn't necessarily mean I was consistent in reading.
So, what do I try to do now?
Well, I still fail at it regularly but when I get to perfect consistency here's what it would look like:
1) Pray first thing in the morning.
2) Go running to wake me up
3) Read the Bible
Right now, I'm not reading in sight of reading the whole thing by the end of the year, that'll be for 2013. So, right now, I try to be as flexible as possible and just let the Holy Spirit lead me.
Some of my flashcards from The Journal Challenge.
This can be a wonderful experience when not done in a "check-list" manner. I stopped this for a little while because it became a to-do on my check-list. But before then, it was just great. It consisted in me writing to God and starting each entry with "dear heavenly Daddy". And then I'd make flashcards with some scripture I'd learn and was planning on memorizing but there'll be an upcoming post about my experience and the amazing flashcards. (Oh and I got the idea from a fellow blogger. She called it "The Journal Challenge").
5) Quiet time worship
This consists in basically spending some time quietly listening to my "Quiet Time" playlist. I meditate on what I'd just read. I meditate on the words of the songs. I sing along or just turn off the music and sing my own songs. Sometimes I cry for no reason. The whole idea is just letting the Holy Spirit lead completely.
6) I pray
7) Ready for the day
Man, if I could do this EVERYDAY, I would never have a bad day. I'm serious. I'd just be in the right state of mind all day. Of course this would require waking up quite early when school starts. Not sure how it would work out.
So, confession made: I fail at it but I'm still working on it :) His grace is sufficient for me, 2 Corinthians 12:9 (actually read a devotion about that this morning).
Now, it's your turn. Be honest with yourself. Is reading the Bible another to-do off your check-list?
I've been there. And I'm working in it. But first I had to admit that's what I was doing.
So, friend-to-friend, what great Bible reading tip do you have to share with people like myself? *This would be so much cooler right now if I wasn't sitting in the library and I had a nice cold milkshake --> random library thoughts :) *
GOD BLESS YOU!