Sometimes in life we expect things to just come to us.
I realized when I was doing my goals post last week, that I have not been proactive enough when it comes to my Bible reading time. I have made a goal to read my Bible daily, but I have done terrible at it the past year. I have tried different strategies such as getting daily emails, but I am inconsistent with reading them. Plus, they are more devotional thoughts in the emails. I will continue to read them as I have been challenged, yet there has not been enough of God’s Word in them. I need to be in the Word in order to grow and thrive.
I decided to try a technique that I had read in one of JoDitt Design’s posts. She suggested copying and pasting God’s Word into a document, printing it out, and using that copy to highlight and take notes. I wanted to get my copy ready on Wednesday during the day, but I was incredibly busy. Then in Wednesday night church, my husband talked about verses that include the phrase, “the face of the Lord.” He shared an illustration of how my family made a Skype call over the weekend where I could see face-to-face my sister in South Africa as well as my family in Illinois. Even though there is a physical distance between us, we are able to talk face-to-face and preserve a closeness that you only get through communication.
God’s merciful face is upon us, and He desires us to have communication that is necessary for closeness. I knew that I needed more than just a goal to read God’s Word and I needed to set a more concrete plan in motion so that I could fulfill the goal. As I sat watching the incredible nail-biting Cubs/Indians World Series game, I also copied and pasted all of Mark and Ruth into a word document. I copied the verses from Bible Gateway. I then printed the Bible passages out, hole-punched the pages, and put them in a 3-ring binder. I left a 2″ margin on the right side of each page so I could take notes on the page. Then I found my favorite Bible commentary (affiliate link), a red pen and a black pen, and 2 highlighters.
I still need to wake up in the morning, pick up my “Bible”, and read; but I am now prepared to actually accomplish my goal. Satan will try to keep us from getting in God’s Word, and he’ll use anything he can including the busyness of life, and in my case, lethargy and not being driven to keep the main thing the main thing.
Seeing God’s face daily is much more important than seeing the Big W fly over Chicago. Yet, I’ll spend a few hours watching a game that will not matter in the light of eternity. There is nothing wrong with watching a game — but there is something wrong if there is enough time to watch a game and not enough time to meet with my Savior. So let’s encourage each other to stay in God’s Word and to meet with God daily.
Posts I loved from last week’s party:
- Are you making this Bible study mistake? from JoDitt Designs — You can use these journaling pages in a 3 ring binder like I am using for my devotions.
- Honest Mama Talk || I Said No from Super Blogging Mama — I had to say “no” to a job for next week. I have too much on my plate, and my family is more important.
- As for Hidden Treasures from Journey of the Word — This post goes along with my post today.
- Share Your Testimony Through Blogging from Candace Playforth. I always love reading Candace’s posts, and I strive to share my testimony through blogging.
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