Monday, January 9, 2017

A Great Help for Daily Bible Reading

Welcome to Widows Christian Place! Of course, I'm sorry for the reason you're here, but this is a good place to stop in for strength and encouragement on your journey through grief. This blog started way back in 2010, and today I'm re-posting something from 2011 that fits so well with the Bible reading plan mentioned last week. 

Just like your body needs healthy food during grief, so, too, your soul needs the wholesome nourishment found in the Bible. Please realize that a reading plan is just a structure, not a slave driver. Grieving is distracting and chaotic, so a plan is a great help! If/when you fail to keep up, don't bother trying to catch up on what you missed, just start fresh with the current day.

My 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 notebooks
One essential tool that has become my key to discovering treasures and refreshment in God's Word is a 5" x 7" notebook. See the picture of the notebooks I've kept since 2008? (I now have 5 more years, 2012 - 2016!)

I've kept journals, diaries and notebooks all my life and the assorted sizes and bindings are as scattered as my thoughts. But I finally found the 5" x 7" spiral-bound page is just right for me for several reasons.
  • It's not a large sheet of paper daring me to fill it up
  • It's a great size to stack with my Bible and other books
  • I can easily stuff it in a purse or carry-on
  • It only costs around $2.00
  • There are pretty ones out there that don't look like school work (very important!)
  • And if, while I'm reading my Bible I remember I need to buy some milk, light bulbs, socks, etc, I can scribble those down and rip out the page without ruining the whole book---you can't do that with a journal or diary binding.
I also like the front pocket where I keep a tiny calendar and grocery lists. It comes in handy! And there's an elastic page holder to keep it from flipping open if I'm out and about.
Here's how I use these notebooks during my Bible-reading time. (This is so easy!)
As you can see, I just jot down the date and the verse,
sometimes more, sometimes less.

1. Pray. I tell God I'm ready to listen to Him, to learn what He wants me to learn, and to do what He tells me to do. If I feel convicted of sin at this point I confess it and seek His forgiveness. I usually feel very welcomed into God's presence.                                                                 
2. Read. Then I read the scheduled verses for the day. I mentally note the ones that impress me the most. Sometimes there are so many I don't have time to finish the reading.                                         
3. Write. Then I open the notebook. I select one or two of the verses that impressed me most of all, and I simply copy them word for word into the notebook. Sometimes I have to add why the verse spoke to me--like, sometimes it speaks directly about my circumstances or feelings on that very day. But often it seems rather random. That's cool, too, because very often when I read back through my notebook, those "random" verses set a pattern of what God is telling me over a period of a few days, or a week, or a year!
4. Pray. Ideally, I end the time in prayer, sometimes on my knees, sometimes just relaxed. I thank God for speaking to me through the Bible, and ask Him to help me be mindful of Him throughout the rest of the day.     
I feel kind of "exposed" sharing all this because it is rather personal, but I hope you'll see that developing a personal time with God every day doesn't have to be a mystery reserved for only the super spiritual, saintly types (I sure don't fit that category!)
Are you ready to try this?
You only need three things.
1. A Bible. (Let me know if you don't have one and I'll help get one for you if you're in the USA).
2. A Bible reading guide. Find one through your church or look over the plan I posted last week.
3. A notebook. I buy mine at any discount store---a drug store, dollar store, or Walmart usually have them. I'll bet there's one near you, too. Pick out your notebook when you go there to get a gallon of milk. :) God blesses us in these common places!
♥ ferree

2 comments:

  1. I love this. I can "Bible journal" way easier than I can "life" journal.

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  2. Hi Mrs. Mac! I appreciated your comment the other day about how you use a journal with your Bible reading---in fact, you prompted my memory about all of my notebooks. It'd be so cool to compare our notebooks sometime if we ever get to meet. A Bible journal is way easier AND more interesting than a life journal! I'm excited to think of all the many blessings God will rain on so many who participate this year. Thanks for sharing Mrs M!

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