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.
|My 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 notebooks|
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!