Do you ever struggle to fit everything into your day? Does it ever seem like your devotions or Bible reading get pushed to the end of your “to-do” list or you just rush through them? Raises both hands Sometimes, it’s really, really hard! But do you know what I’ve realized? I don’t have a good day….at all….if I haven’t spent time with my heavenly Father. But, how do you make time and make it a habit?
Most mornings Luke and I have time for reading a Proverb, a devotional and time for prayer. And I love those times with the Lord and Luke first thing in the morning. But I also have to have my own time with the Lord. We all do. But sometimes we just don’t have time to sit down and read.
A couple weeks ago, as I was doing my (sometimes) weekly routine of checking out the thrift store in town, I found some Bible on CDs! And, surprise, they were KJV! I had to get them! For $.50 a piece, it was well worth my money. My vehicle doesn’t have a CD player, but I can now listen to the Bible while I’m in the shower, folding laundry, doing dishes or cleaning the bathroom. And let me tell you, it is such a blessing!
If having your sit down Bible time is difficult, I would suggest getting the Bible on CD. I found the whole KJV Bible on amazon for $35 here.
Now, I still have my sit down Bible time almost every day, too. Nothing beats sitting down, in the quiet, with your Lord. But this helps keep me in God’s Word during moments where my mind could wander. It’s my way of “writing them upon the table of my heart” (Proverbs 7:3).
How do you stay in God’s Word?
Happy Tuesday, everyone! Did anyone make my Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie? It’ll make your family super happy! 😉 Anyway, lately I’ve been trying to dig into the Word more often than once a day…to have it be a passion of mine, not just something “I’m suppose to do”, you know? Do you feel the same way? Well, I’ve been reading through Elizabeth George’s book Life Management for Busy Women, and little did I know there would be two chapters on it! Just what I needed! So, today I want to share with you 10 Disciplines for Developing a Passion for God’s Word.
- Refuse to miss a day
- Pray as you approach God’s Word
- Consume God’s Word in various ways
- Find a pattern that fits your lifestyle
- Be a woman of one book- the Bible
- Be accountable
- Get up before your family for quiet times
- Teach your children, or other young ones around you
- Purpose to get up and READ
- Aim for more time, each time
This book has been such a blessing to me! I pray all of you spend your first moments quietly with the Lord in His Word.
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I’ve been reading Elizabeth George’s book “A Woman’s High Calling”, and let me just say….it has been a tremendous blessing to me! Believe it or not, the main passage she works us through is not Proverbs 31…it’s Titus 2. She reminds us that we always need to look for the “older women” in our lives…but we are always to remember that we ourselves are “older women” to someone. That all godly women should be growing in these 10 areas of Godly living. So what are they?
- Godly speech
- Personal Discipline
- Encouraging others
- Her marriage- whether single or married!
- Loving her family
- Her home
Wow! Isn’t that amazing? All of that is in Titus 2. Here is what the King James version says, “The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed”. Sobering, isn’t it? All of us Godly women should be growing in these 10 areas and to reach out to the “younger women” in our lives.
Is there an older woman in your life who you look up to? Have you ever noticed any younger women who follow what you say or do? What can you do today to be an example?
“Then He said to Abram: “Know certainly that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, and will serve them, and they will afflict them four hundred years. And also the nation whom they serve I will judge; afterward they shall come out with great substance.”- Genesis 15:13-14
Like I said on Monday….I spent the weekend at home. Actually, I spent the weekend on the couch. No, it’s not four hundred years, but for me, one who doesn’t like staying inactive for very long, it seemed like it. Especially since this was the second time in less than four months. And I was kept there against my will….kind of. Anyway, three days on the couch gave me time to read, study the Bible, pray and think. It was nice to have some quiet. On Saturday, while I was reading my Streams in the Desert vol. 1 I read this:
“God is going to test me with delays; and with the delay will come suffering, but through it all stands God’s pledge: his new covenant with me in Christ….The delay and the suffering are part of the promised blessing; let me praise Him for them today; and let me wait on the Lord and be of good courage and He will strengthen my heart.” – C. G. Trumbull
And y’all, it spoke to my heart. Did it give you chills? It did me while I read it the first time. And it still calms my heart and gives me strength. Whatever you may be facing….whatever trials or suffering you are going through, you have God’s promise through Christ. Lean on that…lean on Him today. And thank Him for the blessing…all of the blessing. Including the delay and suffering. Because it will all work out for His glory.