A popular idea for Christians this time of year is to pledge to follow a One-Year Bible reading plan/book. This sounded like a great idea! But when I tried it? The results were not so great.
At first, I was excited to read the entirety of God’s Word. He has so much to say to us; it’s certainly something to get excited about! However, with the loads of chapters issued a day from all across the Bible, instead of feeling excited I ended up thinking “Is this over yet? How long is the lineage of whoever-it-is-we’re-talking-about-now gonna go on? Yeah, we get it, praise the Lord.”
I read the words, but in attempt to hurry and get it done I wasn’t learning anything, meditating, or growing closer to God. This year, I’ve decided to come up with ideas that are more productive and share them with others who feel the same way.
Spend (At Least) 7 Minutes With God Every Day
Joshua 1:8: Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.
At my church, they give out pamphlets called 7 Minutes With God. It guides you through seven minutes of prayer and Bible reading. Why seven minutes? It’s an easy time to start with, because it’s not hard to carve out and it’s pretty easy to wake up just a few minutes earlier. Then, “the seven minutes will become so good you’ll want to add more”. That sounds pretty lit to me.
Start Bible Journaling
There are special Bibles you can buy that give you extra room in the margins to draw. The basic concept is for artists to use their talents to sketch what they’ve learned on each page. If you don’t like the idea of drawing in a Bible, you can get a separate notebook. I’m not planning on trying this, but I thought I’d share for any of my artistic readers.
Track Your Thoughts and Stories
A common resolution is to keep a daily diary, so why not try a “Bible diary”? This is something I’ve started to do lately, and my goal is to get in the habit of doing this every day. Basically, you read a Bible verse(s) and jot down your thoughts about it, write your prayers, rant about your day to God, or anything else you can think of! I like writing things down because it forces me to turn my feelings into words, gives me something to look back on, and it feels “official” for whatever reason. 😛
Be Bolder in Sharing Your Faith
Matthew 28:19: Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Being godly around worldly friends is hard. Talking to strangers about Jesus is hard. But in the long run, I have to remind myself what’s most important: feeling humiliated for a moment and ruining temporary things, or doing your best to share the amazing gift of God’s love with everyone you can?
Pray Without Ceasing
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18: Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
A lot of times when I’m stressed out, I realize it’s because I haven’t been spending time with God. Praying gives me a certain peace to know that it’s going to be okay in the end — so what’s the issue in doing it more? Pray. Pray every day. Pray when you’re stressed. Pray when you hear of someone in need. My overall goal for 2018 is to simply be with God more, and talking right to Him is my favorite way to do that.
I hope you guys got some ideas from reading this! If you have any thoughts, share them down below — I adore talking to you all.