Wednesday, February 5, 2014

How's it going?

If you're visiting our blog for the first time, I want you to know that it's never too late to join us on our study of the Bible.  If you're interested in joining us, just jump right in where we are.  Don't feel as if you have to catch up ... or that it would be cheating if you didn't.  I can assure you that neither of these thoughts are of God.  He takes you as you are ... where you are.  If God is calling you to join us ... to join Him ... on this journey, don't make excuses.  Just say, Here I am.  Now what?

If you've been with us from the beginning of our study, I hope that you are starting to settle into a rhythm with your reading.  If you're having a hard time focusing while you read, consider a few things:
  1. Have you tried out various reading times, or do you find yourself reading at the same time every day?  A routine is great ... if you're able to focus ... but if you're not, then maybe you need to switch it up.  Reading at different times can help you see when you're the most alert and focused.  It's different for everyone.  For example, I am definitely at my best in the morning before school, but David does better at night.
  2. Have you tried reading in different locations?  My kitchen table is my go-to place for Bible study.  The couch and bed are too comfortable for me; morning, noon, or night, I would be asleep in minutes.  :)
  3. What about breaking the reading up throughout your day?  Most days are 2-3 chapters.  You could even start including a serving of Scripture in your meal/snack times.  After all, "People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God." (Matt 4:4, NLT)
  4. Several people in our class have mentioned having a hard time jumping from the Old Testament to the New Testament every day.  Some of these have modified the daily readings to do all of the OT readings during the first half of the week and then all of the NT readings during the second half.  (I have been converted to their side also.)  The only comment I will make about this is to be careful that you don't just get through your OT readings and never make it to the NT.  If you find yourself falling into that cycle, try to switch it up.  One week start with the OT readings, but the next week, start with the NT.
  5. Have you started keeping a reading notebook/journal?  Just the physical action of writing can help keep you more awake and alert even when you're a little sleepy.  How you use your notebook is up to you.  To keep an outline of each chapter, to write down verses that jumped out at you and/or applications to your own life    there is no wrong way to keep your journal.  Just imagine the amazing portfolio you will have when you're finished!!

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