I’ve been reading the bible for a pretty long time on a consistent basis, and I wanted to share with you how I do it. It’s fairly simple, but I find it has a way to sink into my heart and mind like this – and God continually shows me what I need to see at the right time in my life.
Here’s what I do:
I start with curiosity…if this is God’s living word, what does he have to say to me today?
Then I read a chapter or a section, and underline anything that speaks to me or stands out to me.
Then I go back and read the part I underlined and let it sink in. I ask, “Lord, what are you saying to me?”
Then I’m still, and listen, and think or pray about what he brings to mind.
That’s pretty much it. Like I said, it’s simply but it works for me, and it might for you. I find it’s best for me to read it either before I go to sleep so that I fall asleep praying/thinking about what I read, or, I read it in the morning and pray/think about it on the way to work. I started this with the New Testament, and then I worked my way through the Old. I also always remember to thank God when his words come alive for me – and then as for more!
A blog by Deb Lootsma.
Deb is part of the Shrewsbury Community Group, a mother of three, husband of one, and one of the very best people you can spend your time with. Seriously. Something neat about Deb is that ORB (what Park Church grew out of) was dreamed, prayed through, imagined, and planned out of her living room in Little Silver. She also was the first every president of ORB/Park Church!