What Bible study method will you use for quiet time this year?
Before I even got out of the bed on New Years Day, I contemplated beginning a new “read through the Bible in a year” daily calendar…AGAIN! And this time with some degree of angst and trepidation. Seems like I was just here a year ago. I started pretty strong, couldn’t keep up with the schedule, lost a lot of ground, and eventually quit. I felt like a dweeb! A dud! A looser! A failure! (Not totally, but sort of.)
Some time after flopping on the schedule, I realized that I can not use any daily bible reading program that assumes I will complete it in any prescribed period of time, BECAUSE if I miss a day and lose pace (especially on the weekends), I feel defeated knowing that I will never catch-up. So, I started using A Word to the Wise: Practical Advice from the Book of Proverbs and A Heart for the Lord: A Women’s Devotional.
I read the proverbs devotional in the morning and the women’s devotional at night, right before bed. The book of Proverbs is full of wisdom, and the fact that every devotional was centered around a proverb was a win-win! I enjoyed balancing the proverbs devotional with reading the women’s devotional, as it specifically spoke to a woman’s heart.
And while I HEARTILY recommend both of these resources, and I look forward to using them from time to time in the future, sometime after that, I rekindled an old flame and pulled My Utmost for His Highest (classic edition) by Oswald Chambers off of my book shelf. The short daily readings (with accompanying scripture text) were written by Oswald over 75 years ago. They are not written for today’s generation, which is what I love so much! It’s messages are timeless and focus completely on devotion to Christ.
Each page does have a calendar date on it, but if I miss a day (or more) I simply go to the present day’s date. And for some reason that works for me!
(Yes, that there is my favorite coffee cup! One day soon I’m going to do a senseless, yet fun post on my favorite coffee mugs. Stay tuned!)
Turning a page…
This year, I’m thinking that I’m going to give ALL DEVOTIONALS a time out AS MY MAIN SOURCE OF READING and read the Bible itself for devotion – not a devotional with a scripture attached. I will confess right now that this is going to be a HUGE challenge for me. It seems I’m wired to attack each morning with an uber intense pace and it KILLS me to wake-up, slow down and be still long enough to have any reasonable quiet time with God. I’m not talking about reading for 5 minutes and checking quiet time off of my list. I’m talking about singing, prayer and supplication, Bible reading and perhaps journaling. (I’ll google “what does supplication mean?” later. It just sounds so spiritual.) :o) I’ve done this in the past and it’s truly transformative.
I wonder if this will be the year I prioritize knowing Him more?
For these reasons, I’m considering joining the Good Morning Girls over at womenlivingwell.com for their Read through the Bible in 2 years (or more) group, by reading one chapter a day, and then SOAKing in the text – which will also reqire some degree of journaling, albeit brief – and prayer. (I seem to jump out of the fire and into the frying pan when choosing a quiet time routine, but it’s high time I put on my big girl
panties, briefs, undergarments!) I can do this!
They begin on Monday, January 5th with the book of Exodus. That should work since I already flopped Jan. 1st! I need the accountability, man! I’m hopeful that this will be a good fit.
If you’re remotely interested in joining in or you want to know more about the SOAK method of Bible study, hop over to womenlivingwell.com where Courtney Joseph will explain more.
What Bible study method will you use for quiet time this year? What has or hasn’t worked for you in the past?
P.S. Don’t ever drink caffeinated coffee at midnight…it may cause you to do insane things like blog about Bible study methods until 5am!