Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Spiritual Disciplines

I am a big fan and proponent of spiritual disciplines. I have always had a desire to grow in the areas of prayer, Bible reading/studying, meditation, memorization and the like. I hope that those who know me most know just how much I love God's Word. I find that it is my source of strength and encouragement for everything in my life and I spend time everyday reading the Bible. I started reading the Bible on a daily basis my freshman in college and though that was a number of years ago I am still very far from being a Biblical Scholar. I have however read the Bible in it's entirety a handful of times and keep going back for more.

There are many reasons I love the Word of God so much and I want to share a few. I know that when I show up to my quiet time I am doing something good for myself and those around me. Sure that may seem a bit selfish but it's true. There have been seasons of my life that reading the Bible is about all I can do and yes, as a young mother, I have even been known to yell at my kids to stop bothering me while I am reading my Bible. Now granted, that is not a recommendation, but it's also the truth. During the year after Emma was born and I was struggling with postpartum depression I read the entire Bible that year and it felt like such a huge accomplishment. I didn't take time to study, memorize or meditate much but just showing up to the the Bible, God's living and active Word, helped me through that year.

Another reason I love the Bible is because I have never found reading it to be repetitive. Having read it more than once I can still say I read things in it I have never read before. That has to do with the Holy Spirit and the fact that I don't always write things down and certainly can't remember everything. The Bible has simply never gotten old for me.

I find so much personal application and worldly application that I just read the Bible to understand myself and the world around me in a way that glorifies God. I read the Bible to better understand love, grace and forgiveness. Holiness, righteous living and how to glorify God. I read the Bible to survive and thrive in this life.

Now, I say these things for a couple reasons. 1. To encourage you to read the Bible and to see just how God wants to work in your life. 2. To invite you to a dinner my church is having on Sunday in which you can hear one of the women who has instilled in me a passion for God Word speak. I owe a lot to this woman and her taking a young woman and turning her into a woman who loves God's Word. If you want more details let me know and I will be glad to share the info so you can soak in some of her wisdom and advice.

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