Welcome to post #6 in my series on Intentionally Living. If this is your first time on my blog or this series then head over HERE to check out my 2010 Word of the Year: Intentional.
Be Intentional. In all things.
This week's Intentionally Living Statement:
I am going to be intentional about daily scripture reading. It is the most important part of my day and should not be skipped.
While this next part of the series was random on my part and simply the next in line to be written about, it is not random at all.
I decided today that I hadn't written a good post with substance in a while so I thought I'd do the next in the series on Intentionally Living. I pulled up my mission statements for the year and guess which one was next? Being intentional about Bible Reading.
Okay God...I get the message!
This was surly God's timing. Hubby and I have been struggling this year finding the time to read. I won't bore you with our school load and working full time. We are very busy this year. But that's not the point. The point is no matter how busy we get, our bible reading should be top priority to get done each day.
Yet when things get busy this is the first thing that often gets dropped. We have been on and off again reading and doing a Bible study together and also our own reading and bible study this year.
And the reason I am so amazed by God's timing today is that a week and a half ago Hubby and I started an intense Bible reading program.
Go HERE to see the post I wrote about the 90 Day Challenge and get more info about it. I wrote that post in January when I first was going to do the 90 day challenge. Unfortunately I started it late and never was able to catch up. I ended up quitting.
And back in January I was frustrated with my daily scripture reading. And now it's July! Am I any better at it? A Little. But not really.
Now doing this post has re-motivated me. Last night Hubby and I were both feeling a little down about this commitment. We had to read between 10-20 chapters a night which can feel really long when you are reading in Leviticus! ;)
It's a big commitment but so worth it. God has re-motivated me today and given me the encouragement to keep going! When we pray and ask God for wisdom and encouragement he imparts it.
Daily Bible Reading is so vital to the life of the believer.
It makes your convictions stronger.
God's sovereignty becomes so much clearer.
The Old Testament comes alive in ways it never has before.
You get to see the story of God's people from creation until the early church.
God's love and promises scream out from the text.
Jesus' love for His people becomes crystal clear when you see the story of his life, death and resurrection illustrated from Genesis clear through Revelation.
Your Commitment to follow him in all ways solidifies.
You begin to see the big picture. God's Kingdom Glorified!
It makes you want to shout and praise Him.
God's glorify is fully manifested within his words. Within his Holy Infallible Scripture breathed through men to us. Amazing!
Are you struggling today with finding the time? Do you feel like there just simply isn't enough time in the day? Do you have every good intention to read and when the time comes you simply don't have time or are too tired to read?
Then I ask you today to challenge yourself! Bring this issue to God and earnestly seek to make this a daily commitment! Do you plan to do it each night and then find yourself falling into bed too tired? Then plan to do your reading first thing in the morning! Kick dear Hubby and have him hold you accountable. Do it with dear Hubby! Read with your kids over breakfast.
Find the right time that works for you. And do it every day. After a while this will become habit and before you know it it won't even be a struggle!
When do you find the time to read? What are your routines? Do you have any encouragement to share to those struggling to find the time?