I know I touched on this yesterday but it’s so important I want to say it again today.  You need to nail down a routine and create a specific space to read your bible. If I don’t set aside a consistent time and place to read my bible, it just doesn’t happen.  I’d like to think that I can be flexible and work it in whenever, but that never happens for me.

I do have a bible app on my phone but I never use my spare time when I’m out and about to open it up and read God’s word.  Now if you know you’re the kind of person that can do this, power to you!  Read your bible as often as you can!  But don’t let the idea of reading your bible on your phone, as convenient as that sounds, KEEP you from actually doing it.

You may pick a time and place and try it out for a while only to find out that it doesn’t work.  That’s okay, change it up and try something else.  Like I said, in my season of life right now with a newborn who wakes up at unpredictable times, I’ve shifted my bible reading to the afternoon when my older girls nap.  Be a problem solver.  Find a solution that works for you and then when it does, stick to it.

Here is what my space looks like.  I sit in a comfy sage green chair by my favorite window.  I have my bible in our spiritual reading basket.  I sit down and cozy up for some time with Jesus.  I usually grab a blanket too because I love being wrapped up in a blanket!  From this place I can see my kids playing in the playroom and see my baby in her swing right in front of me.
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Now I have been reading during nap time but before I had my baby, but there was a time when I would do my bible reading in the morning and my girls knew that if I was sitting in that chair with my bible, I was not to be disturbed.  We have to train our children to respect our bible reading time too!  It’s great for them to see you block out time to spend with Jesus.  Teach them to respect this part of your routine and you will also plant seeds in their heart to copy you in the future.

So hopefully you have a bible (or a copy of the bible on your phone) and you’ve picked a time and a place to read your bible.  Remember, this month we’re just building up the practice of you “touching” your bible every day so don’t stress too much about what you’re going to be reading or what you’re supposed to be getting out of it.  We’re creating a new habit here and the secret to creating new habits is BABY STEPS.

Tomorrow we’re going to talk about what you should be reading in your bible.

MY BIBLE REFLECTION:

“You were running well; who hindered you from following the truth” Galatians 5:7

I love how simple this question is.  I felt like Paul was asking me this.  Many of us have a conversion story or a reversion story.  We are filled with fire and passion for our Lord.  But life slips in and dims our light.  It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day and push Him in the background.  We should all ask ourselves this question and ask if often for I am sure that we are constantly being pulled away from His truth by the world.   Find who or what has hindered you from following the truth and squash it.

“Now the works of the flesh are obvious: immorality, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, rivalry, jealousy, outbursts of fury, acts of selfishness, dissensions, factions, occasions of envy, drinking bouts, orgies and the like.  I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”

I really wanted to type out that whole list.  I think it’s easy to read it and say, “Oh I don’t do most of those things or even the really bad ones on there.”  But I certainly do some of those things.  And to think that my sins are keeping me from the kingdom of God breaks my heart.

I kind of want to print out this list and review it at the beginning of the day to remember what I DON’T want to do.  I’ll try to make a printable in the next few days and link it here.

See the amazing light your bible can shine on your life?  Get to reading!

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