This week's devotions [May 1-8 +daily devo] are a continuation from last week's discussion of taking time out to pause for daily devotions. When we think we're too busy to spend time with God, that's often when we need it most. I recently discovered a Pinterest quote that put it simply: "The Bible is meant to be bread for daily use, not cake for special occasions."
How true! Although I love cake, I know it's not good for me on a daily basis. Bread, however, can sustain us from day to day. Likewise, the Bible sustains us daily when we are able to carve out time for God; our priorities become clearer; we become less stressed; we feel more at peace.
Some think there are rules to reading the Bible or doing devotions. Like we said last week, it's something we want to check off our to-do list. So what if you could give up the rules? Try some of the following methods and find out what works for you...
- Walking/running: Spend the time praying and reflecting on your day. Ask yourself: Did I love others today? Did my actions reflect God's will for my life? Did I offend or say something I need to ask forgiveness for? Pray specifically for everyone you came in contact with.
- Take notes: Your child may think 'I do that all day long at school.' But encourage them to give it a try with their Bible reading. You may even want to consider purchasing a journaling Bible where the margins are wide and you can write questions, take notes, draw, or write out truths God has taught you.
- Find a quiet space: Be still before God and meditate quietly on God's word or spend time in silent prayer. Psalm 62:5 says "For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from him." Through the gift of silence, we can hear God's voice and learn what God is calling us to do.
Ask your child...
Are you loving God with all your heart, soul, and might?
Do you feel your Bible reading has become routine? Try changing it up so you're focused on God and not on the ritual.
Do you feel engaged when you read your devotions or the Bible? What can you do differently if you are not engaged?
O Lord, how great is your goodness for me. Let me stay in continual communication with you, whispering your name when my thoughts need to be redirected. Amen.