But the truth is: I just didn't feel like it. I just didn't feel like putting in the time, writing in my journal, and all the accompanying things.
Then the New Year was coming, a year I'd dedicated to reading the Psalms and I still had no desire. With January 1st encroaching, it became obvious I needed to figure something, anything out to revamp my time with Him.
1. CHANGE YOUR GOALS.
Instead of making it about time or how many words you read, focus on reading. There is truth all over the bible -even in just one verse.
2. GRAB A SMALLER JOURNAL.
I have always done my journaling in an 8 1/2" by 11" college-ruled notebook and liked to have at least a page done to feel accomplished in my bible study. So, I ditched it for the time being and have got a little notebook for bullet points and fun lettering.
3. USE A HIGHLIGHT INSTEAD OF A PEN.
It's not always about notes -I say loudly to myself. So, instead of writing down a whole bunch of thoughts and reflections, I highlight. And it's refreshing to spend time reading and reflecting, instead of being distracted by what needs to be written.
4. READ A TWO PAGE SPREAD AND THEN CLOSE.
Yes, simple. Read just two pages and that's it. So much truth is surely packed in there and you'll slowly make progress through an entire book before you know it.
5. DON'T JUMP IN WHERE THE RULES ARE.
Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy. They're rich and illustrate awesome things about God and people and all the bible things, but they're not easy to read or get through. Avoid them while things are hard, instead go for what's juicy and encouraging: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Ephesians, Romans.
6. REALIZE WHAT'S REWARDING & INCORPORATE IT.
I love lettering and fun little snippets of beautiful words. So instead of working with an entire Psalm, I pick out a sentence or chunk of text and write it. This turns reading my bible into a fun, rewarding process instead of a chore.
Let's be really honest: bible reading is hard and yet, it's easy. It waxes and it wanes. That's allowed, expected, human. So take heart, be encouraged, chug onward.
And, if you have more tips, share them please.
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The theme is Refreshment.