With last week being New Year’s Day, I’ve seen a lot of posts and articles lately about resolutions. So, I wanted to take this time to share with you one resolution that I think every single Christian should make and keep this year. Yes. Every single one.
You might be thinking that it’s a bit presumptuous of me to make such a bold statement. And with most topics, I would agree with you. But this one is just that important. So what is it that is just that important?
Daily Bible Reading
Yep. I believe that every single Christian should make time every single day to read His word. Yes, I know we’re busy. We’re discouraged. We just don’t have time every day.
To get the full flavor of an herb, it must be pressed between the fingers, so it is the same with the Scriptures; the more familiar they become, the more they reveal their hidden treasures and yield their indescribable riches.
When we’re too busy, or too discouraged, that’s when we need His words of life and truth the most.
I’ve written before about why daily Bible reading is so important. It is life-changing.
Today, I want to share with you a brand new resource that I have created to hopefully help you get the most out of your quiet time. The Homemaker’s Quiet Time Journal.
I’ve always known daily Bible reading is important, but sometimes getting started might feel overwhelming. I am a person who needs a bit of structure. I wanted a guide and a plan, so I developed some journaling sheets and a quiet time routine to help provide that structure. Obviously, the most important thing is to allow the Holy Spirit to lead us as He desires. However, just being honest here, sometimes that overwhelmed feeling would be paralyzing to me. I was so stuck on where to begin, how to find the time, what to do, etc. that I just did nothing.
Maybe you can relate.
Maybe you’ve been struggling to make time for a daily quiet time. Maybe you believe, as I do, that it is vitally important, but you just haven’t made it a priority. Isn’t it funny how our actions sometimes defy logic that way?
Maybe you want to make it a priority, but aren’t quite sure where to start. Or maybe you already have a dedicated quiet time, but would like some direction with journaling through it.
If any of these describes you, then I believe this Homemaker’s Quiet Time Journal could help.
When I did a survey here on Serving Joyfully, asking what is the number one way we can go from surviving to thriving, the overwhelming majority of the readers who commented mentioned daily quiet time, reading God’s word. But yet so often, it’s the first thing we let go when life gets busy.
I challenge you not to let that happen. Get in His word!
Bible Reading Resources
Here are a few of quick resources to hopefully get you started.
1. Read the Bible in a Year with me this year–I have been so blessed by doing this in 2016 and 2017, that I am facilitating a group of women in 2018 who want to read through the Bible in a year, using my exclusive Big Picture plan. I would love for you to join us! Plus, if you join by Jan 1, 2018, you will receive a free copy of my Homemaker’s Quiet Time Journal!
2. The Homemaker’s Quiet Time Journal—as described above. Click the link for a more detailed description of what’s included, but it includes an index of verses by topic–all chosen specifically to inspire your quiet time, and journaling sheets along with articles, etc.
2. Read the Bible in 100 Days— Join my friend Candace as she journeys through the Bible in 100 days.
3. Read the Bible in 1 Year—Maybe reading the Bible in 100 days seems to ambitious for you. It certainly is for me because I like to go more slowly, so this is the guide that I use (there is a printable version available on that page as well). There are many others available (when I was looking, I just did an internet search for Bible reading plans). Some go through chronologically, some include readings from OT, NT, and Psalms/proverbs each day, some include checklists with all of the books and chapters written out so that you can check them off as you go. Choose what works best for you.
4. Pens & A Highlighter. Again, these don’t have to be fancy or expensive, and aren’t completely necessary, but I love to highlight favorite verses in my Bible. Before creating my journaling pages, I would write out my journaling in a notebook. It’s really fun to look back and see the things that God showed me during my quiet time readings. My Bible study time includes:
- Reading a Passage;
- Writing out a key verse (or verses) that especially spoke to me;
- Journaling about the passage and/or key verse.
This is just a brief overview, but my book has more information about these sections and other things that I do during my quiet time.
What do you think? Is a daily quiet time that important? What are your best tips?