I love reading God’s word, I love my Bible. I am going to admit something to you and that is I have a weakness for buying Bibles. However, it really is not just Bibles, it is Christian reading material bible studies and books. I definitely have some favorite authors.
Currently, I am reading from my dad’s Bible, the version is King James. I’ve always been partial to New International Version but as I read my dad’s Bible I am really liking King James version. Of course, it helps that my dad’s bible has his notes explaining many of the texts. So to be really honest, with my dad passing, I’ve not been reading the many other versions that I have but I hope to return to my bible quest of comparing the different versions in the near future.
So this year my reading plan involves the Chronological Bible, then another is to focus on a scripture that is recommended to focus on for a week from Faithfully Following Ministries. Beloved, God just wants us in His word so even though I have a plan in place I am far enough in my walk with the Lord to realize that I read God’s word to read God’s word. Reading God’s word does not make God love me or make Him love me more, He loves me, therefore, I read His word.
I feel each person is responsible for her growth in the Lord. Beloved, what is your plan? One of my first mentors made an appointment with God one day in advance for the next day for an hour. She would use the hour to read her bible and pray. She wrote her prayers out, you can read her story, her name is Becky Tirabassi. She is known for the Change Your Life Bible and My Prayer Partner Notebook. She has some amazing books on prayer. At this time, there are so many tools available but I do not want to underestimate a plain binder and notebook paper. The reason to have a notebook, notecards is to record verses, prayers, thoughts and yes even marching orders. In the My Prayer Partner Notebook is a To Do List, so as one is praying if the idea of sending a card or paying a bill comes up in your mind, just jot it down in the To Do List and return to praying.
Beloved, what is on your reading list for 2018 other than the bible? Top of my list is Hope Prevails: Insights from a Doctor’s Personal Journey through Depression by Michelle Bengtson and she has written Hope Prevails: Bible Study. Come With Me Devotional by Suzanne Ellers. I Am Loved by Wendy Blight, Make Your Move by Lynn Cowell. Unsinkable Faith by Tracie Miles. Two more bible studies, A Thankful Heart by Mitzi Neely and Brave Faith A 31 Day Devotional Journey by Mary Geisen.
Lastly, to write your prayers or to pray audibly or to do both? I love to write my prayers but I pray audibly, and sometimes without ceasing depending on the circumstances. Beloved, praise, thanksgiving, requests, and praying the scriptures are all elements of prayer. Sometimes it is important just to go back to God’s word and pray the prayers of the Bible.
Father God, I want to grow in your likeness, and I know that is being engaged in a personal relationship with you. I ask that you open up your word to me whatever version I am reading. I praise you for who you are and for what you do in my life. Thank you for the amazing authors that are in my life. Lord, bless the woman reading this and help her in her walk with you. In Jesus name, Amen.
Beloved, what is God asking you to do in response to this post?