I’m in the process of the third round of publisher edits for Journey to Heal this week. They are due next week, and I’m moving right along (praise God!).
The book is set to release April 27th of 2016, as long as everything goes as they plan. I’m still in a bit of shock it’s getting published, and absolutely giddy about the very thought of it.
One of the edits from the publisher concerned a quote I used by Charles Spurgeon. The concern involved the source of this quote, of which I am now at a loss for. I’ve searched and searched the site where I originally found it – the entire Internet for that matter – and can only find where others have quoted him as saying this.
Supposedly he said, “Visit many good books but live in the Bible.”
I love it, because it’s true.
There are so many faith oriented resources for Christians today. So many writers, including myself, who write to encourage and enlighten readers on subjects that matter to them. Lot’s and lots of wonderful authors out there that I’ve read, and I’m sure you have too.
Here lately, however, I sense God is urging me to live in His word. Maybe you’ve felt the same Divine nudge. It’s not as easy as it sounds, is it? I mean, how many Christians really read the Bible every day, or even every week?
In my own journey of faith, I’ve been all over the spectrum here. I’ve taken part in group Bible Studies, even taught a few myself. I’ve followed reading guides, taken online classes, even graduated with a master’s in Theological Studies! You’d think I would have this whole Bible study thing down pat by now.
Well, I don’t. But, along the way I have found three principles that help me to go beyond simply studying God’s word for a season to actually living in it each day. Nothing fancy, just straight from the hip:
- Keep it simple.
- Pick a monthly memory verse
- Make it your last read before sleep
First, you don’t need to join a Bible Study to get in the Bible for yourself. In fact, I’ve done so many different Bible studies over the years that I’m burned out. Right now I need simple, so I’m reading through the New Testament again, and currently in the book of John. I am moving through chapter by chapter. It’s simple – just me, the Holy Spirit, and God’s Word. I love being a part of Bible studies, but for my schedule right now this is working for me.
The second is to find a memory verse to highlight for yourself or your family (or both). Write it down somewhere that the whole family can see it and meditate on it as they go about daily life. We have a small white board we use in our homeschool room. It’s portable, and I use that to post whatever our memory verse is for the month and then I keep it in the kitchen where everyone can see it often (seems to be the primary pit stop our house).
The third is to end your day in the Bible. I read to my son, Isaac, every night. We have a cool reference book called Kids’ Bible Facts by Ed Strauss, that we enjoy reading together. It’s filled with all kinds of neat facts about people and places in the Bible. We read a page or two of that and then pick up where we left off in the current book of the Bible that we’re reading…at the moment the Book of John.
I love this time with Isaac, but selfishly I have to say it’s not just for him. It’s for me too. I need it, because it keeps me focused on God’s truths.
There’s nothing fancy about my approach to living in God’s Word. I haven’t graduated to being dedicated to a daily devotional, and I’m not a die-hard for in-depth Bible studies. Eventually, I may get there. This is just a simple way I’ve found for now to stay in the Word for myself, on a daily basis.
Dear friend, if you’re like me you need constant encouragement in this area. I hope this post will inspire you to spend more time in the Word for yourself. It truly is the best book ever written by the One who loves you most.