Sunday, January 23, 2011

The Word

My goodness. Sometimes I get so frustrated with myself. Isn't it incredible how hypocritical we can be? Sometimes I'm just shocked at the things I hear coming out of my mouth. Things like, 

It's so important to be in the Word every day--even if it's just for a few minutes. 

It's so simple--just set aside a couple of minutes and pray! 

Talk to God as you go about your life--pray while you cook, clean, drive!

Memorize Scripture--it's so crucial to our ability to get through the day. 

But seriously, Kristin, when was the last time you really did any of this??? I've probably relied too much on the "just pray throughout your day" and neglected to set aside purposeful time with God. 

I just sat down and read Colossians. And I chose to read it straight through, and out loud. I LOVE LOVE reading the Bible out loud. First of all, it helps me focus. Second of all, it just makes the text come alive! To hear Paul's tone, and inflection, and humor, and passion ... At the end of the book, as I read Paul's final words, tears sprung in my eyes because I truly heard his voice, and felt his love and concern for the people of Colosse--and for me.

So my challenge to you is:

  • Sit down. 
  • Pick up your Bible. 
  • Choose a book (probably a short one :])
  • Read it straight through, and out loud. 
  • And praise God for His Word.

1 comment:

  1. Right with you daughter. Had this conversation with the Lord this morning. I have been asking for forgiveness of my dis tractability and lack of discipline for months! Many, many months! I feel the consequences of that big time.
    Thanks for sharing this. It will inspire many.

    Love you