I’m a woman who thrives on routine. I get a thrill of accomplishment as I forge ahead and get things done.
But when it came to my Bible study, this full speed ahead approach lacked emotional/spiritual connection and relegated it to just one more thing I could check off my To-Do list.
So for years now, I’ve transitioned from a checklist mindset to a slower-paced intentional desire to learn about truth and love and the character of God and the righteousness of His word. Each time I reach for my cherished leather-bound book with its well-worn gilded edges, there’s an expectancy of comfort and guidance and knowledge instead of merely another task I felt proud to complete.
But before I settle down to read in the mornings, I get my husband off to work with a smile—this is my primary mission, after all. This is real-world practice of studying God’s word. But after the kiss goodbye and the wave from the window and before I start managing our homeschool, this is what I do:
I open my Bible and randomly start reading. Not what you expected, huh? But when I use the flip method (sounds so official, I know, but I just made that up), there’s always something useful and fitting I can apply to my life and immediate circumstances—unless I happen to land in the genealogies, then not so much :).
But lately, I’ve gone deeper in study. I found that when I write out the Word. . .
I would love for you to join me as I talk about my new favorite method of bible study on Jana Carlson’s blog Wield the Word.