This is my process.
Sometimes I only get through 2 steps, sometimes I sit in all 4. It's not a list
to check off. It's a way I get my heart to realign to God every morning. It's
an invitation from my heart to his, an eager expectation for Him to speak to my
Read the daily entry in my
New Morning Mercies devotional by Paul David Tripp: I know, I know, I'm
not actually starting with reading the BIBLE, but let me be real with you.
My brain is a little fried. I'm not always ready to jump in deep into
theological exegesis. This time in my life, filled with physical demands
and emotional extremes, means I often need something pre-processed first.
Something to nudge my mind from the realm of my children and home into
discovery of God. This devotional is my momma bird, chewing up the truth
so I can digest it a little easier. I love New Morning Mercies because no
one mixes grace, truth, theology, and practicality quite so perfectly as
Paul David Tripp. I can't recommend it enough. You will get a peace of
spiritual meat, cut down to mom-brain simplicity and ready to chew on
throughout the day.
Read the scripture suggested
at the end of my New Morning Mercies devotional: Yep, that even means I'm
skipping around in the Bible and only reading short sections sometimes. ;)
Getting all wild and crazy like that. What I love about these passages is
that they aren't always obvious connections to the text. Figuring out how
the scripture relates to what I just read really gets my brain revving up
out of it's coma.
A lot of days, I
stop here. Doing the above is always my main goal for morning devotions. When
I've done the two steps above, my brain has been jump-started into the Truth. I
can continue building throughout the day by abiding with God (future post to come
on how I do that!). But on a good day, I get to continue on. Here's what I do
when I have more time:
Read and Study a portion of
the Bible I'm sitting in for this season: Here's where I get a little
deeper. Friends, I don't have time to really study a portion of the Bible
WELL in just one day or even just one week, but that doesn't mean I can't
do it. I just have to sit in one place in the Bible in little chunks of
time over a lot of days. These portions of the Bible become so dear and so
life-giving to me. I spent 7 months in Psalm 145 last year. I know Psalm
145. I love Psalm 145. Verses from Psalm 145 pop into my mind as I go
through my day. It has become a part of how I think and a truth that I
come back to over and over again. I know the God of Psalm 145. Isn't that
the real point of Bible Study anyway? I'm probably not learning anything
theologically groundbreaking, but God is speaking to me, right into the
grit of my life, and I'm learning how to know Him in all the small moments
of my day. Right now I'm camped out in Romans 8, and it's so good for this
season. I'm sure I'll be there (and possibly the surrounding chapters) for
quite some time.
Pray: Since I can pray
throughout my day, I schedule this last. Yes, the prayer time is always
more meaningful and deeper when I get to pray in stillness, but it's not
meaningless when done in chaos. Formal prayer is good, but staying
connected to the vine throughout my day is essential. So when I don't have
time to formally pray, I find snippets through the day for petition and
praise and simple connection.
Dear Friend, hear
this: I love Bible Study. I love booklets and questions and concordances and
digging in deep. But after Judah was born and I was drowning in
moment-by-moment living, I spent months paralyzed from starting anything
because I knew I could never finish it. I accidentally stumbled into my new
routine, and it's working for me. Find something that works for you. It can be
anything. Bible knowledge isn't the goal, receiving the Bread of Life is. Don't
not read the Bible because you can never finish a study. Find any way that
works for you, and do it. Remember, God is God. He can use the littlest piece
of Himself to fill you up! Come to His Word with an open heart and let the Holy
Spirit stand in the gap for you. On those mornings when I can't find a spare moment to do any of this, I simply flip open my Bible on the counter and read one verse a few times as I make breakfast for my kids. That way I still get connected to God early. I don't walk through my day without having eaten my Bread of Life. One verse, read a few times, chewed over as go through my daily tasks, can work miracles!
Tired Mommies, we can be in the Bible. We can
be in a developing and fruitful relationship with our Creator and Sustainer. It
won't look like it did in our last season and it won't look like it will in the
next season, but I can promise you it will bear fruit. We don't need to do this
perfectly, we just need to do something. God wants to reach out to us, we just
have to open the connection of his Word.