An odd title for a blog entry about the Bible, right? But I have to admit that I didn’t get to my devotions today. There’s my big confession :) Which makes me think, does anyone else struggle with doing their devotions on a day-to-day basis? I ask God to prick my conscience when I skip devotions and give me the desire to take a few moments and open my Bible.  He is faithful to do that for me on a daily basis!
Of course, there will be times when I slack off on reading my Bible or a devotional book, such as when I’m gone on a trip or even afterward when I’m catching up on sleep and not getting up at my usual time when the house is still quiet.
There is a great blessing in doing a daily devotion (for yourself, not counting family devotions). I have gained so much wisdom and understanding during these times. Even if it’s a quick two minute read of a few favorite verses or five minutes of sitting quietly on the couch after the kids have gone down for their naps or 10 minutes spent reading while on your elliptical when you could be watching TV :) If you haven’t made time alone with God a priority in your life, I urge you not to let another day go by! Too many days of my life have been wasted rushing around trying to get everything done yet feeling a void in my heart because I had neglected spending time in the Word.
If you are looking to find some ideas that can jump-start your Bible reading, check out the Bible reading plans at Bible Gateway. A fellow writer on the Untrained Housewife shares her tips on reading through the Bible in a year here. You can also check your church library for a devotional book that interests you. I highly recommend The Ministry of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson. As always, take care to select a devotional or study book that is Biblically sound (ask your pastor or another trusted Christian if you have questions).
Blessings to you as you learn more about God’s love for you during your quiet time with Him.

  My son (or daughter!), if you will receive my words
         And treasure my commandments within you,
    Make your ear attentive to wisdom,
         Incline your heart to understanding;
    For if you cry for discernment,
         Lift your voice for understanding;
    If you seek her as silver
         And search for her as for hidden treasures;
    Then you will discern the fear of the LORD
         And discover the knowledge of God.
    For the LORD gives wisdom;
         From His mouth come knowledge and understanding
Proverbs 2:1-6


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