Do you ever find yourself frustrated, physically exhausted, and in desperate need of God’s Word? Oh friend, I am right there with you. Many times, I have laid right where you are stuck. And, I get it. Here is my short “quiet time” story:
Shortly into my “Quiet Time”, I am totally exhausted and need a nap. I take too many naps for a 32 year old. I am telling myself, even a sentence or a paragraph is still much needed time in the Word of our God (And, it is true for the soul). But if I could be honest, that does nothing for the irritation. Which, is okay – as long as I stay faithful in drawing nearer to the Lord through Bible study and prayer. What my heart needs most is precious time with King Jesus!
Today, I want to give you a practical example of what an approachable quiet time looks like for me. I try to limit coloring or grabbing a different pen, if I can help it. Because, well, it is energy spent.
This week’s passage is Ephesians 4:1-2, which we will break into doable chunks.
Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.Ephesians 4:1-2, NLT
One of the ways, I study the Bible is by breaking it into small chunks. If you have been around a while, you know it’s one of my favorite ways to study (and our next study will continue this tradition, but let’s keep you in suspense a bit longer about the book we will be studying!).
For this particular Ephesians passage, we could easily break up this passage into five or six doable passages to focus on each day, as we deny ourselves (that is, our sinful nature. I am not talking about neglecting rest when you’re in a flare up or have zilch energy to read or listen to your audio Bible, and remember to offer yourself grace!) and seek Jesus Christ. These are bite-size ways to draw nearer to the Lord and apply the Word of our Lord to our lives.
Monday: “Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord. . .”
Tuesday: “beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling. . .”
Wednesday: “for you have been called by God. . .”
Some related Scriptures you may look up for Mon-Wed are listed below: [PSST: You could grab two. And read or listen to two a day.}}
1. Romans 8:28
2. Romans 11:29
3. Romans 12:1
4. Philippians 1:27
5. Colossians 1:10
6. Colossians 2:6
Thursday: “Always be humble and gentle.“
Friday: “Be patient with each other…”
Saturday: “making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love...”
Related Scripture for Thurs-Sat:
1. Ecclesiastes 7:8
2. Ephesians 1:4
3. Colossians 1:11
4. Colossians 3:12
5. Colossians 3:13
6. 1 Peter 3:8
Now, I share these Scriptures – because I, for one, love to look up related Scriptures using Bible Hub. I hope you enjoy them.
Some days, or many days, I couldn’t read two Scriptures in one sitting. Just listen to your body and seek Christ. He will help you! Blessings to you all.