I’ve been memorizing the second Psalm for the last little while.
I’m not usually very good at getting around to memorizing scripture, but I kept remembering a conversation I had with a friend. She was sharing the idea that choosing to believe that God’s Word is our ”bread and water” spiritually, involves choosing to believe that scripture has fed us whether or not we feel fed. In other words, just because I don’t feel refreshed or inspired after reading God’s Word doesn’t mean my time spent there was fruitless. She talked about a Bible Study plan that was built on simply reading scripture. Choose a passage and read that same passage over and over for weeks or even months. Meditate on it…and believe that it is powerful, life transforming and healing…even if you don’t feel like it.
This idea was intriguing to me, so I decided to try this out.
I find it hard to maintain a healthy devotional life in the midst of my mothering. Time is precious and limited. Routines are unpredictable at times. Stuff happens!
I have always found huge comfort in the fact that God knows and understands my days. An hour spent reading scripture or praying is not always possible, and I do not need to beat myself up about that. I can worship my Creator in many more ways than just sitting down with my Bible. He can speak to me through a million other channels. There are all kinds of little ways I can show Him my desire for Him and my commitment to transformation throughout the day. Scripture to song, verses taped to the fridge, and an open Bible on my desk are all little ways I’ve tried to make sure I am still “eating” spiritually in those seasons of chaos which usually involve babies or demanding toddlers.
However, I also know that God’s Word is powerful. There is nothing that can replace it in my life. I go through seasons where I feel I am starving at times, but I also come out of those seasons. The hard part is diving back into the Word at the first possible moment. Hungering. Thirsting. Gasping for oxygen.
Sometimes I just have no idea where to start.
I read through one gospel or epistle, then go…what now?!
So the last time this happened, I decided to try my friend’s idea. I chose the second Psalm because of verses 2-3.
“But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not whither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”
This summed up so beautifully the desire I had for God’s Word to be written on my heart; engrained into the core of my being. It’s been good. I have a new passage memorized, I know what to read each day, and it’s an exercise that’s easy to do even when I’m exhausted or only have a few minutes.
What about you?
How do you make sure you are spending time in God’s Word and in prayer throughout your days?
Does it matter?
I’d love to hear your ideas 🙂