These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:6-9
With the start of a fresh new year our thoughts turn to how we can improve our life. Christians normally consider how to draw closer in their walk with the Lord. Do you have plans for that this year? Phyllis mentioned in a recent blog post that writing down a plan will increase the likelihood that you will follow through with it. I offer you the chance to do that here in comments.
I admit that I have allowed myself to be sidetracked in my Bible study times. I move often. Disruptions in routine are common for me as well as leaving good study buddies, small groups and Sunday School classes behind to start anew. I moved last summer and since then I've failed to re-establish a study routine. Before the move I spent 2 1/2 years leading my small group through the entire Bible. We completed it just before we moved and I should have started something else and didn't.
But I have a plan and I'm writing it down. Here.
A few years ago I read the book Heaven by Randy Alcorn. I really enjoyed it as it gave me much food for thought. I'm going to start my year re-reading the book (since I have a faulty memory) in the mornings after I walk my son to school. I'm going to place the book beside my comfy rocking chair in my front room that has a mountain view and which I enjoy spending time in. I think it's important to set up a pleasant and comfortable place to study if you can. I have my coaster ready for my cup of healthy green tea. I admit that I'm not a music person (gasp). It's true. I probably won't put on any music. I'll enjoy the rare peace and quiet. And I like incense so I may light an incense cone (frequent moves aren't kind to candles so I don't buy them anymore).
After I finish reading the book I will look for another study--perhaps one that will require me to move to my desk (I like my computer Bible for looking things up on and reviewing maps). I'm fascinated by Biblical geography and archaeology so I may choose something along those lines to study.
What will you be studying this year? Will you study while your kids nap or after work while soaking your tired feet? Will you have a special place in your home set up to study in or will you fill a basket or tote bag with the resources you need so it's portable? Will you listen to the Bible on CD while driving to work or on your ipod while walking the dog? Will you read the Bible on your laptop during your lunch break? Will you sign up for a Bible reading course on-line and have your chapters e-mailed to you daily? Will you use a devotional book or study guide or go it alone? Will you listen to contemporary Christian music, Gregorian chants or the birds in your garden while you study? Will you light your favorite jasmine candle or use a handmade room scent spray from one of your favorite Etsy shops to make your time with God's Word that much more special?
Leave a message in comments about how you will study this year.
The grass withers, the flower fades; but the word of our God stands forever. Isaiah 40:8
Following are some CAST Team items that could help you arrange a special study space. And don't forget to check the CAST blog throughout the week for the Monday Devotions written by our members, great inspiration that comes with reading about the life of members in Wednesday Featured Artists and wonderful thoughtful commentary with Friday Finds and Sunday Scripture posts.
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