19 August 2013

candy dish

You know how easy it is to partake of a candy dish?
The kind left sitting out and full of your favorite treats?
Very easy.

A touch of honesty: I have been struggling with reading the Word of God. First thing in the morning is an issue because I need coffee to process deep thoughts. (I can talk to the Lord in that groggy state just fine though, and I definitely have no problem filling His ear throughout my day.) But even my children ask if I've had enough coffee before they begin plying me with questions, requests and dire needs. I do not process incoming information before coffee. End of discussion.

Then my day rapidly becomes a constant state of chaos, some days more than others. Homeschooling is often just the tip of the iceberg in our life. Even reading a good book doesn't happen as fast or often as it once did (my kids expect me to wake up in the morning, not sleep in with a book hang-over), though since that's a lighter read, it's a little easier to squeeze in.

The Bible, though--I recently found myself desperate to eat the Word of God. I was hungry for it, but if I carved out time I frantically wondered where I'd read last or what I could just jump to for the few minutes I had. The truth is, ANY verse is God-breathed. And I could taste His life any where in the Bible if I chose to. But I didn't just want to pray over a random verse. I needed something to meet my heart.

I began leaving our larger Bible on the table. If I have to move it for a bigger meal, I keep it close by and replace it as soon as I can. It's easier to nibble a few verses as I wake up with my coffee. And I can sneak a little more at lunch.

I also unearthed my small New Testament for my upcoming trip. It's full of notes and underlinings--now, that was what I really needed! My favorite candies already unwrapped and ready to pop in my watering mouth. I happily skim through and partake of the tasty offerings.

"Your words were found and I ate them,
And Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart;
For I have been called by your name, O Lord God of hosts."
Jeremiah 15:16

What helps you find time to read the Bible? 

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