Welcome to Tuesday! Here’s a couple of tips that I’ve been using that I find super helpful to me.
- Get on a Bible reading plan. As a type A, super organized, control freak I sincerely believe that not planning is planning to fail. This is true even when it comes to our Bible reading and time with God. Let me encourage you to participate in a reading plan. A couple that I would recommend are the YouVersion Bible app plans and She Reads Truth or He Reads Truth. These are two resources that I constantly use. There are times when I just want to read the Bible without a plan, but then sometimes I hit dry seasons in my reading. Reading plans always help to pull me out of that dry spot. I would also encourage you to follow the Church calendar. Before Advent started I was in a really dry season of Bible reading and study. But, once I started using my She Reads Truth Advent book to study I was pulled out of that dry season. Reading plans always help me when I need a push to get deeper into the Word.
- Take a Sabbath. A day of rest is so important and it has been since literally the beginning of time. I’m sort of preaching to the choir with this tip because I have a really hard time slowing down and putting my work aside. Sunday is a work day for me, so I consider my Sabbath on Saturday. There are so many examples of the importance of taking a Sabbath day in the Bible. Here’s a couple:
“So the heavens and the earth and everything in them were completed. On the seventh day God had completed his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work he had done. God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, for on it he rested from all his work of creation.” Genesis 2:1-3
A day of rest is so important that God blessed it. He knew that a Sabbath day is vital to our overall health.
“Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘I am going to rain bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. This way I will test them to see whether or not they will follow my instructions. On the sixth day, when they prepare what they bring in, it will be twice as much as they gather on other days.'” Exodus 16:4-5
God provided for the Israelites in order for them to have a Sabbath. He does the same for us. There is always an opportunity to say no to things. Set aside a Sabbath day to keep holy and then honor it. Be intentional.