This is a hard thing to admit, but I struggle opening my Bible some days.
Many of the days.
It’s been a struggle for years, and I attribute-without-blaming it to the fact that I attended a Bible college for five years, where the Bible inadvertently became more of a textbook than a gift.
I’ll never forget the first week of my freshman year…the one when we were required to read the entire book of Genesis. I caught myself audibly grumbling as I stayed up well past midnight to finish the required reading. While I’d never been super-crazy-Bible-reading woman, I was pretty good about reading my Bible…and I sure wasn’t enjoying any of this.
Plus, it was a total “On Your Honor” system…did I read it? Yes or No. Circle one.
Oh, goodness, there were days when I was tempted to fudge…but who lies at a Bible college?
And so I squandered sleep and fun and many other things in order to tell the truth about my Bible reading.
And while the whole required reading thing isn’t what this post is about, I know it’s a lot of the reason why I still don’t always view reading the Bible as an enjoyable activity.
It’s just that I don’t always crave God’s Word like I should. (<====Tweet this.)
Ok, that was my first confession. 🙂
Another is that my personality is very much the artistic, creative, kind. I love making things and keeping my hands busy.
From crocheting cute hats with flowers to making a new necklace and splashing paint to making a new wall hanging, I’m all about creating. And while I also love to read and can devour books in mere hours, I have to be in that mindset.
And these things kind of crash together when it comes to having good, solid quiet time with my Father.
I often have to force myself to take the time for it.
And I think these aspects of me are why I was so curious about Journaling Bibles.
I’d seen a picture here or there (or, let’s be honest, all over social media…) of people doodling reminders and phrases in the pages of their Bibles. Oh, I’ve done this my entire life, but it was always in the teeny-tiny spaces between columns and verses. These people had INCHES. And I was jealous.
Enter…Christmas and a request for a journaling Bible. WITH. LOTS. OF. SPACE. FOR. PEOPLE. LIKE. ME. TO. WRITE. ALL. OVER. EVERYTHING.
I know we always have room to grow and I am far from perfect, but I will say that having my own journaling Bible has made a huge difference in my daily life. I actually look forward to opening it, to reading, to learning, and yes…to drawing out a reminder (or five!) each day.
And while doodling all over the pages of a Bible might not be a God-sized Dream, I do know something…God’s Word is the foundation to any God-sized Dream we may have. (<====Tweet this.)
And sometimes…well, sometimes those dreams involve doodling out the reminders that need to be planted in our hearts, too.
I know having the chance to dig deep into the Word and to be myself by doodling all over the margins has made such a difference. And I want to bless one of you with a journaling Bible.
I’m giving away this Bible…it’s the closest I could find to the one I have, which has been out of stock for months. 😉
To enter, click on the Rafflecopter link below and follow the instructions. (Sorry, U.S. residents only.)
I’ll choose a winner on Wednesday night and get the Bible sent out to the lucky winner!
What about you?
Do you sometimes find it challenging to carve out quiet time?
What are some things that help you dig deeper?
Shared by: Mel Schroeder