When I was 14, I started reading my Bible for myself. I climbed into my bed right before sleep, turned on my little lamp, and armed with pen and paper started in the book of James. Joy through suffering. When I finished that book, I moved on to another. Creating a habit of reading my Bible before bed. There were days when it was hard, when I didn’t want to, and even now there are times I don’t… but I promise you that fourteen years of almost daily reading of TRUTH has changed my life. In the most least expected moments. When I needed truth the most, words I didn’t even think I remembered suddenly surfaced. Like a lifeline being thrown just before the waves.
My hubby set out a challenge to me and his friends yesterday. New Testament November. Reading 9 chapters of the New Testament every day. He even started a facebook group that has grown to 9 members. I’m excited. I haven’t been excited like this for a while.
Why? Because it has already changed me.
Last night, I crawled into bed at 11 pm, opened up my Bible and read. I took notes to keep myself awake and even had to read out loud at times. I don’t just want to read this and get through a commitment. I want to digest, to absorb, to be changed. It took me about an hour. It was well-worth it. Imagine lying down to sleep with a brain loaded full of truth. Good, peaceful truth. For me it spoke of freedom from judgement, worry, fear. I read through Matt 1-9. Then, strangely, I got a text around midnight from someone who was reading these chapters at the same as me. In Northern Cali. They told me that they had read Matt 5 and thought it was for me. What a magnificent chapter.
I went to sleep in peace. I woke up thinking about what I had read. In less than 24 hours the LIVING WORD OF GOD has become my default thought process.
What is your default process? Mine is usually filled with worry. My guard is down, I get stressed, distracted. Usually. But today, today I thought about reading my Bible. About when I could start on Matt. 10-19. I even read some over breakfast. I am not exaggerating when I say that my brain is a battlefield. I’ve written about this before: https://katieristow.wordpress.com/2010/09/09/some-things-need-to-be-bound/.
But today was different. I still struggled with stuff, like the dirty looks I got from a mom in my kid’s school parking lot, or some misunderstandings, or the pile of dishes. But… my mind didn’t stay there, swimming around in the muck. It kept defaulting back to what I read last night.
Loads and loads of redemptive truth. I have never done anything like this before and I am so excited. I wonder what tomorrow will feel like. Or what it will feel like after 30 days. Imagine if we all did this together.
Will you join me in this challenge? Join our facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=174224709258611. We’ll wrestle through this together, ask questions, discuss, keep each other accountable.
Feel free to comment on here. To ask questions. If you’re doing it with us, please comment. Let us know. There’s power and support in community.
K. Let’s do this. Day two: Mattew 10-19.