Did I mention I am having a really difficult time?! It’s been 3 hours since I started my 20 minute time… ugh, I suck! I’ve only been distracted by my phone 50 umpteen times: texts, Facebook, Instagram – I have a problem. I need to lay some ground rules!
Ok here we go, step…
1. Set aside time, at least 20 min.
I have all the alone time I could ever ask for, check.
2. Pray, ask for help. Read the scriptures. Pray for the “desire” to be fulfilled.
Again, please be before me, lead me, guide me. I desire to know you more, I want to be in your company, I’m here. Help me.
I wrote out the scriptures and the desire so I can put it up as a daily reminder – maybe I’ll eventually have them memorized? And I feel like these verses are perfect for me in this stage.
3. Read the chapter, go slow, take all rabbit trails. Go through questions and exercises.
Today, I did not get as far as I planned, but I had a breakthrough and I’ll take that over “finishing”. Just in reading the first page (which is all I read), I discovered “lectio divinia“. It’s a way of reading God’s Word and hearing it, let it linger, and nourish you for what it is. Don’t analyze it or dissect it – actually read it aloud and listen, let it be audible, not just words to study. Let it be words that speak to you.
So I went back and read the scriptures out loud multiple times. I don’t know how else to explain it except for, they came to life. As if speaking the words gave them life.
4. Take 5 minutes to respond in prayer.
Turn my heart toward Your law. Bring me to a place where I love and meditate on it all day. I want Your law/statutes is what will be there in my life forever.
I long for Your living and active Word to penetrate my soul and spirit.
I desire for Your word to be in my mouth and heart so I may OBEY it.
Thank you for meeting me like I asked. You are a faithful God.
5. Claim your time with one word you can meditate on throughout the day.
6. Offer yourself to God for this day.