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Are You In The Habit of Daily Bible Reading?

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Instead of focusing on one particular Scripture passage I want to talk, in general, about reading a daily devotion. In the past I wanted to read a chapter or a few verses every day, but life always seemed to get in the way. Weeks would go by and I wouldn’t open my Bible except on Sunday morning at church.

That all changed for me with a gift I received from my daughter this past Christmas. For something a little extra she gave me one of those desk calendars where each daily page has something written on it to think about that day. Well, the one she gave me has daily Bible verses. This was perfect for me.

I tried using the quarterly devotional booklets, but I’d read the verse, then read what the writer wrote about it. That was OK, however, I was not really digging into it deep enough.  With this new calendar I had my answer.

Every day starting January 1, 2017 I’ve read not only the verse on the calendar, but the whole chapter where it’s found. Since there is no one else’s interpretation of the passage written with the verse I can form my own. Before I read I pray, asking God to show me which verse or verses I should focus on that day. It’s not always the verse on the calendar that jumps out at me. I’ll read the chapter and then go back and re-read the verses that popped out. I’ve added an extra dimension to my daily reading. I write in a journal each day what the focused verses are telling me, personally. This has given me a whole new perspective to the daily reading.

There have been some days where nothing grabs me, but those days are extremely few. That’s OK. I’ve still read my Bible that day.

Since I began this daily journey, my relationship with the Lord has grown. I feel His presence more. I’m chatting with Him more throughout the day. And my detailed prayer time has blossomed.

If you want to develop the habit of daily Bible reading there are numerous resources out there to use as a trigger to get you into the habit. I just wanted to share with you today the resource that has helped me a lot.

Developing a heart-felt habit of reading Scripture daily will take a desire to want to do it. It’s not an easy habit to get into, but the initial effort it takes is worth it. After a while you will begin to feel uneasy if you don’t read your Bible each day. Daily Bible reading will change how you approach God. I have never felt closer to Him than I do now since traveling on this daily journey with Him.

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CHOOSING WHAT TO WRITE ABOUT

Choosing a topic/idea for a novel, non-fiction book, newspaper/magazine article, short story can be difficult at times.  It’s like going to a grocery store and trying to pick out the things that are just right for you. There are so many things to choose from. There are also so many things in the world to write about. You need to sort through it all and find what is right for you.

Ideas can come from other books or articles you’ve read.  Maybe something funny or sad or scary happened to you when you were growing up. Start with that event and build from there. What are you interested in? What hobbies do you have? What are your dreams?  All these things can lead you to a story idea.

When I first thought of writing a book I was going to write a non-fiction work on single women reaching retirement age. I chose that topic because I am a single woman reaching retirement age. I was going to interview several single women to find out how they were handling the situation. While talking to a friend of mine about my idea she said she would rather read a novel about a woman going through the issue, than a documentary.

A novel? The more I thought about it the more fun I thought writing a novel would be. My protagonist would still be a single woman facing retirment, but I’d have her plan something she never did before. Why not? Life doesn’t end with retirement from your job. It opens doors to a whole new life.

More about my novel in later posts. Do you want to write but can’t decide what to write about?  Look around you. The world is full of topics. Search your soul. Is there an idea floating around in your head just waiting to get out and onto paper?

Did you read about something in the newspaper today you’d like to research a little more? Newspapers are also full of ideas which could be the basis for a novel.

Remember that funny thing your child did last week? Write a story for children about it.

Observe people. They are walking, talking story lines.

View nature. Write a short story about a worm. Develop an article about your garden.

Just sit down and start writing. Ideas will flow right through that pen onto the paper or through your fingers on that keyboard.

Still stuck?  Write out a bunch of nouns, verbs, adjectives on individual little slips of paper. Mix them all up in a bag or bowl. Randomly, pick three or four, then see if an idea comes for a story. I’ve done that for a couple short stories.

Go to an art museum. Study a painting or sculpture which catches your eye. Start imagining what would happen next in that picture. You have the beginning of a story.

I could go on and on with ways to stimulate those thought waves. I think you’re getting the idea. Topics/ideas surround us. Reach out and grab one.

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