Ok you’re probably thinking what is she getting at? I was thinking this morning about, how this is how I read the bible. I pick it up, flip through the pages, read a passage that pops out to me and maybe some stuff around it, and then I close it. Or I turn to a scripture that a devotional book told me to turn to and I read what it tells me to read. And I think that’s ok. You can definitely still get something out of it that way. But like my little experiment up top, I think if you just read bits and pieces here and there you can miss a lot of the whole story.
I feel like I’ve done this most of my life. I've done a whole lot of bouncing around. And lately it’s really hit me that when I read it like this I’m missing so much. But when I slow down and read it from beginning of chapter/book to end I learn who’s talking, who they were talking to, what was going on in that time and it helps me understand more how to apply it to my life today. I get so much more out of it when I read it like your suppose to read a book. I’m not saying run out and read the Bible beginning to end. I’m just realizing that I need to slow down and really read it. This is not just a normal book. I don’t want to miss anything! So today I’m going to start reading the New Testament . Take a break from all the devotional books. They are wonderful but I just want to read God’s book for once. Nothing else.
If you are a new friend you may be thinking this post is out of the blue. I try to write about different things here and the most important part of my life is being real in my pursuit to really know and have a relationship with Jesus. So there will be posts like this from time to time. Fair warning to you all. Mostly I just want everyone who reads my blog (whether you believe in Jesus or not) to be encouraged no matter what I’m talking about that day.
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