Today’s featured post, Real Life Devotions by Barbara Lee Harper, brought back memories of when I decided to earnestly study the Bible. I wanted to do it right, so I invested in all the necessary supplies.
First, I shopped for weeks and spent $50 on the perfect Bible – a beautiful Holman brown leather-touch, large print, thumb-index study Bible with maps, concordance, ribbons, introductions, index, and photos.
Next, I bought special highlighters, expensive multi-colored gel pens, and gentle sticky-notes – all designed just for Bibles.
After that, I found a beautiful leatherette Bible case with a handle, a zipper, pockets for all my accessories, and Psalm 46:10 stitched in calligraphy.
Then, I focused on the space. I designated a shelf to keep the Bible, a matching journal, a dictionary, commentaries, and devotionals.
Finally, I printed a reading plan and the perfect color-coded highlighting guide.
I had the accessories, the space, and a plan. Finally, It was time to set the perfect stage and get down to some serious Jesus time. I brewed a hot cup of tea, turned on the fireplace, and curled up in my favorite blanket.Share your #RealLifeDevotions this week on Grace and Truth Click To Tweet
And I sat there trying to figure out where to begin until the room overheated and the tea got cold. After a few more failed attempts, I realized I wasn’t smart enough for this whole Bible study thing.
Just as Barabara wrote, I’d set myself up for failure because I couldn’t live up to an ideal.
Now, I’m more like Heather as she wrote in Candid Conversations.
You know how all you ever see on Instagram are perfectly poised Bibles and pens? Well, my quiet times don’t look like that. I have my Bible and a notebook. Probably a dozen pens and highlighters depending on the day. And all the above is usually strung out over a table that needs to be cleaned. My Bible shares the space with paperwork that needs to be done, my half-eaten breakfast, and most likely a few of the kid’s toys or school papers that have been abandoned.Heather Hart, Candid Conversations
In the spirit of Barabara’s movement to talk about #RealLifeDevotions, I’ll show you what my Bible time looks like now.
It’s all about function. I sit on the couch while my husband watches sports. I have a basic NKJV reference Bible in the largest print I could find, the Blue Letter Bible app and the Hope devotion planner Heather got me for Christmas. That’s it. I read, and I write as inspiration strikes me.
And speaking of devotions, I’ll let you in on a Candid Confession. Behold – the birthplace of most of my writing ideas, including Candid Moments audio devotions!
Are you struggling to find the perfect place and time to get into Scripture? Then I encourage you to join the #RealLifeDevotions movement and just give up. Quit striving for perfection, because, as Barbara wrote, we can meet with God anytime, anywhere.
And if like Heather and I, you’ve already given up on the ideal, then join Barbara on Stray Thoughts to see how messy her devotion time is!
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