Sunday, January 10, 2010

The Quiet Time

"Quiet time" is really a misnomer for moms. A better name might be "stolen time" or "slightly-less-loud seconds" or something like that. Whatever you call it, the beginning of the year is usually when I reevaluate mine and this year is no different.
I've done a lot of different things for quiet time. In high school and college I was one of those people who might hyperventilate if I didn't have mine. I knew in my head that I was saved by grace, but my conscience was in over-drive and I didn't always live that way. I'm not quite that bad now, but I do love consistency. : )
Anyway, I've read through a One Year Bible, "Read the Bible in 90 Days" (with the hubby), and done various reading plans. I've also read (and loved) The Exposition of the Gospel of John by Arthur Pink (it took me a whole year!). This year I'm going to read through the Bible in 6 months (check it out here). If you're interested in digging a little deeper, this plan from the Navigators to read through the New Testament in a year looks like a good one. I'm also interested in better using the free online resources. Bible Study Tools looks great, and the Global Prayer Digest looks like a wonderful prayer tool. (Thanks, friends, for sending those last three to me!)
Whatever and whenever you read, keeping that old Sunday School hand illustration in mind is a good idea: hear it, read it, memorize it, study it, meditate on it, and apply it. All the fingers and the wrist are needed to hold up the Bible (or to wield the Sword).
I'd love to know what everyone else is doing to study the Word this year!

5 comments:

  1. "This is a great reminder. Thanks Olivia!"

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  2. Wow... I am inspired to read more after reading how many times you have actually made it thru the whole book.

    I spend so much time doing for others.... maybe it really is time to make time to spend more time reading my beautiful bible

    Thank you for the reminder,
    Mandi,
    www.ourwonderfulcrazybeautifullife.com

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  3. i am loving bible study tools b/c you can begin at any time, mark off what you've read, and choose your own translation. although i don't like the idea of not actually holding my bible in hand, i'm finding that it's much easier to look at a screen while nursing my newborn, than it is to hold a heavy, leather-bound book!

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  4. Wow, I didn't realize, (who knows why), that there were so many resources online. I definitely love holding a book, but Audra is right, sometimes the screen is easier.

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  5. Brian and I are reading through the bible this year with a plan that gives us days off to catch up when we slack, videos to watch, supplementary readings, a community to hold us accountable and lots of multi media... Maybe this time we'll keep it up ALL year long!!! So far, it's been really nice to do this as a couple.
    http://journeyon.net/engage/scripture/reading

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