Sunday, February 23, 2014

2014 Quiet Time

You who are One
     Destroy my divisions
          Make me joined.
You who are power
     Destroy my strength
          Make me weak.
You who died for me
     Destroy my self sufficiency
          Make me die.
You who are wisdom
     Destroy my arrogance
          Make me a fool.
You who are love
     Break down all my walls
          Make me love.
Oh Great I AM,
     Undo me
That I may become your glory.

At the beginning of the year, I usually write something about what I plan to do for the quiet times in the year ahead. I've talked about the whole idea of quiet time and given some suggestions; listed my quiet time goals in my new year's resolutions; and suggested different ways to read through the Bible.
This year, I'm trying to slow down with scripture. Stay in one book for a while. Read and review and read again. It's amazing how a verse that you've read several times (even in the past week!) can jump out and grab you! So, it's a bit random, but I'm beginning in 1 Corinthians and planning to stay here for a while. I've reverted back to a way of studying the Bible that I used while I was single and teaching in China. I read a whole book in a sitting. Then I take the book a chapter at a time and make an outline for it. Asking about each chapter: What does God do? and then What am I to do? Then writing thoughts and reflections on the chapter. The above poem was the reflection after studying 1 Corinthians 1. 
It's wonderful to read through the Bible often. I plan to go right back to that, probably even next year. But it's also good to slow down, revel in the wonder of a magical word. I'm so thankful for the opportunity!

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