Some of you astute observers may have noticed that I have no goals about Bible reading when I shared my goals for 2013. A few of you may have even been slightly horrified.
How could I overlook such an important goal? Well, truth be told, I knew I was going to write this post.
I know you are wondering, so I’ll share the goal I don’t have.
I don’t have a goal of reading through the Bible in a year.
In fact, I don’t have a goal of reading through any certain number of chapters in the year.
I do have a Bible reading plan. I think a plan is helpful because it helps me work through the Bible systematically reading in various parts of both the old an new testaments.
But I don’t worry about the little date box next to the day’s reading. In fact, I didn’t start over fresh on January 1st with a new plan. I am reading systematically through my Bible little bit, by little bit and I don’t worry about whether it takes me a year or three to finish.
Why, you say?
I’m a mom of little people.
Little people that need me nearly every hour of the day and night. I’m often up several times a night. I have children with me constantly throughout the day. I rarely have moments to myself, let alone time to read several chapters a day.
Some of you may wonder how I can find time to read, and yet say I can’t read through the Bible in a year. I do read a lot. But as much as I read, it may surprise you to know that I rarely read for more than 15 minutes in one sitting. Most of the time I grab 3, 5, or 10 minutes here and there throughout the day. Some days, like today, I don’t have time to read at all. Eventually, though it just adds up.
Bible reading isn’t exactly conducive to that type of reading because it requires not only my mind to be active, but my heart and soul.
And that takes time and focus.
I also know my heart.
And I know that I find it much more difficult to–
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight.” Ps. 19:14
–than to read a chapter from my Bible.
I found it more difficult to–
” meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it.” Josh. 1:8
–than read a few chapters in the Bible.
I find it more difficult to–
“meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways.” Ps. 119:15
“whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.“ Phil. 1:8
–than to read any number of verses or chapters.
Bible reading goals are good, and certainly appropriate.
But for me, this year, this is my goal:
To meditate on one truth from Scripture each day.
If you are part of our Facebook community you may have seen me post this picture.
What you don’t know is that before I shared it with you, I had printed that little box off and stuck it above the sink where I spend countless minutes washing dishes.
Usually I’m not that fancy. I simply scribble a verse or a truth from God’s word on an index card and put it where I can see it regularly throughout the day. It’s in this meditating on truth that I see my heart change.
C.H. Spurgeon, the well-known British minister from the late 19th century said,
“Set your whole heart on the Word of God! Some people like to read so many chapters every day. I would not dissuade them from the practice, but I would rather lay my soul soaking in half a dozen verses all day than I would, as it were, rinse my hands in several chapters.
Oh, to bathe in a text of Scripture and to let it be sucked up into your very soul till it saturates your heart!” (emphasis mine)
Mom’s, if you are feeling discouraged because you can’t seem to find two minutes to yourself when kids are not tugging at your pants needing something, I understand. I’m right there with you.
If you have been exhorted to get up earlier, but your child just gets up earlier right with you, I understand. I’m right there with you.
Don’t worry about the chapters and verses, but don’t neglect the Word.
Grasp one verse or passage each day. Hold on to one truth in the middle of diaper changes, and whining, dumped bookshelves, ripped books, and chaotic messes, (all of which I had today) and let it change your heart.
Bathe yourself in the truth of God’s word.
For me, this year, in this season, that means fewer chapters read.
But I pray that by God’s grace I will see it begin to truly saturate my heart, my words, and my very life.