Today was Day 1 in the new Bible study: 1+2 Timothy via the She Reads Truth App. (Sidenote: I love this app. It is an online daily devotional written by women and specifically geared toward keeping busy women in the Word everyday) Each day, the studies include a couple of short passages to read and a short lesson that goes along with the reading. I am a big fan of the daily artwork that captures the essence of the lesson. If you are using the app, you can download the artwork for free and either post them via social media or save them to your device. It is quite convenient and I love it.
Over the past couple of months it has been a true struggle to find alone time to read my Bible and pray. I’ve looked over my schedule and routines and tried to find the best place to insert a few minutes to read the scriptures. It has never been a matter of not wanting to read the Bible, in fact it is the exact opposite. I look forward to my time in the Word. I crave time in the Word. But sometimes a few minutes alone just doesn’t happen for me.
As I reviewed my daily habits I found that one thing I do everyday without wavering is drink a cup of coffee in the morning. Alone or not I make time for coffee. Tired or not I make time for coffee. Busy or not I make time for coffee. Therein lies my solution. If I can make time every morning despite my hectic schedule and lack of sleep to drink a cup of coffee then surely I can do the same for reading the Bible. The flesh in me recognizes my own dependency on coffee and I take care of that need before moving forward with my day. EVERY DAY. How is it that I have not seen this before? Just like my physical body requires and deserves that warm, rich, liquid energy every morning, ALL of me requires and deserves some time alone in the Word.
I’ve begun to pair my Bible reading with my coffee consumption every morning. Some days it is as simple as completing the She Reads Truth study for the day and other days I take a longer coffee break so I read a little more. I don’t know when I started treating Bible study like it wasn’t a necessity. It is actually one of the MOST NECESSARY things I could ever do for myself. When I don’t take the time and read God’s Words I quickly lose my battle for my mind and attention. I focus on myself and my circumstances and I lose sight of who I am and why I’m here. Life isn’t about all these things with which I fill my time. Life is about doing all I can to further God’s Kingdom and if I don’t realign my thinking everyday I tend to lose focus.
I am going to leave you with some thoughts from today’s empowering scripture reading which She Reads Truth has paired with 1 Timothy 1. This particular study describes the context of 1+2 Timothy and then uses Colossians 3 as a reference to living a gospel-filled life.
Context: 1 +2 Timothy were letters written by Paul to Timothy. Timothy was a young leader in the early church. Yes, a lot of the text involves structuring and building that early church, but the emphasis is also on the importance of living life according to the gospel. Paul often speaks to Timothy in a paternal manner about making sure he is focusing on living a life that brings God glory.
Colossians 3:2- Set your mind on things above not earthly things.
Colossians 3: 10b- …put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.
Colossians 3: 12- Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
Colossians 3: 16- Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts toward God.