Welcome to my weekend home away from home. Every other weekend I am blessed to hang out here with Barbie and share some words. It is one of my favorite things to do because of all of you. Today I am continuing to look at the rhythms in my life specifically the rhythm of the word. If you missed the other two posts about the 4 W’s click here and here.
God has a claim on my life and has since 2005. In that moment that I became His, I also was given God’s grace and love to share with others. In my new walk with God, my eyes were opened to learning how to be His child and I found the life lessons I needed in His Word. As a child growing up, I went to a structured and ritualistic church. The Bible was never promoted as a book that should be read, reflected on and a place to renew your mind. I missed out on one of the greatest gifts that we have as children of God.
Since my journey began in 2005, I have made time to read the Bible in its entirety, participated in many Bible studies with some amazing women, tried to understand these words that were written for all of us on my own and just tried to make it a daily habit. This past year has not been one of great success when it comes to daily reading in the word and as I have been exploring rhythms, I have scrutinized why I can’t seem to grasp the rhythm of the word.
One verse has popped up more often in the last 6 months than any other and I am learning God has a specific reason why I need this verse right now in my life. Matthew 14:29 is best read within context and it is teaching me, giving me a chance to pause for continued reflection and renewing my mind as I look to the future.
But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
29 “Come,” he said.Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:27-31)
Throughout these last months as this verse popped up over and over, God whispered, “I am not finished with you yet”. You see I have not taken that full step out of the boat. I am only dipping my toe in the water. God is teaching me that to fall into the rhythm of the word I must…
Go deeper and not wider
Take the time to not only learn the verse but understand why this verse, for this time in your life. Allow yourself to let it fill you, become you and teach you.
Look at a highlighted verse over and over
God has more to teach us when a verse returns over and over in your life. He is not finished with us and that verse needs more time to become part of who we are becoming.
Take time to stay in God’s word as you seek the rhythm of the word
Continue the habit of soaking in God’s word according to your schedule. No one says you must follow a particular plan or schedule. God cherishes the time we spend with Him in His word.
Connect with God’s word to deepen your relationship with God. Breathe in His word and allow it to fill you for this time and place in your life. Embrace the truth that you find in the word and use it in your daily life.
How do you let God’s word teach you, fill you and become yours? Are there any verses that return over and over that God has chosen for you because He is not finished with you yet?
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