Guest authors: Emily Purcell and Marie Banks, Deacons of Creekside WomenA dear friend once said that having a relationship with God is not for Him, it’s for us. That simple phrase changed the way I look at my Bible reading and prayer time. God doesn’t need us read His Word; He wants us to read it. He doesn’t need us to pray, He wants us to pray. He wants us to read and understand His character and how He redeems His people. He wants us to talk to Him. The seasons of my life when I have been consistent in reading my Bible and praying, I doubt my faith less. I find it easier to deal with the stresses of life, I am much kinder to those closest to me, and I am much more in-tuned to the Holy Spirit.
Last year, I decided to read through the Bible in a year. I have never successfully done this, and I wanted desperately to make it part of my Bible reading routine. In the past, I have made it to somewhere in Leviticus, gotten behind and given up. This time I decided that I would pick up where I left off, even if it meant I skipped something. While I didn’t read the whole Bible in 2019, I read more scripture than I ever have before, and I grew spiritually because of it.
I don’t know where you are in your daily walk with God. Maybe you have read the Bible in its entirety many times and consistently spend time studying the Word. Maybe you are just starting to learn what it means to walk with the Lord daily, and you don’t know where to begin. Or maybe you have been a Christian for a while, but you need to make a fresh commitment to prioritizing time with God. Regardless, be encouraged. God loves you and He will bless your efforts to spend time with Him.
Below are some resources Marie and I have found helpful in our own quiet times. If you do not have a regular Bible reading plan or you just need a fresh perspective, these may be helpful to you. We as deacons and your sisters-in-Christ are praying for you as you seek to walk with the Lord.