I have been fairly consistent about following the evening routine I have set up for myself. Most nights I’m in bed reading or journaling by 9:30. I try my best to have the lights out by 10:00.
Mornings, on the other hand, have not been so easy. I have still not disciplined myself enough to be able to get up at a decent time to do all the things I want to do.
I want so much to be able to use my new prayer notebook printables to spend time with the Lord each morning. Most mornings I’m lucky to have the time to read through a devotion and say a short prayer.
I am determined to wake up one of these days where I have enough time to go deeper with God in the mornings.
For right now, I’m spending some intentional time in the evenings reading and studying my Bible.
One thing new I’m doing is writing out scripture. Search Pinterest or Google and you’ll find all manner of ways to do this. I personally am using a guide from Sweet Blessings. You can find the one I’m using here.
This guide lists different passages of scripture to write each day. Some days there are just a couple of verses. Other days there are quite a few.
However, no matter how many verses there are to write, they always speak to something I went through that day or am currently dealing with.
These are three passages that have really spoken to me so far this month:
1. January 1–Isaiah 43:16-19
Beginning the new year always fills me with a sense of hope that I can finally accomplish some of my long-term goals. Verses 18-19 remind me that God is in charge and that He will do a new thing.
Remember not the former things, nor consider things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
2. January 9–1 Peter 1:3-9
On the 9th, I was having some troubles. More like attitude troubles! Anyway, that day was not a great one for me emotionally, spiritually, or physically. As I read verses 6 and 7, I felt God was telling me to hold on and keep the faith. The genuineness of my faith is more important than any trial I am facing.
In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith–more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire–may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
3. January 15–Isaiah 40:28-31
Just this past Friday, I was weary to the bone. I’d had a stressful week at my part time job trying to meet a deadline. I also had spent many hours and was looking to spend many more hours cleaning and decluttering our home in preparation for a real estate open house yesterday. Every part of me hurt. I could not imagine how I was going to get up Saturday and do even more cleaning and decluttering.
When I wrote out this very familiar passage in Isaiah, I could feel the Lord speaking directly to me. He told me He would be my strength, and I could get through what I needed to do with His help. Verses 29-31 stood out most to me.
He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
Writing scripture is not hard, but it can be transformational. When I’m writing it out, I try to pay attention to what I’m writing. However, sometimes I get distracted. So, I make sure I go back and read over what I’ve written. That is when God usually speaks to me the most.
I hope you’ll give it a try. You don’t have to have a formal plan. Just pick a devotional and write some of the verses from it. I promise it will be life changing!