I think my horse may be chasing my cart. Meaning, I maybe should have started my 31 Days Writing Challenge with Bible quotes about…Bible quotes. Here I’ve been telling you what God’s Word has to say about patience, gentleness and ourselves without telling you about the Author Himself–God. Let’s consider what God’s Word has to say about God’s Word. Warning, I will be quoting from Father John Hardon again in this post. Oh, and there is another free printable at the bottom with a compilation of scriptures about God’s Word. Print it out and stick it in your Bible. And…there’s a giveaway at the end of this post!
Bible Quotes: God’s Word
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So why read the Bible?[note]Aggie Catholic Blog has a great list of 14 Reasons to Read the Bible[/note] Father John Hardon states, “Through the Bible we see that God wants is to adore Him, thank Him, beg for His mercy and ask Him for what we need.” Saint Jerome states, “When we pray we speak to God; but when we read, God speaks to us. ”
This is so good to read today. When I’m feeling distant from God, it’s because I’ve stopped reading my Bible. If my prayer life is sluggish, it’s because I’ve stopped communicating with God in His Word. If my thoughts seem more anxious, it’s because I’ve stopped listening to the voice of God and started listening to the voice of the world.
We’ve touched on “Why read the Bible,” now let’s consider “How.” Let’s be honest, many times the reason we don’t sit down and read our Bible is because it’s “boring.” But so are many things we do daily, like showering, but we have to do it to keep ourselves healthy, clean, socially acceptable and well. Yes, I just said showering was boring. I’m sorry, but my showering never looks like the commercials. Usually I’m in a race against the clock before some child in the other bathroom uses all the hot water, or some child “NEEDS” me now! But enough about how I feel about showers, this post is about Bible quotes and we’re talking about “How.” The simple answer, we just do it, whether we feel like it or not.
The first thing we need to do is to prepare ourselves to read God’s Word; to communicate with God. It would be silly for me to set down in the middle of a bunch of noise, crack open my Bible and expect to intentionally visit with God amid interruptions and distractions. Wait…I know, lots of us are mothers and mothers of many and mothers of small ones, hear me out. Our time in the Word may be while sitting at the dinning room room table while children are doing school work, coloring or even watching a short video; we can still prepare ourselves mentally to be open to the inspirations of the Holy Spirit while reading God’s Word.
If we need to be out and present for our children during our “quiet time” how about clearing the crumbs off the table? That’s always a good start for anything in life, especially Bible reading. If we’re sitting there staring at a table full of crumbs we may get distracted, frustrated or defeated. If we can sneak away, how about to a quiet corner? Our closet? The bathroom?
Now let’s get our minds focused on God. I have found a great way to do this is with music. Even if it doesn’t drown out the actual noise of the house, it does drown out the noise in my mind…or at least changes it. Listening to inspiring words, combined with beautiful music, shifts my mind to God. Read these lyrics from a song titled, Holy Spirit
Holy Spirit, You are welcome here
Come flood this place and fill the atmosphere
Your glory, God, is what our hearts long for
To be overcome by Your presence, Lord
Can you just image the Holy Spirit flooding the atmosphere of your home, your mind, with God’s glory? Can you imagine being overcome by God’s presence? Awesome!
Finally, pen and paper. We take notes when it comes to important things, like a great recipe, children’s book recommendation or honest mechanic. We write it down so we won’t forget. Let’s do the same with reading God’s Word. It’s important…He’s important…what He communicates to us is important…we’re important! Let’s write it down. Our memories may not be what they used to be…or they won’t be at some point. I don’t know about you, but I want to have a record of my conversations with God. Just like I love old letters from my grandparents or mother in love, I want those written interactions with my Father to remind me of our time together.
Finally, I just mentioned using music to turn our thoughts toward God…I have something for you! I love Kari Jobe’s music. One of my most favorite songs is Here; that song always brings my mind into the presence of God. And the song lyrics I linked to above, it’s from her new CD, Majestic: Revisited. Although I am much more an acoustic type of girl (which she has a CD for that, The Acoustic Session) I enjoy the music from her Majestic: Revisited CD; it’s actually the CD I’ve been listening to as I’ve been writing my 31 Days posts.
Here’s my “official” review of the new CD as well as my love for Kari Jobe’s music in general…”
Family Christian offered me the opportunity to review Kari Jobe’s new CD, “Majestic: Revisited” for review and I literally squealed with delight! I discovered Kari Jobe’s music a couple of years ago when I was struggling with fear and anxiety. Her uplifting lyrics, beautiful voice and scriptural lyrics were just what I needed and were like a soothing balm to my weary and troubled soul. I have been a fan ever since. One of my favorite songs, and really they all are for different reasons, is “Here.” The song opens with these words, “Come and rest here, Come and lay your burdens down, Come and rest here, There is refuge for you now” No matter where I am or what I’m doing, hearing those lyrics, sung by her crystal clear voice, instantly bring my heart and mind to God. If you’re an acoustic fan, she has an acoustic CD, “The Acoustic Session.” If you’re more of a pop sounding fan, she has a CD for you, “Kari Jobe.” If you’re looking for a great worship CD, she has two! “Majestic and Majestic: Revisited” Kari also has a “Christmas Edition” CD. And my favorite song “Here” it’s on her CD “Where I Find You.”
Free Bible Quotes printable: Bible Quotes God’s Word