Our time with our Lord can sometimes become stale like that bread.
The longer we stay away and allow the Bread of Life to sit on the counter, the harder it becomes to go back to it. We forget about it, and move on with the everyday tasks of life.
Unlike bread, God's Word never grows stale on its own. It needs a catalyst to come alive, and it needs a catalyst to die.
We know that the Holy Spirit is the Catalyst by which it comes alive. But what causes it to die?
We do. Our attitude.
Apathy. Blatant disregard. Lack of respect.
My bible time had become dry and stale. It was no longer appealing. I kept trying to "make" it happen. But the fact is, when I did try to read, I was just going through the motions.
I continued to write blogs and even look up scripture, but I Googled what I wanted and moved on. I never really sat and chewed on the Bread.
So what do you do when God's Holy Word no longer stirs your desire or ignites your fire?
- Change your routine
- Change your thinking
- Change your methods
I also love how Patsy Paterno actually draws a picture in her bible---right over the words, and then paints it!
I decided to try both of these methods because they were completely out of the box, and you know what? It ignited the fire! (I did not paint; I used colored pencils).
- Change your approach
- Change your bible
I've gone through many bibles over the years, but I always come back to my first one. It's all marked up and I know what side of the book, and sometimes even the part of the page a specific verse is. It's comforting. And comfortable...which can often make it boring. I heard about a journaling bible, one that has a 2" margin on which to write. It's also a different version that the one I seem to be married to. So I ordered it.
- Change the location of your apps
If it's not working, change it up! Eat fresh bread! It's like Manna.
Blessings Along the Path,
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