I am fighting a cold and too beat to share much tonight, but He is carrying me through a season right now where I am feeling both conviction and passion towards digging far deeper into His Word and spending far more meaningful time in prayer.
A lot of this comes from the struggle I've been feeling lately and have mentioned a few times already.
When God lets us hang out in uncomfortable, you actively cling. Much of it comes from my continued research of and encouragement from George Muller's life (do you know he read the Bible through four times a year, every year and prayed with such great, mountain-moving faith?), and even more practical inspiration is coming from several articles I've read lately on Scripture memorization, reading and prayer.
A beautiful advent book Elisa and Maria got me for my birthday is by a few bloggers who go by "She Reads Truth." Even that name alone popped out conviction at me...I can READ TRUTH. NOW. Why aren't I reading MORE!?
Last night as I worked on Christmas cards for a few hours, I found a free online Bible reading site, and was read almost the whole book of Isaiah in a British accent as I licked envelopes. I also had a free onsite Bible scholar to interrupt frequently with all of my questions, and as I still found myself meditating on what I had heard this morning, I thought,
"WHY am I not spending FAR more time in His Word?"
All the reasons I can think of are feeling pretty pathetic in light of the POWER and REALITY and HOPE and PEACE that I am finding in His Word.
Call it a social experiment or a Stacey trial or whatever you want, but I'm determined to GO CRAZY this season reading His Word.
My incredibly complex "go crazy" strategy? Gonna read and meditate on as much as I can, as often as I can, for as long as I can.
If you're with me, Let's Go. And if you want to wait and see how this goes, I'll keep you posted.
But here's one of my very favorites (he and Oswald Chambers and I practically hang out in my devotional dreams), cutting it down simple on daily alone time with God, and if you get through his take, I'm pretty sure you'll be ready to dive in with me!