Thus far, this year, I have been consistent in my Bible reading,study, and prayer....The greatest help has been my Kindle Fire...It is so much easier to have all that material right at my finger tips.I even have an alarm set on it to remind me. And I love it that now when I say to someone "I will pray for you" not only do I sincerely intend to do it....I will follow through because of my "Prayer Warrior"App.I think I found this in Amazon's App store and I love it. It is very simple to use, but that is good: You don't want the bells and whistles of the app to interfere with your purpose, which is to bring people, events, and needs to the Lord in prayer.
I am also using the Bible Gateway website's app to read through the Bible in a year. The portions to be read are manageable and somehow it seems easier to do this on the Kindle than in the book.Last year I attempted to do it using John MacArthur's Annual Study Bible and somehow kept getting lost as I attempted to click my way through the daily readings. It just occurred to me that I may have opted to get through the Bible in TWO years this time, rather than in one. I'm not sure.Even if I did though, it is worth it to really delve more into the reading and not getting overwhelmed by the bulk of the passages.
I have also subscribed to some of the CrossWalk devotionals to be sent to my email daily. In the past I had written devotions for a daily internet devotional publisher...I wrote maybe 5 or 6 of them...but then kind of let that fall by the wayside. It would be nice to write devotionals again.There's a certain mindset you need to do that. And I have let that door in my mind slam shut on my "devotional thoughts." Why is that? Is it that I no longer think deeply enough about my life and my readings and Scripture?
I think I have stopped really meditating...on life, God, relationships and His Word. How do I get back into that mindset? I need to take time to really cogitate --chew the cud--on God's Word. From today on, I am going to try to meditate for 10-15 minutes following my Bible reading. I'm going to ask God to open my thoughts and ears, and eyes to what it is he wants to tell me today....and then ask him what he wants ME to tell OTHERS about him.