If you follow me on Instagram, (or you could probably gather from the pictures on here) I love a Bible flat lay the way the Dutch Masters loved a still life.
My actually Bible time happens deep in the dark of the morning when no picture will show anything but a grainy blur that is often a reflection of my sleep tired eyes at that time of day. But the way I feel when I dig in the scriptures? Is far more reflective of the brightly lit and beautifully laid out designed pictures; it’s all light and color, and beauty.
It never fails when I post one of those that I get messages along the lines of:
“How do you study your Bible?”
“How do you find time?”
“What devotionals do you use?”
And in the past I’ve sent super long rambling messages that start at point A and end with number 5. What I’m saying is, I want to share a better way. Especially because most of the women that send me those messages? Have a mess of tiny kids and endless demands on their time.
That’s a longing I can understand. I remember nights with two toddlers and a baby, waking up all night, trying to read the words of scripture (or any words for that matter) and if the blur of letters managed to straighten themselves out on the page, then Lord knows the strings of sentences rarely straightened themselves out in my sleep deprived brain.
Or maybe it isn’t that, maybe it’s a career demanding more of your time than you’d ideally like to give, maybe you’re a student with an academic schedule whose load is only outweighed by an extracurricular calendar that weighs down you time and your energy.
Either way, you see it and you long for it. This soul deep connection with the Savior of not just your soul, but the very mundane of your day.
So you do what we all do, you Google it. You pull up Pinterest. You get tons of (really great!) resources. So you buy a mega pack of highlighters, a new journal, and you get to work. It takes a long time to do the work right and a few days of overwhelm and oversleeping and you feel like you’ve fallen short again.
The easiest course seems to take a shortcut. Learn from someone who already knows, so you devour endless books and devotions. It helps, but it only leaves you longing. Reading someone else’s love story is indeed not actually equivalent to living your own. The longing remains.
How do we find the God we long for when we are short on time?
Possibly the answer isn’t as far away as we imagine. Emily P. Freeman says the Kingdom of God is two inches off the ground. It’s right within reach we just need to learn how to see it, everywhere, all the time.
I don’t think it’s an accident that Jesus called himself the Light of the world. Our vision, cleared by knowing him more, our longing for brightness and beauty assuaged by sitting in his Light. It’s the only way. We’ve been given the gift of knowing that the Word left us the words of life, right there in scripture to light our way and fill our longing.
It rarely seems that easy, huh?
I spent some time looking back to those years when 2:00AM rocking sessions had nothing to do with a party, and even now when kisses happen in the hallway while one parents coming in and the other is going out. How do we know the God we long for when we are short on time?
I’ve put together a little plan for you whether you have 5 minutes a day, 15 minutes a day, or 30 minutes a day. No mega pack of highlighters, or fancy journals required. It’s a plan to Study Scripture in Every Season. A plan to get us near to God simply and consistently.
When you drop your email below you will get the guide and then I’d love for you to join me on Facebook or Instagram live this Thursday at 1:30 Pm CST while I go through the guide live.