Do you feel lost when you sit down to read your Bible? Like you know you should read it but have no idea what to do after you check off the daily reading? That's why we created the Dwell Journal. We use a simple threefold approach to help you work your way through your time in the word. 1. Read the Word. Your journal is meant to be a companion to your daily Bible reading. First, read the scripture and jot down some notes, your initial impressions of the passage, or a verse that stood out. 2. Reflect on Truth. Take some time to dwell on what you read. What does the passage reveal about God's character? And how does what you're learning about God affect your life? 3. Respond in Prayer. In light of what you've read and reflected on, spend some time in prayer. Thank God for his word. Ask him to impress it on your heart and change you from the inside out. Commit to change. Express your gratitude. And that's it. The method is a simple but effective way for you to read, reflect, and respond to the Word. It's not overwhelming or complicated, but it works. Do you have a quiet time routine? What works for you when you sit down with your Bible?
Choosing to rejoice anyway is one of the most powerful things that we can do to fight back against the enemy (who would like nothing more than to see us a defeated). It's a declaration of faith in God's goodness and faithfulness, despite all appearances to the contrary, and it's always good for us to declare his praise. Especially when our weary souls need to be reminded of his goodness.
I was in my 40s when my grandmother, Jewel, died in her mid-90s. One of my strongest childhood memories was sleeping in the extra twin bed in her room and hearing her pray aloud for each family member by name before she went to sleep.
Sometimes the very thing our souls most need is to stop in the middle of the brokenness and dwell on a thing of beauty. To be reminded that for all that is wrong and broken in the world, there is also beauty and light and life.