For the past three months, I have placed aside an hour every morning to consistently spend time with God. On each of those days I would write, by hand, scripture into my bullet journal. Why? You might ask. Because I knew that I couldn’t just read the words. I had to absorbs them, memorize them, make them part of my heart.
I’ve always been a writer, it’s how I memorize, vent, and let my creative juices flow. It’s not always scripture. It’s stories and narratives and poems and pictures. It’s anything I can use to get my mind and heart on paper. This is why my journals are so precious to me. They are a small window into my soul. So when I started a desk job, where the mornings are quiet and I normally will not acquire work for about an hour, I decided to set out time for the Lord. Writing out Scripture every morning is not easy, especially when you have a whole chapter to write. However, there is something calming and peaceful in it. Peace from God’s word as is flows across a piece of paper, even in my terrible handwriting.
We are constantly told to write God’s words on our hearts… and that’s what I’m doing. I am literally writing His word on my heart, my journal.
My soul, my heart gets poured into these journals and so I take time to write His word on it. There are days when it’s hard and I don’t want to. Excuses will fill my head and I will attempt to find something else to do, even just pray to get away from it. But I’m avoiding something that is growing me and teaching me. I remember scripture easier now and I have a new appreciation for the men whom God appointed to write out His words. Their hands must have hurt after writing so many chapters. If they can write the books of the Bible, then I can write out a chapter or a few lines of scripture to remind me of God and His work.
These words on each page of the Bible are there for a reason. Why shouldn’t I delve into them? His word is God breathed and is always full of information for His children. It’s not just words on a page, telling us how to live our lives, and how we are messed up. It’s words that tell us we are messed up, but the love that Christ has for us is immense. Timothy Keller says it best,
“The gospel is this: We are more sinful and flawed in ourselves than we ever dared believe, yet at the very same time we are more loved and accepted in Jesus Christ than we ever dared hope.”
I’ve been through Acts over these last few weeks with She Reads Truth. She Reads Truth is an amazing website and group of women who have come together to share God’s word and to encourage other women. Each day I read a new chapter in Acts and each day I grow to love and cherish my time with God. It’s not just an obligation anymore, it’s a need, a passion, a want. I want to hear Him speak to me through His word, and through the women who write out these studies. It’s beautiful and it’s something I wouldn’t change for the world. The mornings that I do not start out writing and praying are the mornings where my coffee doesn’t work and my mind doesn’t focus. God, in His sovereignty, knows my love of writing and has given me that desire and love to grow closer to Him. He gives us all gifts, and those gifts can be used to glorify Him and I believe that they always should.
Writing Scripture every day for the past few months has been an experience and it is an experience I want to have every day. I pray that God will continue to strengthen and grow my relationship with Him, but I also pray He does the same for you. Try writing a verse a day, even if it’s just typing into Pinterest “Scripture about___________” and then copying the first verse you see. Even if you do the open your Bible and point trick. You never know how God will speak to you and you never know if you might need the words you write