La Junta UMC
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Reading the Bible

2 Timothy 3:16-17

 

“All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

My devotional time is when I wake up.  I have tried all sorts of times throughout the day.  I have tried at the end of the day but found when my boys were much smaller that my life lived into the saying “the days are long but the years are short.”  I found myself falling asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow or falling asleep even when I sat in our chair in our living room.  While it worked sometimes, many days it did not.

 

I tried doing devotional times during my lunch or breaks at work.  That worked sometimes as well but my job meant that I had erratic break times and lunches and some days where I got neither.  I felt really good when I was able to sit still with God in scripture but unsettled when I wasn’t able.

 

What would often happen, which I am not sure if you can relate, I would miss a day, then a day would become two, and finally a week.  I would be looking at my bible getting ready for church on Sunday morning thinking “I’m not sure I even opened you this week.”  I would reflect on my week and I would have that feeling that something was missing but I just couldn’t put my finger on it.  Have you ever had those weeks?

 

This week, with the church shootings in Sutherland Springs as well as in Fresno, along with the many other acts of violence across our nation this weekend-I have found incredible solace in scripture.

 

I have been spending time with Habbakuk where he cries out to God “2 How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, “Violence!” but you do not save? 3 Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrongdoing? Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and conflict abounds.” 

 

I have been sitting with Romans 12: 14-21 where Paul says in verse 20, among other things in this stunning passage, “On the contrary, If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.  In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.  Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”   Holy smokes!  Sitting with scripture, along with meditation and prayer, has been incredibly helpful for me to understand God’s will as well as listening to God speak to me during these troubling times.

 

I hope you have a habit of sitting with scripture, prayer, meditation, and fasting.  I hope you take time each day to intentionally sit with God.  If you believe that you don’t have time, because you are too busy, I get it.  I have been there many times. 

 

What I found works great is getting a bible app for my phone.  If you have a car you can plug your phone into the car and play it through your speakers.  The YouVersion bible app allows me to play audio and hear scripture being read to you through your car, headphones, or played regularly through your phone.  Plus, it is a completely free app with so many features including devotionals, individual bible studies, and many versions of scripture to choose from.

 

Additionally, you can pray and meditate while you cook, do dishes, drive, do repetitive tasks at work like sorting papers etc.  Sitting with God doesn’t have to be complicated nor does it have to be labor intensive or even like work. 

 

If you haven’t asked yourself in a while, I invite you to ask yourself:

 

How are you doing with making time for God?  Have you been allowing God to speak to you?

 

 

Blessing,

 

Rev. Lou Ward

 

 

Upcoming Events:

     Bible Studies:

     New Session Starts:

      November 24, 2019

      Sunday - 4:00 PM

      Monday - 1:00 PM

 

October 19th, 2019

Free Veterans' Breakfast 8:00 AM - Downstairs in Fellowship Hall - all veterans, police, fire, and first responders welcome!

 

October 26th, 2019

An. Bazaar & Craft Fair

8:00-2:00 in downstairs Fellowship Hall

 

October 27th, 2019

United Methodist Men:

Sunday breakfast at 7:21 AM in downstairs Fellowship Hall

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