God has been working on my heart a lot the past few months. I just haven’t been doing a lot of the basic things that make the Christian life work well. Simple things like daily Bible reading and praying throughout the day. In the past few years I have slowly lost my grasp on the basics of my faith.
Through both some of the books I have been writing, the people I have been fellowshipping with, and still small voice inside, I realized how neglectful I have been. I have forgotten the very basics, which make up the foundation of my faith. I wonder why my heart is not right, only to be reminded I have not been turning to the source of renewal.
Today is the beginning of a series that I have dubbed Faith Basics. I have even created a hashtag (#FaithBasics) so that all of us can share this journey together on social media. I encourage you to join me in this journey back to the basics.
I am very guilty of getting up in the morning and starting on my to-do list and forgetting to crack open my Bible. So what are the most important habits when it comes to the Bible?
Reading: Obviously, I cannot expect to know what the Bible contains unless I am reading it often, preferably every day. For me, I am trying to read one chapter before I get out of bed and one before I go to sleep. This won’t set any reading records, but it is a good way to start and end my day.
Meditating: As I get dressed and started on my day, I try to think about the chapter I read. I am not very good at this, but it is my goal to get better at it. One of the ways I am doing this is working on memorizing.
Memorize: I have not set out to memorize scripture in a long time. To help aid me in my quest to return to the basics, I am using My Scripture Journal: Gratitude. It has already helped me both in learning verses, but also in meditating more of scripture.
Search: Often, I hear people espouse ideas that they say are from the Bible, but when was the last time I searched the scriptures to make sure that was true? Sadly, I rely on my memory or trust the person who had the idea. I want to strive to be better and searching the scripture and checking what others say against it.
Well, are you ready to join me? We are going back to the basics! Feel free to share your thoughts and/or struggles in the comments, or by using #FaithBasics.