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A Proverb A Day Keeps Foolishness Away

Daily Bible reading.  What do you use for your daily Bible reading?  I have used various things to help me keep track of my walk with God.  What I use depends upon what the season in my life is at that time.  When I have a newborn, I have lots more time to read and meditate, yet not a lot of time to write.  I have lots of time to pray and memorize Scripture.  There are times when I am really struggling with a situation in my life and the best thing I can do is study out the Scriptures. Here are my three favorite methods used either independently or in combination.

Spiritual Journey sold by Baptist Mid Missions is a great journal to start digging deeper into Scripture.  It is set up in a question/answer format.  You read a passage of Scripture and there is space in the journal to answer the following questions.

1.  What does it say?

2  What does it mean?

3.  How can I apply it to my life?

There is also space for prayer requests and answers and for memory verse work. I think it is worth the $7 to buy a copy and then you can see how it works for you and then make up your own journal or even print off pages to add to your own journal.  This is the model that we have taught our children.

Reading through the Bible in a year is another great thing to do for personal Bible time.  This can be overwhelming and I have never been able to do it in a year, but I am still pluggin’ away, while taking breaks now and again.  I love this chart because it is printable and easy to chart.  If you have to take a break, you can just stop and start as you want.  All you have to do is read cross off each chapter as you read it.  Reading 3 chapters every day will get you to read your entire Bible in just over a year.  Psalm 119 is broken up into a few days. 😉

No matter what you do, read your Bible.  Read your Bible early and read it often.  While I really like to incorporate both of the above into my daily devotions, my favorite thing to do consistently in my daily life is to read a Proverb a day.   There is so much wisdom in Proverbs.  Reading the Proverb that coordinates to the date for that day helps to keep me going the right way.  It also shows me my foolishness that so easily creeps into my life on a daily basis.  Because of the great contrast between the righteous and the foolish man, I find many ways to apply Scripture into our daily family life, and its not just my children who act foolishly, its their sin filled Mom.  I hope my kidlets catch my love for Proverbs and integrate that into their daily Bible reading along with reading through the Bible and mediating on different passages at different times in their lives.

Oh, one more thought before I give you some of my favorite verses from Proverbs from my monthly reading, if your Pastor is teaching through a book of Scripture, then I highly recommend reading through that book every single week or at least reading chapters of that book every day.  It will help to keep his teaching fresh in your mind and the preaching close to your heart.

Here are some of the verses quoted often in our home.  (All in the New King James Version and taken off of Bible Gateway.)

Proverbs 1:10 My son, if sinners entice you, Do not consent.

Proverbs 15:14 The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge, But the mouth of fools feeds on foolishness.

Proverbs 29:15 The rod and rebuke give wisdom, But a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.

Proverbs 17:28 Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace; When he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive.

Proverbs 14:1 The wise woman builds her house,But the foolish pulls it down with her hands.

 

I hope you are spending time with the Lord every day in Bible reading, prayer, Bible memory work and being still before the Lord.  I know the days I don’t make that a priority are days that tend to be very hard for me.

 

susan

 

 

1 comment to A Proverb A Day Keeps Foolishness Away

  • Thanks for all the great ideas and being honest about Bible reading. I try my best to keep consistent but with 3 young kids and homeschooling Its a struggle a lot of days to make the time. I will be checking out the websites you posted! Thanks again!

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