Posted by: pollyw | June 13, 2018

Step 3 of Six Steps to an Easier Bible Study Time — Live With a Verse for a Day (part of the “I Just Don’t Get It” Series)

 

Image by Polly Warring

Step 3 of the “I Just Don’t Get It” series — Live With a Verse for a Day

Today, I will let you in on the easiest way to incorporate God’s Word into your life when you have limited time. All you need to do is to live out your day looking through the filter of one Bible verse. Every event, situation, and worry will be held up next to this verse. Even if you think it won’t apply, consider this verse when thinking about every occurrence in your day.

For example, the verse from my morning devotional on the YouVersion app today was Philippians 4:8.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if something is excellent or praiseworthy, think about these things. Philippians 4:8 NET version

Now, for those of you who don’t know me, I can be a bit of a complainer when I feel down. Honestly, the first thing I thought when I read this verse was, “That sounds like a lot of work for today.”

To the general public, I can appear pretty optimistic most of the time, but the self-talk that goes on inside my ever-moving brain can dwell on the negative. As usual, though, the Lord had picked out this verse on purpose for me today.

This past week has been a bit rocky with the transition to summer for my kiddos and new practice hours for my older ones in athletics. What used to be the lazy days of summer have morphed into a frenzy of early mornings, late nights, and constant checking of who needs to be where at what time. It takes a week or two for us to get into our summer groove, and today proved to have some hiccups.

I prayed this verse back to God a few times this morning, and when I did, He was faithful to give me answers. He was letting me know that I needed to focus on the good in a situation, not the “should”. Focus on the heart of the child and their immediate emotional needs, not the plan I had for the day. Using this verse, the Lord transformed a frustrating “goal blocking” situation into a chance to connect heart-to-heart with one of my children. I’ll take heart connections over frustrating dialogue any day.

Seeing my daily interactions through this verse can carry on later tonight as I choose what to watch on tv or what sites I find on the internet. Will I focus on the good, pure, and lovely things going on in the world, or will I obsess about the bad things that are happening to famous people. I’m not advocating unplugging from the world, just not getting laser-focused on things that I might be drawn to that will end up dragging me down, emotionally and, ultimately, physically as I get depressed thinking about all of the bad things going on in the world.

I am going to follow through on this verse today and focus on the good things that the Lord brings to me today, instead of worrying about things that haven’t even happened yet. When I forget to apply this verse, I will be nice to myself and look for the peace and calm that comes when I put the filter of God’s Word back into place for the day.

I wonder what verse He will give me tomorrow?

Leave a comment when you get a chance and let me know how you apply God’s Word to your life. I read every comment, and they really make my day!

 

 


Responses

  1. Good for you, Polly, and special applause for the image of the book! Well done.

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  2. That’s a great idea. Good message.

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  3. This is a fabulous series! Thank you so much. You think and write clearly. Love and hugs to all, Dave

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