Posted by: pollyw | October 6, 2018

Step 4 of Six Steps to an Easier Bible Study Time — How to make it through the dry season (Part of the “I Just Don’t Get It” series)


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Step 4 of Six Steps to an Easier Bible Study Time — How to make it through the dry season

(Part of the “I Just Don’t Get It” series)

As a Christian, it is easy to find yourself in a dry season with your time in the Word. Life gets busy, you feel overwhelmed with the everyday things, you are exhausted, you get the idea.

I like to hang out in Psalm 119 during the busy times of my life, when my quiet times start falling to the wayside, or if I find myself not looking at His Word every day. It serves as a signpost pointing me back to the good times I have had with the Lord through His Word. Reading parts of this psalm when I am in a dry season, always makes me want to delight in His Word because the psalmist makes it sound so great. I use the psalm as a “prayer template” to pray His Word back to Him and know that He will restore my delight in His Word again. Ready to jump into the refreshing water that is His Word? Let’s go for a swim!

As we all know, dry seasons can happen in our walk of faith. It could be due to a busy schedule, stressful transitions, or sometimes, plain old lack of sleep. There are a million reasons you might have lost that spark you first had for God’s Word and it sends you into a spiral where you feel like you aren’t connecting to Him like you used to, but the really great news is that you are only a prayer away from getting that spark back.

Look through Psalm 119 (warning, it’s long!). Find a verse that really speaks to where you want to be in your relationship with God and His Word. Here is one I really like:

You are my hiding place and my shield. I put my hope in Your Word. Psalm 119:114

Ask yourself some questions as you read the verse. For this verse, I might ask: Are there any fears you have as you find yourself in a dry season? It is completely okay to have them. Write down (or just think about) your top two or three worries. What would it look like for God to be your hiding place (refuge) and shield from those situations? Let Him know that if those things you are worried about do come to pass, you will put your hope in His Word. You can trust Him.

Memorize this short verse and pray it to Him continually today as situations and worries come to mind. Not in a “lucky phrase” kind of way, but in a true, heartfelt, “I’m relying on You to be my refuge and shield in this specific situation” way. Then tell Him that you are putting your hope in His Word.

Here’s a way that you can pray this verse back to God:

Lord, thank You that Your Word says You are my hiding place and shield. I have some worries that have been rolling around in the back of my head (silently name worries here). I am going to put my hope in Your Word, and I am so glad that you are my refuge and strength. I do not have to rely on me…it is all You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Great job! Keep your eyes open for His protection today, and be full of hope. He has you there for a reason!

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