Sunday, March 23, 2014

Spring Thinking

I can't believe it's been so long since I've posted on here! So much has happened since the fall. For one, there was snow. A LOT of snow. Normally, I don't mind the snow. I even like the snow. Especially around the holidays. But then the holidays were over. And the snow didn't stop. For a looong time. I was actually at the point where it was just not making me very happy. But then the snow started melting and I saw the grass again which felt like such a blessing! (As dramatic as that may sound lol). And of course a few days later there was yet another snow storm. Haha. And that process happened a few more times. But we have been snow-free for a little while now which really makes me happy. And I am so happy that spring started a few days ago! I am so excited for warmer weather and bright, pastel colors.

I have also loved growing in my walk with God. :) One of the things I have learned about is reading the Bible. When I read the Bible in the past, I often just read through a certain section and then that was it. But I have realized how important and amazing it is not only to just read through the Word, but to study it. To not only process the words briefly, but to think about what they mean for more than just a second. To relate what I am reading to other Bible verses, songs, and to look up different versions of the same text. To read commentaries and even look up some words in the dictionary. Doing this has made such a difference in getting to know God more than I had before. I have also been making it a priority this month to consistently study the Bible, and I have learned that quality is more important than quantity. I actually tried starting a one-year plan in January, but for me, I wasn't remembering what I was reading because I was reading a lot of text each night. I definitely think it is more important to get something out of what you read than to only read it to reach a quota each day.

All in all I have realized that it is amazing what God will show you if you study His word. He has given us such a wonderful thing. The Bible is here to help us, teach us, and make our lives fulfilling and worth living. It is here to help us get to know who God is. Because that is what he yearns for. For us to want to get to know Him and for us to grow closer to Him. And all we have to do is take some time to open it up, read, study, and listen to what His Spirit has to say. It's not even a difficult thing to do. I don't want to be lazy in my relationship with Him, the most important relationship in my life. One thing I want to do is make sure I don't waste the life He died to give me. Building the habit of reading and studying His Word has been such a wonderful experience.

And now I just have to share this beautiful song. It's simple, very calming, and just reassuring. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. :) I hope you have a wonderful week and thanks for reading! <3

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