Friday, 26 August 2011

Devotional time - do you struggle?

I don't know about you, but for me, there are days when spending time in The Word is such a challenge.  It's not that I don't want to or that there isn't enough time (we can always make enough time for what's most important to us), it's that the time I have is at a difficult time.  When I wake up in the morning I'm straight into the duty's of motherhood - no moments of peace and quiet to tuck into the Bible before my day starts.  I can quickly read a verse or two for meditation and get my mind focused - the Proverbs or Psalms are great for this, but no time for a 'proper' devotional time.  I find that my opportunity comes in the evening when the kiddies are all tucked up in bed. I can then quietly unwind with a cup of tea and my precious Bible.  This works nicely for me, however, I'd be lying if I said that I always felt up to it.  Sometimes, after a long tiring day, the thought of getting my mind in gear and reading feels like too much, requiring more energy then I have left.  It's tempting to just put on the TV and 'vegetate', but that's such a waste of time and I'm certainly not going to grow spiritually by doing such things.

The church I attend recommended something that helps me with the days when reading is a challenge. The days I've gone so past tired that I just want to 'vegetate'.  The Bible Society have put in the hours and have available on-line the New Testament in audio.  It is 'performed' by professional actors from Salt Mine and I have to say it is absolutely excellent. The Bibles comes to life with all the different male and female voices....  AND it's free!  So, if you struggle (for whatever reason) to get a good amount of The Word in, then why not give it a try?  It is organised into 40 days of readings, 25-35 mins each (the whole NT in 40 days... wow!).  You can listen to it on-line via streaming or you can download it onto your computer and then you'll have the option to burn it to cd - perhaps useful for car journeys?

Go and grab that cuppa (and bickie), click play , sit back in the sofa and relax listening to the most powerful book ever written.   Soak it up and grow.

 I have been so blessed by this tool.  I hope it blesses you too.

1 comment:

  1. Very nice - will definitely try - actually downloading it now :-)