A confession: I've been in a dry season when it comes to the Word lately. It's been especially hard in light of the chaotic world events these past couple years to develop and maintain that habit of daily meditation. What makes it so hard to immerse ourselves in God's truth? Some moments we yearn to drink up His words and other times we want to run away and hide. Perhaps it's because His word exposes our sins, our hearts, our weaknesses, and our neediness - all of which are antithetical to our culture and default sinful state. Perhaps it's because we are in a place of deep pain and suffering, and reading the Bible feels like too much. Perhaps it's because we just slipped out of routine and never found a way to get back into the rhythm.
I am hoping this Lent season will provide an opportunity to get back into God's Word. Join me in contemplating two things to help orient our hearts towards the only true and stable thing in this broken world.
We know we need His word to draw near to Him, to remind ourselves of truth, and to quiet our souls. We know we need His love and grace to soften our hardened hearts. We know we need His truth to be the hope in this broken world, the light in the darkness. If you find yourself in a dry spell like me this lenten season, please join me in praying for God to have grace in our failure and grace to return to His Word. Lord, help me to desire Your Word, then help me to soak it into my soul.
Let me leave you with a poem I wrote that was inspired by Psalm 1. When I am in a spiritual drought, writing poetry helps remind me of truth and why I need God and His Word.
I want to be like the tree
that never dies.
I want to be like leaves
that never wither.
Bring me the fruit
that does not perish.
Let me bear my own fruit
Let me live life with
purpose and precision.
There is joy for the one
who hears and heeds
Your holy words.
There is life for the one
who turns away from the wicked,
who does not stand with sinners.
Let me delight in the law
which brings me life;
let it be my mind's food
each day and night.
And when I die and return to Thee,
let the song of the righteous be my glee.
By sunlit mornings or by candle-lit nights
I desire to love Thee all the days of my life.
Written By Christina Poss
Study Psalm 51 this week using the How to Study the Bible guide
This week, find time together to dive into the Word of God as a family!
Choose one of your favorite stories from the Bible and read it together! You can read it out loud to your kids or have one of your kids read it if they are able! You can read from a storybook or picture bible if you have younger children!
When finished reading, spend some time creating your own Simple Truth and Simple Faith statements! For each statement, give your kids an opportunity to look back in the passage and see if they can discover the truth for themselves before guiding them! You can have them write or draw their Truth Statements if you’d like!
Finish your time reciting the memory verse as a family again and then praying that God would renew us and thank Him for being a God who lets us know Him!
After praying together, Study Psalm 51 together with your Connection Group using the How to Study the Bible guide. As a leader, do your best to draw out deeper answers from your group members by asking open ended follow up questions, asking for other group members to find verses that can connect to scripture that is discussed, and pausing to pray as a group for the Spirit to teach you if there are long periods of silence. You may divide the group into smaller sections and then have everyone come together to share any insights they gained at the end. You could ask these questions: