A Tool for Scripture Reading

Here is a strategy to help you keep the Word of God on the front of your mind throughout the day. As I do my quiet time with the Lord, I am always looking for a thought or a verse that speaks to my heart. Sometimes a verse of scripture jumps off the page at me. Sometimes it takes a little more digging. Eventually, the Lord speaks and I know that there is at least one thought that I want to filter my day through. In other words, there are times in my life when I invest some quality time in the Word and it is fulfilling. Then, I close my bible and move on with the rest of my day without too much of a thought about it again. I want to grow so that the Word of God becomes the filter through which I live my day. And so, here is a way to do just this. This morning I was reading Psalm 107. It is a beautiful psalm and speaks wonderful realities about the steadfast love of God. However, the whole psalm seems to be a detailed expression of verse 2.

“Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story–those he redeemed from the hand of the foe.”Psalm 107:2

So, the thought I walked away with from my time in the word was this: How can I find ways to better tell my story of what God has done in my life? And, how can I be better at listening to other peoples stories? The problem is, typically I’m good at thinking these thoughts and then moving on in my day never to return to these thoughts. However, a friend shared with me this great idea. Write down that verse of scripture on a 3×5 note card and slip it in your pocket. I love to put my hands in my pockets. Now, whenever I do, I feel that notecard and my mind immediately goes to that scripture verse. It helps me to memorize the verse and, in this instance, it helps me to look for ways to listen to someones story. So, my challenge to you is simply to write down a verse of scripture on a note card and put it in your pocket.

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Pastor Scott Ness

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Pastor Scott Ness loves stories and finding ways to use ordinary, everyday life to point to our amazing God. He strives to see with eyes of faith. He fails consistently. Through it all, God remains faithful and full of grace. When Pastor Scott isn't running around the church he is often found at home with his wife, Deanna and their six children.