How is it we can fill in the words they are going to say before they finish a sentence?
How is it we know their likes, dislikes, plans, dreams, fears, and frustrations?
I know these things about my spouse or anyone I am in deep relationship with because I have invested time; I have been a student of them. Yes a student. I have been a student of Kevin Moss for over 28 years now. I have spent countless hours with this man, I have listened to him, watched him, had passionate dialog, celebrated with him, and lived with him 24/7.
This idea of being a student should really be applied to any relationship that is important to me. Over the years, I have invested in and been a student of several people who have been in my life. The result is a deeper, stronger, and more meaningful relationship.,,,,,every time.
The same disciplined, intentional mindset should also be applied to my relationship with the Lord. In order to have a deeper, stronger and more meaningful relationship with Him, I have to be a student of Him. Spend time with Him, study, listen to, and meditate on His Word. His Word is:
- a love letter
- a compass
- a light for my path
- a play book
- a relationship guide
- a health (mental and physical) adviser
- a finance adviser
I also love to read books about relationships; with God and with others. I tend to have several books going at one time and go back and forth. If I am preparing for a message I will often look through multiple books to see what other respected authors think about the topic. But recently, I have felt a calling to stop looking towards others' ideas/thoughts and just go to the ultimate author himself. Not just to read through a passage but to truly study what God is saying about a particular issue or thought. A calling to reference the scriptures, to meditate on each word, find the meaning, and then to ask God to reveal Himself in a NEW way to my heart. Of course, He has done it every time!
Ultimately this isn't about more memorization but it's about a deeper knowledge and love for the heart of my Creator, my Savior, my friend. I have become excited about sitting down with the Bible and a journal; making notes, writing everything that comes to mind and then digging deeper into each scripture. I am becoming a student of the Word.
I am praying this becomes a true passion for me and for you as well!
There are a variety of ways to study the Word, here are some ideas that I am going to try to employ:
- getting a "journal Bible" check this one out: http://www.amazon.com/NIV-Journalling-Bible-International-Version/dp/1444745638/ref=pd_sim_sbs_b_8?ie=UTF8&refRID=1SE9DR71KAMJT22TPYSN
- using a concordance
- using SOAP notes: here's an explanation: http://soapstudy.com/
- drawing/art journaling: here are a few Pinterest links to get you started: https://www.pinterest.com/colleendilly/art-journaling-bible-study/