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Monday, March 16, 2009

Tune Up Tuesday: Bible Reading

A google search of the word 'Tune-Up' revealed the following definition:
An Adjustment for Better Functioning
A search for the definition of 'Adjustment' revealed the following:
A Small Change, A Minor Correction, A Modification
More on Tune-Up Tuesday
I love to read organizational books, or books on time management. I begin to tingle when I hit the women's section at the Christian bookstore. Books on becoming a better wife, mother, deepening my prayer life...the list goes on. I also love to read blogs on the same subjects. Oh, how I love to read and oh, what a desire I have to answer Christ's call to come up to higher plains.

It has been said that Christians, as a whole, spend more time reading motivational, inspirational or self-help books than they do reading the bible. I hate to admit it but this is true of me.

Oh, don't get me wrong - I read my bible (almost) daily and I know that I am growing in Him. But since my children arrived, I have less time to read and when faced with a small window of time in the evening for reading, many times I opt for one of the above-mentioned books rather than my bible.

Isn't that interesting (and foolish on my part)! My book choices are good ones, as are my desires. But are the book choices the best choices? Heart(h) Management had a great post about good vs best choices here.

Would I rather read a book about my husband or would I rather read a love note written directly to me by him?
The Bible is God's love letter to me!

If I had something that wasn't functioning as it should, wouldn't I be best reading the manual that came with it?
God made us, knows us best, understands how we work, what we need and God gives us everything we need to know through His Word. There is no better book to read than the bible to help me become a better woman, wife and mother.

Other Christian books are good and can help us to think of things in a different way or show us how to put something in to practice but if we (me) allow them to become more important (or find them more exciting) than the Word - then we (I) are (am) in need need of a tune-up in this area!

Tune-Up Mission: Spend more time in the Word than just my morning chapter.
Want to join in? Leave a comment. What 'Tune-Up' are you working on this week? (If you need ideas, please refer back to this post.) Do you have a successful "Tune-Up" accomplishment to share? Leave a comment or add a direct link to your blog post below to encourage and inspire others. Don't underestimate the power of accountability - it's a great motivator!

1 comment:

  1. Oh, dear sister. So very, very true. The hard truth is that many times I WOULD rather read something other than the Bible! I listened to a podcast by Nancy Leigh DeMoss a few weeks ago about reading the Word of God. She pointed out that the more you get into it, the more you hunger for it. Sometimes it feels dry, but press through! That's what I need to do. To keep going, keep pressing into Him, till I can't get enough!


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