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A different kind of Scripture writing plan
Unlike the typical Scripture writing plan, Listen When He Speaks doesn’t give a specific passage to write, but it does give a passage to read. Each daily passage is typically longer than the usual Scripture writing plan passage. It’s a tool to help readers establish, reestablish, or continue a daily time reading Scripture, and take the time to listen to what God says each day through His Word.
Regular time in God’s Word is vital for the life of the believer.
In her book Lord, Change Me, Evelyn Christenson shares her devotional Bible reading method of listening until God speaks. She reads her Bible until God stops her on a passage.
When a passage stops us in our tracks, we need to stay. Not just jump back in, full-steam ahead.
It can be a verse or a paragraph, even a phrase or a single word that speaks into our life.
This is what we write in our journal or notebook. Check out this post for more info on what else you may want to write down.
What if God doesn’t speak?
The Bible is God’s Word. It is His message to us. If He doesn’t stop us as you go through a day’s reading, it doesn’t mean He’s not speaking. It can mean we’re not listening. It can also mean He wants us to read further. If you feel Him drawing you on, follow.
If your mind is too busy with to-do lists or the roaring waves of your circumstances, take some time to pray, and reenter the day’s reading.
Always start with prayer. Ask for a mind clear of preconceived ideas, an open heart to hear, and humility to listen.
What if we feel like the passage is done with us for the moment, that we’ve listened and learned, but didn’t have a stopped-in-our-tracks moment?
Here’s what I do…
I start writing about the passage. Is there a theme that resonates?
How does the passage speak to one or more the Four Cs?
Character: What does the passage say about who God is?
Comfort: Did I sigh in relief, or cry, or laugh, as God’s words were a balm?
Confirmation: Was I infused with joy, a sense of purpose, or renewed energy for a task or role or ministry?
Conviction: Was I confronted by a sin or stronghold in my life?
As I write about what the passage says, I see the verses that sum up the message, and then write them.
Or, on days like February 1, I’m struck by so much in my reading, I end up writing an entire page full of Scripture and ellipses.
When Scripture instructs us to meditate on God’s Word, it’s not a vague or mystical concept. It’s giving it our attention, letting it have a prominent place in our mind, and considering its meaning as we take it with us through our day, allowing it time to change us.
It’s the opposite of closing our heart and mind to what God spoke, as we close our Bible.
Life is full of distractions. We must train ourselves to give God’s Word a prominent place in our thoughts. We can take what God says in our daily Bible reading time, ponder it as we go through our day, and use it to evaluate our circumstances, actions, and choices.