Bible Reading: Walk Humbly With Your God

Why We Can’t Give Up on Life Journaling

Bible Reading: Walk Humbly With Your God

Word from the Pastor blog - Ben Mandrell - Storyline FellowshipTwo months down in 2016. March is upon us, and the goals for this New Year now feel more burdensome than awesome. It’s hard to stick to our guns in areas that require determination. We rationalize our laziness quite naturally. Bible reading is an easily-dropped priority. All it takes is a few days of distraction for us to reason internally, “I’ve fallen off the plan…I might as well hop off the train here.” Don’t give in to this temptation! I want to offer you…


5 more tips and motivations for continuing with Life Journaling.


  1. Life Journaling is the clearest way to “walk humbly with your God.”

The prophet Micah spelled out God’s will for your life on planet Earth:

The Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is
right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8

When you devote time daily to listen to God’s Word, you demonstrate your desire to submit to His ideas, His plans, His agenda. Life Journaling keeps you tethered to humility, which is where He wants you to live.


  1. Life Journaling can be easier if you read the New Living Translation.

Having a hard time understanding the reading portion for the day? Switch over to the New Living Translation and read from that version. I love the NLT for devotional reading, as it puts the cookies on a lower shelf—affording me the opportunity to expend my mental energy on application rather than interpretation. When I’m on the go, I appreciate the help!


  1. Life Journaling is aimed at “getting a Word from God” and not “getting through the Bible and checking off a box.”

If your goal is to read every word in the Life Journaling plan, you are more likely to bail. Perhaps you are the extremely disciplined person that can pull that consistency off. Most people aren’t. When you miss a day or two, you will eel discouraged by the amount of missed material to catch up on. Don’t feel guilty for getting back in the saddle with TODAY’s Scripture, and going from there. Don’t be a legalist; be a lover of God’s Word.


  1. Life Journaling is more sustainable if you reduce your daily reading goal.

What season of life are you in? Do you have babies bouncing around your house beginning at 6 AM? Do you have few windows for devotional reading? Depending on the stress level of your current season, it may be wise to reduce the amount of verses you commit to reading. Commit to the New Testament only for this first year. That would be an incredible goal. It’s not what you can do; it’s what you can keep doing.


  1. Lay in bed and do your Bible reading on your device.

This morning, I didn’t feel like hopping out of bed early. I was awake, but not ready to move. So…I pulled up the Holy Bible app on my iphone, opened the Life Journal reading plan, and spent time in the Word while flat on my back, with the lights off. It was great. I even opened up my Evernote app and made my SOAP notes with my thumbs. Simple. Easy. Efficient. Ready for the day!

Your relationship with God requires commitment and consistency. Don’t give up. Keep it up!