In the beginning the Word already existed.
The Word was with God, and the word was God.
John 1:1 (NLT)
Hello April! I’m feeling much better physically than I have in a while but mentally I’m still feeling a bit all over the place. A lot of good and bad happened in that unnecessary fifth week in March, leaving me feeling a type of way. Being twenty-something and doing this thing called ‘adulting’ is really tough but I’m slowly learning to take it in my grasp, not be so hard on myself and just keep on going. One of the things I know I can do to help me refocus and get motivated is to seek comfort in the Word by reading my Bible. However, since childhood, I have found reading my Bible really difficult and if I’m honest a bit boring. And as silly as it sounds, I feel very uncomfortable to ask those around me how to tackle this. If you feel the same, this post will outline what I currently do to help overcome this and also some things I want to try in the near future.
- Pray, praise and worship before you read. I’m still working on this as most of the time I tend to forget to do this but when I do I really think it does make a difference. The prayer part resembles what happens in church before the Pastor gives Word but the personal praise and worship was introduced to me by the Bible Study group I joined this year. It really helps to calm me down and get my mind and spirit ready to take in the Word. Even if its the same prayers and songs every time you do it, the impact is still the same in my opinion.
- Download the Bible app. In the same way everything else has been adapted technologically, I love that the Word has too. I feel like in an app format, the Word is much easier to access and get to grips with as its more practical. The Bible app by YouVersion is free and very customisable. There are so many features including Bible plans which help get you focused on any one theme e.g. anxiety or God’s love. My current favourite feature is Verse of the Day as well as Highlight which is self explanatory. All the verses I highlight form a list on my profile page which is helpful when I’m praying – another thing I’m working on at the moment.
- Change the version. For as long as I can remember, pastors would preach in the New King James or Amplified versions so those were the ones I stuck to reading for the longest time. Although my English Language A Level came in handy in terms of translating specific words/phrases, the time taken to do that took away from me actually understanding the true message behind what I was reading. Using the Bible app, you can browse through a wide variety of versions, have a little read and see what works best for you in terms of your grasping of the Word. Currently, the New Living Translation is the version I read the most. I feel like its translation is ideal for new Christians or those that need the Word in as plain English as possible because it breaks it down very well. In the case I still can’t get my head around a verse, the Compare tool on the Bible app allows you to see a verse in all versions.
- Read in a group. As I mentioned before I joined a Bible Study group this year. Not only has this motivated me to read my Bible more but has given me comfort and the confidence to come forward with any questions or insights I may have. What I realised after a couple of sessions is that I’m not alone in my lack of understanding at times and within a group, any doubt or confusion can be nipped in the bud together which is very empowering. If you’re not sure about finding a group to join, I would say start with just the one friend or family member and see how it goes.
- Start with the Gospel. This is what my study group did and before I didn’t get why but now I see why it was a good choice. Our faith as Christians is founded upon the contents of the Gospel so starting there should help with your understanding of every other book in the Bible. There are articles online like this one which give a more specific order to try out but to each their own. Overall, starting with the Gospel has intrigued me to keep on reading because the more I do, the more I learn about Jesus which has been very interesting so far to say the least.
In the near future, I am hoping to attend some sort of Bible course like an Alpha one and by the end of the year, I’d love to be able to lead and facilitate a Bible Study session from start to finish on my own.
For those that came for outfit details, this set was definitely one of my star buys of the March mid-season sales. I bagged the set for a lovely £38! I did have to get the jacket and joggers at different retailers though but the faffing about was most certainly worth it. It’s super comfy and I like how the jacket has bomber padding inside.
Lipstick – MAC Spirit (lined with a brown lipliner)