Monday, June 11, 2012

Ever Feel Like Taking a Break?

Recently I have started making a green smoothie every morning.  My smoothie typically includes the following: spinach, tomato, apple, banana and water; I also add a spoonful of spirulina which gives it a nice green hue.  I throw them all in to the blender and blend until smooth.

A couple of mornings for whatever reason, I did not feel like making the effort to make the smoothie.  During the day I noticed that I was hungrier sooner and feeling tired.  I didn't realize the benefits of my smoothie until I didn't have it.  Over time I have realized additional benefits to ingesting the smoothie - my skin is smooth, my nails and hair are stronger, I know longer need to take progesterone, and I'm regular (TMI!).

During Bible Study, someone shared that sometimes when He's reading the Bible He has no idea what he's reading and he wants to stop (this has happened to me also).  I threw in my smoothie analogy and encouraged him to keep going. Why? Because there's so much to be gained:

  • It's never wrong
  • It's enjoyable
  • It's calming
  • It provides a blue print for life
  • There are 66 books to choose from of various genres
  • Everything that  you're going through can be found in the Bible
  • It enhances your reading skills
  • It enhances your math skills (did you know the longest Psalm - Psalm 119 each subset is 9 verses)
  • It provides a different perspective on life
  • You gain forever eyes
  • It forces you to think reflectively and to be a critical thinker
  • It increases your emotional quotient
  • It builds discipline
  • It increases your memory
  • It teaches you to listen
  • It makes you wise
  • It gives us hope
  • It teaches you to pray
  • It's an opportunity to hear from God

Sometimes we feel we need a break, from things that are beneficial to us.  Don't stop - you're reaping benefits some of which you can't put your finger on.  Be disciplined.

For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. Romans 15:4

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. 2 Timothy 3:16,17

Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:31, 32

Do you have any additional benefits to Bible reading? Do you read the Bible on a regular basis? What good habit have you given up, that you missed? 

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