WEEK 6, DAY 1: Are You Listening?
I (Pastor Justin) am regularly encouraging people to journal. If you’re not somebody who regularly journals, let’s take just a couple of minutes to journal together. Are you with me?
Grab a piece of paper or notebook, and go ahead and write today’s date at the top of the page. Are you still with me? (If you don’t have a piece of paper handy, you can use the back of this Reading Guide if you’d like.)
OK, let’s keep going. For this particular journal entry, all you need to do is answer one question. Just one. That doesn’t seem too challenging, does it? Of course not. OK, here’s the question:
Question: Over the past 48 hours, what are a few things God has been speaking to you?
My guess is that you’ll respond to this question in one of three ways:
(1) You can quickly write down some things God has been speaking to you.
(2) You’ll need to pause and consider, but will eventually be able to write something down. Or…
(3) You have no idea what to write down.
Which of these three ways best describes your response?
READING & JOURNALING:
Over the past 48 hours, what are a few things God has been speaking to you?
If option #3 from today’s reading is your go-to response, then ask yourself: Is God not speaking to you? Or have you not been listening?
What is one way you will be intentional in listening to God today?
Heavenly Father, today I am reminded that You are regularly speaking to me, but I’m not always listening. Help me today to quiet the distractions in my life and to listen carefully to all You’re teaching me. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
The F260 is a Scripture Reading Plan designed to read through the foundational passages of the Bible through a year (September 2019 – August 2020). It is a separate reading from the daily devotional but is included for those who would like to engage with the Scriptures on a deeper level throughout the year.
Read: Jonah 1 & 2
Journal: Write it out. Following the pattern from 7 Arrows Page (click here) what did you learn from today’s reading?
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