April 5: Prepare to Engage
As we continue this series on the Book of Romans, take a few minutes today to prepare your heart, mind, and schedule, so that you’re ready to engage with this study throughout the remainder of the week.
Tips for Completing this Reading Guide:
- Take some time to think about what you may be able to eliminate from your current schedule in order to commit to having time to engage with God’s Word for 15-30 minutes a day. (It may be as simple as having less screen time each day.)
- Go to bed at a decent hour, getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep a night. Remember, your body and soul are united. You cannot grow spiritually if you are weary and tired physically.
- Spend 1-2 minutes in quiet silence before reading each day. Similarly, end your time with an additional 1-2 minutes of silence.
- Write down your answers to the questions from this Reading Guide in a journal.
- Try to get into the habit of reading and journaling at the same time each day. Many find it helpful to review their answers a couple of times throughout the day as they may have additional thoughts to include.
- Mark time in your calendar for each daily reading. This will help you remind yourself that this is as important (even more important) than other items on your schedule.
- Ask your spouse, a colleague, a Community Group Member, or another friend to check-in with you each week and ask what you’re learning.
- Don’t rush through the readings. If something comes up and you need to pause and return to it later, this will provide a better result than reading too quickly.
- Most importantly, remember that your time with God is not something to check off your list. It’s a dedicated time to get to know Him and grow in your relationship with Him.
What can I eliminate from my schedule to follow through with this commitment?
What time will I plan to go to bed each night to rest well?
What time will I plan to read and journal each day?
Who can I ask to check-in with me each week to help me follow-through?
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