by Marcie Bridges, @Marcie_Bridges 

But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:14-17
Playing Hopscotch

Somewhere along the line
it became a habit.

Glossing over words and skimming
keeping emotion at bay or
letting it flood in on a whim.

Time didn’t stand still long enough
to take it all in. Breathe it. Inhale.

One letter blurring into another.
Eyes misting over … foggy…
too many to keep up with.

There’s no meaning in reading
when reading is only snitches and
snatches here and there.

You can either read slow and absorb
each notion, each idea, each symbol
go through it at the speed of light
never realizing there was a point
the author was trying to make.

And I let it happen.
Playing hopscotch in my Bible
cause I’ve read those words
a hundred million times
they all fold together
boring me with their rhymes
instead of boring a hole
deep into my soul.

The all too familiar is no longer
a love made in heaven
until I decide to love what God has given

Quit skipping the familiar verses
read them like they’re brand-spanking-new
let them refill and renew
because God’s words were never made
to be just words on parchment scrolls
but life and health and resurrection
to our souls.

Now if we would just quit
letting our minds tell us
we’ve read all of this before
what is new?
And let our hearts hold fast
to the truth
Because when we think He’s forsaken us
maybe it is we who have forsaken Him
by skipping over what we have read
over and over again.

Not anymore. No, not me.
I am going to savor each word
like the best food I’ve ever tasted
like the chocolate that melts as heaven
the water that quenches.

Maybe, just maybe, if I re-learn to savor
His words
all of them
I will be filled with His Spirit
as a vessel filled to the brim
with the choicest wine that only God can satisfy. 

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©22 September 2017
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For awhile now I’ve found myself just skimming over the
passages I know so well I could recite them in my sleep as I read during
my devotion time or maybe as I read a blog post. 
It’s become a bad
habit of sorts. In fact, in all sincerity, I think it has become the
reason I am not getting as much out of my quiet times lately.

kind of like going to church and the pastor or speaker says to open to
Hebrews chapter 11. For many years I would groan inwardly and my mind
would wander around during the sermon. Until one Sunday I had a thought
and I followed through with it. I prayed, “Lord, I don’t want to hear
another sermon about this. But someone needs to hear it. So help me to
find something new during this time with you.” And I did. I can’t tell
you what it was because it was several years ago; however, it taught me a
great lesson.

God is always ready to show
me something new. He is always ready to help me understand the His Word
better and to grow even when I think I have heard it all before.
There’s always something to be found in the “old”.

So here are some ways I’ve been experimenting with my quiet times lately.

10 Ways to stop hopscotching in God’s Word:
1. Learn to read slower. Absorbing the words instead of skimming them.

2. Try reading the verse in a different version.

3. Find one verse that resonates in your spirit, write it down, and place it where you can see it every day.

Make it personal. Write it down as though God has written it just for
you substituting your name in the verse. For example: “The Lord is my
shepherd” becomes, “The Lord is Marcie’s shepherd. Marcie shall not
want. He makes Marcie to lie down in green pastures, He leads Marcie
beside still waters.”…

5. Draw a picture in your Bible beside the verse. Make it come alive in your heart and mind. Get creative!

Take notes during your devotion time. Don’t just read it. Write down
what you feel and understand about what you have read. Yes, this takes a
little time, but it is so worth it!!!!

7. Pray. Ask God to come and sit with you while you read. Ask Him to reveal Himself to you.

8. Find out what the verse means during the time it was written. A great place to start is at or the Matthew Henry Commentary online.

9. Ask a spouse or friend what the verse means to them. Ask them to study it with you or to make it their verse for the week too.

Pray over the verse. Highlight it in your Bible. Make notes beside it.
Ask God to hide it in your heart so it will become special to you. Each
time you read it, you will want to savor it, not just skip over it.

Those are my 10 ways to stop hopscotching, what are yours?

 From My Heart to Yours,
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