Sunday, 19 March 2017

Morning Devotions Are Awesome Once Again

Well, I'm almost there. Twenty two more chapters, and I will have hand-written the entire New Testament! What an incredible journey that began just after Thanksgiving, in October of 2016, when I introduced my new devotional routine with a blog post that I called, Me as an Amanuensis: Morning Devotional's Next Level?

When I began this twenty-two weeks ago, I never really imagined how much I would get out of the exercise and how much I would enjoy it. I typically spend an hour to an hour and a half every morning, usually starting at about 4:30am. Depending on the length of the chapters, I will usually write one or two chapters in a sitting on workdays; weekends I sometimes add a third.

The main thing I've learned in this process is how much more I get out of reading the Bible now than I did before. When one has to copy each and every word and punctuation mark, the reading becomes slower and, I've found, much more meditative in nature. I've discovered so many little nuggets along the way that, though I've no doubt read them countless times before over the years, it was like reading them again for the very first time. Now I'm not just thinking about what I'm reading, but I'm also forced to think about what I'm writing, and in turn, then reading all over again once the text has been copied. The New Testament really has come alive, which in turn has enhanced my prayer life, and created a more calmness to my otherwise typically stressful workday. Morning devotions are awesome once again!

But twenty-two chapters won't take long; eleven days at the best. Then what? I don't just want to stop a devotional routine that has been such a blessing. I had thought of then continuing on by hand-writing the Psalms and Proverbs, but now I've changed my mind. Instead, I've decided to go big and hand-write the entire Old Testament as well. I am estimating that it will take about 18 to 24 months to complete, although it could take longer. There's no hurry, though. I'm now also looking forward to what God will show me in the pages between Genesis and Malachi. Exciting!

The only thing I need to do now is to stop by our local Chapters and pick up some more journal books. Bookstores are dangerous places for me, however, so I'll have to be very careful. It's too easy for me to get lost in an aisle and ultimately walk out with more books than I intended to purchase. Strange, the good folks at Chapters don't mind when that happens, however (ha, ha).

So if you're looking for a new early morning devotional routine, maybe this is for you too. Peace.

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