Tomorrow, I am diving in to Week 1 of my summer devotional study–Kay Arthur’s Lord, I Want to Know You. I think I am going to use Sundays to plan for the week ahead as well as reflect on what I have learned.
My goal for this first week is to be consistent with my Bible time routine. Between family vacation, a conference for work, and several summer teaching responsibilities, my normal routine has gone through constant readjustments. I am looking forward to being in a more regular rhythm this month, and I am planning to study this book during the time I was studying Loved with my church group this past spring.
Here is my schedule for the week. I am prepping today and will complete Days 1-5 during the week. I will get started on Monday, but if you have not done a Kay Arthur study before, you might want to look over the “Introduction” and “How to Mark Your Bible” (pgs. 199-202) sections tonight to be ready to go tomorrow. I hope to spend Saturday creatively reflecting on what I learn during the week.
I am also setting a goal for myself to memorize one verse each week. Since this week has two chapters, there are two options. I hope you will select one of these to learn this week or find another verse that speaks to you in the readings to commit to memory.
Having been raised in the church and attended Christian schools for much of my early life, I am familiar with the names of God. But I realized anew this year that I do not always live in the knowledge of who He is. For example, I will get over focused on tasks and doing the right thing while forgetting that He is gracious and is not waiting on me with disappointment to “get my act together.” My tendency to get into performance mode comes from thinking about how I would feel or how other people would react to my work. I know that instead I need to focus on God’s character–being able to speak to His many names will help me with this.
I am hoping this study will enrich my prayer life and encourage my heart as well as challenge me. What are you hoping to get from this study (or any Bible study you are involved in this study)? I would love to hear from you in the comments or over on my Instagram!