Oh, that modern curse called busyness. It’s blamed for a lot of stuff these days. . .not eating well, not sleeping enough, not keeping up with friends, not having time to spend with God.
But something I’m realizing about myself: if I don’t have time to do something “perfectly” or at least over the top – I won’t do it. I claim I’m waiting to have time to do a great job, but it’s really just an excuse. That goes for my daily quiet time. I want time to journal for thirty minutes and spend another thirty in prayer, but I don’t have that most days.
But the truth is, God wants what we have, no matter what it is.
It’s a lot like eating! You may not have time to cook a feast every day, but you have time for food, or at least snacks! You can’t survive on that every day long term, but it can get you through to a time when you can cook larger meals again. Scripture snacks can work the same way!
They weren’t my idea. I can’t remember where exactly, but I first encountered Scripture snacks in a book. A character wrote verses on index cards and carried them with her everywhere. After reading that, I created a stack of cards on a ring with a cute cover.
There was a time when I wouldn’t leave my house without them in my purse. A time when I was in desperate need of putting encouragement in front of my eyes many times throughout the day. Call it Spiritual hypoglycemia. (Wondering how far I can stretch this metaphor? Yeah, me, too.) Now I don’t even know where those cards have gone.
But I’ll be digging them out this week and putting them back in my purse. Why? I’ve not been nourishing myself properly with Scripture lately and I could really use some extra pick-me-ups during the day.
Want Scripture Snacks with you during the day too? Try these steps.
- Think through your day and decide where you’ll see your snacks. Maybe a notebook in your purse. Maybe sticky notes on your mirror, computer, cell phone, and other things you use all day are better options. Or you could try index cards like I do, with a ring through a hole punched in the corner.
- Pick a few favorite scriptures to start with and write each on it’s own note, page, or card. Leave room to keep adding to your collection as you find more.
- Consider memorizing a few. There may be times when you don’t have your snacks along. If you put one to memory on a regular basis, you’ll have several locked away in your head for emergencies.
- Rinse and repeat. Keep searching the scriptures for more snacks to add to your collection. It’s a small project but you might be surprised at how your snacks bloom into a meal or even a feast if you start with that goal in mind!
How do you make time for Scripture reading on days that are increasingly busy?