My heart is overflowing with a good theme;
I recite my composition concerning the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
(Psalm 45:1 NKJV)
Today, let's turn up the volume a bit on our quiet times. You don't have to shout, but why not try reading or praying out loud. Two of Pam Farrel's suggestions incorporate a type of recitation of God's word.
To recite something is to either read it out loud or repeat from memory. Reading Scripture out loud helps me to concentrate. Memorizing verses brings the truth of God to mind, especially when I am struggling with negative thoughts.
Here are some of Pam's creative ways to listen to God's word, besides reading it out loud to yourself:
Listen while your children read the Bible aloud
Pick up a dramatized version of the Bible on audio or video [try Bible.is online]
Listen to a family friendly series like Adventures in Odyssey
Share your faith with another person
Memorize a longer Scripture passage like Mary's Magnificat to recite at Christmas
Memorize a prayer from the Bible like the Lord's prayer or a Psalm
Reenact a Bible story with your family
Try your hand at writing a script with a storyline using pieces of Scripture
Learn a Scripture song with hand motions
Memorization accompanied with action etches the Word of God into your heart.
Lights, camera, action!
©Pam Farrel from 30 Ways to Wake Up Your Quiet Time (IVP). For more devotional books by Pam www.Love-wise.com
What are some ways that you listen to God's word?
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