Over the years, I've tried a number of things over the years to get better at daily devotionals, but it's always a struggle for me.
I'm not one to rise before I *absolutely* have to. But, this year the girls are both in school all day (aren't they cute?!), so there's been a little more breathing room during the day.
One of the things that has really inspired my interest in digging back into the Bible is reading Ignite. The back and forth conversation of Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers and Sonja Corbitt leads the reader through two different perspectives and experiences with the Bible.
The book is divided out into the the Who, What, Why, Where, When, and How of the Bible, as well as a thoughtful explanation of Lectio Divina.
Any response is correct, even negative emotions. He's a big God; he can handle your ugly. (pg 8)
This has been one of the biggest insights for me over the last decade of low fertility, pregnancy loss, foster care loss and everyday upset. Offering all of ourselves up, even the hurt and hurting pieces is an offering. The encouragement to let scripture into those places as I read them is a new layer to add to my prayer.
In reading through the When of the Bible chapter, I loved the anecdotes and ties to our Liturgical Feast days and the rhythm of the Church calendar, and how we can uncover it more fully in reading the Bible.
As a cradle Catholic of cradle Catholics, I really enjoyed Sonja's insights, especially in Which Voice Is His. Coming from a different faith tradition (Baptist), she takes the reader through her upbringing and impressions of the Catholic Church from the outside, and then dives deeper into the richness of the traditions she found.
Seeing the Bible from the outside looking in was a unique opportunity to approach the Bible in a new way. The structure and order of the book helped me feel like I had the complete picture of where to start and why.
If you're looking for a way to inspire your Bible reading, with a healthy dash of conversion story woven through, this is the book to add to your reading list. Available in paperback.
Let me know what you think of the book and share your prayer time habits to help you stay on track!