Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Wednesdays with Word (Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life)

I don't know if I should admit this, but I read in the bathroom. Hey, there is peace and quiet and what more can a mom crave? So my new bathroom read, if I would call it that, is Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald S. Whitney. 

I was a little leery to read this since I thought it was going to be a heavy read. Years ago I attempted to read Richard Foster's Celebration of Discipline and didn't meet with much success--not that it wasn't good just deep. Anyway, that has not been the case so far with Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life. So far it is very readable and practical.


My quote comes from Chapter 2 which talks about the importance of reading your Bible every day which takes discipline and motivation. 
Discipline yourself to find the time. Try to make it the same time every day. Try to make it a time other than just before you go to sleep. There's value in reading the Bible just before you drop off, but if this is the only time you read Scripture then you should try to find another time. There are at least two reasons for this. First, you will retain very little of what you read when you're so tired and sleepy. And second, if you're like me, you probably do very little evil in your sleep. You need to encounter Christ in the Scriptures when it will still have an impact on your day.


  1. I've read Whitney and Foster and greatly prefer Whitney.

    Encounter Christ to have an impact on your day. What a great reminder! thanks, Beth! Maybe I should go read my Bible now ...

  2. Excellent quote. And you are not alone. I keep a book in the bathroom, too. A mom has to seize every moment, right?

  3. I read in the bathroom all the time! In fact, I read while I dry my hair. ;-) (It makes for some pretty wonky hairstyles sometimes, but hey. . . a mom's gotta do what a mom's gotta do! ;-) )

    Love the quote! Very true and convicting!

  4. I read in the bathroom too. loved your quote today.



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