Last week I shared 15 Ways to Add Spark to Your Bible Study Routine. We know that regular, interesting date nights is super important for a couple’s healthy relationship. My husband and I incorporate a weekly date night into our budget and our schedule. We have a rotating arsenal of incredible babysitters and our kids love it when we have them over.
However, we have learned it is not only important to have regular date night, but it is equally important to emphasize unique experiences for date night. The same is true in our relationship with Jesus. Sometimes we need to mix up our devotional or quiet time routine to better connect and rediscover the romance with God.
This week, I incorporated the unique idea of writing someone else a letter into my Bible study time. In addition to praying, journaling, and reading Scripture, I also spent 5 minutes a day unpacking God’s goodness in my life in a handwritten note to a young woman I recently met.
Recently during our Bible study time together, I had challenged her to answer 3 questions:
- Have I accepted Jesus as my Savior? If so, when and how did it happen?
- If yes, how does that impact my life now?
- If no, what is holding me back?
This quick-thinking young lady turned my challenge back on me. In exchange for her answers, she asked me to write her a letter of how God has impacted my life.
Her challenge was just the spark my Bible study routine needed. Spending this time reflecting on my life in Christ really opened up doors for gratitude, joy, freedom from anxiety, and focus on what really matters. My desire to spend time with Jesus increased the more I meditated by writing about His goodness toward me.
Maybe you could use this activity to freshen up your quiet time too!
- Pick one person to write your letter too. Here are some suggestions:
- A mentee
- Your grandmother
- An old friend you recently reconnected with on social media.
- A co-worker who seems interested in your faith
- Your soccer teammates
- Your younger siblings
- Your children now
- Your children when they turn 16 (store your letter in their memory box, photo album, etc.)
- your neighbor
- a random stranger (leave it on the treadmill at the gym, on the table at the coffee shop, etc.)
- Spend 5 minutes each day this week writing about how your relationship with God has impacted your life. It doesn’t have to be a novel! Just an appetizer that might make your person ask for more.
- Send your letter (I am praying for your boldness!). Spend a moment praising Jesus for changing your life.
If you don’t have a relationship with God, or aren’t sure about it, I encourage you to take the challenge I gave my young friend. Answer the 3 questions above for yourself. I’d love to hear what you have to say!
And, just because I know you would ask, here is my letter:
…First is how He saved me. I could have lived a life without ever knowing the freedom, purpose, joy, and privilege it is to personally know the God who created me. I would have lived hopeless, stuck in my failures and self-focus, suffering from my mistakes and the mistakes of others. I would have tried to fill the hole in my heart with a lot of people-pleasing and self-pleasing, and would have ended up living a very unhealthy life chasing after it all. In the end, when I died, I would have had to be separated from God who loves me, and spend eternity in hell because of my imperfection.
But Jesus made a way for me to be perfect. When He died on the cross, he exchanged my sin for His righteousness. He traded my death, which I deserve, for eternal life! When I made the decision to accept that gift of His perfection in order to be saved, I was given the identity as a child of God, completely accepted by Him.
I get to talk to God because Jesus made a way for Him to hear my prayers. And I know my relationship with God will last forever and I will get to go to heaven to be with God when I leave this life on earth.
There have been big moments when the Holy Spirit, another part of God in the trinity, has impacted my life. Like he time I realized my identity was not in what I did or how impressive I was, but in God’s love for me. Jesus sees me as His joy (Hebrews 12:1-2).
When I really think about it, God has impacted my life the most in small, everyday ways. The Holy Spirit helps me to seek Jesus and say no to habits and choices that drag me away from who I am in Him. He gives me the courage to love when it is hard. When I read His word, the Bible, I am reminded how much He loves me, and how He has great plans for me (Jeremiah 29:11-13).
I am completely secure, free from anxiety, and wholly settled in who I am when my eyes are on Jesus, every day. It is difficult to keep that focus sometimes, but God is so worth it and I know it is best for me.
Praying for you, S.