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You've probably heard people say that it's good for your health to get up in the morning and drink a glass of water first thing. Doing this does a couple of things. It gets your digestion going, and it also keeps you from becoming dehydrated after going all night without drinking anything.

It makes sense, but that doesn't mean it's easy to get into the habit. At least, it wasn't for me. In fact, the thought of drinking a whole glass of water the first thing in the morning made me feel sick. And actually doing it made me even sicker. But because I knew it was good for me, I kept doing it. A strange thing happened, too. After a few days of faithfully drinking that water first thing in the morning, I actually started developing a thirst upon waking up! Going to the sink for my glass of water became not only something I needed to do, but something I wanted to do.

The same is true for my thirst for devotional time. I have gone through dry spells where I haven't given daily attention to sitting down and studying my Bible. During those times, my thirst for God's Word diminishes until, finally, I might actually find it distasteful. I know it's good for me and that it will keep me from being spiritually dehydrated. But in order to have a true thirst for it, I have to actually take it in. Likewise, I find that when I return to my daily habit of devotional time in the Bible, I once again develop that thirst for the spring of Living Water that refreshes my soul and revives my spirit! I also find that the more time I spend in the Bible, the thirstier I get for more. That is why it is nice to have a variety of ways to drink from God's Word.

Here are a few:
  • Read one chapter of Proverbs each day. Dr. Neil Nedley recommends in his depression recovery program to read the chapter that coincides with the day of the month.
  • Study a topic. You might want to use a Bible study guide or you may want to just choose your own topic and use a concordance to look up all of the verses that contain that word.
  • Memorize Scripture. I'm enjoying this so much! I thought I was too old to begin a memorization habit, but I've found that the Holy Spirit is working supernaturally in my memory. Good places to start are the book of James, Psalms, and Isaiah.
  • Use a paraphrase to read the stories of the Bible. My favorite is the Clear Word. Whatever you do for your devotional time, remember that it is your water for the day, and it comes from a pure spring of life that never dries up.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled” (Matthew 5:6).

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