Confession time – I have always loved my food (no surprise there!)… and I come from a family of foodies! Around our Sunday dinner table, the rule was simple: “Eat before it gets stolen...!” – especially when it came to my mum’s roast potatoes! Mum and dad would constantly have to tell us to slow down, so that we could chew our food and swallow it properly.

When it comes to what to do when we are self-isolating in a crisis such as this one, it is a good guide that we should stay informed – but not become obsessed by the media. A good balance to all the various updates, views and opinions is to be feeding ourselves on the wisdom and truth of God’s Word.

For many of us though, reading the Bible is an activity a bit like eating – we know we should do it regularly, but it’s only occasionally we get to feast on something we really fancy. We can all be guilty of just letting our eyes fall down the pages of the Bible without properly digesting it’s message, or only really reading the parts of the Bible we love. Can I suggest we slow down to really seek to deeply listen to what God might be saying to us at this time?

Here’s an idea for you to try – try taking just one verse of scripture and reflecting on it in the smallest chunks possible! For example: Phil 4:13

 I… (pause to bring your whole self before God)

I can (rather than focus on what we can’t do – God made you and has given you gifts, talents, strength, time – what can you do?)

I can do (etc…)

I can do all things

I can do all things through Him

I can do all things through Him who gives

I can do all things through Him who gives me

I can do all things through Him who give me strength!

I was introduced to this way of deep listening to scripture through Psalm 46.10:

Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth

Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted…

Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be…

Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will…

Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations…

Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among…

Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted…

Be still, and know that I am God; I will be…

Be still, and know that I am God; I will…

Be still, and know that I am God…

Be still, and know that I am…

Be still, and know…

Be still, and…

Be still…

Be

Try it with Psalms 23, Psalm 91, Matthew 6:25-34 – it’s a really great place to begin our prayers!

At this unprecedented and ever changing time, it’s more important than ever that keep our faith well fed, fit and healthy – let’s use each new opportunity to dive deeper into the amazing promises of God’s Word!

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