Notes on Reading the Bible

Bible reading fills my soul

A bucket is a humble vessel that’s close to my heart.

Our water supply decreased to a trickle every summer when we lived in the country.  I managed what little we had by doing our laundry in town and filling empty milk jugs for drinking. By August the spring went completely dry. For nearly two months I drove down our gravel road to fill buckets at the neighbors’.

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How I appreciated those buckets. Without them we’d have no water to cook spaghetti, wash sticky fingers, or even flush the toilets.

On hot days I assigned each child a bucket of water for play and cooling off. We have a photo of them bent over their buckets with their heads immersed. It’s an amusing sight, but I don’t want to give the impression we were destitute or anything. We were living a homesteader’s dream – following our heart’s desire to live more simply and see how we’d fare.

Keeping my bucket full

When my children were young I prepared myself to face the day by taking walks in the morning. Spending quiet time alone with God somehow filled my heart’s bucket, and I felt the benefits throughout the day.

Though it required rising early to tiptoe out the door while they slept, the reward was worth it. Like the difficulty of living without running water, trying to function with an empty heart-bucket was no fun.

Having my deepest needs met meant I was able to keep my focus on what really mattered, and as the day wore on I was less likely to lose my peace or get cranky. My resources were well supplied so I could share the contents of my bucket, the extra measures of patience, kindness, and faith, with others.

Smart cookie that I am, I soon learned to never let my bucket go completely dry. I don’t like the woman I become when that happens.

Kathy’s quick tips for Bible reading and meditation

  • Read. Look at the Scriptures carefully, word for word. It may help to ask God to reveal what he’d like to show you.
  • Listen. Go back to the part that spoke directly to you, or that you otherwise found interesting, and note why it may have captured your attention.
  • Meditate. Consider how the words might apply to you today. Also, ask questions like What is this Scripture NOT saying? For instance, God may not want us to follow Jesus’s example when he drove people out of a place of worship with a whip (see John 2:13-17). This will help to avoid misinterpreting his words.

2 thoughts on “Notes on Reading the Bible

  1. This is a good approach to bible study on your site. A methodical and thoughtful study, thinking about what the scriptures are saying, praying for insight AND ensuring you read them in context is the only way to find the truth. Good advice and a good website. Thank you.


    • Thanks for your comments, John. I especially like the word you used, “thoughtful.” It requires slowing down and spending a little extra time in consideration of what I’m reading – something I have to work at.


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