Paul was convinced he would get out of prison and continue journeying to spread the Good News. But that wasn’t God’s plan. I have often had the same experience–thinking I know where God is leading me, and suddenly there’s a U-turn. But I don’t have to worry. God has a plan for me.
Philippians 1:25-26 (New Living Translation)
Knowing this, I am convinced that I will remain alive so I can continue to help all of you grow and experience the joy of your faith. And when I come to you again, you will have even more reason to take pride in Christ Jesus because of what he is doing through me.
Here’s how it works: Read the verses and pray about them. Is there a word or phrase the jumps out at you? Is there a picture that comes to mind? Do the verses remind you of something in your life? Draw a picture or write the words and let the Holy Spirit guide your thoughts.
Why study the Bible this way? If you take it into your mind and heart enough to translate it into a picture or word, it becomes part of you. If you add a sentence or two of explanation, you then engage another part of your brain which cements God’s words even firmer into your heart and mind.
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