Taking scripture like medicine is a huge part of my Pastor’s testimony so I had heard her talk about it. I always thought to myself, “Wow, that’s a great idea”, but I never applied it to myself. After confiding in my Pastor about some of the things I was struggling with I was reading my Bible one morning and had this weird feeling like I should read Ephesians chapter 6 out loud. I had never really done anything like this before, but I started reading out loud. It felt different, it felt powerful. Literally right after I finished, I received a text message from my Pastor with a voice message. She said she felt led to pray for me and that God wants me to focus on Ephesians chapter 6. She also said that I should start taking scripture like medicine. God is so cool! I knew that this was something I needed to do! It’s not easy to start something new like this. There are days where it’s noon and I’m like did I do my scriptures??? But I am determined to make this a part of my everyday routine! So how did I start? What does this look like? Well, as promised, here is my How-to: Daily Dose of Truth!
- Note cards
- Hole punch
- twine/Ribbon/string/keychain ring
- Decorations: washi tape/stickers/markers/etc
Step 1- Gather Scripture
The first thing you want to do is gather scripture. Think about what you need to focus on and spend time in prayer asking God what you should focus on. Then gather scripture according to those areas. For example, I gathered scripture focusing on spiritual warfare, fear, depression, anxiety, motherhood, and my marriage.
Step 2- Write Down Scripture
Now, depending on how you like to do things this step could be done with step 1. You could look for scriptures and write them down as you find them. I did not do this. I tend to always do things the hard way. However, I did read the scripture extra my way so, I guess that’s a positive.
I simply wrote down the scripture on my notecards in pen, but you could use markers, gel pens, or calligraphy. Be as creative as you want or you do not have to be creative at all. The most important thing is the Word of God. As long as you are reading scripture off of something, then you are good!
Step 3-Decorate Your Notecards (if you want)
This is where I had a little fun! I had been seeing a lot about Washi Tape and how people loved using it for all different kinds of craft projects. I had never used it before so I figured why not try it out. I went to Micheals and spent entirely too long staring at all the different styles and finally chose one I liked. I didn’t go crazy, but I added a little Washi Tape here and there on my notecards to make them a little more me! You can decorate your notecards how ever you like! You can use stickers, paint, markers, gel pens, etc. However, a pen and a plain notecard work just as well too. Again, all that matters is that you are reading scripture!
Step 4- Bind Your Notecards
Now that you have gathered your scriptures, written your scriptures on your notecards, and decorated your notecards(if you wanted), it is time to bind your notecards. I decided to hole punch my notecards and bind them with twine. The twine matched the style of my cards and I already had some at my house! Win win! You could also use ribbon, string, a keychain ring. Another option is to purchase the notecards that are in the style of a spiral notebook and skip this step all together. If you do not want to bind them at all you could put them in a box on your counter or dresser and keep them together that way.
Step 5- What is Your Dosage?
Since the day I decided I need to do this I just had a feeling I should be doing this morning and night. When I wake up and before I go to sleep. I also realized that my Kuerig machine has become this weird base for me. When things start getting crazy, I basically run over to the corner of my kitchen and start making a cup of coffee whether I want it or not. The simple everyday task calms me. But maybe I should run to that corner and take my “medicine”. I love coffee, coffee is not bad, but I was using that to calm me when Jesus is the only one who can truly calm whatever storm I’m in. Coffee has a big enough job of waking me up lets not add anything else to its plate. So, through prayer it was confirmed to me that I should start with taking my ” medicine” in the morning and before bed. Also, it should be placed at my Kuerig in case I need an emergency dose!
This step is going to look different for everyone. This is between you and God. Ask Him and He will tell you exactly what you need!
Step 6- Start!
This is the easy but not so easy part! Don’t say I’ll start on Monday, don’t say you’ll start the first of the month, don’t say you’ll start tomorrow. Start right now. Start picking your scripture, throw together some notecards, and start today. You can always decorate later. You can always add more scriptures. But seriously, just start it now it can totally change the way your day goes when you cover yourself with the word of God!
There it is! Six easy steps and you can start taking scripture like medicine. I have started and failed a few times. But I will not be discouraged and neither should you. If you forget one day just start over tomorrow. I can not wait to see what God will do in my life when I become consistent with declaring his word over every area of my life!
Here are some of the scriptures I am reading morning and night!
- “Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
Ephesians 6:14-17 NIV
- “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.””
John 16:33 NIV
- “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”
Philippians 4:13 NIV
- “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”
2 Timothy 1:7 NIV
- “rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”
Colossians 2:7 NIV
- “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
1 Peter 5:7 NIV