The best way I could ever start any day is by spending the first part of it in the study of God’s Word and prayer. I know that without the instruction in His Word, I would be desperate. I would have no wisdom, order, no direction, no hope for today. Therefore, it is my practice to spend the first part of my day in a place pulled apart from everything so that I can focus on what God wants to say to me.
O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is. Psalm 63:1
Most times, I am seated in a comfy chair in my bedroom. I chose this spot because it has few distractions. I like to have everything I need in one place so that I don’t spend 15 minutes trying to find my Bible, a pen, my journal, and so on. I noticed recently that the tools I use to study with had gotten disheveled, causing my non-distracted space to become distracted! So I set out to fix that problem, and I’m so much happier when I sit down each morning. I can get to my books easily, I have pen ready and waiting, and it’s not a cluttered mess!
I wondered if anyone else might be struggling with the same problem of how to organize your study tools – your Bible, a journal for notes, a prayer journal, other Bible study books, markers, highlighters, etc. It can literally take over a corner of a room, can’t it?! I’m going to show you pictures of how I organized my things. I hope it will give you some ideas, so you can focus on God and His Word, rather than a mess that’s surrounding you!
I didn’t want to add a large bookshelf or even another piece of furniture to my room, so here’s what I did with my books – first, I used a table with a tray on top.
You’ll notice that not everything is “out.” My tray holds the items I use every day. The pen holder is on the tray, but kind of tucked back out of the view, but within reach.
My extra books and larger Prayer journal notebook are in two book bags on the floor, beside my chair. They, too, are tucked out of view, as you can tell by the first picture on the post.
No longer am I staring at a huge pile of books. It’s all easy to reach, and is organized according to priority.
Maybe you have a great system that works for you, but if you need a little help, I hope this inspired you a little!
Stay refreshed in God’s Word!