How to make your time count:

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Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

PSALM 139:23-24

Pause and take a deep breath. As you do so, reflect on last year. What has God done in your life since Easter 2020?

When you’re in the middle of a long season, it can be easy to forget what God is doing in the midst of your circumstances. That’s one of the reasons why reflecting on God’s Word is so important: it helps us slow down and remember that God is faithful in every season of life.

As you prepare for Resurrection Sunday, spend some intentional time reflecting on God’s faithfulness by studying the Verse of the Day.

Here are 3 ways you can do that:

If you have 5 minutes…

Open your Bible App, and look for the Verse of the Day. Before you start reading, ask God to make you aware of anything He wants to show you. Then, read through the verse slowly, paying close attention to any words that stand out to you.

Ask yourself: What does this verse reveal to me about God’s character? What is the main point of this passage? How can I apply this to my daily life?

End this time by asking God to help you reflect on this verse throughout your day.

If you have 15 minutes…

Once you’ve read through the Verse of the Day, tap “Compare Versions” and select 3-5 Bible versions you want to compare. Read through each version and pay attention to any language variations. Allow the differences to give you a broader understanding of the verse.

Ask yourself: How does each version approach the text? What do I learn about God by comparing versions? What words or phrases stand out to me?

Write down anything that God shows you, and then ask Him to help you apply this verse to your life.

If you have 30 minutes…

Spend the first five minutes bringing to mind any concerns or problems competing for your attention. Ask God to show you truths in His Word, then slowly read the Verse of the Day and compare versions.

After you’ve done this, type the verse reference into Discover to see related resources. Choose one resource to study as part of your reflection time.

Ask yourself: What perspective does this resource provide? How does it influence or confirm what God has been showing me through today’s verse? What is resonating with me, and how can I apply it to my life?

Once you’re done, write out 2-3 takeaways about the Scriptures you’ve studied. (You can even try this study method.)

Once you’ve finished your reflection time, spend a few minutes asking God to remind you throughout the day of all that you’ve learned. Repeat this process every day until Resurrection Sunday.

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