Do you have *The Lamp* on?

When the weather cooperates, I love to start my day on the back patio.

You can’t beat the coolness, quietness, and a good cup of coffee to start things off.

And when the Bible app I have on my phone puts a verse like this right in front of me first thing in the morning, it’s a win-win.

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119.105 AMPC

Do you need a reminder?

There are times I need it. This verse in Psalm 119 reminds us the Word of God is a light to our life – bringing direction, encouragement, and correction.

It also reminds us we must turn The Lamp on to benefit.

Despite what you may think, I’m not that disciplined. I do not always start things off right. Even though I love The Word, write about The Word, and read a lot of books about The Word – still, sometimes I fail or fall behind.

Considering I was born into the home of a traveling preacher and spent most of my childhood on the road, in ministry with my family, it might seem I’d have mastered turning The Lamp on.

It’s true I had a rather idyllic childhood as far as faith and the Christian life goes. We’d pull into a new town almost weekly to start another revival or camp meeting.

We lived in a 24-foot travel trailer much of the time – my parents, my two brothers, and me. Our parents modeled turning on The Lamp through Bible study and prayer daily. In a 24-foot home, it was seriously right in front of our eyes.

Yes, I should have had this figured out by the time I reached adulthood. But being in church 250+ days (or nights) a year as a child does not mean you’ll automatically get up as an adult every single day and turn on The Lamp without fail.

What I’ve learned about turning *The Lamp* on…

#1 – You must fall in love with God’s Word.

Do you need a reminder to start turning The Lamp of God's Word on? Here's what I've learned about how to start and fall in love.If you grew up in church you may relate to this. There’s never been a time in my life when I did not respect God’s Word, nor have I ever really questioned it. But I’ve not always loved His Word.

It was not until I reached middle-age that I found out what it means to fall in love with the Bible. {Yes, I said middle-age and I’m sorry if that disappoints.}

To effectively maintain a consistent turning on of The Lamp {God’s Word} you must fall in love with it. How does this happen? The best place to begin is to pray and ask the Lord to give you a love for His Word.

I am living proof this can begin simply by praying that prayer.

#2 – Use a Bible you can understand.

If you are new to the faith, or even if you’ve been a Christian for years but desire to fall more deeply in love with the Bible, it is key to read a Bible translation that allows you to gain understanding.

Let me be careful about telling you what Bible translation to use because we all need different resources, depending on where we are in our walk and level of understanding. You may want to talk with a trusted pastor or Bible teacher and get their recommendations.

Here are my favorites for turning on The Lamp in daily reading and Bible study…

  1. The Chronological Study Bible is my personal preference. You can find these by different publishers and in various translations. Study Bibles give added insight into the culture, background, and people of the Bible.
  2. The  Amplified Bible is where my love affair with God’s Word began over a decade ago.
  3. The New Living Translation (NLT) and Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) are great, also.

#3 – This takes commitment.

It’s like anything else worth having. If you truly want to fall in love with God’s Word, you must commit to staying the course. And when you miss a day {or a week}, and you will at some point, don’t give up. Just start again.

And there is nothing magic about turning on The Lamp first thing in the morning. If you can manage it, I think you’ll find there’s no better way to start your day. If morning is out of the question for you, find what works. And make it work!

Today, there are great Bible apps on the market {many are free} and this means you can turn on The Lamp literally wherever you are – day or night.

So, if you need the reminder…consider yourself reminded!

Turn on The Lamp of His Word. Find the direction, encouragement, and correction it offers…and see where it takes you.

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4 thoughts on “Do you have *The Lamp* on?

  1. Came over from Aimee’s because your comment mentioned you are an empty nester – we are as well. Is my lamp on? Am I plugged in. Thank you for the post today.

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