We’ve spent the last week or so exploring the first three strategies (Read more here: One, Two, Three) for keeping our mind focused when we read our Bibles. All of them had to do with weaving prayer into various points in the process. Making our reading conversational and relational – not informational.
Strategy #4 is something I discovered when I was internalizing the Gospel of John back in 2004. It’s simple and doesn’t take extra time:
Read out loud.
That’s it. Just turn the volume up on your vocal chords. Here are a few of the benefits I discovered when I started reading out loud.
When I read out loud I naturally read with more emotion. Think of the last time you read Curious George © to a 5-year-old. Did the Man with the Yellow Hat, the zookeeper, and the grumpy neighbor all sound the same. Of course not. You naturally gave them voices. You naturally read with emotion. You naturally changed the volume and tone of your voice to fit the character or scene. The same can happen when we read the Bible. The scenes, emotions, and characters are all different. (Remind your voice of that.) [Read more…] about Help For The Wandering Mind: Strategy #4