What’s a stuffer? It is someone like me who never seems to have a place to keep the good “stuff” I seem to constantly have when I’m reading my Bible.
There are the devotions that I tear out of the paper devotional booklets I use. I have dozens of those. If I read it and it seems to speak to me I tear it out and… of course, I stuff it in my Bible, right where I can easily find it when I want it.
Then there are sermon notes. I’ve never gotten into the habit of carrying a neat little notebook with me on Sundays so I can keep all of them in one place. No, during a sermon I suddenly realize that this is good stuff, so I look for a partially blank piece of paper from the bulletin and start taking notes. When I’m finished, what do I do with it? Of course, I stuff it in my Bible.
Then there is the variety of notes scrawled on bits of paper. I journal, so most of my thoughts and prayers get put in there, neatly and in order. But I’ve gotten in the habit of keeping small pieces of paper beside my quiet time place to write distracting thoughts or ideas on so they don’t interrupt my time with the Lord. More often than not, they too end up stuffed in my Bible.
Every once in a while I take a walk down memory lane and sort through my “stuff.” I did this last week and found a real assortment of things. Sometimes I’ll read one of the devotionals and wonder why in the world I saved that one. It doesn’t seem to apply to anything I’m going through now, but it must have at some time. One of the notes will jog my memory of a long-forgotten idea or plan that I came up with but never carried out.
Then there will be the nugget. Like this poem:
Wait, and in waiting, listen for His leading;
Be strong, thy strength for every day is stored.
Go forth in faith, and let thine heart take courage;
There is no disappointment with the Lord. – Anon.
At my age I probably won’t try to change any of these habits anytime soon, but I am grateful that even in my “stuff” the Lord can find words of encouragement for me – and hopefully for you too.
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