Timed reading tests for comprehension were a killer for my homeschooled children. They really disliked this part of their curriculum. No matter how hard they tried, they always seemed to miss one or two questions because they were not able to read the entire story within the allotted time. My children found timed reading tests quite frustrating because they wanted to get every question correct.

Teaching our children to speed read and retain information quickly is a necessity in our fast-paced lifestyles. Society seems to be in a hurry. We hurry to eat at fast food restaurants, speed in our cars to work and activities, and quickly surf through scores of Internet information and television programs.

There is one thing in life, however, you cannot hurry — a mature faith in the Lord. Spiritual growth cannot be sped up by the wants of any person. Nurtured by the Holy Spirit and God's Word, we simply grow at His own rate. No amount of practice or preparation can cause the process to go any faster. His utmost concern is for us to be rooted and grounded to withstand the storms of life when they come. "As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith" (Colossians 2:6-7a).

Are you in a hurry right now? Is this quick devotional the only time you have planned to spend with the Lord? If so, slow down and enjoy God's presence! Let the Holy Spirit fill you and teach you from the Word, so you can get the answers right on the tests you will face today.

Jesus, forgive me for hurrying from one thing to the next. I know I need to spend more time with You. Slow me down, Lord, so I can discover the strength and wisdom You have to give. In Your name, Amen.