I was over at a fellow mama’s house the other day. We have very similar families (eerily similar families). She is a wonderful mama to her kids and loves her husband just like she did when they got married. We have similar outlooks on lots of parenting questions. We both love the Lord. Truly, we are incredibly similar. And yet, as I was stepping out the door to leave, she said something to me I certainly didn’t agree with.
We were talking about Bible study. And she said she really loves to do Bible study and loves being involved in a good study with others, but she really doesn’t have the time to do a study at this season in her life.
It made me stop short. And I didn’t have anything to say for a moment.
Honestly, it is really hard to say these things, but these are the things I wish I had said in that moment.
Nobody does. And…
As I continued to think about this, I realized devotion to real Bible studies (not bite-sized “inspirations”, not Facebook-liking some Bible quote) is getting more and more rare in the business of our lives. We have Bible study on our list of to-dos, but it is at the bottom, almost an afterthought. We have convinced ourselves there is a season in which we will have the time to sit at the feet of Jesus and soak up the goodness of His words. And what’s more, we have convinced ourselves this season (whatever season we are in) is not it. Continue Reading
You DO have time for Bible study. I talked about that in this series already (Go back and read it here if you missed it). But there are some things that need to be in place in order to create the habit of daily Bible study or devotion to God: a plan, a purpose, prayer, and perseverance. Today, I am talking more about how to create a plan for Bible study and how to set that plan in motion.
You may think when I say “plan” I am referring to picking the right Bible study for you. But a plan for devotion actually starts before you decide what you are going to study. A plan is the how of getting Bible study done. It is the logistics of fitting Bible study into your busy day.
Today we are going to look at a hospitable homemaker who wanted to spend time with Jesus, who wanted to serve him; but she had her priorities a little messed up. It is a familiar passage – a little too familiar. As we revisit it, I hope the Holy Spirit will show you what Jesus had to say to this woman and how it affects you, too! Continue Reading
Have you ever noticed there are specific places for you to do almost everything in your home? Typically we have a place where we eat meals with the family and a place we sit and pay the bills. We have a place we sleep, a place where we fold clothes (we still do that, right?), a place where our kids play? We even have a place where we sit to be entertained. But have you set aside a place for Bible study?
We have been working our way through a series together designed to encourage you to create your own lifelong habit of daily devoted time in God’s Word. First we established you DO have time for Bible study. Then we talked about the “Yes” and the “No” of Bible study. Today, I am going to talk about where you will do Bible study. Continue Reading
There is a great misconception about Bible study that keeps women from getting involved in it at the “difficult seasons of life.” The misconception is there is a specific godly time for Bible study. And if it is not done during that time, it is not worthy of even attempting. The misunderstanding comes from the countless people of God who speak of their morning quiet times with God. They usually point to that as a habit they just cannot do life without.
We look at those we consider godly and are tempted to follow them, to create their habits as our standards. But what is interesting is our focus is all wrong. We look at the time of day, when we should be looking at the habit they have created – daily devotion to God and His Word.
When the standard shifts away from God’s Word and onto another person (or a time of day), we have a hard time keeping up. What if my life doesn’t look exactly like the godly lady next door? And what if I am not a morning person? What does that say about me?
Here’s a word of encouragement for you, O despiser-of-the-morning:
There is no absolute best time to spend time with the Lord.
There is not one time of day which is holier than another.
What is important in creating the lifelong habit of daily devotion to God’s Word is setting aside a time each day to do it. Making the Word the priority, not the time.
We have been walking through a series called You DO have time for Bible Study. If you are just joining with this post, I encourage you to check out the previous three. Go, ahead. This article will still be here when you get back. We have been talking about the fact that you DO have time for Bible study, the priority of Bible study and the place where your Bible study will happen. Today, we are going to talk about choosing a time for Bible study. Continue Reading
We have been working our way through a series called, You DO have Time for Bible Study in the past few weeks. And I am almost ready to talk about the real deal stuff of doing Bible study. These past few posts have dealt with the logistics for starting a lifelong Bible study habit. And I have a post for you next week with a simple way to choose a worthy Bible study, but I feel a pressing on my heart to talk about today’s topic.
Last week I told you about picking a time for Bible study and praying for God’s protection of that time. I told you God will do tiny miracles in your life so you can sit at His feet and learn from His Word. And I know this to be true from experience. But today I want to talk about the language associated with a Christian’s time. I want to examine our language and decide if it can pass the very first test of Philippians 4:8: “whatever is true.”
We have discussed in specific detail the creation of a plan for Bible study, but we still haven’t talked about what you should study. Where to begin with this big book, the Bible? Over the next couple of posts I will share with you some simple ideas for getting into the Word as you begin the habit of devoted daily Bible study.
First (I feel like there is always a “but first”), I have a word for you regarding the choosing of Bible studies. The simple way I sift through the thousands of Bible studies out there and get to what I believe is the heart of Bible study: sitting at Jesus’s feet and being taught by Him.
The options for Bible study seem to be endless! Absolutely endless. But, as I am sure you have discovered, not all are worthy of your prayed-for, set-apart, specific time with God. Continue Reading