When Motherhood Changes Your Bible Study Time

When Motherhood Changes Your Bible Study Time

I struggled to find what I deemed to be adequate time in scripture with the tumbling of my “perfect” schedule. Meanwhile, I was still trying to figure out this new world of motherhood, breastfeeding and supplementing extra breastmilk through syringes, sneaking in sleep when I could, and throwing meals together in between. Rather than hours spent over God’s word, I curled up in bed at night to read a few chapters while guilt raided my heart. Moms at any stage can easily fall into the lie that says we must study the Bible a certain way, everyday. Though Bible study is essential to the Christian life, we must guard against Bible study legalism. 

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Why I Journal My Prayers

Why I Journal My Prayers

Rather than continuing to stumble my way through the same prayer each morning, I found a journal and started writing my prayers. At first, it felt awkward, almost forced, but soon it became my new rhythm. Maybe this is a practice you could take up, too. Though it may feel strange at first, doing so might grow you in ways you never expected through diversifying your prayers, focusing your mind, and preaching the truth to your own heart.

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Keeping the Gospel at the Center of Your Bible Study

Keeping the Gospel at the Center of Your Bible Study

I avoided the Old Testament because I couldn’t make sense of it, and I really didn’t like how angry God seemed. There were times when the New Testament left me baffled and with more questions than answers (for example, the entire book of Hebrews). This disconnect begins when we forget the narrative arch of Scripture: the gospel. We need to read our Bibles with a bird’s eye view that sees how the gospel stretches over the pages of Scripture from beginning to end.

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Learn to Study the Bible as a Teacher of the Word

Learn to Study the Bible as a Teacher of the Word

God commands us to be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger—we are to study God’s Word with eagerness, patience, and diligence before teaching it to others, and accept what it teaches us rather than rebel in anger. We are to seek to live righteously and humbly obey what we learn. This is not to frighten you away from teaching the Word, but to encourage you to spend more time understanding it. Unsure how to do that? Here are a few steps you can take each time you prepare to teach on a passage of Scripture.

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Allowing Your Theology to Shape You

Allowing Your Theology to Shape You

My dear sister who loves theology, I must ask: Has this knowledge and theology changed you yet? Has your abounding comprehensionfound its way to your heart so as to shape your life? Do the words you speak, the thoughts you think, the actions you commit represent the information in your mind?

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Internalizing God’s Word: Why and How to Memorize God’s Word

Internalizing God’s Word: Why and How to Memorize God’s Word

This message is one I am preaching to my own heart as much as I am preaching it to you. I do not do well with memorizing Bible verses, and I have very few memorized (mostly by accident). Growing up, I was never encouraged to memorize Bible verses in Sunday School. We didn’t get gold stars for reciting the passages we had memorized. Once I became a Christian, I never saw the point of memorizing Scripture. I thought, “Why bother take the energy to memorize a verse when I can look it up online? What good will it do for me to memorize Scripture?”

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Being Filled With the Holy Spirit

Being Filled With the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit not only gives us the ability to understand Scripture, but He is also the One who enables us to obey it. The enemy is fighting fiercely against us, throwing his best weapons of temptation our way and giving us many reasons to disobey what we have learned. Thankfully, as believers, we have the Holy Spirit dwelling inside of us. 

Today in our series on Bible Study for Heart Change, we are looking at how the Holy Spirit fills us and enables us to obey God’s Word.

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A Heart of Dependence—Illumination

A Heart of Dependence—Illumination

When we study the Bible, we may be tempted to take pride in our knowledge, practice, or ability. But if we only had our own talent to get us through Scripture, it would not be enough. Like in the entirety of the Christian walk, we are completely dependent on the Holy Spirit in our Bible study. It is only because of the Holy Spirit that true change can take place in our hearts when we study Scripture. He not only helps us understand the Bible, but also convicts our hearts of sin and directly applies the Word to our hearts.

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Adjusting Our Attitude Toward Scripture (Part 2)

Adjusting Our Attitude Toward Scripture (Part 2)

We don’t approach God’s Word the same way we approach a book of fairy tales, our “beloved” math textbook, or the latest Christian nonfiction book. Because God’s Word is immensely different from each of those. God’s Word is true, authoritative, sufficient, inerrant, and perfect. The Bible is breathed from God. It calls for a different response than any other book we will read.

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Adjusting Our Attitude Toward Scripture (Part 1)

Adjusting Our Attitude Toward Scripture (Part 1)

In the same way us camp counsellors had to check our appearance before the parents arrived to pick up their children, we need to check our hearts and attitudes before approaching God’s Word. We learned last week that Scripture is from the very mouth of God, holds His authority, is completely perfect, and sufficient for all our needs as a Christian. Such a Word requires a godly attitude from us.

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The Foundations of a Proper Heart Attitude

The Foundations of a Proper Heart Attitude

In this series, I want to focus in on the life-giving Word of God. Before we begin learning how to study the Bible though, we need to set our foundations. It is critical that we understand the purpose and characteristics of the Bible if we want to study it well. If we are to rightly delight in the Word of God, we must begin with a knowledge of it.

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The Great Concern and Desire of the Apostle Paul

The Great Concern and Desire of the Apostle Paul

At first glance, this passage may look too personal for us to share in or take away from as he discusses his own concerns for these specific churches. But we know that the entire Bible is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16). Perhaps this passage of Paul’s “wish list” will challenge you and what you desire to see in your local church, and how you go about making it happen.

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The Hard Work of Being Wise

The Hard Work of Being Wise

Suddenly, one-by-one, the people stop what they are doing and begin to look up. You turn and look up to the highest place of the town. On one side, a group of fair young women are calling out harmoniously. On the other, a woman dressed in scarlet cloth and revealing attire sits beckoning to the crowd.

Both sides are calling out, so it is a bit difficult to decipher what is being said, so you turn to the young women to focus in what they are saying.

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Guarding Our Lives With Wisdom

Guarding Our Lives With Wisdom

Proverbs 4 may sound a bit like that when you first read it. The father (Solomon) repeatedly tells his son to be attentive, to accept, to listen to, to remember, and to keep wisdom. But there’s a reason for this continual emphasis. Though we may reply, “I know, I know,” we still forget and still turn away from wisdom when foolishness appears better. We need to be reminded of why this pursuit of wisdom is so important, and we need to be encouraged to keep chasing after wisdom because we will never fully attain it.

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How Crazy Busy Women Make Time for God's Word

How Crazy Busy Women Make Time for God's Word

We struggle with finding time to read God’s Word whether it’s our time-consuming job, business, children, family, responsibilities, or ministries. So to help you brainstorm and figure out a way to create your own devotional time, I have asked 8 busy women who love the Word to share with us how they find time to devote to God praying and reading Scripture.

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