4 common hurdles in reading The Bible

As Christians, we know the best way to know God more is to read our Bibles. This sounds like it should be easy, but we often have a hard time sitting down and actually reading God’s word. Most people have hurdles they have to overcome. Continue to read as I share 4 common hurdles in reading The Bible and how to overcome them.

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4 common hurdles in reading The Bible (and how to overcome them)

Today, we’re going to talk about four different hurdles we can face when reading the Bible. As Christians, we all want to read the Bible and pray more and we know what to do, right? There is a Sunday school song that says: read your Bible, pray every day, and you’ll grow, grow, grow.

We know that that’s how we get to know God more.

But knowing it and actually doing it are two different things.

And if you’re like me, then Bible reading every day isn’t easy for you. It’s something that maybe you struggle with.

And if it is, then it means that there’s some sort of barrier keeping you from doing what it is that you want to do. So today we’re going to take some time to talk about some of the barriers we can face while reading The Bible and I’m going to give you a few tips on how to overcome them so that hopefully you can have some success later on.

And I really hope that you don’t feel judged or diminished in any way when I go through these things, because, for one, we all go through different struggles when it comes to our relationship with the Lord. I think it’s normal.
I feel like talking about it is really good because we can encourage each other and just know that I
also struggle with some of these things.

There are many hurdles that may come our way during Bible study, but today I wanted to focus on 4. 

For each, I’ll share what each hurdle may look like and then give a few tips to overcome them. 

1. Not enough time 

This may be you if:

  • You always feel rushed
  • You never seem to have enough time in your day
  • You don’t know what your priorities are 
  • You spend too much time on tasks that don’t bring your closer to meeting your goal

A few tips to help you overcome this barrier

A) Make a list of all the things you are doing:

My first piece of advice is to make a list of all the things that you’re doing and then reevaluate to see if
they are important right now.

For example, every summer my husband mows the grass on Saturday mornings, but now it’s fall.

We haven’t had a lot of rain, so our grass isn’t growing and so it would be a waste of time for him to
spend thirty-forty minutes mowing the grass. So in the fall, he takes that off his To Do
List.

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B) Replace with Reading The Bible

Now the trick here is to go through your routines and you see that you don’t have to do
something anymore because the seasons have changed.

You want to make sure you replace part of your FREE time with reading your Bible and maybe the rest of that time resting so that you’re not feeling like you’re adding things to your routine.

And then on top of that, you’re feeling more rested than normal because that usual task is not on
your list anymore.

These things can be anything from chores or activities with children or family obligations or maybe work. Anything that isn’t always the same throughout the year.

Think about, whether or not something needs to be done right now. Can I do this on a day when I
have more time or do we have to continue doing this right now because the season changed?

For example: Maybe you’re a gardener and in the summer that takes up a lot of the time of your time.
Then in the wintertime, it doesn’t.

So then it’s using some of that time that you were doing something else and just adding Scripture into that.

C) Find creative times in your day to include fellowship with God

For example, if you’re feeling like you have too much to do and there’s too much going on and you don’t want to add one more thing to your To-Do List.

What you can do is think of something you’re already doing and then add scripture, or prayer time to that
event.

So for example, when I am in the car by myself, whether that’s going to run errands or picking
up the kids or dropping something off, what I like to do is to turn off my radio and then I spend that time in prayer.

So I’m not adding to the things I have to do. I’m just adding prayer or scripture reading to what I’m already doing.

I know many people who will listen to an audio Bible while they’re doing something. Because that works really well for them.

So if you’re an auditory learner, then maybe it’s listening to the Bible while you’re doing something else

2. Distractions

The second hurdle I want to talk about is distractions. If this is you then

  • You have young kids who don’t give you any time and keep interrupting your quiet time
  • When you do take time to read the bible and pray, your mind wonders and you spend that time thinking about everything else you need to accomplish
  • Your phone is always on and you immediately respond to alerts

A few helpful tips:

A) Turn off ANY digital distractions

My phone was a huge destruction for me for a long time. I took the extreme step and switched from a smartphone to a regular phone. I did this for 2 years, and am now back to using a smartphone.

The 2 years without a smartphone help me create boundaries over phone use and I learned how to limit phone distractions.

I’m not telling you to get rid of your phone, but playing with the notification settings will help.

I know that on my phone there’s a setting I can go in and I will say do not disturb. So when that
is on I will not hear the phone call and I will not get a notification about a text coming in.

So then those notifications aren’t going to draw my attention away from when I’m studying my Bible and will be there once I’m done. I can go back into the settings, turn on my notifications, check my
voicemail, check my texts, see what I’ve missed, and go on.

Now, if that’s even going to be too tempting for you, try putting your phone on the other side of your house, maybe in your bedroom or somewhere where you’re not going to be so that when those notifications do come in, you don’t even hear them because you don’t see them, depending on how tempting the phone can be.

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B) What to do with the Kids

If you’re like me when my kids are babies, I really wanted to read my Bible in front of them because I wanted to set a good example, but they would like to take out my markers and try to colour in them and it just created so much more stress for me.

So the idea of reading my Bible and trying to study it with my kids around just was not good for my mental health and so I had to find other times.

I then switched to reading my Bible during quiet time. If you’ve had young kids, you know that when
they’re young there’s not a lot of quiet time. So sometimes I would do this when they were watching TV
or while they were napping.

I also found that there were always natural parts of the day when the kids had less energy or were
playing happily together, where I could have five-ten minutes reading scripture without them
disrupting me.

But there are also times as a mother when there was no time during the day when I didn’t have one kid on me. And so that’s when I talked to my husband. And we decided that during a portion of the week, he would spend the time with the kids so that I can take that time to be with the Lord alone without any distractions.

I know that that’s a privilege and not everybody listening has a spouse or family that can do
that for them. Or if they do, it’s not daily or weekly, but it’s really just taking some time to figure out how you can have quiet time with kids around and find a time that works for you.


C) Follow a reading plan

I have a busy mind and so I often get distracted reading my Bible and Praying. To help me with that, I follow a Bible reading plan. I can go back to my plan and remember what I’m reading and then I’m doing it.

It’s a good trigger to remind my brain hand you’re reading the Bible today, get back to this plan.

D) Keep a prayer journal

The second struggle I have is to keep focused on praying. I often start praying for something and then get distracted from another thought.

What has helped with that is having a prayer journal. That way I can write down who I’m praying for and what I’m praying for.

That way, if I do go down some rabbit trails and I catch myself, I think don’t have to spend
all this time trying to think about what or who I was praying for. I can go back to my journal and see where I left off.

1 Year Bible reading plan

3. Negative Self-talk

You may be someone who needs help overcoming negative self-talk. This can look like:

  • You feel guilty for not reading your bible or praying
  • Your guilt keeps you from even trying to reach your goal
  • You have recently sinned and feel too guilty to enter into His presence and seek a fresh start
  • You feel like a fake or fraud for calling yourself a Christian because of doubts you may have
  • You let past experiences dictate your current decisions 
  • You don’t just want to read your bible out of habit so you don’t start
  • You let past failures influence your feelings about church and create new habits

Tips To overcome this

A) Challenge thoughts with Scripture

The best thing we can do to overcome some negative talk is to challenge those thoughts with scripture.

We have a great example of Jesus in the desert where Satan comes and tempts him and Jesus replies with Scripture.

So the best way we can fight the lies that Satan likes to throw at us is with scripture.

for through him we both have our access in one spirit to the father.

Ephesians 2:18

If you’re feeling like you don’t belong in God’s presence, there are many verses that say otherwise. And so the lies that the devil throws at you may be different than the lies he throws at me.

And so you can spend a few minutes and figure out what are the specific lies that the devil is telling me, and then think of verses that can contradict the lie.

Then those verses tell me exactly God’s opinion so that I can fight back with the word of God.



B) Challenge thoughts with truth

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellent if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Philippians 4:8

I encourage you, anytime you have some negative self-talk, whether you’re putting yourself
down, whether you’re making yourself feel like you’re not worthy enough and those thoughts are just
filling up your mind, let that be a trigger to remind you of the truth.

Ask yourself, what is good, what is just, what is lovely. This verse is a really long way of saying to think about the Lord because He is all these things.

And anytime we think badly of ourselves and look down on ourselves, we can come back to the Lord and think about Him and He’ll give us a proper view of what’s happening.

I find just these two things are an excellent way to challenge those negative thoughts that we have and then encourage me to come into his presence.

When I do that, I realized God is such a loving father, even if all those negative thoughts are true. His love and his sacrifice have taken those all away.

So, in His presence, He doesn’t see those things. He sees the sacrifice Jesus made for us and our sin has been taken away.

It gives us the mindset of Jesus when He looks at us and what He says about us and not what we say about ourselves.

One thing that I heard recently I thought was completely brilliant is this: speak to yourself the way
you would speak to a friend.

So if a friend is going through a really hard time, you’re not going to turn around and say, mean things. No, you would never do that because they’re your friend.

But we say that to ourselves because we feel like that.

And so it’s just practicing giving yourself grace. Speaking truth to yourself the way you would speak to a friend.

4. Lack of Confidence 

This can be a barrier you face if:

  • You believe that you can’t truly understand what the bible says
  • You think that only “scholars” can study the bible
  • You don’t know all the “Christian” language and are afraid you won’t ever understand it
  • You feel like you don’t below and aren’t good enough

Tips to overcome this:

A) Remember Hebrews 4:14-15

Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. 15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us, therefore, come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Hebrews 4: 14-16 

This is just a long way of saying, nowhere in this does it say that you have to have a certain IQ or a certain understanding or certain position to be in the presence of God.

Regardless of who we are, when we come through the Lord Jesus Christ, we are all accepted into the presence of God and we can come into His presence with boldness.

We can do so because we stand on the truth of the Lord Jesus Christ and on His merit, not ours.


B) Look at who God met with
  • Look at who God met with: Think back through all the stories in the New Testament and who He met with. He met tax collectors, lepers, and sinners.
  • Look at who He chose to be His disciples: Then you. I want you to look at who he chose to be his disciples. So again there was a tax collector, a fisherman, and a doctor. These were all regular people, with normal jobs and IQ
  • Look at who He called out to: He called out to women, to children, minority groups, the sick, and the outcasts.

Jesus interacted with all these people

Nowhere in Scripture does it say that you have to be good enough to see Jesus.

What you do see is Jesus spending time with all those people who were sick with sin.

If Jesus can meet with lepers and sinners and prostitutes and the lowly, then He
can meet us too.

When we read Scripture it says God so loved the world, the world includes us. There is nothing that can separate us from the Lord’s presence.

Jesus is calling us to come to him. He wants all people to come to him and know him.

Action Steps 

  • I want you to identify your number one stumbling block. If I did not part the four on my list, make a fifth stumbling block and then let me know about it.
  • Make a plan to overcome that barrier.
  • Check out The Faith in Action Conference.

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5 simple steps to get started in Bible Study

I like spending time on Facebook and Instagram and there seems to be one question that gets asked over and over again. How do I get started in Bible study? Since so many people have asked this question, I want to take just a few minutes to get started. Today I’m going to tell you 5 simple steps to get started in Bible Study.

5 simple steps to get started in Bible Study

1. The Tools you NEED to study The Bible

You only need two things to study the Bible. You need a Bible and you need The Holy Spirit. 

Anyone saying you need something else is misdirecting you. 

Bible apps, study books, commentaries, and bible studies are great tools. I use it on a regular basis. 

But! You don’t NEED them!

As a Christian, you have The Holy Spirit in you. He will reveal to you what God has to say to you when you read The Bible. 

2. Exactly where to start when studying your Bible

Grab your bible and open it to any part of the Bible. 

Yes, you heard that right. ANY PAR Of the BIBLE!!!! There are for sure some books that I would recommend you start in, but these are just recommendations. 

Don’t get too caught up in where to start studying.

Pick a book and read it.

The Lord will use the scripture you are reading to speak to you. 

Let me give you an example. A few years ago, our lady’s Bible study was studying Judges!

When was the last time you studied that!! Let alone read it. 

There is a lot of weird stuff going on in that book and some parts are a bit dark. 

But, believe it or not. The Lord used the book of judges to speak to me and to console me as I was processing the death of my cousin. 

So, pick a book and read it and see what God has to say to you. You might be surprised by what verses God will use to teach you. 

Since it’s His book, He is on every page. 

But, if you really want to know a good place to start, I suggest starting in Matthew or John.

3. How to get more out of Reading The Bible 

It’s one thing to read The Bible, but it’s another to learn about what The Bible says and to study it. If you are not sure about the difference, read this.

The best way to get more out of your Bible reading is to ask yourself some W questions. 

Who, What, When, Where, Why

Example: 

  1. Who is it about?
  2. What happened?
  3. When did it take place?
  4. Where did it take place?
  5. Why did it happen?

These are not all the questions you can ask. There are more, but you can also make up your own questions.

When you start asking questions, you learn more and start connecting pieces of scripture and knowledge together. It’s an amazing way to learn more about God.

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4. Record everything 

If you are like me, then you have a short memory. To help you remember what you have read and learned during Bile study is to have some paper on hand and write stuff down. 

As you read, ask yourself questions and write your answers and thoughts. Studies show that you will keep more information when you write something down. 

5. Pray

I’ve saved the most important part for last. If you want to understand what you read, and you want to know how The Bible applies to your life, YOU MUST SEEK THE LORD IN PRAYER. 

When you pray: 

  • Ask for guidance in what you read.
  • Ask for wisdom and understanding when you read 
  • Ask The Lord what He wants you to learn
  • Ask The Lord to convict you in what He wants you to change, or do 
  • Ask for the courage and dedication to obey what The Lord tells you

5 Simple questions to ask in Bible Study: 

  • Who: who is this text about
  • What: what is happening in the text 
  • Where: where is the story located- town, home, etc 
  • When: When is this story happening? Old Testament, New Testament- year, month.
  • How: How does this passage relate to you? What can you learn from what you read? 

5 FREE Bible study tools to get you started 

And that’s it. 

You heard me right. 

Bible study does not have to be complicated. It doesn’t need to be some orchestration. 

You spend some time each day doing this and after a while, you will see that you have a deeper understanding of who God is and what the Bible says. 

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The conference is all about helping Christian women take action in their faith through a deep dive into Bible study.

16 speakers over 4 days will help you discover how to live out your faith by looking at Mathew chapters 5-7 & James. These chapters are filled with practical advice for us. Everything from how to treat one another, to marriage advice.

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60 Bible Verses About God’s Will

As a Christian, I want to obey God and His word. When looking for direction, we know we can find wisdom in The Bible. But finding a specific direction can be hard. That is why I want to share with you 60 Bible verses about God’s will. These verses share specific instructions we can follow.

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60 Bible Verses about God’s will

1 Peter 2:15 For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men.

Gal 2:16 because we know that a man does not come into right standing with God by doing what the law commands, but by simple trust in Christ, we too have trusted in Christ Jesus, in order to come into right standing with God by simple trust in Christ and not by doing what the law commands, because by doing what the law commands no man can come into right standing with God.

Philippians 2:13 For it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.

1 Thessalonians 4:3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality;

Psalm 40:8 I delight to do Your will, O my God; Your Law is within my heart.”

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope

John 7:17 If anyone is willing to do His will, he will know of the teaching, whether it is of God or whether I speak from Myself.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

James 4:15 Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.”

Psalm 143:10 Teach me to do Your will, For You are my God; Let Your good Spirit lead me on level ground.

Bible verse about God's will. Psalm 143:10

1 John 5:14 This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.

Hebrews 13:21 equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

John 6:40 For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.”

Ephesians 1:17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him.

Ephesians 5:17 So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

Proverbs 16:3 Commit your works to the Lord And your plans will be established.

Bible verse about God's will. John 6:40

Romans 8:28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

Isaiah 55:8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.

Proverbs 16:4 The Lord has made everything for its own purpose, Even the wicked for the day of evil.

Ephesians 1:11 also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will,

1 Corinthians 12:18 But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired.

1 Corinthians 2:5 so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.

2 Timothy 1:9 who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity,

Psalm 37:5 Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, and He will do it.

1 Thessalonians 4:7 For God has not called us for the purpose of impurity, but in sanctification.

2 Timothy 1:9 who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity,

Bible verse about God's will. 1 Corinthians 2:5

Philippians 2:2 make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.

Philippians 2:13 for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.

Philippians 2:16 holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I will have reason to glory because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain.

Philippians 1:27 Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;

Isaiah 14:27 For the Lord of hosts has planned, and who can frustrate it? And as for His stretched-out hand, who can turn it back?”

Bible verse about God's will, Philippians 2:2

Romans 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.

Galatians 5:25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Luke 12:23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.

1 Peter 2:21 For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps,

Bible verse about God's will. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Romans 14:7-8 for if we live, we live for the Lord, or if we die, we die for the Lord; therefore whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.

Romans 12:1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.

1 John 2:6 the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.

Colossians 1:10 so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;

1 John 4:16 We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

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Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.

Colossians 3:17 Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.

Bible verse about God's will

1 Peter 1:14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance,

James 1:27. “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. 

Rom 12:2 And do not follow the customs of the present age, but be transformed by the entire renewal of your minds, so that you may learn by experience what God’s will is–that will which is good and beautiful and perfect.

2 Cor 7:10 For, when sorrow is in accordance with God’s will, it results in a repentance leading to Salvation, and which will never be regretted. The sure result of the sorrow that the world knows is Death

2 Cor 7:11 For see what results that other sorrow–sorrow in accordance with God’s will–has had in your case. What earnestness it produced! what explanations! what strong feeling! what alarm! what longing! what eagerness! what readiness to punish! You have proved yourselves altogether free from guilt in that matter.

Bible verse about God's will. Colossians 3:17

Col 1:9 For this reason, since the day we heard about this, we have not stopped praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the full knowledge of God’s will with respect to all spiritual wisdom and understanding,

Hebrews 10:10 By God’s will we have been sanctified once and for all through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus, the Messiah.

Hebrews 12:11 For the time being no discipline brings joy, but seems sad and painful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness [right standing with God and a lifestyle and attitude that seeks conformity to God’s will and purpose].

1 Pet 2:15 For it is the will of God that by doing right you may silence (muzzle, gag) the [culpable] ignorance and irresponsible criticisms of foolish people.

1 Pet 4:19 Therefore, those who are ill-treated and suffer in accordance with the will of God must [continue to] do right and commit their souls [for safe-keeping] to the faithful Creator.

Bible verse about God's will, 1 Peter 1:14

Rev 2:5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent.

Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.

Matt 15:4 For this is a commandment of God, “honour thy father and mother; and, he that curses father or mother, let him be punish’d with death.”

1 John 5:3 for this is the love of God, that His commands we may keep, and His commands are not burdensome;

Bible verses about God's will. Matthew 15:5

1 John 5:2 in this we know that we love the children of God, when we may love God, and His commands may keep;

Act 17:30 Therefore [although] God has overlooked the times of ignorance, he now commands all people everywhere to repent

Deut 6:25 Righteousness will be ours if we are careful to follow every one of these commands before the Lord our God, as He has commanded us.’

Do you want more help?

I just shared with you 60 Bible verses about God’s will. But, maybe you don’t have time to read them all, and the list makes you feel overwhelmed. You want to know God’s will, but you need more direction.

Well, I have something that can help. The Grow in Trust Course is a 3-day virtual event to help Christian women stop feeling lost and discover God’s plan for their lives so they can be free to love God and pursue His will. Click here to learn more.

4 Simple Steps to daily bible reading

We live in a world that encourages and glorifies being busy. To fight that, I want to take some time to help you have a successful daily bible reading time. Continue reading as I share with you 4 simple steps you can follow.

In today’s world, we rush from one activity to the next, never feeling satisfied with what we got done, and never feeling like we have enough time.  But where does sitting down and having daily Bible reading time with God fit into that equation?

Often, it just doesn’t. It’s one of the most important things you will do in a day, and yet it gets pushed to the side or crammed into the cracks of the day. What if you set aside time just for that quiet time? What would your days look like if that were the case?

I can tell you what it looks like in my life:

  • Peace throughout the day
  • Better emotional control
  • Clarity on decision making
  • Motivation and strength to face what is coming in the day

These are just a few benefits that I’ve seen from ensuring that I have daily bible reading time. Maybe you already know that a consistent quiet time would benefit you, but you just don’t know how to get started. 

Thank you to Amanda Warfield who is our guest blogger today. Her mission is to use her passion for organization, and productivity to help every overwhelmed woman find JOY through simplicity. Read her full bio , Instagram, and Pinterest.

4 Simple Steps to daily bible reading

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1. Pick a Time

The very first thing to have daily bible reading time is to pick a time where you can consistently show up for your time with God.

Every single person I know recommends having this time first thing in the morning. But, this recommendation was a huge stumbling block for me for many years.

I took this recommendation and believed that a morning time with God was better than another time and that if I didn’t start the day with God, then I might as well give up.

I am not a morning person. I hate mornings and it just does not work for me to get up before my kids to have time with God.

So, when I finally understood that God wants daily time with me and not a specific time with me, things started to change for me.

I took the time to figure out what were the things that were making it harder for me to have some quiet time and how I could address those things.

Then, I thought about something that I already do every day and add reading God’s word in that already set routine.

For me, that was reading my email. I check my email so many times a day. So, I signed up to receive verses every day in my inbox. This slight change helped me so much.

I went from reading my bible once every so often to reading a few verses every day.

Since then, I have been able to add more time with God.

What time works for you? 

Now, if you’re a mom, you may look at this article and think that I’ve lost my mind.

How could I possibly expect you to find the time for quiet in the morning’s chaos? When you’ve got one kid that’s crawling all over you, one kid that can’t find their shoe, and another that’s crying…. that’s when I want you to have your “quiet” time?

Take some time and think about your day. Pick a time that you think will work for you and set your alarm for that time every single day. When that alarm rings, it’s your reminder to take some time and be with God.

Over a few days, you will know if the time you picked was good or not. If it’s not working, try another time.

This time will not be the same for each person. This time can also fluctuate from season to season (or periods in your life).

What to do with the kids

If need be, sit your kids down and explain to them that mommy will read your Bible during this time and that it’s going to be your special time with God. Even those that are really young will understand the concept.

Then, explain to t your kids what they may do during this time and that you don’t want them to interrupt you.

For me, nap time or TV time for the kids was a perfect time to set time aside for bible reading.

Sure, this won’t be smooth sailing all the time. Life happens and you can’t expect perfection. Just be open and communicate with your kids, and be patient as they learn this new routine.

2. Pick a Spot

The second step in having a daily bible reading time is to find a spot that you will go to each day to have a quiet time.

This is a really personal decision, so I have little advice on how to pick your spot. I will say though, don’t pick a spot that’s too comfortable! 

My favourite spot used to be on my  but I would often get so sleepy that I struggled to get much out of my quiet time on those days. I ended up having to pick a harder chair!

My other suggestion is to gather what you need and have it in your spot ahead of time. Your bible, journal, pens…. whatever tools you use during your quiet time, and put them in the spot you want to study.

That way, you don’t have to go hunting for everything you need and waste that precious time come morning.

If your kids are anything like mine, they love getting into everything and your things may not be safe close to the floor. If that is the case, pick a basket of a bin and put all your things in there, and put it out of the way for the kids. When it’s time for your quiet time, take your container down and you have whatever you need without worrying about kids getting into it.

3. Start Small

Now that you have your time and your spot, it’s time to get started.

If you’re anything like me, you may be really excited to get started and jump in with both feet. 

Maybe you have a bible study book picked out, a new journal with some fancy pens ready, and are excited to read the bible from beginning to end. Maybe you have the expectation that you will do this every day and that it will all work seamlessly.

The thing I’ve learned is that having an unrealistic expectation about what I want quiet time to look like will cause me to give up quiet time altogether.

When I was younger, I had this idea of what I wanted my study time to look like. Having that vision is not bad. But life got in the way and my study times became different from what I wanted.

I would lose track, skip a day and feel behind and discouraged.

My unrealistic expectations got in the way.

When starting a new routine, it’s important to start small.

Pick one or two things that you want to start with.

Maybe that means reading one verse a day from the Bible and then praying. Or,  it means journaling and praying.

It can also mean reading a chapter from a bible study book and praying. (I highly recommend praying to be the number one thing you do.

Whatever it is, start small. Then, as you know this routine well, you can slowly add in more steps and parts to your quiet time.

Day by day you (and your family!) will get used to this rhythm and will fall into a routine.

4. Get Back Up

The last step to daily bible reading time is actually advice.

If you are like me, you stay in a routine for a couple of days or weeks and are really excited about your progress. But then life gets in the way and you miss a day, or 2. Then, before you know it you haven’t had a quiet time for months. 

This is totally normal and doesn’t mean that you are a bad Christian.

Be honest with yourself and know that you will have days that a quiet time will not happen. Don’t let that discourage you. 

There have been too many times when my discouragement made me feel guilty and my guilt kept me away from God and the cycle would just continue.

I suggest that if you miss a day or two or a month, year (whatever) – start every day new just start again and get right back to what you were reading. 

Do you want more?

Do you want to read your bible more consistently? Do you want to know how to study the Bible on your own and know how to apply it to your life? 

You are a Christian woman who is dedicated to living a life for Christ. You want to read your bible every day, but sometimes you get distracted or are too tired to collect all the resources you need. 

It can be hard to figure it out on your own. 

That’s why I’m so excited to tell you about The Christian Growth Hub

The Christian Growth Hub is an online, monthly membership focused on helping Christian women read the Bible, understand it, and apply it to their lives. 

The Christian Growth hub helps you in your faith by: 

  • Providing monthly Bible reading plans so you never have to think about what you’re going to read in the Bible next
  • Giving you on-demand training on how to understand the Bible and new monthly training on how to apply the Bible to a particular area of your life. 
  • Connects you to an online community to give you encouragement, support, and accountability

There are so many more features. Click here to learn more about them, and see what The Christian Growth Hub offers.

If you have a consistent quiet time but are looking for a Christian community to encourage you and spur you on, click here to join my Facebook group called: Christian Women’s growth group.

Do you have any tips for having a great daily Bible reading time? Share them in the comments below.

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25+ FREE Bible Studies for women

My passion is to help women discover who God is and how to live their lives for Him. The best way to know God is through Bible Study and Prayer. There are many Bible studies for women out there, but it’s hard to cut through all the noise. To help you in your search, I wanted to share with you 25+ FREE Bible studies for women.

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25+ FREE Bible Studies for Women

1. In Christ, I am a new Creation

Anne Markey is passionate about teaching women about The Bible. She longs for women to understand what God has to teach us in the Bible and how we apply these truths to our lives. Anne has created a one-week study called: In Christ, I am a new creation. 

This study will help you define your identity in Christ and guide you to understand God’s amazing work in your life. 

Fill in the form below to get your FREE workbook.

2. Becoming a Courageous and confident woman

Arabah Joy is passionate about seeing women flourish in God’s Word. She has created a Bible study Called: Becoming a courageous and confident woman. 

This 1-hour mini Bible Study will quickly show you how to become a confident and courageous woman of God…regardless of how much of an outsider you currently feel you are. Click here for access to the study. 

3. 45 Topical Bible Studies

Melissa Tumino has been actively involved and trained in various church ministries and leadership. Melissa has a passion for God’s word and has created 45 blog posts that focus on specific topics. 

These posts are perfect for someone who is looking to do a topical Bible study and doesn’t know where to start. Click here for access to these posts 

4. Cultivating the Fruit of The Spirit

Heather Hart has spent years writing printable Bible studies for the women at her church and has provided them for you to study. If you’ve been looking for a study to do on your own or with a group, you can download the study guides here

Bible study included are: Cultivating the Fruit of the Spirit, Ready to Stand, Believe

5. Seeking Him

In this 12-week study, Wolgemuth and Grissom will guide us through critical stages of spiritual renewal including humility, repentance, grace, holiness, obedience, forgiveness, and power through the Spirit-filled life. 

Each week the book includes five days of individual study, thought-provoking questions, and application exercises. Each Tuesday morning at 9:00 est, June 1 through August 17, our guest blogger Julie, who is a Revive Our Hearts ambassador, will guide us through that week’s lesson with a new blog post.Get all the details here

6. Gracefully Truthful

They seek to equip women to welcome the fullness of the Almighty into the innermost parts of our everyday lives through studying His Word and entering into an authentic, biblical community. 

Gracefully Truthful is a place to connect, it’s a place to be real, it’s a place to share fears, ask questions, and unashamedly seek out the Father who crafted our hearts to love boldly and bravely as we discover together what it means to truly walk in the fullness of grace and truth. Click here to access their Bible Study posts. 

7. 5-Day Micro Bible Study Journaling Challenge

A free 5-day challenge that will help make your devotional time more personal and meaningful. This challenge will help you connect your faith and creativity in your Personal Devotional Time. Click here to join the challenge. 

8. Mary and Martha

Starla Hill is a mom, and blogger, who loves to drink coffee and talk about Jesus. She has written many posts about what the Bible teaches. One of my favourites is her posts about Mary and Martha. This story is one we can all relate to. Click here to discover what Mary and Martha can teach us. 

9. The women before us

Betty Predmore wrote a study called: The Women before us. The Bible is filled with stories of women who came before us. Their strength and perseverance, their pain and joy, their suffering and their rewards made them into women who God used for teaching the generations that came after.

There is much to be learned by digging deeper into the stories of four women who came before us. (Ester, Hannah, Hagar, Elizabeth). Click here for access to the study.  

10. Printable Bible Reading Plan Resources

Natalie Lynn is a teacher and loves to write about her saviour and simplicity. Studying the word of God for many years has made her realize that the mysteries of the bible can be unlocked, one day at a time. She has created a variety of Printable Bible Reading Plan Resources. Click here for access. 

11. Variety FREE Christian Resources

Sacha is passionate about encouraging women to be strong, honourable and faithful to God. She has created a variety of FREE Christian resources. These include Bible study guides, bible studies for women, scripture printables, women’s devotionals, and more. Click here for Free access. 

12. Ladies Drawing Nigh

This is a website dedicated to offering free online Bible studies for women. They created these to encourage and equip women to have a closer fellowship with God that results in their walking out His purposes for their lives. Click here for access to the studies. 

In the comments below, share your favourite Bible studies for women.

What is the highest calling in the Bible?

I’ve been a mother for 13 years. In those years, I’ve gotten a little lost. I sometimes think I’m wasting my time at home and I should be doing “bigger and better” things. To help attack those lies, today I’m answering What is the highest calling in The Bible?

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Join me as I go inside one of the Bible study workbooks I’ve created and show you exactly the process I go through to dig deeper into scripture. 

These workbooks were created so that you do one day every day of the week or sometimes five to six days in a seven-day week. But instead, we’re going to take it slow and we’re going to do one day per week for the next couple of weeks.

Following a daily, or weekly bible study workbook is a really good way to dig into God’s word. 

Bible study can be as simple as taking a few minutes every day and answering some questions. 

So the workbook that we’re going to be going through is this one is called. Jesus is Immanuel, God with us. It is free for you right now to use, so if you don’t have your copy, fill out the form below this paragraph. The workbook will go straight to your inbox. You can then print it off and join me as we go through it together. 

Verses to Read Today

Matthew 28: 18-20 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

Bible Study Questions & Answers

1. When did Jesus say this? 

So this story happens after The Lord’s death after He came back to life. This happens right before The Lord goes back to heaven. These are the last recorded words we have. 

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2. How does the timing of Jesus’ words affect what He’s saying? 

So the timing is really important when we’re doing Bible study, we need to understand that time before after, and during can play a big role In the context of what you’re reading.

So this story is at a time where is Jesus is about to leave. But he’s saying I am with you always. 

How can he be with them always if he is about to leave? 

So the timing is interesting because I think the disciples heard this and thought that he would just be with them forever. 

But Jesus is saying no, I’m my body is leading. But then I’m going to send the Holy Spirit.  

So even though Jesus isn’t there in person, He’s with us in spirit and then not only that and says I am with you always, even to the end of the age.

In this post, I talked about nothing separating us from the Lord. And this verse tells us that not even time is going to separate us from God. 

Even if this was after Jesus left earth, it doesn’t affect our relationship with him. It doesn’t affect his ability to be with us. It cannot separate us from God. 

So this part is about the timing which is a good question to ask ourselves like why is this being talked about now and not before or after that can be a really interesting question. 

Depending on the passage that we’re reading, 

Extra Bible Study Tip

I’m highlighting these two things because what I’m doing with this workbook is I’m showing you different questions that you can ask yourself when reading Scripture and different things to know. 

That if you want to read Scripture on your own different things to look like when and timing is a really cool thing to look at, I encourage you to highlight those things in whatever passage you read next. 

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3. What is the highest calling in The Bible?  

The comfort in these verses is knowing we have a calling.

The Lord is talking to his disciples, but I believe the calling to us is the same that we have to go then and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit to tell people about God. 

This means we all have a calling and a purpose. 

Sometimes as a mom I get discouraged because I feel like I’m wasting my time like I don’t have a purpose. But then I go back to these verses and I think, I need to tell everybody, and that includes my kids. 

So even if all I do all day is take care of my kids if I’m loving them and teaching them about God and his word, then I’m answering the call. I’m telling others about God, so that’s a comfort to me that I have a calling regardless if I feel like I’m not doing anything.

Sometimes, the devil likes to lie to me and say I’m wasting my time. But The Lord says no. If you’re doing things in my name for me and you are being this call to tell people about me. So that’s encouraging.

 And then it comes back to The Lord saying: I am with you.

Face time with Jesus

Sometimes I get jealous about the disciples because they got to spend like three years with Jesus, they got to ask him all the questions they got to learn from his feet. They got to see his face. They got to spend that face-to-face time and I really want that. 

But what I think is interesting is that the disciples were not filled with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit came after Jesus left. So today, even though we’re not seeing Jesus, his physical body is with us The Lord is more with us than He was with the disciples because He’s in us. 

So I think that’s really cool and so comforting. The whole theme of this last couple of weeks is I am with you, the Lord God himself is with us, so I hope that’s encouraging for you. 

What have you learned today?

I want you to think of one thing that really you either learned or that stuck out to you. 

Today for me is this word: purpose. The devil likes to attack my brain and tell me that I’m useless and I’m doing nothing and so this is the first that I come back to. Matthew 2820 that when I get discouraged, I come back to here and I say no.

The Lord’s giving me a calling to tell others and if I’m raising my children to know him, I am answering the call and so that’s a really good way that I can battle with the devil. 

And I know my argument is going to win because it’s scriptural.

So in the comments, I would love for you to tell me what stuck out to you today. Maybe you’ve learned something, maybe a verse just got a new perspective for you. Maybe something really just jumped off the page and stuck in your mind. Or maybe a word. It’s just being repeated in your brain and so whatever that is, I’d love for you to share in the group and the comments below.

A quick Bible study tip for you

Always look for when So what time of day is this when in the yearly calendar, when did something happen before or after a specific event?

So for the time of day, if you think about the Lord’s death. It went completely pitch dark at noon that which is important, because that’s not a natural event, and knowing the when makes it that much more interesting when in the yearly calendar.

The Jewish people used a very different calendar following the feasts in the Old Testament, and understanding where that falls in the calendar and why these events are important, just helps you understand God’s word that much more and so much deeper and more interesting.

And then when something happened before or after.

So again, if you think about the Lord in his death before he died, he couldn’t walk through walls after he died and he came back from life. From the dead, he could, and so knowing what somebody did before or after a specific event helps us give us a larger perspective on a story. 

Do you want more?

Do you want to read your bible more consistently? Do you want to know how to study the Bible on your own and know how to apply it to your life? 

You are a Christian woman who is dedicated to living a life for Christ. You want to read your bible every day, but sometimes you get distracted or are too tired to collect all the resources you need. 

It can be hard to figure it out on your own. 

That’s why I’m so excited to tell you about The Christian Growth Hub

The Christian Growth Hub is an online, monthly membership focused on helping Christian women read the Bible, understand it, and apply it to their lives. 

The Christian Growth hub helps you in your faith by: 

  • Providing monthly Bible reading plans so you never have to think about what you’re going to read in the Bible next
  • Giving you on-demand training on how to understand the Bible and new monthly training on how to apply the Bible to a particular area of your life. 
  • Connects you to an online community to give you encouragement, support, and accountability

There are so many more features. Click here to learn more about them, and see what The Christian Growth Hub offers.

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What can separate us from the love of God?

There is nothing more comforting than knowing nothing can separate us from God’s love. But some people still have a hard time accepting this truth. So today, I’m going to answer: What can separate us from the love of God? 

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Join me as I go inside one of the Bible study workbooks I’ve created and show you exactly the process I go through to dig deeper into scripture. 

These workbooks were created so that you do one day every day of the week or sometimes five to six days in a seven-day week. But instead, we’re going to take it slow and we’re going to do one day per week for the next couple of weeks.

Following a daily, or weekly bible study workbook is a really good way to dig into God’s word. 

Bible study can be as simple as taking a few minutes every day and answering some questions. 

So the workbook that we’re going to be going through is this one is called. Jesus is Immanuel, God with us. It is free for you right now to use, so if you don’t have your copy, fill out the form below this paragraph. The workbook will go straight to your inbox. You can then print it off and join me as we go through it together. 

Verses to Read Today

Romans 8:38- 39 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Bible Study Questions & Answers

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1. What can separate us from the love of God?

 We are given the assurance that nothing can separate us from God. 

2. What comfort we can take from these verses? 

One thing I love about these verses is that there’s a whole list of things. I like to copy this list word for work.

This starts at death, then life, angels, and principalities.

Principalities is another word for people in power.

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If you think of all the things that can separate us, they’re going to fall into one of these categories in relationships. 

If you die, that relationship changes life. If you bring life into the world like becoming a mother. 

Before my child, I wasn’t a mother. Then I brought life and then I was a mother. 

Angels have so much power that we don’t really understand, and principalities are really anybody above you who may have power over you. 

Anyone in power in these places: church, government, spouse, whatever, anybody. Who’s above you that can have power over you can separate you from The Love of God. 

Neither things now nor things to come. And neither height nor depth. 

The comfort for me comes in these things to come because I don’t know what the future holds, but the Lord does.

And So what I love is that regardless of what’s going to happen in the future, nothing that’s going to happen will ever separate me from the love of God. 

And if your brain likes to try and find excuses or loopholes this verse covers, because it says nor any other thing which broadly categorizes anything else, your mind might think about. 

If there’s a specific scenario that you’re thinking about in your brain and you’re thinking that it can separate you from the love of God if it fits in these categories, it’s a good reminder that nothing can separate you from God’s love.

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3. How does this truth affect our relationship with God? 

So for me, it gives me comfort, and it also gives me security. 

In parenting, people talk a lot about kids having a secure attachment to parents or kids who do not feel a secure attachment to those parents if they’ve been in homes that have trauma.

In the Lord, it says that God is safe.

We are safe in a relationship with God

Nobody’s gonna steal us and move us away from God nothing can change our relationship with God. 

Nothing can separate us, so it gives us comfort and security and it just gives us the opportunity to grow in our faith and just know that we can get to know God. 

We have time with God. To know him. These few verses really make you think about your position with Christ and your relationship with Christ.

What have you learned today?

I want you to think of one thing that really you either learned or that stuck out to you.

For me, it was the word “nothing” that stands out. Regardless of what excuse my brain thinks of and things nothing can separate you from God.

If I ever waiver on that truth, all I need to do is go back to these verses and go through the list, and then hopefully my brain realizes the list actually covers all the things and the Lord says none of those things can separate us from him. 

So that’s my great comfort today. 

So in the comments, I would love for you to tell me what stuck out to you today. Maybe you’ve learned something, maybe a verse just got a new perspective for you. Maybe something really just jumped off the page and stuck in your mind. Or maybe a word. It’s just being repeated in your brain and so whatever that is, I’d love for you to share in the group and the comments below.

A quick Bible study tip for you

If the Bible gives you a list, you should probably write it down. 

For example, in today’s reading we were reading Romans Chapter 8 verses 38 into 39 and it gives you this nice long list of all the things that will not separate us from the Lord. 

So my brain likes lists and to look at things like this and so when I write it down and see all the points it triggers my brain to see to remember nothing can separate us from the love of God. 

So if anytime you need proof or encouragement of a specific truth, start writing down the list and it’ll help you remember different things that the Lord will teach you. 

Do you want more?

Do you want to read your bible more consistently? Do you want to know how to study the Bible on your own and know how to apply it to your life? 

You are a Christian woman who is dedicated to living a life for Christ. You want to read your bible every day, but sometimes you get distracted or are too tired to collect all the resources you need. 

It can be hard to figure it out on your own. 

That’s why I’m so excited to tell you about The Christian Growth Hub

The Christian Growth Hub is an online, monthly membership focused on helping Christian women read the Bible, understand it, and apply it to their lives. 

The Christian Growth hub helps you in your faith by: 

  • Providing monthly Bible reading plans so you never have to think about what you’re going to read in the Bible next
  • Giving you on-demand training on how to understand the Bible and new monthly training on how to apply the Bible to a particular area of your life. 
  • Connects you to an online community to give you encouragement, support, and accountability

There are so many more features. Click here to learn more about them, and see what The Christian Growth Hub offers.

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The Lord is my Strength

Have you ever woken up in the morning and didn’t feel the strength to get out of bed? I have. What do you do in that scenario? I depend on The Lord. The Lord is my strength and the one I can depend on day and night. Continue to read as I share about how The Lord is my strength.

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Join me as I go inside one of the Bible study workbooks I’ve created and show you exactly the process I go through to dig deeper into scripture. 

These workbooks were created so that you do one day every day of the week or sometimes five to six days in a seven-day week. But instead, we’re going to take it slow and we’re going to do one day per week for the next couple of weeks.

Following a daily, or weekly bible study workbook is a really good way to dig into God’s word. 

Bible study can be as simple as taking a few minutes every day and answering some questions. 

So the workbook that we’re going to be going through is this one called Jesus is Immanuel, God with us. It is free for you right now to use, so if you don’t have your copy, fill out the form below this paragraph. The workbook will go straight to your inbox. You can then print it off and join me as we go through it together. 

Verses to Read Today

Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

Deuteronomy 31:6  Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”

Part 1: Be strong and of Good Courage

Bible Study Questions & Answers

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:9
1. What is Joshua telling us not to do? 

Do not be afraid. 

2. Who is with us? 

God himself is with us. 

3. Why should this verse give us comfort? 

Before you answer this question, it would be good to ask yourself, does this verse scare you or does it comfort you? 

If it scares you, why does it scare you? If it comforts you, what is it about God being with us that comforts you? 

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We are never alone

This verse comforts me because it reminds me I’m never alone.

And that because he’s with me, he knows me. Still loves me. He wants that relationship with us. 

There have been many years in my life where I’ve had a really hard time making friends. I’m not really great at making friends and so there have been portions in my life where I felt extremely alone. But even in those times, I knew I wasn’t alone because God was with me.

I also have a really hard time opening up this. I feel like if I tell people my thoughts are going to hate me.

But then I think they’re God, and he knows all my thoughts. He knows everything. I’ve been through. He knows all the different things and even with everything he knows he still loves me. He still wants to spend time with me. He still wants to have that relationship with me. 

These truths give me so much comfort, so I’d love for you to take a minute and let me know in the comments why this verse comforts you.

Part 2: I am with you always

Bible Study Questions & Answers

Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

Isaiah 41:10

This is a little bit repetitive, but if your brain is like mine, you need to hear the same thing 100 different times and it says it in a different way so that we can really fully get this truth ingrained in our mind. 

1. Why should we not be afraid? 

I am with you? God is with us.

2. What will God do for us? 

He will strengthen us. He will help us. And he will uphold us. 

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The Lord is my strength: What does that look like in our lives? 

So we see from the verse The Lord gives us strength. He helps us. He upholds us. 

What’s an example of that in your life? 

When I think about strength, I think about how, in my own strength, I would be very short with my children.

But The Lord gives me strength to be patient and loving and gracious to them. 

In the comments, I would love for you to share an example of the time when the Lord gave you strength or he helped you, or he upheld you. 

When I think about the word uphold, it’s those times in your life where you feel so weak and just so incapable of really even thought or movement. You don’t think you can face the day. But through the Lord’s strength, we can go on. 

I’ve had those moments in my life where I just don’t feel like I can continue where I kind of want to give up. I want to walk away, but through the Lord’s strength it’s like he is holding all of my body weight, helping me, you know, get up out of bed, take the next step, move on in my day and so that’s what I think of when I read the word uphold. 

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Part 3 In Christ, we have nothing to fear

Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”

Deuteronomy 31:6 
1. What should we not be afraid of?

 In this context, God is talking to Joshua. The Lord has just appointed Joshua to be the leader of the people of Israel. 

Moses has passed away. They are instilling a new leader. It’s going to be Joshua and this is The Lord speaking to him saying be of good courage. Do not be afraid of them so them. They need people you lead.

2. Why would Joshua be afraid of the people around him? 

I’ve been a spiritual leader in many different areas. I love this verse for the encouragement to leaders to not be afraid of the people we lead. 

As a church leader, as a small group leader, and even as a parent, you’re leading people, and it’s easy to become afraid of people.

Certainly when you’re in a position of leadership or power in a church, let’s say it can be easy to be swayed by the people around you, the congregation, because you want to please them. 

Or maybe you’re afraid of criticism or anything else, this verse is reminding us to not be afraid.

The Lord himself had appointed Joshua, and he’s telling him you’re not going to lead by yourself. 

I’m going to be right there with you, and it’s the same thing with parenting. 

My Fears

I remember how scared I was when my eldest daughter was first born. And even to this day when I think about the next stages that we’re facing, I’m afraid. 

She’s turning 13. I’m going to have a teenager. And then we’re going to get into those years where they start becoming more and more independent, leaving the home, you know, going to university, getting married, all those things, those stages scare me.

And so I remember this verse because it’s saying don’t be afraid. I’m going to be with you. I am with you in whatever scenario we’re in, and however capacity that we’re leading, we don’t need to be afraid of the people we’re leading because God is with us. 

3. What promise are we given? 

God is with us. And I know that’s repetitive, but it’s really important that we remember this, 

4. Since we’re not Jewish does this promise extend to us? Why?

Yes, this promise extends to us!  In this series, we read Matthew 1:23 which says Immanuel means God with us.

And so there are verses in the Old Testament, but also the New Testament, speaking to us, saying God, I am with you. 

So this promise we can claim for our own because we know God is speaking not just to one person, not to just the Jewish nation, but to anyone who turns to the Lord who accepts him as Lord and Savior. He says I am with you and if you want.

More evidence we can think about the Holy Spirit. When we are saved, we are instilled with the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is one of the persons in the Trinity. God the Father, God the son, God the Holy Spirit. 

So when we’re saved, we get the Holy Spirit. And that is the God himself in us. So we went through a few more verses today, three different ones. 

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What have you learned today?

I want you to think of one thing that really you either learned or that stuck out to you. 

For me, it was about this leadership piece. As a leader, I don’t have to be afraid of people. God will help me. God will help me lead God is with me so again this is nothing new. 

I’ve known this. But today it really stood out and encouraged me, and even with my kids, I shared that. I’m afraid of the next stage. And it’s just this next reminder that the Lord is going to be with me wherever I go, whatever I do, whatever comes next, and so that piece was really encouraging to me today. 

So in the comments, I would love for you to tell me what stuck out to you today. Maybe you’ve learned something, maybe a verse just got a new perspective for you. Maybe something really just jumped off the page and stuck in your mind. Or maybe a word. It’s just being repeated in your brain and so whatever that is, I’d love for you to share in the group and the comments below.

A quick Bible study tip for you

Look for things we should not do or think

For example, in today’s Bible story we were seeing that God was telling Joshua to not be afraid is. So if you want to know what God wants you to do or what he doesn’t want you to do, there are lots of areas in the Bible that will be very specific.

Do you want more?

Do you want to read your bible more consistently? Do you want to know how to study the Bible on your own and know how to apply it to your life? 

You are a Christian woman who is dedicated to living a life for Christ. You want to read your bible every day, but sometimes you get distracted or are too tired to collect all the resources you need. 

It can be hard to figure it out on your own. 

That’s why I’m so excited to tell you about The Christian Growth Hub

The Christian Growth Hub is an online, monthly membership focused on helping Christian women read the Bible, understand it, and apply it to their lives. 

The Christian Growth hub helps you in your faith by: 

  • Providing monthly Bible reading plans so you never have to think about what you’re going to read in the Bible next
  • Giving you on-demand training on how to understand the Bible and new monthly training on how to apply the Bible to a particular area of your life. 
  • Connects you to an online community to give you encouragement, support, and accountability

There are so many more features. Click here to learn more about them, and see what The Christian Growth Hub offers.

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Why is the Virgin Birth Important? 

As Christians, there are a few foundational truths we believe. One is creation, another is that Jesus is God. Today, I’m not going to share either of those. But, I will answer the question: Why is the virgin birth so important?

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Join me as I go inside one of the Bible study workbooks I’ve created and show you exactly the process I go through to dig deeper into scripture. 

These workbooks were created so that you do one day every day of the week or sometimes five to six days in a seven-day week. But instead, we’re going to take it slow and we’re going to do one day per week for the next couple of weeks.

Following a daily, or weekly bible study workbook is a really good way to dig into God’s word. 

Bible study can be as simple as taking a few minutes every day and answering some questions. 

So the workbook that we’re going to be going through is this one is called. Jesus is Immanuel, God with us. It is free for you right now to use, so if you don’t have your copy, fill out the form below this paragraph. The workbook will go straight to your inbox. You can then print it off and join me as we go through it together. 

Verses to Read Today 

Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.

Matthew 1: 22-23 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”

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Bible Study Questions & Answers

1. What is the sign that the Lord will give? 

We can actually find that in Isaiah Chapter 7? And the sign is a virgin, shall conceive, and bear a son.

2. What name will the child have? 

His name will be called Immanuel- God with us 

3. What events are being foretold? 

The fulfillment of a  prophecy- Jesus coming to earth. He is going to be born by a virgin and we’ll call him Immanuel. 

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4. What does the manual mean? 

We can find the answer in Matthew chapter one. Immanuel means God with us. 

So as you see here, these first couple of questions are just really simple, don’t get you to think too much, but just to make sure that you’ve actually read the passage and now to get deeper. 

5. Who is this child? 

The Child they are talking about is Jesus. 

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Why is the virgin birth so important? 

You will not find that in Scripture. There will not be a verse that says this is the reason it was important. 

But from the two verses we can at least think of 1 for sure, and one that it’s fulfilling a prophecy. 

The other reason the virgin birth is so important is the fact Mary conceived through the Holy Spirit. 

If she wasn’t a virgin. Then anybody could say, that could not have been the Holy Spirit it would have been her husband or this other man or somebody else. 

There would be a huge flaw in this plan, so it proves that Jesus is God and there’s no other way. 

If Mary wasn’t a virgin, people could poke holes.

What would change if Mary wasn’t a virgin? 

The miracle of the virgin birth. The credibility of the story would change and so would Jesus’s parentage.

Because if Jesus wasn’t born through the Holy Spirit, then somebody else would have had to be his father. And if somebody else was his father, then Jesus himself would not be God. So that point is really important because like I said, any other plan, it’d be too easy to put holes into right if she was already married. If she was older. 

If people had known that she had been with somebody else whatever the reason was, there would be just so many other theories about this birth.

The virgin birth just gives so much more credibility to Jesus and who he is. Because it was through the Holy Spirit and not through some other man. And so this virgin piece is the credibility of who Jesus is that his father had to be somebody else than Joseph because she was a virgin when she was born.

And so it’s really a critical piece here that we know she was a virgin and that’s just one way we can prove that Jesus is God, because who else could be the father? 

How does this child fulfill the promise of God being with us? 

We know Jesus is God. Because we have God the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit. 

John 10:30 I (Jesus speaking) and the father are one. 

This verse confirms that Jesus is God, that Jesus, the Son, and Jesus the father are the same person.

By sending Jesus on Earth, it tells us that God is here with us because they’re the same person. 

Now that we have taken some time to read through the verses and answer the questions, it’s time to share something that sticks out to you. 

What have you learned today?

I want you to think of one thing that really you either learned or that stuck out to you. 

 For me today, it was this virgin piece, and why it was so important. That’s not new information. I already knew that going in, but today it really stuck out for me in my brain and so that’s probably something I’ll be going through in my mind for a couple of days.

I’m thinking about the miracle of the virgin birth. The importance of it and what it proves for us in our faith. 

So in the comments, I would love for you to tell me what stuck out to you today. Maybe you’ve learned something, maybe a verse just got a new perspective for you. Maybe something really just jumped off the page and stuck in your mind. Or maybe a word. It’s just being repeated in your brain and so whatever that is, I’d love for you to share in the group and the comments below.

A quick Bible study tip for you

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Highlight words you don’t know or ones you’re not sure of their meaning. Then use a Bible dictionary to find the meaning. 

This is really important because when we read Scripture, we think we understand a word. But then when we see a Bible dictionary and the Hebrew or Greek meaning behind it can change the meaning of the word or just get a really new perspective.

For example, in the English language, there’s only one word for love, Greek or Hebrew. There are four different words for love, so that’s why we want to completely understand that Scripture was written in a different language, and sometimes in translation. Something’s a little lost, so we will always want to go back to a Bible dictionary to see the true meaning behind a specific word. 

If you want to take this further, you can then look up the word in a regular dictionary and compare the meanings, and this is just a really great way to get just a deeper understanding of what scripture is actually saying. 

Do you want more?

Do you want to read your bible more consistently? Do you want to know how to study the Bible on your own and know how to apply it to your life? 

You are a Christian woman who is dedicated to living a life for Christ. You want to read your bible every day, but sometimes you get distracted or are too tired to collect all the resources you need. 

It can be hard to figure it out on your own. 

That’s why I’m so excited to tell you about The Christian Growth Hub

The Christian Growth Hub is an online, monthly membership focused on helping Christian women read the Bible, understand it, and apply it to their lives. 

The Christian Growth hub helps you in your faith by: 

  • Providing monthly Bible reading plans so you never have to think about what you’re going to read in the Bible next
  • Giving you on-demand training on how to understand the Bible and new monthly training on how to apply the Bible to a particular area of your life. 
  • Connects you to an online community to give you encouragement, support, and accountability

There are so many more features. Click here to learn more about them, and see what The Christian Growth Hub offers.

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A 5 minute thanksgiving devotional

As Thanksgiving draws near, it’s important to take a minute and remember everything The Lord has done for us. Giving thanks to The Lord is a great way to worship Him and encourage each other in the works He has done. Our family always takes the time to read a short 5 minute thanksgiving devotional at dinner. It helps us focus on the real reason we take a day off.

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A 5-minute thanksgiving devotional

Thanksgiving is a day we take aside and give thanks for everything we have. Some people just share with each other what they are thankful for, but for Christians, this day is so much more. 

Psalm 100:4-5 10 5 minute Thanksgiving devotional

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. 5 For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations

Psalm 100:4-5

As I read the verses above, there are 3 things that stand out: 

1. Enter The presence of God 

As Christians, we have the privilege to enter The presence of God. 

One of my dreams is to one day walk the halls of Buckingham Palace and have a self-led tour of the place. I want to check out all the nooks and crannies, look for secret passages and sit at the Queen’s desk. 

I know that my dream will never come true. And even though the truth makes me a bit sad, I know I have access to something far better. 

Jesus is the King of the universe, the King above every other King!

And since I’m saved, I have access to His throne room! I can be is His presence as often as I want. 

Not only that, I get to spend eternity in heaven. 

As Christians, we often forget God’s power and don’t take advantage of the privilege we have to be in His presence every moment of the day. 

So let today be a day where you enter into His courts, and may the reality of who He is lead you to praise His name! 

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2. Our Posture towards The Lord 

Psalm 100:4-5 reminds us that even though we have access to God, we should approach Him with gratitude and praise. 

According to the Oxford dictionary, Praise is: the expression of approval or admiration for someone or something

A few nights ago I went on a date with my husband to a steak house. As we sat down to eat, we couldn’t help ourselves from commenting on how good the food was. 

If praise comes so easily when we eat good food, how much more praise should we give to The Lord? 

He is the creator of all things and we should remember to thank Him for His goodness as often as we can. 

3. What we can thank The Lord for

I have met many women who have a hard time knowing what to thank The Lord for. Psalm 100:4-5 tells us 3 things we can thank The Lord for. 

  • The Lord is good 
  • His mercy is everlasting
  • His truth endures to all generations

On this Thanksgiving day, I hope you take some time to enter God’s court and give Him praise for who He is and what He has done for you.

Do you want more?

Do you want to read your bible more consistently? Do you want to know how to study the Bible on your own and know how to apply it to your life? 

You are a Christian woman who is dedicated to living a life for Christ. You want to read your bible every day, but sometimes you get distracted or are too tired to collect all the resources you need. 

It can be hard to figure it out on your own. 

That’s why I’m so excited to tell you about The Christian Growth Hub

The Christian Growth Hub is an online, monthly membership focused on helping Christian women read the Bible, understand it, and apply it to their lives. 

The Christian Growth hub helps you in your faith by: 

  • Providing monthly Bible reading plans so you never have to think about what you’re going to read in the Bible next
  • Giving you on-demand training on how to understand the Bible and new monthly training on how to apply the Bible to a particular area of your life. 
  • Connects you to an online community to give you encouragement, support, and accountability

There are so many more features. Click here to learn more about them, and see what The Christian Growth Hub offers.

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45+ amazing Bible Verses about The Word Of God

The word of God is also known as The Bible. As Christians, we know The Lord gave us The Bible to know Him more. But, The Bible is so much more than that. That is why today, I share with you 45+ amazing Bible verses about The Word of God.

45+ amazing Bible Verses about The Word Of God

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The Word comes from God

  • John 7:16 Jesus answered, “My teaching is not my own. It comes from the one who sent me.”
  • John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
  • Ezekiel 12:28 Therefore say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: None of my words will be delayed any longer; whatever I say will be fulfilled, declares the Sovereign Lord.’
  • John 1:14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
  • 2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

The word of God is Perfect & True

  • 2 Samuel 22:31 As for God, his way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.
  • Psalm 119:160 All your words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal.
  • Psalm 33:4 For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.
  • Psalm 19:7 The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple.
  • Proverbs 30:5 Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.

The Word of God endures Forever

  • Isaiah 40:8 The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.
  • Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

The Word of God directs us

  • Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.
  • Proverbs 4:20-21 My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart.
  • Colossians 3:16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.
  • Proverbs 4:10 Listen, my son, accept what I say, and the years of your life will be many.

The word of God compels us to do something

  • Philippians 2:14-16 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life.
  • James 1:22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
  • John 8:31-32 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
  • Matthew 7:24 Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
  • Psalm 119:9 How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word.
  • Luke 11:28 He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”

The Benefits of God’s word

  • Psalm 119:130 The unfolding of your words gives light;
  • Acts 2:41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.
  • John 7:38 Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.
  • John 15:3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.
  • Proverbs 4:5 Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or turn away from them.
  • 1 Peter 1:23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.
  • 1 Peter 2:2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation.
  • John 15:7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
  • Romans 10:11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.”
  • Psalm 119:11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.
  • Proverbs 2:6 For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
  • James 1:21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.

Our feelings toward God’s word

  • Psalm 130:5 I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word, I put my hope.
  • Job 23:12 I have not departed from the commands of his lips; I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread.
  • Psalm 119:114 You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word.
  • Psalm 56:4 In God, whose word I praise—in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?

The Word of God Nourishes us

  • Deuteronomy 8:3 He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.
  • Matthew 4:4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

Other Bible verses about God’s Word

  • Isaiah 55:11 So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
  • Psalm 107:20 He sent out his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave.
  • Matthew 13:22 The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful.
  • Matthew 5:18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.
  • Exodus 34:28 Moses was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights without eating bread or drinking water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant—the Ten Commandments.

I know that Bible study can be intimidating. I also know that you may feel you don’t have the time, or you don’t know where to start. I get it. 

That is why I am so excited to invite you to The Faith in Action Conference.

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What is the difference between reading The Bible and studying The Bible?

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On my blog and in this Facebook group, I talk a lot about reading your Bible and Bible study. Today, I want to make sure we all understand the difference between reading The Bible and studying The Bible and give you some simple guidelines regarding which to use & when. 

Christian circles can use lots of words that don’t make sense to other people. Sometimes, we can also use words we think we know their meaning, but we actually don’t.

 

What is the difference between reading The Bible and studying The Bible?

It’s important to know the differences between the 2 and what they mean so that when I use a particular term so we can all be on the same page. 

To start us off, let’s define the terms and then, I’ll talk about what each can be used for. 

Reading The Bible

This definition may seem simple, but it’s still worth covering. 

Reading The Bible is exactly what it sounds like. It’s when someone opens the Bible and reads one verse or more. 

This may sound simple but it’s oftentimes hard to implement. 

We may look down on just reading our Bible, but I want to share a quote with you. 

This was said by Billy Graham

“The very practice of reading [the Bible] will have a purifying effect upon your mind and heart. Let nothing take the place of this daily exercise.”  Billy Graham

In today’s world, our minds are filled with images we see, dirty or mean thoughts that go through our minds, and so much more. 

One way to cleanse ourselves from all those things is to fill our minds with the word of God. 

When we know what the word of God says, we can use it to fight against the enemy. 

A perfect example of this is the temptation of Jesus. 

After 40 days of being in the wilderness, the devil came to tempt Jesus. 

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’

Matthew 4:1-4

This verse quotes a verse from the Old Testament. 

He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.

Deuteronomy 8:3

I love this story because Jesus is showing us how to fight the devil’s lies and temptations. 

Jesus used scripture and so must we. 

The scripture is full of truth and the only way to fight against the lies of the devil is to respond with The Word of God- The truth. 

But, we can’t fight with truth unless we know it. One way we can know the word of God is to read it every day. 

Studying The Bible

Many people may have different definitions, but this is mine. 

Bible study is when you read the scripture and then take time to understand what it says through asking questions, defining words and looking at scripture and comparing it to other scripture looking at larger themes and connections across scripture. 

Studying The Bible takes Bible reading to the next level. 

I’ve just covered why it’s so important to read God’s word, but there could be a danger as well. 

When all we do is read scripture, it can become an exercise we do to make us feel like we are “doing what we are supposed to do”. 

There have been many times when I’ve read scripture, but it just went through my brain without any stops or convicting me whatsoever. 

The Bible gives us a good example of this. 

James 1:23-25For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. 24 You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. 25 But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.”

How many times have you read the word of God, or heard the word of God- and got distracted by something and forgotten what you read or heard? 

This happens all the time, and is normal- so please don’t take this as a judgment on you. If anything, it’s a conviction for me- because this happens more than I want to admit. 

A picture of a Bible open on a wood table with a mug close by. On top of the picture are the words, Read now, What is The Difference between reading The Bible and studying The Bible

So, what is the remedy to this? 

I truly believe that the word of God becomes so much more precious when we spend some time and study it. 

I often feel like Bible study is like a treasure hunt. You spend some time reading God’s word- contemplating it, comparing it to other scripture, and thinking about how it applies to your life. When you do that, you will always find a gold nugget. Something The Lord reveals to you shows you, teaches you. And because you were the one to find it- it’s precious to you and you remember it longer than if someone else found the nugget and told you about it. 

So, you may be asking yourself, which one should I choose?

The simple answer is- Both. 

As Christians, we should be doing both. Reading The Bible and studying The Bible for ourselves. 

They are equal to each other and not in competition. We should not be using our Bible reading habits to compare ourselves to other Christians or as a way to feel “more spiritual” than another. That is not what God intends. 

God’s desire is for us to know Him and be close to Him. He’s given us His word for us to read and holds court for us to enter into His presence anytime we want. 

“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

Hebrews 4:12

I’ve been reading The Bible for a long time and I just want to tell you how great it is. It is living, and it is powerful and it can change your life. 

I know that Bible study can be intimidating. I also know that you may feel you don’t have the time, or you don’t know where to start. I get it. 

That is why I am so excited to invite you to The Faith in Action Conference.

The Faith in Action Conference

The Faith in Action Conference is a FREE 4-day virtual event to help Christian women take action in their faith through a deep dive Bible study of Mathew 5-7 & James.

The conference is all about helping Christian women take action in their faith through a deep dive into Bible study.

16 speakers over 4 days will help you discover how to live out your faith by looking at Mathew chapters 5-7 & James. These chapters are filled with practical advice for us. Everything from how to treat one another, to marriage advice.

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