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.

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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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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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How to teach kids about Easter

As a mother, I always ask myself, how do I teach the importance of Easter to my kids? Click to read 5 ways to teach kids about Easter.

Easter is right around the corner. In this post, I share 5 ways to teach kids about Easter.

My kids love easter because they like bunnies and chocolates. They love to hunt for their candies and eat them. But to me, Easter is so much more than bunnies and goodies.

As a mother, I always ask myself, how do I teach the importance of Easter to my kids?

Here are some ways I use to teach my kids about Easter.

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How to teach kids about Easter

1. Don’t shy away from the crucifixion

One thing tThe crucifixion was bloody, ugly and violent. As such, it’s easy to skip over this story when we read the bible to our kids. Some children’s Bibles don’t even include it in their stories.

But the crucifixion is the central event of the bible. It’s what the Old Testament leads to and it’s what our faith is built on.

Without the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, there is no base for our faith.

2. Read about it

My children are avid readers. They love to sit down and read a book. The best way I can teach my kids about the bible is to read it to them. We have several children’s bibles in the house we read from.

Not only do we have Bibles, but we also have children’s books.

In our house, we love the Arch series. This series has so many biblical stories and they are written from many different perspectives. For example, there are so many stories about the death and resurrection of Christ.

Some of these include: (click on pictures for more information about the books) 

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He's Risen! He's alive!
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Teach kids about Easter

By having so many different books about one event, it gives children different perspectives of the same event. Since each child learns differently, having so much variety is sure to impact them one way or another.

3. Talk about it regularly

I grew up in a Brethren assembly where we remembered the Lord’s death on a weekly basis. At church, we had a weekly communion service where people shared about Christ,  His life, His death, His love for us and so on.

Having a weekly meeting to remember Christ is a fantastic way to have Christ is our minds on a regular basis.

Having a weekly meeting also helped show me just how central the crucifixion is.

Some people only consider Christ’s death and resurrection at Easter. That is better than never, but let me challenge you. Have His crucifixion a central part of your faith and remember Him often.

The bible says

“For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.”
‭‭I Corinthians‬ ‭11:26‬ ‭NKJV

Remembering His death is something Christ wants us to do. The verse is not clear as to how often we are to remember Him, but it is something we should be doing more than once a year.

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4. Refocus on Christ

Easter, we hide chocolate and sometimes we even have our picture taken with the Easter bunny.

But with every activity that we do, we try to bring our kids to focus back on Christ.

We do this by asking them questions like:

  • What is Easter really about?
  • Is chocolate more important than Jesus? Why not? 
  • What did Jesus do for you on the cross?

By asking our kids simple questions they learn that even though we like to do fun activities, the real focus is Christ.

5. Chose activities that teach about the resurrection

Most children learn through play or doing. If your children are more tactile learners, you can teach them about Easter through some family-friendly activities.

Read this blog post to learn more about some family activities that teach about the resurrection.

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Family Activities that teach about the Resurrection

Easter is right around the corner. One of my goals as a mother is to teach about the resurrection. I want my children to know that Easter is more than just bunnies and chocolate. In this post, I will share 5 family activities that teach about the resurrection.

For me, Easter is a reminder of Christ. His life, His death, and His resurrection.

I want my children to know what Easter is all about. The best way I can do that is to teach them. One way to teach them is by getting them involved in some family-friendly activities.

Below is a list of my favourite family-friendly activities that teach about the resurrection.

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5 family activities that teach about the resurrection

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1. Resurrection Eggs

I had never heard of these until a few years ago. Using this type of activity is a great way to teach about the resurrection.

Resurrection eggs are like Advent but for Eater. For each of the 12 days before Easter, you open one plastic egg. Inside each egg is a scripture or object that references to the Easter story.

Kids love to open the eggs to see what is inside. It’s a fantastic way to break down the Easter story into smaller parts and to kids children involved.

Make your own

Making your own is very easy. You can follow this link, or this one and print out instructions.

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2. Easter story stones

One way to teach about the resurrection is to use story stones.

If your kids are anything like mine, they like to collect rocks. I try to keep all the rocks outside, but a few always make their way into our house.

Now, there you can use the rocks to tell the Easter story. Take some rocks and paint pictures on them. These can be anything from a cross, a tomb, a crown or any other picture that helps you remember the story.

As you make these stones, you can talk about each aspect and retell the Easter story.

For some inspiration, click on the link to check out this blog post.

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3. Bake off

I love spending time in the kitchen. My kids are at an age where they like to help.

To teach about the resurrection, I use baking as an object lesson. We will make resurrection rolls.

Basically, you bake a marshmallow inside some pastry. As you make the rolls, you can talk about how the marshmallow is like Jesus. He was placed inside the tomb after His death. Once the pastry is baked, have the kids open the roll to see what is inside.

They will find the roll empty, just like the tomb was.

This object lesson is a great way to teach kids that Jesus rose from the dead and left the tomb in a pretty dramatic fashion.

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4. Learn some verses

For older kids, a great way to teach about the resurrection is to teach your children some bible verses. You can find some verses that talk about the resurrection and discuss them together.

To make sure that your kids remember the verses and think about it, you can help your kids memorize some scriptures.

Check out these great Easter Bible verses.

5. Christ-centred Easter crafts

My kids are very hands-on learners. They love to get their hands dirty and get a bit creative.

Sometimes, the best way to teach your children some biblical truths is to make a craft with them.

As you make crafts with your kids make sure to talk about what you are making. You can tell them the Easter story as you are creating and then ask them questions to make sure they understand.

If you want some ideas as to some great crafts, click the links below. Each leads to lots of great ideas that your kids will love to do with you.

In the comments below, share activities that teach your kids about the resurrection. Please share this post with others. Thank you.

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6 Family friendly movies that start spiritual conversations with kids

Family friendly movies are hard to find. But, movie night is always a highlight in our home.  

In this post, I will share 6 family friendly movies that can lead to deeper spiritual conversations.

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We get excited as we hear and smell the popcorn popping.  Sometimes we even get a little crazy and put candy and chocolates in our salty snack. The kids can hardly wait to press play.  We really do enjoy a good family movie.

But what if Family Movie Night could be more than just popcorn and entertainment?

What if we could use the movies we watch to spark conversations with our kids about Christian spirituality?

This week, I am so happy to be working with another guest blogger. Brad Klassen is a writer, storyteller, and public speaker.  His passion is to bring the Bible to life for all ages. He also enjoys helping others grow in their walk with Jesus.   

Brad shares with us 6 family-friendly movies that you could use to have spiritual conversations with your kids.

You can receive his parenting PDF called 17 Ways to Grow Your Child’s Love for Jesus here

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6 family friendly movies that can start spiritual conversations

1. The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe

This franchise of family friendly movies starts with The Lion, The Witch, and the wardrobe. It is a movie adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ classic brings the world of Narnia to life.  

There is a great scene where Peter and Susan meet with the Professor to talk about the younger two siblings, Edmund and Lucy.  As they discuss the issue of the stories being told, they have a great conversation about logic.  Through it, they determine that if Lucy is not a liar, and she is not mad, then logically she must be telling the truth.  

This movie s a great visual of how we can logically confront misbeliefs about Jesus.  Many people believe that Jesus was a liar.  Others believe Jesus was a lunatic, or crazy.  Yet, through a logical search of the gospels, one can see that neither is true.  Therefore, logically, Jesus must be who He says He is: Lord.

This movie and conversation may be more appropriate for kids a little older (around 9 or 10). At that general age they begin to be able to understand this a little better.

You may want to start the conversation by asking how your child felt when Peter and Susan didn’t believe Lucy. Then, you can see how they respond.  You can then transition into a discussion on how similar it is for believing in Jesus.

In their lifetime our children will come into contact with doubters.  This is a great way to equip them to know that what they believe is very logical.

2. Monsters Inc

One of my favourite family friendly movies is Monsters Inc. This Pixar animated movie is about two worlds. One world in the monster world and the other being the human world.  Both worlds exist, but it is only when Sully accidentally allows a child into the monster world that the two come face to face.

When they do, the encounter has a greater impact on each other.  It is subtle, but the movie also accounts for the fact that as the children get older, they are less impacted by the monster world.

Same goes for our world and the spiritual world.  Both are real.  Both impact the other.  But it takes the faith of a child to truly see the one.

In Matthew 18, Jesus’ disciples are asking who is the greatest in Heaven.  In response, Jesus brought a child into the inner circle of adults and said:

“unless (they, adults) change and become like little children, (they) will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”

(Matthew 18:3, NIV, (brackets mine)

What a great reason for us as adults to enter into a child’s world and ask them how they see the kingdom of God.

This can be a great bridge to discuss the reality of heaven. We can explain that even though we can’t see Heaven we can know it is there.  

Then we can ask questions such as:

  • How we can get to heaven
  • How to have full trust (like a child) in the One who gave us away.

3. Tangled

All of my children love thes family friendly movies. It is the modern version of the old tale of Rapunzel. The premise is that the kingdom’s princess has been taken by a woman who raises her as her own.  

As Rapunzel grows up, she does not know how deceived she has. She does not realize the truth until she discovers her real identity and to whom she really belongs.  It is only after she gains this understanding that she also gains her true freedom.

What we can learn

 This movie can lead to a conversation with your kids our true identity in Christ. We can compare the devil to the evil mother. This will lead us to talking about Satan and how he can lie to us. How the lies of Satan can make us believe things that are not true. We can then lead the discussion to our true identity. In Christ we are children of God, and they are children of True Royalty.

Our enemy would love nothing more than to destroy our sense of who we are. We are children of God, created in His image.  He does this through deception, twisting of the truth, and outright lies.

In his gospel, John writes this to let the reader know to whom they belong:

“Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.”

John 1:12, NIV

Our kids carry too many negative thoughts about themselves.  Let’s remind them that they belong to the King of kings.

4. The Incredibles

One of my favourite family friendly movies includes The Incredibles. In this animated superhero flick, the Parr family seems to be a normal family living in the suburbs.  The only difference is that they all have superpowers.  

Through the choices they make, they learn that the only way they will win in the end is if they work together.  This is a great starting point for talking with your kids about spiritual gifts.

What we can learn

We all have a desire to do something amazing in our lives.  As believers, God has given all of us different gifts.  

We need to help our kids discover how God has wired them and what gifts He has given them.  Then teach them to be a part of the Body of Christ (the Church).  This is where their gifts will grow and they will be a part of something bigger than themselves, and bigger than this life.

Paul writes it this way in 2 Corinthians 12:11:

All these (gifts) are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.” (NIV)

God gives each believer gifts, even children.  Let’s show them that by working together, we can accomplish a lot for God’s kingdom.

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5. Frozen

In this winter wonderland, we find the story of two sisters who journey through grief, power, separation, love, and, ultimately, restoration.  

The ultimate climax of the story comes as the younger sister sacrifices herself in an act of true love to save her sister.  

What we can lean

This is a great picture of how Jesus gave Himself up for us so that we can know Him.

In John 15, Jesus is encouraging His disciples just before going to the cross.  As He pours out His heart for them, He tells them that

“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

(John 15:13, NIV)

Then He went on to actually do that. He laid down His life. For them. For us.

Jesus knew what He was doing when He went to the cross.  It was His choice.

“The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again.  No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again.”

(John 10:17-18, NIV, emphasis added)

Our kids need to know that when Jesus laid down His life for us. He showed us what the ultimate act of true love is.

6. The BFG

To end our list of family friendly movies, we have the Big Friendly Giant. This is a feel-good, heartwarming story of a little girl who befriends a Big Friendly Giant.

 As they first meet, she has a lot of fear, and rightly so.  Soon she realizes he is not who she had thought him to be. She learns that he is not who the other giants want him to be.  Both she and the other giants had judged him from his outward appearance.

What we can learn

 Just like these characters, we as humans too often judge from outward appearances.  This can be a great introduction to talking with your children about how God doesn’t judge by what is seen. God judges us by what is unseen: the heart.

In 1 Samuel 16, the prophet Samuel is sent to Jesse’s house to anoint the next king of Israel.  When Jesse’s oldest son comes forward, Samuel is excited and ready to anoint him. But God had other plans.

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

(2 Samuel 16:7, NIV)

After Samuel has seen all the sons there, he asks if there was anyone else.  That’s when David comes into the picture.

David wasn’t invited to the party.

His own family didn’t see what he would be one day.

But when Samuel saw him, God declared

“Rise and anoint him; this is the one.”  

(2 Samuel 16:12, NIV)

Even though David was described as a handsome young man (2 Samuel 16:12, NIV), it was his character that God saw.

We live in a world where appearance determines too much for our kids.  We need to teach our children that we should judge each other by our actions and not our looks. Even though there is nothing wrong with looking good, it is the character that should define them.

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Of course, there are many more family friendly movies that could be used this way.  

My challenge to all of us is to revamp Movie Night and see where the conversations can go.

In the comments below please share your favourite family friendly movies that can be used to learn a deeper meaning.

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7 Simple steps to start Verse Mapping

There are many ways to study the Bible. One way is to start verse mapping. Here you will understand what verse mapping is, why you should start verse mapping, and learn the 7 simple steps to start verse mapping today. 

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What is verse mapping? 

Verse mapping is a Bible study method used to break down a verse and visually arrange the components. 

2 Reasons to start verse mapping 

  1. Helps you visualize all the different parts of a verse. This is extremely helpful if you are a visual learner. 
  2. Guides you to understand all the parts to a verse. Sometimes verses can be composed of 2 or more sentences and can include different topics. Mapping these thoughts out can guarantee that you won’t miss a portion and you will have a fuller understanding of the verse. 

4 ways verse mapping helps you understand the Bible 

  1. Highlights the verse structure. 
  2. Identifies verse fragments and represents the order of the verse and how it connects to verses before and after. 
  3. Helps identify who is talking, who is the author talking to, and what they are saying. 
  4. Establishes word and thought order: A verse diagram displays the different parts of the verse in order of thought, or idea and provides a way to link those different parts to others. 

7 Simple steps to start Verse Mapping 

There are 7 simple steps to verse mapping. Below, I describe and show every step in detail. 

1. Pick a verse (or portion of scripture) 

There are many verses in the Bible, and not all of them are well-suited for verse mapping. Try to pick verses you are struggling to understand or want to learn more about. Going through mapping out these types of verses will give you a better understanding of what it means and how it relates to verses around it. 

For this demonstration, I am using the verse John 10:11

verse mapping step 1: John 10:11

2. Write the verse

There is a strong correlation between remembering something and writing it down. You can write the verse you choose in a journal, or you can use the computer. Whatever medium you choose, make sure the verse has lots of space around it to add all the things you find. 

verse mapping step 2: write the verse

As you can see, I wrote my verse down in a computer program called Canva. I chose this medium because I am a visual learner but I don’t have art skills. I am also told that my writing is not legible, and I wanted to make sure people could follow my train of thought. 

3. Define the words

There are many times I read the Bible and I see a word I don’t know the meaning to. Every time I discover one of these words, I take the time to go to a Bible dictionary and see what the word means. There are other times I read a word and understand the worldly concept, but not the heavenly concept. When defining a word, it’s good to check the definition in a traditional dictionary and a Bible dictionary. 

verse mapping step 3: Define the words

I chose the word “good” to define it. Sometimes I think I know what good means, but then I put the word in the Bible context and it changes. We have a tendency to call everything good. But the only thing that is good is God Himself. So by calling Himself the good shepherd, Jesus was expressing His inherent goodness and declaring Himself God. 

4. Identify who is talking

This step is extremely important. Identifying who is talking gives the context of the words to what is coming next. If the speaker is important, then the words that follow will also be important. 

If the speaker is an evil spirit, then we know that the words that come next will not be true. 

verse mapping step 4: Identify who is talking

In John 10:11, Jesus is the one speaking. He identifies that by the word I. Jesus then continues and says: I am. These 2 words are significant as we trace them back to the Old Testament and God said: I am. Jesus is declaring Himself as God and demonstrating His characteristics. 

5. Identify who is being spoken to 

The message can change depending on the audience. If I am explaining how to cut an apple, my instructions will be different if I am speaking to my child, vs if I am speaking to my husband. 

The same is true in the Bible. Sometimes the verses are talking to people who are saved, vs those who aren’t. Then other times the Bible is talking to everyone. It is important to understand who the audience is so we know what our response should be. 

verse mapping step 5: identify the audience

In this verse, the audience is the sheep (everyone). We know this because The Bible tells us that Jesus died for everyone. 

John 3:16– For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 

6. Highlight any truths that stand out 

Every time I read a piece of scripture, something new stands out. Highlights will change from person to person and from time to time. Meaning that the things that hit true today, may not be impressed on me the next time I read the passage. God’s word is living, and The Lord will guide our hearts to see what He wants us to learn from scripture. 

To help extract meaning, it’s important to ask yourself lots of questions while you read. As you answer questions, certain truths will stand out and ring true for you. Fill in the form below to receive a free list of questions you can ask yourself for any passage of scripture. 

verse mapping step 6: highlight truths that stand out

7. Check cross-references and mark connections

One of my favourite ways to learn what The Bible has to say is to check and see if the verse correlates to another part of the Bible. That is to say, we do some cross-referencing.

 

verse mapping step 7; check cross references

In John 10:11 there is 1 I am statement. This statement can be cross-referenced to 6 other I am statements in the book of John, and to the Old Testament when the words I am were first used. Checking out these cross-references will give you a fuller appreciation for this statement and a deeper understanding of who God is. 

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Real-Life Application

Once you have mapped out your verse, you’re not done. To really understand what the verse is talking about, you need to ask yourself some application questions. 

  1. How can you turn this verse into a prayer? 
  2. Is there a promise you can claim? 
  3. Are there any truths that impact how you are living?

Once you have done all those, turn to The Lord in prayer and dedicate what you have learned. Ask Him to bring the verse to mind and help you apply what you have learned to your daily life. 

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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. 

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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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21 Fundamental Bible Study Questions

When I was a teenager, I had the privilege to go to a Bible camp where I learned how to study the Bible. These camps would give me a hunger to learn more and dig into God’s word on my own. If you are new to Bible study or want to know more about it I encourage you to start with these 20 fundamental Bible study questions. These are general questions you can ask of ANY passage.

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Why Study The Bible

The Bible is God’s letter to us. He has inspired men, over hundreds of years, to write the content of The Bible. God created us and wants us to know who He is and how we can have a relationship with Him.

To understand why we should study The Bible, I want to share with you my favourite illustration.

As we know, counterfeit money is everywhere and pervasive. Bankers are trained to detect forgeries. To do so, they study real bills. If they know what real money looks and feels like, they can detect fakes much better.

Just think about it. Fake money is made all the time. If bankers studied the fakes, they would never catch up and probably miss some fakes and let them go into circulation.

By studying the real bills, they have a better chance of catching fakes.

Studying the Bible is like studying actual money.

When we know the truth, we can fight every lie that comes our way.

There is no better way to know the truth than to study it.

Where to Start Studying The Bible

If you are brand new to The Bible, I suggest you start your study in the gospel of John. It is full of truths regarding salvation, who God is and so much more.

Other great places to start Bible study is by reading The Psalms, or the Proverbs. Both of these books are filled with Godly wisdom and great application for Christian living.

There is no handbook that tells us where to start reading the Bible.

God can use any part of His word to help you grow. As long as your heart is on Bible study and you seek His revelation to you, where you start doesn’t really matter.

Don’t spend too much time worrying about where to start. Open The Bible and go.

Many people follow a Bible Reading Plan to ease the stress of trying to find passages to read. Click here to check out some Free Bible Reading Plans.

How to start studying The Bible

When I think about the words: Bible Study, I get a bit intimidated. It seems like people expect me to get a doctorate in what The Bible says.

When Jesus sought disciples, He found fishermen and tax collectors. These people were not known for having a higher education. These followers are proof that Jesus wants all people to understand His message.

You can start studying The Bible by taking small steps and then adding more when you are ready.

6 Simple Steps to Bible Study

  • Start with prayer
  • Open your Bible and read a passage
  • Read the passage two or three times
  • Ask yourself some questions
  • Take notes
  • Reflect on what you have learned.

To help get you started, I have collected 21 Bible Study Questions. These questions are general and can be used with any Bible verse or passage.

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21 Fundamental Bible Study Questions

  1. Who wrote this text?
  2.  Who is the text written to?
  3.  Why was this text written?
  4. What does this text reveal about God and His character?
  5. What do we learn about people? Their character, actions, motives?
  6. Who are the major characters? What are their roles?
  7. What progression does a character go through?
  8. Is there a command for me to follow?
  9. Is there a warning for me to take notice of?
  10. What keywords, themes, or ideas are in this passage?
  11. Are there any major shifts or changes in the text?
  12. Are there any changes in the flow of thought in the book?
  13. What genre is this text?
  14. Are there any literary markers? (therefore, but, for, because, since)
  15. Is there a mention of time in this passage? What is its importance?
  16. Are there geographic locations mentioned? How is the location relevant?
  17. Are there repetitive words or phrases? How is the repetition relevant?
  18. Is there anything I can compare or contrast?
  19. What was the application to the original hearers or readers?
  20. What is my personal application now? What does God want me to do?
  21. What needs to change in my life based on what God has said?  

You can use these questions for personal study and for group discussion. You can get more questions for small groups here.

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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6 Simple Steps in Bible Study

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It’s easy to get intimidated when you hear someone say they are studying the Bible. I always picture lecture halls and endless nights filled with reading lists and assignments. But, those images are flashbacks to my university days, not Bible study. Today, I am going to share 6 simple steps in Bible Study.

 

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When Jesus came to earth, he picked disciples that were fishermen and tax collectors. They were not educated and had a low social ranking. Regardless of who they were, Jesus picked them to follow Him and then build the church. 

This simple act of choosing these disciples tells me that God’s word is for anyone. It’s not just for the people who can read or have degrees. 

Jesus came for all people, and He wants everyone to learn about who He is and what He has to say. 

6 Simple Steps in Bible Study

1. Start with prayer

The first steps in Bible study are the most important. That first step is prayer. Regardless of where you are in your Christian walk, it’s always good to start with prayer.

When I sit down to study The Bible, I usually have a few things on my mind. Praying lets me give my worries and thoughts to God. Doing this helps me focus and helps me be less distracted and more focused. 

Praying also helps me frame my point of view. 

While reading The Bible, it’s easy to impose our own opinions and thoughts and completely oversee what the scripture actually says. So, starting with Prayer and asking for direction and wisdom is a good way for me to let the Spirit guide my thoughts. 

2. Pick a passage

The next step in Bible study is choosing what to read.

Most people desire to know God, and they want to read the bible, but they just don’t know where to start. 

A few years ago, I lost one of my cousins to cancer. It’s still something that I process regularly, but the first year was the hardest. I had a hard time wrapping my head around it and just couldn’t understand why. I still don’t have answers to those questions, but I have peace about it. 

About 8 months after my cousin died, our women’s Bible study was studying Judges. It was through reading Judges and the discussions we had about it that gave me the perspective and peace I have today. 

At the time of my cousin’s death, if you had told me I would find peace while reading the book of Judges, I would laugh at you. 

Judges is a hard book to read and is full of darkness and strange stories. But God knew what my heart needed, and He used what I was reading to speak to me. 

So don’t worry too much about what you are going to read. God will meet you in whatever you choose. 

Just pick a passage, any passage and read it. 

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy 3:16-17

I suggest following a reading plan or Bible study, as those things give you structure and accountability. 

If you want to spend less time worrying about what to read and more time reading the Bible, then join my community. I created The Christian Growth Hub to give women guided Bible study workbooks that they can complete in just 15 minutes a day, 5 days a week. When you join the community, you also get access to our Facebook group where you can connect with other women, share what God has taught you and much more. Click here for all the details.

3. Read the passage  

The next steps in Bible study are to read the passage. When you are reading The Bible, it’s always a good idea to read it at least two times

  • On the First read, take the time to read through the whole passage.
  • On the second read-through:
    • Ask yourself if what you are reading makes sense
    • Write any words you may not know
    • Note any observations you make 
    • Think about how the passage connects to what you already know
    • Ask yourself questions you may have about this passage
    • Visualize what the passage is talking about

To get a deeper understanding of what a passage is saying, take the time to read the passage carefully. 

4. Ask questions

The fourth step is asking questions. This is one of the most important steps in Bible study and should not be missed. After you’re done reading, take some time to ask yourself more questions about the text. 

You can use prepared questions, or you can ask your own questions. 

These questions should focus on:

  • understanding what the text says
  • it’s key ideas
  • clarifying what you don’t understand
  • applying what you learned. 

5. Take notes

The next step in Bible study is taking notes. It’s important to take notes throughout the entire process.

Taking notes has 2 benefits:

  1. Taking notes will help you remember what you learned

“If you write something by hand, all that complex sensory information increases the chances the knowledge will be stored for later.

In short, writing by hand forces your brain to process information in a more detailed way, which helps you successfully load that information into your memory.” 

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2. Taking notes is evidence of growth

An important part of feeling successful in accomplishing goals is seeing progress. 

As a Christian, we understand that spiritual growth looks different from physical growth and other measures of growth. Even though things differ, we still need to see progress. 

One way to track your progress is to keep your notes from your Bible study. That way, when you are feeling discouraged or uncertain, you can go back and see all the truths God has revealed to you. 

6. Apply what you have read

The last step in Bible Study is to apply what you have read. What good does it do to read The Word of God and then not let it change us? 

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 

James 1: 22-24

I have some crooked teeth so I get food stuck between them pretty often. When I go to the mirror to see what’s between my teeth, I have a decision to make. Do I leave the food there?? NO!! I take the time to remove the piece of food. 

This is the same thing Paul is talking about in this passage. If we read God’s word and do nothing, then we are like that person who looks in the mirror and leaves the food stuck in their teeth. 

As my mom would say: God’s word demands a response. 

What should we do?

When we read God’s word, there is always something we can do. 

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy 3:16-17

I know I already used that verse, but it’s just that good. 

Everything we read can teach us something and lead us to repent of sin. Scripture can train our minds to think about God and everything that is noble and good. 

The Bible can also train us to be better parents, spouses, neighbours and so on. There is no shortage of actions we can take after we read the Bible.

The best way to learn how The Bible can apply to our lives is by asking some application questions. 

Click here for a list of application questions. 

Bible study doesn’t have to be complicated or intimidating. 

God desires a relationship with us. He wants us to understand what He wrote. Start today by taking these 6 simple steps in Bible Study. I know The Lord will honour your desire and you will find so much beauty and wonder in His word. 

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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9 Effective Bible Study Methods

The Bible is unlike any other Book. The Bible was written by men, throughout hundreds of years, who were inspired by God. It’s tempting to approach The Bible like any other book and just read it for entertainment and knowledge. Even though the Bible is full of wisdom, it had a larger purpose. The Bible is God’s word to us. It is His way of communicating with us. To understand what God is saying, I encourage you to use these 9 effective Bible study methods.

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9 Effective Bible Study Methods

1. Verse Mapping

Verse mapping is a Bible study method used by breaking down a verse and visually arranging the components of that verse. 

Creating a verse diagram helps highlight the verse structure. It also identifies verse fragments and represents the order of the verse and how it connects to verses before and after. 

To identify fragments: Diagramming helps identify fragments or portions of a verse. This would include identifying who is talking, who is the author talking to, what they are saying. 

To establish word order: A verse diagram displays the different parts of the verse in order of thought, or idea and provides a way to link those different parts to others. 

Click here to learn 7 simple steps to verse mapping.

2. Inductive Bible Study Method

Inductive Bible study methods all work around the same framework. First, you read and observe the text, then interpret the text, and finally apply the text to your life.

There are several methods you can use to do this, but the most popular ones are;  

  1. P.R.A.Y Method: Pray, Read, Apply, and Yield.  
  2. Soap Method: Scripture, Observation, application, Prayer
  3. Sword Method: Tell the Bible story, read the story, ask Holy Spirit to help you understand, and ask the questions

3. Character study

A character study is when you pick one person from The Bible and study their life. 

  • You start by finding all the scriptures they are mentioned in. 
  • Then, you read all the verses you have found and make observations about what is written. You do this by looking at key characteristics, actions, and lessons they may have learned. 
  • Then you can see if they have characteristics that reflect Christ, or not. 
  • You can then consider the lessons they learned in their life and see if you can learn from them. 

Character studies are a fun way of seeing how God uses people to accomplish His will. 

Over and over, you will see how people are flawed and yet God still uses them for His glory.

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4. Verse study

One of my favourite ways to study is to look at scripture one verse at a time. This can be tedious, so I tend to do this for portions of scripture and not the whole Bible. 

For example, I pick the first 2-3 verses from each epistle. Paul wrote many of them. When you focus on his introductions, you will see many similarities. 

By studying individual verses, you can gain insight into words you may not understand. You can also start seeing connecting words and sword flow. 

5. Chapter study 

A chapter study is an extension of a verse study. Instead of picking just one verse, you pick an entire chapter. 

Picking chapters to study is a good way to understand how verses connect to each other. 

To really understand what a chapter includes is by finding a keyword or a key thought. 

These keywords/thoughts are the main points that everything else flows from. 

In my youth, I spent too much time worrying about the right answer to these keywords. I thought that there was only one answer and stressed about whether I got it right. 

This type of thinking is a waste of time. We each read the Bible from our own viewpoint. Depending on what is going on in your world- one word may jump out at you- but won’t for anyone else. 

Instead of worrying if you have the “right” answer- focus on Christ and what He is trying to teach you. That way, no matter what keyword you pick- it will be the right one because God brought you there. 

6. Book Study

A book study is when you study an entire book. There are 66 books in The Bible and each one can be studied individually. 

To start a book study, the first step is reading the book. You can do this in one sitting (with smaller books), or you can break down your reading into a couple of days. 

Once you have read the book at least once, you can then make an outline of the book. 

Most study Bibles come with an outline. But remember that Bible manuscripts were not written with chapters and verses. Those were added later on to help people find specific portions of scripture. 

So a man created the outlines you see. There is no reason you have to agree with their outline and you can create your own. 

Creating outlines for a book helps you remember what the book is about and what the primary message is. 

You can also go deeper into your study by understanding who wrote the book and when the book took place in historical order. 

The Bible is not written in chronological order. So it’s good to read a book and understand when these events were taking place. 

For example:

The book of Ruth took place at the same time as certain portions of Judges. 

I didn’t know that for a long time and that connection became very meaningful for me. 

If you have ever read the book of Judges, you know that it’s dark. There are many perverted stories that share just how dark the world was. Then, you read Ruth- a beautiful book about redemption. 

Knowing that the Book of Ruth was written at the same time as Judges gives me so much hope. No matter how dark the world is- there is always this beautiful story of redemption going on that we may not see. 

I would have never made that connection had I not studied the book of Judges. 

7. Word Study 

A word study is when you pick one word and discover how that word is used in scripture and what you can learn from all the verses you find. 

The first step is picking a word you want to know more about. 

List of words you can start with: 

  • Remember
  • Love 
  • Salvation 
  • Heaven 
  • Peace 

This is just a small sample of the words you can choose to study. You can pick any word from the Bible and see what the Bible says. 

Once you have picked your word, you then use a concordance to find the word. Using this tool you discover how many times that word is used in the Bible, the meaning of the word, and their original Greek or Hebrew word. 

Once you have found all the words, you read through all the verses and take notes. 

Write the thought for that verse and what you learn about that word in the verse’s context. 

Doing this will give you a broader understanding of how language is used in The Bible and how one word can have a different meaning. 

For example

In English, we have one word for love. But in Greek, there are 4 words for love. They each mean love but not in the same way. 

So if you’re studying the word love, you need to understand the 4 original words and how the specific meaning changes the meaning of that word. 

Once you have made a note of the verses and discovered some meaning to them- it’s time to sort them. 

In most cases, you find we can categorize verses in different sections. You can group verses together and see how a group of verses relate to each other and to the meaning of the original word. 

You can click here and discover what I learned when I studied the word Remember. 

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8. Topical Bible Study 

This type of study is very similar to a word study. But instead of studying one word, you are studying a topic. 

For example, a word you may study is salvation. But, a topic you can study would be the steps to salvation. 

I could be wrong, but I don’t think there are any verses that say: these are the steps you need to take to be saved. 

There are verses that say:

  • Believe in The Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved (Acts 16:31)
  • If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved (Romans 10:9)

These verses only have a few words that are the same. If you study the word saved, then these verses would come up. 

After reading these verses, you can see how the two verses compare with each other, and what they have to say about receiving salvation.  

9. Meditate on God’s word

Meditation is a bible study method that requires you to think deeply or focus one’s mind for a period of time, in silence for religious purposes.

In our day, when we hear the word meditation, we think about Buddhism and their meditation practices. With such strong ties to another religion, we might be scared to meditate, but God’s word calls us to meditate on His word.

Studying God’s word is a privilege. I love digging deep and finding truths i can cling to and enjoy.

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 Best Online Bible Study for women

Have you ever wanted to attend an online Bible study? Is so, this post is perfect for you. In this post, I share the best online Bible study for women of all ages. I share with you the advantages and things to consider. Continue to read as I share The Best online Bible study for women.

I have been attending a weekly, in-person, women’s bible study since I was in University. I loved each study and learned the importance of women reading God’s word together. Then, 2020 came and changed all our lives and showed me what was possible for online bible study ministry. 

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My inspiration for online Bible Study 

January 2020 started with our Bible study starting a new book study. We were excited to dig in and see what The Lord was going to teach us. A friend and I planned, organized and implemented different tasks for the Thursday Morning Lady’s Bible study. 

Our goal was to stretch women through service and Bible study. We encouraged participation by having small groups and lots of time to pray and discuss what we had learned that day in study. We were thrilled with how God was using the time and was happy to watch Him move every week. 

By the time March came, we were all in a groove and enjoying our time together. 

As March continued, we watched as COVID spread across the world and country after country shut down. Everything stopped. We suddenly couldn’t meet in person and rushed to find a different way to have Bible study. 

We decided it wasn’t safe to meet in person and the groups who could meet online. That is when online Bible study started for me. 

I had experienced nothing like that before. At first, I didn’t like it. I was trying to juggle 3 kids being home while orchestrating their distance learning. They each had several meetings a day and not at the same time. While all of this was going on, we met online. 

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Usually, this time on a Thursday morning was holy for me. That is where I met God and learned so much about Him. It was uninterrupted time praying, fellowship, and learning about God. Losing that was hard. I suddenly had to share my time, leave portions of the study and was constantly distracted. I was convinced that online study could not work. 

At the same time, my Sunday night Bible study group suspended in-person meetings and started meeting over ZOOM. We placed the children in front of the TV and could have our study uninterrupted. 

This time together online differed from the first. Our children were not interrupting us and I felt like I was still experiencing the same connection we had built in-person. 

Since these two experiences weren’t the same, I reflected on the differences between the two. The answer was quick in coming. In one, I had a million things going on, in the other I was focused.

I now knew that online Bible study did work and could be very beneficial.  

Going through this process convinced me I could create and start an online Bible study of my own.

Since that revelation, I have created and launched my very own online Bible study. It is called: The Christian Growth Hub.

What is: The Christian Growth Hub

The Christian Growth Hub is a unique online bible study experience for women who desire to grow in their understanding of The Bible and deepen their relationship with our saviour. 

The Christian Growth Hub Community provides a variety of materials for women in every stage of life and all levels of time commitments. 

We help you pinpoint your barriers and help you tear them down so you can have an ongoing and consistent relationship with God.

My goal is to help women have a consistent and abundant relationship with God by providing weekly bible reading plans accompanied with a workbook, weekly online teaching, and an online community of like-minded Christian women.

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My barriers to consistent Bible Study

As a mother of 3, my life is busy. I spend my days cleaning, cooking, shopping, driving to appointments, blogging, creating products and much more. Some days, it seems like there isn’t enough time to get everything done, let alone add in some Bible Study time. It just felt like too much. 

I have been a Christian for many years and I have always struggled with having a consistent walk with God. 

Some barriers I faced included:  

  • Lack of accountability and motivation
  • Distraction from my kids, my schedule, and just life in general
  • Not knowing what to study or how to study the Bible
  • Not being able to make a plan and stick to it

I’m sure you can relate to some of this. 

God helped me overcome these barriers through participating in weekly bible study. 

7 ways an online Bible study can help you

1. Provides accountability

When you set a goal, the best way to guarantee success is by having some accountability. 

According to this Forbes article, accountability “is probably the single most important element fueling truly successful organizations.”

Since accountability is the biggest part of success, I have incorporated it into the online Bible Study. Being part of the Digging Deeper Christian Community gives you access to 3 types of accountability. 

  1. Track your own progress: This is exactly what it sounds like. You have a tracking sheet that shows the month and the date. The days you read your bible, you tick the box and the days you miss — you don’t tick the box. Over time, you can see patterns of what days you read The Bible and days you don’t. This tracker is not meant to judge you. If you are using a tracker and see the missed days and feel like a failure, then this is not the best tool for you. A tracker is a visual reminder of the days you have done something and the days you haven’t. 
  2. Receive reminder notices: Another way to be held accountable is to set yourself daily reminders. I have a google phone, so I create a daily event called Bible study. As the event gets closer, I get a reminder on my lock screen. Having that daily reminder helps me remember I want to study, and I have created the time for it. 
  3. Connect to an accountability partner: An accountability partner is someone who will ask you how your Bible study is going. They will ask what you are learning and how you are feeling about the process. You would both decide on a time and “schedule” you want to keep encouraging each other. Each pair of accountability partners will have a distinct set of “rules”. You want to make sure you are feeling encouraged and not pestered. 

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2. Limits distractions

One of the biggest pitfalls of Bible study is being distracted. Being part of The Christian Growth Hub will help minimize distractions in 3 ways

  1. Gives you a set reading plan: If you are like me, you want to read The Bible, but when you sit down- you have no clue where to start. You spend 5-10 minutes thinking about what you are going to read. By the time you have finally decided- your time has been eaten up and you don’t have time for much else. As a member of the community, you will have access to a weekly reading plan so you don’t have to waste time thinking about what you are going to read. 
  2. Offers a dedicated hour of teaching: One way to fight distraction is to have a set time of the week where you are connected with others in Bible Study. Every Thursday afternoon, at 1 pm mountain time, I go live in our private Facebook group to share with you what The Lord has been teaching me. This dedicated teaching time helps minimize distraction by engaging you online through participating in the study. You can watch live or catch the replay. 
  3.  Provides weekly workbooks: For each week of study, there is a 10-15 page workbook. Using a workbook decreases your distractions by providing a verse of the week, 5-6 days of scriptures and guiding questions. Following the workbook keeps you on track and your mind focused. If you get distracted by what’s going on around you, just jump right back into the workbook and start where you left off. Completion of the workbook is all self-passed and should take 15 minutes or less 5-6 days a week. 

3. Provides you with a concrete plan

I am passionate about helping women grow in their relationship with God. I want to see you grow in your faith and understanding. Through prayer and meditation, I created a plan to help women grow in their faith. The plan includes following a specific Bible study path that follows the inductive bible study method. I have created the membership in a way to give you access to one study at a time. This was created with the intention of women to follow the Bible study path 1 lesson a week. 

For example: Once you have become a member, you can go to the membership menus and see that there are modules ready for you to jump into one. The first module is a quick introduction to the membership, showing you all the parts of the membership. The next module is the first study- Who am I in Christ? This study includes 10 lessons- An introduction lesson, a conclusion lesson, and 8 Bible study lessons. Eight weeks after starting your study, the next study will unlock. 

I chose this format to make the learning path clear and cut out all the clutter. I provide simple steps for Bible study. I do this by unlocking one bible study at a time. I could easily publish all the studies at once. But doing that would make you feel overwhelmed. 

Providing you with one study at a time gives you a concrete plan to follow and cuts out all the distractions and worry about what you’re studying next. 

4. Provides you with specific Direction

Over the years, I have been part of many groups and programs. One thing I don’t like is when I’m purchasing a product and being left alone to figure out how to use it. 

Since that’s something I don’t like, I do my best to give you simple directions. I do this in 3 ways. 

  1. Weekly emails: every week I email members with reminders of what week they are studying and steps they can take that week to be engaged. 
  2. Facebook Guides: I want to create a space for engagement and growth. To facilitate that, I have created a guide for each week of the study. It includes the key verse for that day and then a few questions from the workbook. 
  3. Videos: I am a visual learner, so I publish videos to show you different parts of the membership and how to use them. 

I created each of these methods to facilitate spiritual growth and discussion. 

5. Creates a safe place 

Have you ever been part of a Facebook group where people call each other names and tear people down? I think we all have. 

I have a zero tolerance for bullying and hate speech in the online Bible study group. 

I want to create a space where people can share their thoughts, prayers, and praise without the worry of being condemned or made fun of. If that should ever happen, I have an action plan ready to implement. 

6. Gives you support and wisdom 

I have been a Christian for a long time. One thing I’ve learned over the years is that we are not meant to travel alone. God calls us to connection and wants us to build community with other Christians. My goal with The Christian Growth Hub is to support women in their walk with God and their everyday life. I do this by posting daily promos in the Facebook group and sharing wisdom through weekly teaching and other events or content I create. 

The best part of being part of an online bible study is that you won’t just be hearing from me. You will also see what other women are learning by reading the comments and engaging in the Facebook group. 

7. Facilitates Connection

Being part of The Christian Growth Hub means that you will have access to a premium Facebook Group. In this group, you can connect with like-minded Christian women. You can connect with others by posting a prayer request, praying for others, asking for guidance and advice, and so much more. 

The more engaged you are in the group, the faster relationships will grow and the more connected you will feel. 

A call to obedience

For many years, I knew God was calling me to write and use my gifts of teaching and leadership for Him. 

It took me a long time to find a space where I felt comfortable doing that regularly. 

Because of COVID, I could no longer meet together with my weekly Bible Study group. I missed the time so much that I started thinking about ways I can continue to connect to Christian Women regardless of what was going on in the world. That is when The Lord gave me the idea of an online community. 

My dream is that women would find a safe place to grow, share and discover what a marvellous God we have. 

I want to see women develop a consistent bible reading time and learn how to apply The Bible to their lives. I want to help women discover their spiritual gifts and give them opportunities to use them. 

I have many dreams for this community, and I can’t wait to see what God does with this. 

Click here to join now.

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