5 simple things you can do to experience peace

We live in a troubled world, and it’s easy to get distracted by all the unrest and injustices of the world. But when we do that, we rob ourselves of the peace we can experience. Today, I want to take a few minutes and share with you 5 simple things you can do to experience peace from The Prince of peace- The Lord Jesus Christ.

My husband and I have been married for 15 years and we have 3 kids. In that time, 3 out of 5 people in our house are getting support because of a high level of anxiety.

Needless to say, we are well-versed in feeling anxious, stressed and worried. 

My husband and I have been married for 15 years and we have 3 kids. In that time, 3 out of 5 people in our house are getting support because of a high level of anxiety.

Now when I say support, I mean either medication or counselling or both. And I’m not just talking about everyday anxieties. I’m talking about extreme anxiety that actually inhibits people’s lives. 

Needless to say, we have a lot of experience with feelings of anxiety, stress, worry, and a bunch more. 

When our kids act out due to their anxiety, we encourage them to use calm-down routines and work on finding triggers for their anxiety. 

Those things can take a lot of time, but it’s not everything we can do. 

We also encourage our kids to refocus their thoughts on The Lord and take time to thank Him for who He is and what He has done for them. 

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

John 16:33

The Bible tells us we are going to face hard times. Just because we are Christians, it doesn’t mean we are exempt from facing trials. 

Since we know we are going to face trials, I want to share with you some practical things we can do to have peace regardless of what goes on around us. 

One of the things I love to do is teach people to turn to scripture for answers. The Bible is extremely practical and tells us exactly what we can do to gain peace. 

I want to spend a few minutes sharing practical things we can do, or stay away from to gain peace. 

5 simple things you can do to experience peace

1. Accept The Lord as saviour

The first thing we need to do is accept The Lord as our saviour. To experience true peace, we must be saved.

True peace doesn’t come from ourselves, doesn’t come from the world around us. It comes from the Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.

Romans 5: 1-2 

Our salvation gives us access to God- He is the source of all peace. 

We are enemies with God, and so we’re not close to God. And so we’re not going to feel peace when we’re separated from him. But when we accept the Lord Jesus Christ as a Lord and personal saviour, we suddenly gain a relationship with the Lord.

But then we get access into his presence and so the King of peace himself, then his presence and who he is is what gives us peace.

Not only that, but once we’re saved, our salvation guarantees us eternity with him. So that means that regardless of what’s happening in their lives, we can know it’s not going to last forever and that one day I will be with God in heaven, with him for eternity.

I don’t know about you, but when my life is going crazy and things just keep happening and things feel really stressful, one of the ways my heart gets encouraged is to think about God’s timing and how certain seasons can feel really long and really hard.

The Bible tells us that those hard seasons pale in comparison to the glory and the Majesty of God and heaven. And so thinking about these things not only encourages me but gives me peace, knowing that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and that one day I will experience that eternal peace in heaven with God. 

2. End your day focused on Christ

For some reason, nighttime is when most of us feel the most unrest and anxiety. That is because we have time to think about all the things that may go wrong, worry about the future and so on.

In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.

Psalm 4:8

One way we can keep that unrest at bay is to end our day thinking about The Lord. By refocusing our thoughts on him, we can have a much better perspective on everything and lay down all our anxieties on someone who can actually change things.

Refocusing our thoughts from all our worries and turning our thoughts to Jesus, helps us put our trust in Him. It helps us shift the burden we are carrying from our shoulders unto His, and realize that we may not have the power to change what’s happening around us, but God does.

So instead of trying to do all those things on our own, when we take it from our shoulders to his, it’s like taking that burden off. It’s saying, OK, you know what, I can’t worry about this anymore. I cannot solve this problem. I’m going to go to the person who can solve this problem give it to him and say, OK, I trust you. And that act of trust and submission and just unloading gives us so much peace.

Trusting God

My middle daughter is 10 years old, and she really loves knowing exactly what’s gonna happen. You know, from morning until the night she needs a schedule.

When she doesn’t know what’s happening next, she feels really, really anxious. And so she tries to rush the schedule or she’s always asking me what’s happening next, what’s happening next, what’s happening next.

It’s gotten so bad that in some instances I have to take her face and point it towards mine and say: Hey! Worrying about what happens next isn’t your job. That’s my job. I know the schedule. I know what we’re doing first. I know what we’re doing next. So don’t worry about it. I’ve got this.

As I’m having those conversations with my daughter, I can’t help but relate it to my relationship with the Lord.

Sometimes I go to the Lord. I say, what are you doing? I thought we were doing this, this, this and this. And I want to do all these things. And The Lord looks at me and says: I know what’s coming down the road. Trust me, I’ve got it.

And so handing him over that control, which really wasn’t mine, to begin with, God is in complete control of anything, suddenly shifts that burden off of me and to the Lord.

Action step:

So I want you just to take a minute and to think about some burdens that you are carrying or things that you’re worried about. And say. Is that my job to worry about this or is this something I can give to the Lord?

99.999 % of the time it’s not your burden to carry. And even if it is, the Lord says you don’t have to carry alone. Bring your burdens to me. I want to carry them for you, or I want to give you the strength for you to carry them yourself. So let’s not end our day feeling anxious and worried.

Let’s end our days thinking about the Lord and giving him our burdens in our worry. And I promise you that peace will come.

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3. Pursue Peace

One of the things I get caught up in is perceived or actual injustice. There is nothing else that gets me so riled up.

It’s even come to the point that sometimes, my husband and I will be laying in bed and he’ll say, I’m not sure if I need to tell you now or later, because if I do, you’re probably going to be bothered by it and you won’t be able to sleep.

But I wish he wouldn’t even say that because then my mind gets curious and I want to know what’s the thing? And so I beg him to tell me. And then he tells me, and guess what happens? I get fired up. And then I have the hardest time falling asleep because I don’t want those injustices to continue.

I want to find a solution to the problem and get it done. And these events really bother me, and they weigh on me. I really noticed this during COVID.

I got caught up in all the different opinions of what was happening with COVID regulations and what we weren’t allowed to do, and vaccines are no vaccine.

And I’m sure this happened with you and your family or your church, but suddenly you had two very different camps and they were in opposition to each other. And so I was in a particular camp, and any time I thought about the other camp- I would just get frustrated and think: what are they thinking? That is so completely and utterly ridiculous.

And the frustration would rise in me and I would just feed into it. I’d read the news stories, and I’d read the comments. I was very tempted to post on social media a million times trying to “be like, no, we got to”correct” the other side.

There is a better way

But there’s a better way. What I noticed is that those actions were not in pursuit of peace. They were in pursuit of being right or showing that they know more than this person or that person and the divide just got bigger and bigger and bigger.

The Lord was so gracious to me and showed me that I was getting angry at your brother and sister in Christ. You know what? They may be wrong. I may be wrong, but the Lord wants us to pursue peace, not unrest.

And so when we fight with one another when we fight with other Christians- that’s just bringing more unrest. And so the Lord encourages us to say, I don’t want you to go after those things that bring up arguments.

These types of divisions bring nothing but unrest. 

Scripture tells us that there is a better way. The Bible is full of verses that encourage us to stay away from these types of arguments.  

We are called to seek peace and pursue it. But too often we pursue being right and put it above our relationship with God and other Christians. 

Learning to drop issues

We’ve got three kids and they fight about everything, and sometimes they’ll come to us and they’ll just start telling us all the things that they’re fighting about.

And one of the things I start thinking and telling them is this is not worth an argument, just let it go. And then I think ohh you know what? That is also something I need to tell myself.

How many times do I get upset about something that just gets me fired up and not at peace at all? That is not worth the energy or the argument.

Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.

Psalm 34:14

Growing up in my family, we argued a lot. And so when I got married, my husband does not like confrontation. And so suddenly there was no argument and I hardly knew what to do with myself.

Sometimes I would try to like poke him just to start an argument and he just would not bite. And so one day I was feeling like I needed an like a fight. And he asks me why don’t you just call your sister? So I called my sister and I forget what in the world happened, but we ended up in a big argument.

At the end of the phone call, we were both like, thanks, I needed that.

The reason why that was so fulfilling was that I had just known this pattern of just fighting. And my husband just showed me a new way.

Pursuing peace, pursuing relationships, and dropping arguments that are just not worth it, is so much better for me, for my mind, for our home, and for just so many different things.

But I have to choose not to let things bother me.

I need to choose to say, I’m not going to think about that. I’m not going to go down the rabbit hole. I’m not going to get into that argument.

If people want to start an argument with me, I need to be the bigger person and not taking the bait. I’m going to let it go. And then later, if it’s still really bothering me, I can wrestle that out with the Lord, but I’m not to take these different things and then go to war with other Christians.

To have true peace, we must pursue it. 

 I want you just to take a minute and to think about the things that are making you upset right now and to say. Is this an argument that I can just drop? Is it really worth getting this upset over?

I don’t know what it is that you’re thinking about right now. I know there are a ton of different scenarios, and for some of you, there are going to be fights you need to face.

But then most of the time, that argument is only going to lead to worse things down the road.

It’s not going to lead me to good relationships. It’s only gonna bring me more trials or more hard things, and so just pursuing peace is actually better in the long run for everybody.

4. Listen to The Lord

To experience true peace, we must learn to listen to The Lord and what He has to say.

I will listen to what God the Lord says; he promises peace to his people, his faithful servants— but let them not turn to folly.

Psalm 85:8

The world is full of noise and people telling us what we should do, think and act. Every single one of us has an opinion on what is right. 

We have mini-computers in our pockets that we scroll through news or social media. We’ve got a bazillion different people telling us different messages coming from all different directions.

It’s really easy to start listening to those voices and to believe that they are right. It’s really easy to get caught up in all of it and to actually lose focus because we get strung along over here.

The Bible tells us we can be in the world, and we can be hearing those things, but The Lord wants you to listen to Him.

We have access to the God of the universe and he wants a relationship with us. He wants to speak to us through his word and through, you know, other Christians and fellowship.

But we need to take the time to choose to listen to the right voices.

Testing what we hear

My daughter came home from school one day and she was telling me how her social studies teacher studied the Bible, and she had her degree in religion.

The teacher shared an opinion with my daughter. And my daughter was convinced that her professor was right.

She thought her teacher must be right because she knew more about the Bible than my daughter does and my daughter knows a lot about Scripture.

This teacher also has a degree in religion, so she must be right.

I tried to explain to my daughter that just because somebody knows Scripture or has a degree in religion does not mean that their opinion is the right one.

Because in most cases it’s really easy to take anything we hear from the scripture and to shift its meaning or to make it say what we want to hear.

And then we only join groups that agree with us so that our point of view continues to be validated, regardless if it’s biblical or not.

And so my daughter now thinks that I’m completely wrong. But I was just trying to explain to her that it’s easy to get caught up in people’s opinions because then, you know, they tell us, well, I know this because I’m an expert, and so you have to believe me.

Why we need to test what we hear

When we don’t compare those things to what we read in Scripture, then there’s no guarantee to know that anyone is actually telling the truth.

We always need to compare what people say with God’s word.

This wisdom and practice takes time.

I’ve been a Christian for 35 years. And I’m still learning to get the noise out of my brain and to hone in on the Lord himself.

It takes time to know what Scripture says, and it takes time to be able to discern the voice of the Lord so that we can hear it above every other things.

But not only that, but then we need to choose to listen to his voice.

Choose to listen to The Lord’s voice

So we have to learn what The Lord sounds like, and then we have to choose to listen to it above everything else.

But it doesn’t end there. Once you know what The Lord’s voice sounds like, now that we’ve heard Him speak to us, we need to go ahead and obey Him and do what The Lord calls us to do.

And so I encourage you to take some time and to think what are all the things that I’m watching, listening to, hearing, and thinking that are not from the Lord?

And then think about how you can drown out those voices so that you can focus on the Lord and His voice and what He wants you to do.

And like I said, that’s a process and it takes time. So I don’t want you to feel discouraged that you, you know, don’t get it right or whatever.

This is just something that I want to encourage you just to be continuing doing.

Always challenge what you think you know. Always challenge yourself and your thoughts and what you believe and challenge it with the truth, which is Scripture itself. So drown out the noises and instead of listening to all those things around you, focus in and listen to the Lord.

5. Love the Word of God

To end our time together, I want to share one more practical thing we can do to gain peace. That is to LOVE the word of God.

The Bible tells us that spending time in God’s word brings us peace. 

The Bible tells us that spending time with the Lord in his word will bring us peace.

Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.

Psalm 119:165

Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in scripture and it’s all about the word of God and encourages us to love it and enjoy it. This verse uses the word law, but this word is referring to the word of God. 

Psalm 119 is a poem and has 26 sections I believe. Each section is a stanza that expresses and tells people and saying how they love your word and is talking about loving the word of God and the benefits of loving the word of God.

And so this entire chapter is about encouraging us to not only read God’s word but to love it and to want to spend time with it.

So if you’re not loving the word of God and you’re not longing to be in it, instead of feeling discouraged, I encourage you to bring that to the Lord and say I want to love your word. Please give me that longing so that I can spend time with it.

And I know that when I’ve done that, the Lord has either shifted my perspective or He’s helped me make that time to really spend time with him.

And then when I’m studying the word of God for myself and I can find those gold little Nuggets that are really, truly encouraging to me.

Then I start loving spending time with the Lord because I know that if I keep digging, I’m going to find more treasure. So when we love the word of God, then we want to spend more time with him.

And then when we do that, we learn more about him.

And anytime we’re focusing on the Lord and not ourselves and not the other voices around us, we’re only going to gain more peace. And this is the number one thing you can do to gain peace.

The Source of Lasting Peace

So if you’ve forgotten everything else, I want you to remember one thing if you’re feeling anxious or unrest or you’re lacking that peace, and you want more of it—-

I encourage you to spend time with the Lord Jesus Christ. And you can do that through scripture reading, prayer, and lots of other ways.

But that is how you’re going to gain peace just to spend time with God, learn who he is, and learn his perspective on things.

So that you’re not getting as anxious about different things and you’re learning to trust him with all of those worries.

So I want you to know that regardless of what’s happening in your world right now, you can find peace.

Our peace is in the Lord Jesus Christ. He has conquered death and gives us everything we need to find peace in him and have a relationship with him.

So I encourage you today just to take a moment and spend time with the Lord and go to the source of peace so that you can experience it.

3 mistakes keeping you stuck in your faith

Have you ever felt stuck in your faith like nothing was changing and like you were going absolutely nowhere? I know I have, and I’ve actually felt like that more than once. The Bible tells us that there might be things we are doing or not doing that are keeping us from moving forward. So stick with me today as I share with you 3 mistakes keeping you stuck in your faith and the steps you can take to change it.

3 mistakes keeping you stuck in your faith

1. You might have offended someone

The first thing you should consider is whether or not you’ve offended someone.

Maybe you’ve done something or said something that has hurt or offended someone you know.

The Bible is very clear about how that affects our faith and then tells us exactly what steps we should take.

Matthew 5:23- 24 Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.

These verses tell us there are some preparation steps we need to take before we go and worship God.

If you go to church on Sundays and they have a communion service, then on Saturday, you should take some time and pray to the Lord and ask him, whether you offended somebody.

Have you done or said something that has hurt somebody’s feelings? If the Lord says yes and even gives you a name, then scripture tells us that you must then put in the work to try and reconcile with that person, and then you can go worship.

That means you might need to make a call or write an email. Whatever that action is, you must take that step of reconciliation before then you go and worship God.

If you don’t, then that unforgiveness is like the elephant in the room and is a hindrance to your worship.

So to get unstuck, we must prioritize mending fences with people that we have offended.

2. Not Bringing something to The Lord in Prayer

I often want to do things on my own, but later realize it’s harder than I thought and I need the Lord’s help.

I do this all the time when planning projects. I have a million great ideas and I just start. And then a couple of days in or even a few weeks in and I realize that I haven’t actually prayed and asked the Lord whether or not He wants me to be working on this project and what I should really be focusing on.

The remedy for this is to depend on the Lord for everything we do.

I’m not saying that you need to ask the Lord what you’re going to have for breakfast, but I encourage you to spend some time and think of the different decisions you make throughout the day and pick a few that you then bring before the Lord before you do anything about it.

Psalm 55:22 Cast your burden on the Lord, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.

The Bible tells us that when we seek wisdom from the Lord, He will give it to us. When we ask the Lord for direction, He will tell us which steps to take.

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I’ll give you an example.

Currently, my middle daughter is having some learning difficulties and so we are praying about what school to send her to next year. We know the decision has to be made within the next couple of weeks and we just don’t know which one to pick.

So what we’re doing is we’re praying about it.

But at the same time, we are also seriously considering each option.

What does this look like? So, for example, there’s an open house at one of the schools that we’re interested in. So we’re going to go to the open house, and we will talk about the program, and see what sort of support they have in place and what we can expect from the teachers.

We’ve also talked to the principal at a different school about a different program that she’s qualified to go to learn more about that.

We’re not just waiting for God to give us direction, but we’re actively seeking information so that when we feel peace from the Lord, we’ve done our part and we have all the information.

I find that when we collect the information, it’s in those meetings, it’s in those discussions, it’s in the small things that the Lord may prompt you and tell us which school is the best fit.

It’s really easy to make those decisions without Him or to not invite Him in that decision-making.

But I find that it’s so much easier to bring the Lord. Ask him for guidance and then actively seek information so that you are making wise, biblical God LED decisions.

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3. You are putting too much stock in earthly things

I have a question for you. What takes up most of your time?

I ask because we all claim to be busy, but what will our efforts add up to when we realize that all material things will one day disappear? It puts everything else in perspective.

Matthew Chapter 5:19-20  Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.

These verses tell us we need to measure our wealth and other outcomes the way God does. This means we need to think about how our actions affect eternity, and if they don’t have any effect on eternity, then we need to seriously consider whether or not we should partake in those activities.

I can’t give you a list of things that will add to the Kingdom or things that won’t because everybody has a different opinion.

And I’ll give you an example.

A few years ago my husband was training for triathlons and one Christian asked him, why are you spending all your time training? Wouldn’t that time be better spent reading your Bible and serving the Lord?

Maybe that man was building treasure in heaven by reading his Bible and praying. But for my husband, the training was helping his mental health so that he could be a better husband, a better father, a better leader, and a better worker.

And so doing physical exercise was helping him be the man God called him to be.

So his activities didn’t necessarily have a direct effect on building the Kingdom, but they affected how well he was doing in building the Kingdom.

I hope you can see the connection that sometimes there isn’t a very clear cut. Well, this builds treasure in heaven and this doesn’t.

I’m not gonna tell you to do this, don’t do that. But I’m gonna go back to my earlier point. (praying about everything)

In everything you do, whether it’s extracurricular things or even service for the Lord; Bring those things before the Lord and ask God to direct you.

And while you’re doing those things, change your attitude so that you’re doing those things for the Lord.

And when you are doing that, then you are building things for eternity because you’re seeking God.

When we seek to know and do God’s will we are showing and expressing our love to Him.

Conclusion

So I want you just to take a minute and consider these three mistakes that we’ve gone through.

  • Maybe you’ve offended somebody.
  • or you’re not bringing things to the Lord in prayer.
  • Maybe you’re putting too much stock in earthly things.

I encourage you to take some time to pray about those particular areas and seek the Lord and see what He brings back to you.

Maybe He’ll show you which specific thing is keeping you from having a closer relationship with him.

And when He shows you, it’s not enough to just know what is keeping you from getting unstuck, you have to then make that change.

So that means maybe asking a brother or sister in Christ for forgiveness. Maybe it’s starting to invite the Lord into the decisions that you’re making in your everyday life. Or it’s time to reprioritize things in your life because you’re putting too much activity and too much emphasis on the things of this world and not in heaven.

I hope that through this blog post, you’ve been able to gain a deeper understanding and insight into the practicality of the Christian faith in today’s world.

My goal is to help you grow in your relationship with Jesus and to use the Bible practically in your life. May the Lord bless and encourage you.

4 common hurdles in reading The Bible

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1. Not enough time 

This may be you if:

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

A few tips to help you overcome this barrier

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

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

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

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

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B) Replace with Reading The Bible

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2. Distractions

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

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

A few helpful tips:

A) Turn off ANY digital distractions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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B) What to do with the Kids

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

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

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

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

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

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


C) Follow a reading plan

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

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

D) Keep a prayer journal

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

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

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

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3. Negative Self-talk

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

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

Tips To overcome this

A) Challenge thoughts with Scripture

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

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

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

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

Ephesians 2:18

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

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

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



B) Challenge thoughts with truth

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

Philippians 4:8

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4. Lack of Confidence 

This can be a barrier you face if:

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

Tips to overcome this:

A) Remember Hebrews 4:14-15

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

Hebrews 4: 14-16 

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

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

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


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

Jesus interacted with all these people

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

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

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

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

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

Action Steps 

  • I want you to identify your number one stumbling block. If I did not part the four on my list, make a fifth stumbling block and then let me know about it.
  • Make a plan to overcome that barrier.
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5 simple steps to get started in Bible Study

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

5 simple steps to get started in Bible Study

1. The Tools you NEED to study The Bible

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

Anyone saying you need something else is misdirecting you. 

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

But! You don’t NEED them!

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

2. Exactly where to start when studying your Bible

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

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

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

Pick a book and read it.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3. How to get more out of Reading The Bible 

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

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

Who, What, When, Where, Why

Example: 

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

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

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

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4. Record everything 

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

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

5. Pray

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

When you pray: 

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

5 Simple questions to ask in Bible Study: 

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

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And that’s it. 

You heard me right. 

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

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

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The Best 5 easy to read Bible translations

As you may know, there are many Bible translations out there, and every church and denomination has a strong opinion of which are the best easy-to-read Bible translations and why. 

I was raised reading The New King James Bible. Since that is the case, it’s still what I read today because I am so familiar with the wording. 

But, there are many Bible translations out there, and it’s important to know the differences between them, and which ones are easiest for people to read. 

Easy to read Bible translations

3 Different Types of Bible Translations 

1. Literal Translation

Also referred to as a word-for-word translation, the goal of this type of translation is to stay as close as possible to the words and phrases used in the original language. Where possible, this translation will attempt to find a single English word to use for each Hebrew or Greek word in the original (earliest available) manuscripts. This kind of translation keeps the historical distance at a minimum, and it keeps the translator’s opinion at a minimum.

However, these kinds of translations can sometimes be more difficult to read. Often a word-for-word translation is not as smooth and fails to communicate fuller concepts and ideas where there is no exact one-for-one exchange of terminology. 

Examples of this type include:  King James Version (KJV), New American Standard Bible (NASB), and the English Standard Version (ESV).

 

2. Dynamic Equivalent

Also referred to as a thought-for-thought translation, the goal of this type of translation is to find precise equivalents for words, idioms, and grammatical constructions from the original languages. 

It attempts to keep historical and factual matters intact while updating language, grammar, and style to improve the communication of ideas into something easier to read and understand by the modern reader.

Examples of this type of translation include:  the New International Version (NIV), the New Living Translation (NLT), and the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV).

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3. Free Translation

Also referred to as a paraphrase, the goal of this type of translation is to communicate ideas from one language to another without trying to maintain the exact structure and word use. 

This form of translation intentionally increases the historical distance as a way to bring the ideas closer to us as it relates to cultural relevance. 

They tend to be among the easiest translations to read and understand.

The downside of this type of translation is a greater opportunity for the translator’s opinion to creep in and present factual and historical differences from the original intent. 

Examples of this type of translation include The Phillips Version, The Living Bible (LB), and The Message (MSG).

The Best 5 easy to read Bible translations

1. The New Living Translation

The New Living Translation (NLT) uses normal modern English, making it an easy-to-understand version.

The New Living Translation is a text that tries to make the same impact in the life of modern readers that the original text had for the original readers. In the New Living Translation, this is accomplished by translating entire thoughts (rather than just words) into natural, everyday English. The end result is a translation that is easy to read and understand and that accurately communicates the meaning of the original text.

2. New International Revised Version

The New International Reader’s Version (NIrV) is a Bible version based on the New International Version (NIV). The NIV is easy to understand and very clear. More people read the NIV than any other English Bible. The NIrV is even easier to read and understand. Translators tried to use the words of the NIV when possible and sometimes used shorter words. They also made the sentences shorter.

We did some other things to make the NIrV a helpful Bible version for you. For example, sometimes a Bible verse quotes from another place in the Bible. When that happens, we put the other Bible book’s name, chapter and verse right there. We separated each chapter into shorter sections. We gave a title to almost every chapter. Sometimes we even gave a title to the shorter sections. That will help you understand what each chapter or section is all about.

The NIrV says just what the first writers of the Bible said. Translators used the best and oldest copies of Hebrew and Greek. 

3. The English Standard Version

When referring to the best Bible to read and understand, The English Standard Version is good to use. 

It is an essentially literal translation of the Bible in contemporary English written by a team of 95 best scholars and writers, it has become a standard for Bible readers and translators.


The ESV Bible emphasizes word-for-word accuracy, literary excellence, and depth of meaning. Its best characteristics are accurate, reliable, clear, and biblical truth without losing the original sense of the passages.

4. The Message: 

The Message New Testament was written to capture the tone of the text and the original conversational feel of the Greek, in contemporary English.

The Message was designed to be read by contemporary people and strives to help readers hear the living Word of God—the Bible—in a way that engages and intrigues us right where we are.

The message is not a word-for-word translation but tries to express the rhythm of the voices, and share the idea or feeling a word invokes in addition to its literal or primary meaning. 

The goal of The Message is to engage people in the reading process and help them understand what they read. This is not a study Bible, but rather “”a reading Bible.”” The verse numbers, which are not in the original documents, have been left out of the print version to facilitate easy and enjoyable reading. 

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5. New International Version (NIV)

The New International Version is easy to read and understand, and it is widely accepted in Christian denominations worldwide. 

The New International Version (NIV) is a completely original translation of the Bible developed by more than one hundred scholars working from the best available Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek texts.

From the very start, the NIV sought to bring modern Bible readers as close as possible to the experience of the very first Bible readers: providing the best possible blend of transparency to the original documents and comprehension of the original meaning in every verse. 

The NIV appeals to people looking for a trustworthy, conventional, and easy-to-read text. The NIV Study Bibles are best for those who prefer a less literal translation.

Which Translation is the “Right” Translation?

Considering the strengths and weaknesses of each type of Bible translation, I believe that the right one is to read a variety of versions! 

Each different Bible translation adds its own value to understanding the original, plain meaning of the Biblical texts. 

I grew up reading The New King James Bible, and that is the one I am most comfortable is. So, when I’m studying The Bible, that’s the one I use the most. 

But, when I come to a verse, or passage that I can’t understand, I compare the verse in a variety of versions. 

Doing this, it helps get a clear picture of the passage. 

Choosing a version is a personal choice. To pick one, make sure you fully understand the strengths and limitations of whichever translation you are reading. 

It’s important to note, that a FREE translation like The Message, should not be used to build a theological belief. But, it can be used to improve your understanding of a passage that you are studying. 

Remember, whichever version you choose- make sure to remember the purpose of reading The Bible, which is to know God more and grow in your faith and understanding.

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In the comments, tell me what Bible version you read and what you like about it. 

The Joy of The Lord

As Christians, we can experience the joy of The Lord. Jesus is our source of true Joy. He is the only person who can bring you true joy and everlasting happiness. The world tells us what we need to be happy. So people spend money and time going after wealth, possessions and power. But, after they have gotten those things, they are still unhappy. Why is that? Because happiness doesn’t come from those things.

Continue to read as I explore what true joy is and how we can experience the joy of The Lord. Join Anne as she shares how Jesus is our source of true Joy.

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The Joy of The Lord

When my husband and I were dating, we chose names for the children we wanted to have. We decided we wanted 4 kids and agreed on 2 boy names, and 2 girl names. 

For some reason, it was important to me to have Biblical qualities as middle names for the girls. 

So our daughters’ names are Meredith Grace and Madeleine Joy. 

Unfortunately, Madeline doesn’t really love her middle name. She actually kind of gets really annoyed at Christmas because she’ll see the word joy everywhere. I’ve got it on Christmas ornaments and she’ll see her name on different items and hear it in songs.

She can’t understand why people keep using her now. And I’ve tried to explain to her that joy is something that people want to feel. I named my kids Grace and Joy so that every time I look at them I think about those qualities. And so when I look at Madeleine and I think about Joy, I just think about the joy the Lord gives us.

The World’s Happiness

The world tells us, that to be happy, we should do what we want and pursue money, possessions, and amazing trips.

And that’s what the world values. And so sometimes we can get caught up in that and be pursuing those things as well.

And I don’t want any of this to be misconstrued, or for you to feel guilty because you’re chasing those things. But for me, it’s a reminder that when I chase after the things of the world.

Even if the world says this is going to bring you happiness, we know that it doesn’t because we have the word of God and we have people who had all the money, all the power, every single thing they wanted, and it was all empty because God wasn’t in it.

And so Christians can have wealth and they can have power and they can have authority, but the joy doesn’t come from those things.

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Put The Lord First

The Lord tells us that to have true joy, we must seek The Lord and put Him first. 

If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on my holy day, if you call the Sabbath a delight and the Lord’s holy day honourable, and if you honour it by not going your own way and not doing as you please or speaking idle words 14 then you will find your joy in the Lord, and I will cause you to ride in triumph on the heights of the land and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob. For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

Isaiah 58:13-14

Maybe those weren’t the verses that you thought I’d be speaking about, because there are many verses that talk about joy. And as I was writing these verses right now, I thought to myself, we’re going to miss the point here.

In the Old Testament, the Lord had given the people of Israel a certain amount of laws. And these verses are saying that when you keep these things (The Law) , when you obey the Lord, when you honour God and obey His commandments, verse 14 says then you will find joy.

These verses are found in the Old Testament when The Israelites were taught the law and encouraged to keep it. 

Now these verses were found in the Old Testament and this was specifically talking to the people of Israel, but I think that. They are very applicable to us today and tell us certain things that we can do to find true joy in the Lord. And that’s what I’m gonna focus on.

These verses tell us the find true joy. We can’t just do whatever we want, we can’t just be saying whatever we want.

I want to be careful here because this can feel extremely restraining and I understand that. We have so much freedom in Christ that there are a lot of things we can do.

Sometimes people look at Christianity and think they don’t want to be a Christian because they don’t want to follow all these rules and it can sometimes feel restraining.

God’s love is seen in the law

Take a moment and I go through Scripture and realize there must be a purpose and a reason why God has set out these laws.

When you take a minute and you look at those laws and the reason for those laws, you actually see that those things that the Lord is telling people to stay away from are actually for our good.

For example: 

When you go through the Old Testament, you’ll notice that there are a lot of purity laws. So these laws told the Israelites when to wash their feet, like how often to feel to wash their bodies. They told women that during menstruation you were unclean and you had to leave the camp.

These laws told people when to wash their bodies, feet, and so on. What to stay away from and more. 

These directions can feel restrictive. 

But when you look at these laws and put them in the context of the society in which the Israelites were living, then we see that these laws were actually for their good and for their health.

In the Old Testament, there wasn’t always necessarily access to clean water, and they didn’t have the same rituals for bathing and cleanliness. And so many people actually died of disease and infection.

But the people of Israel didn’t die as often or as frequently because they had these purity laws that they were following.

As we know today, washing your hands is good for our health. We just went through two years of COVID and the number one thing that they taught us was to properly wash our hands. So we know that by washing our hands there’s a correlation between cleanliness and decreased disease.

But this science wasn’t available to the people of Israel, and so the Lord, instead of developing a science too early, set those rituals in their laws so that they could practice cleanliness and by practicing those cleansing rituals.

They were healthier than the nations around them.

God’s Laws are for our benefit

I hope you can see that even though following those rules can sometimes feel restrictive, it really was for their benefit.

The Lord said I want you to live longer, I want you to be healthier, I don’t want you sick. So I’m going to set these instructions for you so that if you follow them, you’re actually going to feel better and you’re going to live longer.

And that’s just one example of how God’s laws and God’s standards. Aren’t just set for the fun of it and to say, oh, I don’t want you to do this and I don’t want you to do this. Every single one of the laws that the Lord gives us, should we break them, doesn’t bring us good things.

Laws that keep us safe

We think of just the 10 commandments.

  1. Thou shalt not steal. There are laws that, if you steal a certain amount of money or a certain amount of goods, you’re going to go to jail. There’s a very real consequence to stealing. And so God tells us, don’t steal. He doesn’t want us going to jail.
  2. Thou shalt not murder.
  3. Thou shalt not bear false witness: How many times have we lied? And our lies get us into even more and bigger lies. It’s a snowball event. It just gets bigger and bigger and bigger until it just takes a life of its own.

We can see how lies can sometimes bring separation between relationships. Lies can also bring distrust and so much more. And so the Lord says just don’t lie.

The Lord knows what it takes to have a good relationship and he knows that lying isn’t going to be good. So we are encouraged to speak the truth in love so that we can have better relationships.

And I could go on and on which every single law.

What to Focus on Instead

It’s easy to look at the “rules” and feel constricted. But scripture encourages us to focus on The Lord instead of focusing on feeling restricted.

Why the Lord is telling you not to do those things? It’s not because he doesn’t want you to have fun. It’s not because he wants to punish you. It’s because He wants better for you. And we can see this in parenting my own kids.

My kids love to cook with me. Oftentimes the oven is on or the griddle is on, and the kids are not paying attention to it. And I’ll say: “stay away from that. You might get burnt”.

I’m not trying to ruin their fun. I know that they’re going to get burned if they touch the hot thing, and I don’t want that for them. So I say don’t touch it.

And sometimes my children don’t listen and they touch it and they get burnt. But guess what? The next time they help me cook, they are more careful and don’t touch the oven.

So when we put all these laws into context, we can see these laws were created because God loves us and he wants to keep us away from danger.

What happens when we follow The Lord

When we’re following the Lord, and when we’re obeying him and what he has for us, we’re going to have true joy. And that joy comes from being in better circumstances.

So not only does obeying the Lord give us joy but then when we think about why God has given us these laws to follow and has told us how to live our lives, instead of focusing on following all these rules.

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It’s understanding that God loves us so much. And He’s just telling us that He knows where this decision is going to lead us and it’s not going to be too good things. And He doesn’t want that for us. He wants something else.

Hard times will still come

Obeying God doesn’t mean we’re never going to go through hard times. Because sometimes to get to that better thing, we have to go through hard times. So this is not about never experiencing trials.

I’m not saying that if you’re facing a trial right now that you’re not obeying the Lord. That is not biblical whatsoever. So that is a misconception.

But I want you to know that regardless of what is happening in your life right now– you can have true joy.

Because the Bible tells us that for us to show someone that we love them is to obey them.

So when we love the Lord. We spend time with him. We learn what he has for our lives. We gain joy because we see how much he loves us and it gives us a much bigger purpose for those hard things that we’re walking through.

Worship in response to His Love

Anytime I think about God and His word, I see how much He loves me. My response to His love is worship. I can’t help but worship with joy in my heart.

Psalm 126:2 Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.

So if you’re feeling restrained or you’re lacking joy, I just want you to take some time and think about why God is directing you one way versus the other.

Because we’re human and we don’t know what’s going to happen next, it’s really easy to think that option A is going to be what brings us more joy. The world tells us, to follow your heart, do what you want and go this way. And maybe the Lord will have that choice for you.

But we should be making it because the world is telling us to do it. We need to be making that choice because the Lord is the one telling us how to do it.

But The Lord might also say, no, that way isn’t going to lead to good things. I actually want you to do this. And yeah, it may be harder and it may take a long time to get to the other side of it, but in the long run, it’s going to give us more joy because then we’re obeying God, which builds our relationship with him, and we can then focus on why the Lord is bringing us in that direction.

He is a good father

The Lord tells us what to stay away from because He is a good father and He wants good things for us– even when we don’t see it.

And when we think about God and his love for us, then it brings us joy and we can worship him so.

Shift your focus from oh God doesn’t want me to do ABCD. Focus on why? And when you do, you will see that it’s because God loves you and that knowledge. Is what’s going to give you true joy regardless of what’s happening around you.

So if you are feeling restrained, or are lacking joy, take some time and think about why God has called you for certain things or away for certain things. 

It may not make sense to you, or you may not get an exact answer to why- but, it will help you focus on The Lord, instead of the scenario. 

Remember that God loves us and wants good things for us. Take some time and think about how doing something, or not doing something can be for your good. 

Regardless of what is going on in your life, you can find Joy in Him. 

1 Peter 1:8-9 Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

Thank you for being with us. And I just pray this time to be a blessing to all of us amen thank you so much for joining me. I really appreciate this. That you’ve taken just to spend some time with me. In God’s word, I hope you’ve been encouraged by these devotions.

9 things You Should Do To Know God’s Will

“I know God’s will for my life,” a statement which is often claimed but rarely proven. How can you know God’s will for your life? You have known for a long time that what you are doing is not what you’re called to. You have been feeling unfulfilled for a long time now, but you don’t know what to do. You know you want to follow God’s plan for your life but you aren’t sure what God’s will is. Here are 9 things You Should Do To Know God’s Will.

Why you should want to know God’s will

According to society’s standards, it may seem like knowing God’s will isn’t a big deal. However, following the will of God is one of the most important things you can do. 

There are countless benefits that come from knowing God’s will and following through with it. Here are just a few.

  1. Salvation: John 5:24 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgement, but has passed from death into life.
  2. Peace: Philippians 4:7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
  3. Direction: Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths.
  4. Living with Purpose: 1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvellous light;

I’m sure there are many other benefits to knowing and following God’s will. These were just the first 4 that came to mind. It’s easy to believe that faith starts and ends with salvation, but it’s not true. God loves us and wants us to follow Him.

 

9 things You Should Do To Know God’s Will

1. Develop A Better Relationship With God

If you want to know what God really wants for your life, you need a better relationship with Him. You can do this by spending more time with Him

I first met my husband at a bus stop. We were working for the same company and were waiting to take the bus home. That first night, he said hi, and we had a very simple conversation. Over a few months, we got to know each other by spending all our free time together. We would ask for the same shift, sit beside each other at work, have our lunch breaks together and spend time outside of work together. 

Just like any relationship, we can’t expect to know God if we don’t spend time with Him. We must be intentional about getting to know who He is. You can do this by getting to know Him through Bible study and prayer.

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2. Have Faith 

The first step in our relationship with God is having faith He exists and is who He says He is. 

I don’t believe in bigfoot- so my actions prove that. I don’t read books about him, plan excursions, or do anything at all. 

If we don’t believe that Jesus is God, then nothing we learn will take root in our hearts and won’t affect the way we live. 

Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

It’s faith that leads us to follow Him- believing He is the only way, that we can trust Him to guide us, and so on. 

3. Ask God To Show You His Will

The most common argument atheists use against the existence of God is the belief that God does not intervene in our lives because He does not have to. God gave us free will, so he won’t intervene with our lives, right? Well, that’s not the way the Bible describes how things work. God’s will is not hidden or secret. If you ask him, he will show you his will.

Matthew 7:7 Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

You need to sincerely ask the Lord to show you what He wants for your life. The Bible tells us to ask and it will be received. When we want to know God’s will, our first step should go directly to God and ask Him to reveal His will to us.

4. Listen For His Response

God may speak to you through His word (a key scripture passage), an inner feeling or impression. He might also speak to us through another person’s words or actions, and can even speak to people through dreams.

In every case, it’s important we take the time to listen for His response.

When we call a friend, we start with a greeting and then ask them a question (usually). It is common courtesy to wait for them to answer. If you don’t, it’s usually considered rude. 

To really know what God is saying to us, means asking and then waiting for a response. 

Recently, I was challenged to ask God for something and then stay in the silence and see where God directed my thoughts. It was an interesting exercise. Not only did it work- I received a word from The Lord, but it reminded me I am often quick to ask something of God and then not wait for His response. 

If we truly want to hear from God, we must wait and listen for The Lord’s response. 

5. Remember What God Told You Before

As I continue to grow in my Christian faith, I realize the importance of remembering what the Lord has done for us before. 

When I have doughts about my faith, or anything else, the first thing I need to do is look back. 

Take the time to think about how God has led you in the past. 

Ask, yourself: The last time you needed direction from the Lord, how did He speak to you? How did you know what to do next? How did He lead you? How did He provide for you? 

These memories will help you realize God’s work in your life today. It will open your eyes to His blessings in your life and make you in awe of how He works. 

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6. Follow God’s Will

Once you know what God wants you to do, you need to be willing to follow God in faith and obedience. When you receive a message from the Lord, you need to be willing to take the next step in faith.

Great examples of this are:

  • Abraham

Genesis 12:1 Now the Lord had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you. 2 I will make you a great nation. – The Lord asked Abraham to pack up and leave home. Abraham didn’t question God and stepped out in faith and did what was asked. 

Genesis 22: The Lord calls Abraham to take his son Isaac and sacrifice Him. Even though Isaac was his only son, he had faith that God would provide. Genesis 22:8 And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” So the two of them went together.

  • Peter:
    • Matthew 14:22-33 The disciples are on a boat in the middle of a storm. They see someone in the distance who is walking on water. They think it’s Jesus but are too afraid. Peter calls out and says:  “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”- Jesus says come and Peter gets out of the boat to go to Jesus. 

All these stories are great examples of people following God and doing what He asked even when it was hard, or seemed impossible. 

These stories encourage me to go when The Lord tells me to come. 

7. Do not use our own wisdom,

I have been a Christian since I was very young. Knowing God for so long, it’s easy to think I know it all and can do it on my own. It is impossible to use your own wisdom all the time since you do not know everything. The key is to listen to the one who knows everything. 

The Bible talks about 2 types of wisdom:

  1. Worldly Wisdom

James 3:15 This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic.

1 Corinthians 3:19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness before God. For it is written, “He is the one who catches the wise in their craftiness”

  1. God’s wisdom: The Bible is very clear that we should not rely on our own wisdom 

1 Corinthians 2:6-16 We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 7 No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began.

 

1 Corinthians 3:19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness before God. For it is written, “He is the one who catches the wise in their craftiness”

8. Rely on the Holy Spirit

The Bible tells us that the Spirit of God is our helper or comforter. When we follow Him, He will guide and comfort us. He can also bring conviction, and when He does you need to respond in repentance and obedience.

John 14:26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.

John 16:13 “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.”

9. Don’t be carried away by your emotions

One of the best things about being human is that we are all unique and we are all individuals. We all have our own ideas and our own way of doing things.

However, there are some people who allow the bad things in their life to get the best of them. They allow the little things in life to get to them, and that causes them to lose their minds. They become slaves to their emotions. That is when you know that something needs to change.

It is so easy to get carried away by your emotions. When life brings good and bad things, there is always an emotional rollercoaster. If you don’t handle it well, your emotions will carry you away, and before you know it, you are in a situation that you want to get out of.

The Bible tells us that: Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?

We should not let our emotions guide us because our hearts are deceitful- who can trust them?

It’s easy to get carried away by our feelings and let them direct the path we take.

Do you want more help?

I just shared with you 9 things you should do to know God’s will. But, maybe you have already done all those things and need more help. Or, you haven’t done any and feel lost- not knowing what to do first. 

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

Multiple Types of Bible Reading Plans

Growing up, one of my favourite things to do was to go to The Bible bookstore and look at all the Bible studies, books, and CDs. These days, most of those stores no longer exist and the shopping experience is now online. There are so many types of Bibles and studies that it’s hard to find what you are looking for. To help you in your search I share multiple types of Bible Reading plans. 

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Types of Bible Reading plans

We can find Bible reading plans in physical books and online 

Some Bible reading plans can be found at the start of a Bible or at the end. 

For this option, look at the feature section of the description when shopping online. You can also look at the table on content which will tell you what additional pages they included.

Online Bible reading plans can also be printed off and put in your Bible or another accessible location. 

Read The Bible in 1 year: 

  • One Year Bible Reading Plan: this easy-to-use pamphlet offers 3 different plans to choose from. It tells you what to read and when to read it, helping you stay on track throughout the year. Its large print, check boxes, easy-to-use format, flexible options, and laminations make it perfect for individual or group use. Click here to learn more. 
  • The Bible recap: A One-Year Guide to Reading and Understanding the Entire Bible. The popular Bible Recap podcast walks readers through a one-year chronological Bible reading plan and explains each day’s passage in an easy-to-understand way. Click here to learn more. 

Read The Bible in 3 years 

  • Search The Scriptures: A Three-Year Daily Devotional Guide To The Whole Bible. Search the Scriptures that can support you in your discipline of daily Bible study. Using a question-and-answer approach, helps you discover God’s truth for yourself. Click here to learn more. 

1 Year Bible reading plan

Other Bible Reading Plans 

1. Refocus

reFocus: A Manageable Bible Reading Plan is the perfect tool to focus your heart, mind, and soul clearly on what matters most in this life. reFocus enables you to move at a pace that works best for you, with three levels of reading plans—Simple, Moderate, and Intense. This allows you to grow each day by reading a few Bible verses, or a key Bible Chapter, or by reading a few Bible chapters, eventually completing the whole Bible within 250 days. Click here to learn more. 

2. Daily Truth

Daily Truth: Study and Application Notes for the 365-Day Connect the Testaments Bible Reading Plan. Each day has a set reading, theme, and selected notes for an explanation, reflection, and application. One purpose in my mind when writing the notes was to show believers they can take real lessons from every day of the 365-day connect the testaments Bible reading plan. Click here to learn more. 

Internet-Based Bible Reading Plans

One thing I love about the times we live in is access to anything we need online. 

There are many internet-based Bible reading plans to choose from. 

1. Scripture of the Day Newsletter

Inspiration in your inbox, daily. Sign up today for the free Scripture of the Day newsletter, and start receiving daily Bible verses with commentary to help you start your day right. Sign up here

2. Our Daily Bread Plans

At Our Daily Bread Ministries, we want to encourage you to spend time with God daily. The Our Daily Bread app is a great tool to connect with God throughout your day. Learn more here. 

3. Bible Reading Apps

  • YouVersion App: Get a Free Bible for your phone, IPad, or home computer. Check out The Bible App here
  • The Bible Gateway App: is the OFFICIAL and FREE mobile Bible reading and learning experience from BibleGateway.com. The Bible Gateway App makes it easy to read, hear, study, and understand the Bible. Click here to learn more. 

Bible Reading Plans for kids: 

  • Exploring the Bible: A Bible Reading Plan for Kids. This simple, gospel-centred, 365-day Bible reading plan guides children ages 6–12 through the most important passages of the Bible, helping them see and appreciate the big-picture storyline of Scripture. Click here to learn more. 
  • Meeting with Jesus: A Daily Bible Reading Plan for Kids. his reading plan introduces children ages 6–12 to Jesus Christ over the course of a year, working through the 4 Gospel narratives and what they have to teach about the Savior of the world. Click here to learn more. 

In the comments below, let me know the Types of Bible Reading plans you like using.

Grab a 1 Year Bible Reading Plan 

Do you struggle with having consistent Bible reading time? I made an easy-to-follow and flexible reading plan. Read each scripture and go to the next, or pick and choose the ones you want.

This Bible reading plan Will Help You: Save Time, have some flexibility, and encourage you to keep going. If you have been struggling to read your bible every day, this reading plan was made for you!

Click here to grab your plan today.

4 Simple Steps to daily bible reading

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4 Simple Steps to daily bible reading

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1. Pick a Time

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What time works for you? 

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

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

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

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

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

What to do with the kids

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

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

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

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

2. Pick a Spot

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

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

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

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

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

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

3. Start Small

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

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

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

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

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

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

My unrealistic expectations got in the way.

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

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

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

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

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

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

4. Get Back Up

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

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

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

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

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

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

Do you want more?

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

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

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

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

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

The Christian Growth hub helps you in your faith by: 

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

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

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

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

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5-minute devotion for teachers

As a certified teacher, I know how hard it can be to teach in today’s world. There are so many things to consider, balance, watch for and teach. At times, it can feel hard and overwhelming. If you are a teacher, take some time and read this 5-minute devotion for teachers. 

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5-minute devotion for teachers

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain.”

1 Corinthians 15:58

1 Corinthians 15:58 is a short verse that holds many truths for teachers. Today, I’m going to focus on 3 things we can learn from this verse. 

1. Stand Firm 

I can’t believe how fast time goes, and how quickly things can change.

With the shifts in the world, it’s easy to feel anxious about what the future holds. Not just in our personal lives, but professionally as well. 

But, even though the world may change from one day to the next we know The Lord NEVER changes. 

We can stand firm in Christ because He doesn’t move. He doesn’t change. His love and sacrifice never change. We can trust that Jesus is the same today and forevermore. 

With this truth, we can stand firm in our faith and allow it to grow our confidence in Christ and His work in our lives. 

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2. Give yourself to the work of The Lord 

Like any other job, teaching can have good days and bad days. Most teachers enter the profession because they want to impact the lives of students. 

But, just like any other job, teaching can turn into a chore and something we do to collect a paycheck. 

That’s why we need to remember that whatever we do, we should work for The Lord. Even though there are principles and others over us- at the end of the day- we work for The Lord. 

Allowing Him to direct us, encourage us and give us wisdom in the classroom. 

3. Your labour is not in vain 

One of my biggest struggles is believing the lies the devil likes to through at me. 

One of those lies is the work I do means nothing and is worthless. 

There have been many times when I don’t see a student’s progress, or all I get from them is struggle and anger/frustration. 

These types of interactions make it easy to believe what we do is pointless. 

But, when we think like that, it’s important to remember our labor isn’t in vain. 

Even if our students never amount to anything, when we work for The Lord, our work becomes our worship to Him and brings The Lord joy. 

Not only that, but chances are, your actions affected some of your students and they think about you and what you thought more often than you know. 

The way you treat your students can impact them for years. So, don’t be discouraged. You may not see it now, but your work matters.

Do you need spiritual support?

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.

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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