How to Rekindle Your Joy Through Bible Study
It was a draining season of motherhood. My days were filled with the tantrums of an Autistic two-year old and my nights were filled with the bright-eyed baby boy who refused to sleep. In addition to my draining mom situation, my husband worked nights and breaks were few and far between. Exhausted, I was running on empty and my soul felt sucked dry. I needed help.
As a long-time Christian, it was embarrassing to admit I did not have a regular Bible study. In fact, my prayers were momentary pleas for help and my Bible remained closed throughout the week. Yet I knew deep in my soul, that my troubles could be soothed with God’s Word. I had heard that the balm for my weary heart could be found by reading and studying God’s Word. The secret to rekindling my joy was through Bible Study, yet truthfully, I didn’t know how.
How to Rekindle Your Joy with Bible Study
I confess, I didn’t know where to start when reading the Bible. At all.
Meanwhile, instead of being caught in the overwhelm or fear that I wouldn’t understand it, I simply started reading the Book of Psalms. It was easy to identify with the suffering of the psalmist and their feelings of anxiety that haunted their hearts. Equally as important were the Psalms that praised God for His breathtaking creation and for the fragile gift of life.
It was in those early times of reading one Psalm a day, where I came face to face with a powerful and awesome God. Slowly but surely, God began to ignite a hope and ingrain acceptance of His plan for me into my heart. Day after day He met my brokenness, and each day, restored me slightly more than the last.
Therefore, if you find yourself like I was, unsure where to start to grow deep roots of faith, simply start reading. Personally, I loved my novice journey through Psalms. Also, reading the four Gospels, the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, is a fabulous place to start. There you will learn about the holy life of Jesus, His teachings and ministry.
Regardless of where you choose to start your Bible study journey, simply open God’s Word and start reading. If it doesn’t come easy, keep going and don’t give up. God can and will reveal himself to you through His precious and holy words.
Record your readings
As I began to dig deep and hunger for time in God’s Word, I felt the urge to record what I read. Truthfully, I dusted off an old, empty journal and began to write down what God was teaching me. It became a collection of my favorite verses, my imperfect prayers and the truth God was revealing to me about His character and purpose. Before long, one notebook was filled and then another.
As I worked my way through other books of the Bible, I began to crave a more systematic and practical way to record the lessons God was teaching me. After some research, I found just the resources and tips I needed to dig deeper in my walk with God. Even better, I’m going to share them with you!
Through the FREE 5 day workshop, Make Over Your Family Bible Study Challenge, I will be sharing my practical strategies to help your whole family grow in faith. Sign-up below to learn how you and your family can grow closer to God with simple tools and resources (kids, too!)
Form a (loose) plan
The more time I spent in God’s Word, the more I craved a loose plan to use during my quiet time. As I began to study some Bible study techniques and tricks, I realized that my time with Him didn’t have to be so haphazard. It was possible to set a loose Bible study plan, without getting bogged down by perfection or legalistic rules.
You, too, can create a loose Bible study plan to guide you through your journey of spiritual growth, and I promise, it’s simple.
In fact, I’m making it easy to rekindle your joy through Bible study in the FREE 5- day workshop, Make Over Your Family Bible Study.
This mini-e-course will help you:
> Evaluate your current personal and family Bible study with an easy assessment tool
> Learn EASY and QUICK Bible study techniques for both personal and family Bible study
> Determine the secret to consistent Bible study and prayer (even for families!)
> Explore creative and FUN ways to grow in faith (for kids, too!)
> Create a simple and practical Bible study plan for the whole family
Simply subscribe to Faith Along the Way on the form below, and you’ll have instant access to this mini course. Sign up below to jump start your Bible study today!
How do you rekindle your joy through Bible study? What are your favorite resources to grow in faith?
I hope to see you in the Make Over Your Family Bible Study Challenge. You can learn more here!
The Grace & Truth Linkup
This week’s feature is Christa Hutchins from Do A New Thing. Christa reminds us that even when our best intentions, such as Bible study or a business plan, go awry, we can pick up the pieces and start again. We can model Jesus and find true rest in Him alone.
The key to not quitting: Evaluate. Adjust. Repeat.- Christa, Do a New Thing
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