Bible Study

Strategies, tips, and tools to build your Bible study routine. Encouragement for prayer. Simple ways to make time for Bible study in the middle of mom life.

  • 7 Bible Study Questions for Any Passage
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    7 Bible Study Questions for Any Passage

    These questions can help you get at the truth in any passage, process it, and learn from it.  I use these 7 study questions in my own personal Bible study off and on, or when I am preparing to lead a group study.  I highly recommend having a journal or notebook available to write down the answers you find in the text.  Writing the answers to these questions can take your study and journaling deeper.  I share more about what I do in my personal Bible reading routine over here. This is my own consolidation of a few different lists of questions to use in Bible study, that I have…

  • Busting 2 Myths about Daily Bible Reading | Growing a Content Heart
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    Busting 2 Myths About Daily Bible Reading

    “How is your Bible reading going?” My question makes an assumption.  I assume what I believe to be true: that “your Bible reading” is actually a thing, a spiritual discipline every Christian should have, a natural part of the Christian life.   The person I ask usually catches this assumption, and the defenses go up.  Attitudes and answers vary, but the basic problem is simply not reading our Bibles.   God means for his daughters to be in His Word, seeking Him.  What is keeping us from it?  In talking with women of all ages, there are some myths we have embraced when it comes to a daily Bible ready habit.  Time…

  • 6 Keys to a Daily Bible Reading Habit - Growing a Content Heart
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    6 Keys to a Daily Bible Reading Habit

    Over the last few years, I have become aware of an epidemic.  The epidemic of Not Reading Our Bibles. “I just don’t have time.” “I used to, but…” “Reading just isn’t my THING.” “Every time I try, you know, the kids…” We have mental obstacles that essentially say, “There’s no way I can do this.”  The simple lack of a plan will prevent you from opening your Bible on most days.   God’s Word is your soul’s daily nourishment, your daily intake of Truth.  Have you been starving yourself?  There are deeper heart issues behind why we avoid Bible reading, but let’s just get past the inertia and start a simple…

  • Why Daily Bible Reading is the Beginning of Contentment - Growing a Content Heart
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    Why Daily Bible Reading is the Beginning of Contentment

    Fumbling, waking fingers reach around the edge of my worn, thick, hardcover Bible for the leather bookmark I made when I was a child.  Opening where it is, I begin reading where I left off the day before… purposeful steps forward in this journey of following Jesus. Yesterday ended with frustration about housework, husband, and homeschooling… And why am I living this life anyway?  When did I pick this?  I’ve lost my vision, Lord. But today I choose this… this intake of truth, this abiding in the Word. “Discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness.” 1 Timothy 4:7 And my heart grows a bit more content in Christ today than yesterday.…

  • 3 Step Prayer for Stressful Moments
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    3 Step Prayer for Stressful Moments

    The call comes.  The text lights up your phone.  The words come out of someone’s mouth.  You read it on Facebook. You know the moment… the instant stress hits you.  Worry takes you to the worst possible outcome.  Anxiety feeds on itself as the situation grows in your mind. I don’t know about you, but I am a pro at letting worry get the best of me.  But God’s Word teaches us a better way to respond to stressful moments. Trials are promised in Scripture, but so is the peace that passes understanding.  Here is some practical wisdom on how to seek that peace. 3 Step Prayer for Stressful Moments…

  • 4 Simple Actions Bible Reading Deeper - Growing a Content Heart
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    4 Simple Actions That Take My Bible Reading Deeper

    What I do when I meet with God has changed over the years, depending on life. Whether I was waking up every two hours to nurse a tiny, helpless, utterly adorable baby.  Whether I had entire mornings to myself with nobody bothering me (we’re talking the years B.C.—Before Children).  Whether I was rushing around to a million appointments and classes a day.  Whether I was suffering from “pregnant brain” and could not focus on anything I tried to read. What has not changed is, in fact, the Unchangeable. God Almighty—Who was, and is, and is to come. When I choose to make my morning appointment with Him, He always shows up. …

  • 7 Reasons for a Wife to Choose Prayer Over Prodding
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    7 Reasons For a Wife to Choose Prayer Over Prodding

    There are always expectations that are not met.  Behaviors that annoy us.  Major decisions poorly made.  Sinful habits.  Disappointing qualities can always be found in a husband, especially if one is always looking for them. But that’s the key, isn’t it?  Where is your gaze?  Are the eyes of your heart dwelling constantly on the failings of your husband?  Or are they more often turned upon Jesus? The answer to this question will determine your responses to your husband.  Do you pray for him, that God would grow him into the man He created him to be, or to make wise choices, or whatever is appropriate for the situation? Or do…

  • 5 Things to Say When You Don't Know What to Pray
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    5 Things to Say When You Don’t Know What to Pray

    Sometimes, prayers just come natural.  Thank you for this.  Please help us with that.  In Jesus’ name… But sometimes…life falls apart.  The ticking hours press on your soul.  Your heart goes numb, and words fall short. A few years ago, I had a good habit of praying by my bedside in the morning, escaping the squawking children, milky cereal bowls, piles of school books ready for the day, and housework screaming to be attended to… Just to meet God in the secret, in the quiet place.   Except, when you’re a mommy, it’s hard to have a totally secret place. Here I was, on my knees by my bed—made up…