Something I have struggled with over and over again is figuring out what to study in my Bible. There have been times where I went weeks with just reading randomly until I found a good study. And while any time in the Bible is beneficial an actual study will help you grow better than when you read randomly. So how do you find a good study?
Something I started doing in the past year or so is writing down key words or phrases I hear during preaching. Remember a couple weeks ago I said that paying attention in church can help you stay excited about devotions? This is what I was talking about!
In the front of my Bible I have written down several of these key words and phrases I am talking about: “in faith” “fear not” “preserve thee”. Right now I am studying “fear not.” I went onto power Bible (if you don’t have that just use google) and searched the phrase “fear not.” I wrote down all the references where that phrase can be found in the Bible. Each day I go to a different one and write down notes about that passage. I am amazed by all the applications found from that little phrase! It has been a great study and I am only half way through. A post even came from that study (When Fear Hinders Your Faith.)
What key words do you think you’d be interested in studying? Maybe you have done a study like this before. What key words or phrases did you enjoy doing?
The whole point in this series, “Digging Deep in the Word”, is to help women like us who struggle with personal devotions. We want to share our struggles and what we have found to be helpful. So, if you haven’t already read them go back to the beginning and read through our series (just click here). Follow along with Grace Happening, Young Housewife, and myself as we post on Wednesdays about Digging Deeper in the Word.
Easter snuck up on me this year! I got a couple decorations put up, did a couple Easter crafts and have been singing all my favorite Easter hymns but a lot of things I wanted to do I just didn’t get to do. I managed to pin plenty of Easter pins, though! Here are a couple of my favorites that I have seen in the past couple weeks.
- Because He Lives printable. I absolutely love this printable. I have it hanging in my porch so it is the first thing people see as they come into my home. And it puts that song in my head for the rest of the day. Win win.
- No Bake Chocolate Egg Nests. I remember these from when I was a kid. So cute!
- Salt Dough Eggs. I never got around to making salt dough ornaments at Christmas time so I feel like this was a second chance for me. These are so cute, easy to make and can actually be tailored to any theme you like!
- Growing your own Easter Grass. I also remember doing this as a kid. It’s a great project to do with the kids.
- Easter Cross Wreath DIY. I didn’t actually get to make this. Living in the Arctic our ground is still covered in snow so I couldn’t go look for twigs. And since we have no craft store anywhere near that just wasn’t an option. Had we gotten out of town in the beginning of the month like we were planning I would have grabbed supplies to make this. It’s so pretty.
I know Easter can be very controversial among Christians. We don’t tell our kids there is an Easter bunny. Instead we tell them about what Christ did for us on that day and the days before that. But we still like to have fun with the kids doing crafts and making treats to lead up to Easter weekend. What do you do to celebrate Easter? How do you like to decorate? What do you like to make? Want more fun Easter ideas? Head over to my Easter Pinterest Board and see what else I have been pinning!
I find waiting an incredibly hard thing to do. I hate it usually. For the past year the Lord has told Shane and I to wait. He has shown us some direction and we have moved when He told us to move…like applying for jobs in a different community. But still, here we are…waiting. Waiting to know where we should go. Waiting to know when we should go. It’s really hard to wait. I struggled with it much more over the summer than I do now. I have finally come to the point where I am okay with waiting on God. But it wasn’t easy to come to that point. I fought with it for months and months. Let me tell you, surrendering to God and His will (even if it is to just wait) has brought peace and happiness. I guess I finally learned that today God’s will is for me to wait.
With that in mind, I have grabbed a couple verse from Psalms to share with you about waiting. I am sure you have heard most of them before but it can be a real blessing to hear them again. Read them carefully and let the Lord speak to you. Then pass them along to someone else who might be struggling with waiting.
- Yea, let none that wait on thee be ashamed: let them be ashamed which transgress without cause. Psalm 25:3
- Lead me in thy truth , and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day. Psalm 25:5
- Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee. Psalm 25:21
- Wait on the Lord: be of good courage and He shall strenghten thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord. Psalm 27:14
- Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. Psalm 37:7
- For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth. Psalm 37:9
- Wait on the Lord, and keep His way, and He shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shall see it. Psalm 37:34
- I will praise thee forever, because thou hast done it: and I will wait on thy name; for it is good before thy saints. Psalm 52:9
- My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from Him. Psalm 62:5
- I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope. Psalm 130:5
I encourage you to open up your Bible and read these verses for yourself. While you are at it read the surrounding verses. You will walk away encouraged for sure. What are you waiting on the Lord for today? What verse has helped you through? Share it in the comments. It may be a blessing to us, too!
What have you magnified this week?
Magnify- to make larger, to glorify.
What have I magnified this week? Myself? Probably. My problems? Probably. My God? Maybe?
We spend so much time and effort building up ourselves or maybe complaining about this issue and that issue that we lose focus of what or Who should be magnified.
It is not a politician. It is not our workout routine. It is not our children. It is God Who should be made larger, glorified.
Luke 1:46- ” And Mary said, my soul doth magnify the Lord;”
Psalm 34:3- “O Magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together.”
Psalm 69:30- “I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.”
I cannot physically make God larger. He is God, after all. How can I magnify Him then?
How can I make him larger in my life?
1. Tell people what He has done for me.
2. Praise and thank Him when He has done things for me.
3. Purposely see Him and the good He has brought in every situation.
4. Notice the beauty of His creation.
5. Sing songs of praise to Him.
How about you? Who do you magnify each day? How do you purposely magnify the Lord?
From starting out as the most horrible morning in years, to an amazing mom and tots group, to a really bad cold I feel like I learned a couple things last week. Simple, yet worth sharing. So, here are a couple things I learned.
- I do need to start each morning in the Word. I always “try” to do this but it always ends up that the kids wake up or whatever other excuse and pretty soon it’s 8 pm and I haven’t had devotions yet. But after the most horrible morning ever last Monday I decided something needed to change. I woke up earlier and tiptoed to a quiet place, closed the door, then read my Bible. I didn’t go to the bathroom first. I didn’t make coffee first (which could be extremely useful for a good instagram pic). I just made a huge effort to have my devotions first thing in the morning and the Lord really blessed that.
- I need to use what God has given me. A couple weeks ago my mother and father in law bought me a beautiful new guitar. Mine had died months ago and this was such a special gift to receive. Immediately a friend suggested we do a mom and tots music group. So, we set a date and invited some other moms and their kids. I was unsure of how it would go since I really don’t know a lot of kids songs…I only know Sunday School songs. But I prepared for it, got some guitar chords, and bathed it in prayer. It was a great morning with a house full of kids. All the moms enjoyed it. I learned that not only should I be using my guitar for the Lord but I should be using my home for the Lord more often. I can do this by opening it up to guests more often.
- Chocolate covered bacon is amazing. I am shocked by how many people aren’t completely sold on this idea. It sounds amazing to me and it tasted as good as I expected it to. You have to watch Shane’s video on it.
- Cake in a mug isn’t so bad. Jenn stayed home from church with me Sunday night. I was still pretty sick from a cold but feeling like I wanted a little something sweet. We found this recipe for a cake in a mug and I have to admit that as weird as the idea sounds to me, it hit the spot! Just enough to satisfy the craving without having to make a whole cake (which I would probably eat all of in less than 3 days).
- I have the best friends and husband in the world. When my friends heard I was sick Saturday morning they came and got my kids and kept them all afternoon. I got to rest! Then Shane came home from work and cleaned my entire kitchen and completely took over with the kids. I really feel so blessed to have such people in my life! God is good!
Anyway, that is basically what I learned last week. I feel like there were more profound things to discuss but I am still on Tylenol brain so it’s just not coming. What are some simple things you learned last week? Share with me!