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Yesterday, I told you that I don't have my Bible study time in the morning. However, having time to connect with God and study His word is an essential part of my day. So today, I'm going to share what works for me regarding Bible study.
I've participated in many different Bible studies over the years, mostly in ones facilitated by the church. I like participating in studies through the church because having a weekly meeting holds me accountable for actually doing the study, and I get to connect with the same women week after week and form relationships.
Sometimes, though, I do studies on my own. Maybe the church takes a break in the summer, or maybe leaving the house is more than I can handle (I'm looking at you, relentless pregnancy nausea!). For these solo times, my favorite studies are ones written by Jen Wilkin.
These studies work straight through a book of the Bible. I'm in the middle of the Judges study right now, and I absolutely love how much I'm learning about the text that I usually just skim. The method that Jen teaches, described in her fantastic book Women of the Word, encourages women to dig deep into the text and become more able to study well independently over time. She teaches in-depth but in an approachable manner.
Each study has a downloadable workbook. I download the file and send it to Office Depot to be printed. This lets me have double-sided pages with pre-punched holes ready to be stuck in a binder. Time saver! There is also a podcast episode for each week of the study, to be listened to at the end of the week's work. I learn so much from these teaching times!
I love that these studies go deep and greatly expand my understanding of the Bible. However, they can be fit into a busy day when there is no. way. I can drag out commentaries and extra resources. I can complete one section in 10-15 minutes, feeling like I really got into the Word while still attending to all the tasks of the day.
However you make time or whatever you study, I encourage you to make Bible study a regular part of your life. As moms, we need to be filled up by our unending source of life!
Do you fit a Bible study into your day? What are your favorite studies or resources? Comment below or on Facebook!
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