This article originally appeared on the Well-Watered Women Blog.
Have you ever longed to sit and savor a moment? Maybe it was the first time your baby was placed on your chest, or the feeling of a spring breeze carrying the scent of honeysuckle to your nose. That moment when your boyfriend went down on one knee, or when you gazed upon the earth from the summit of the mountain you just conquered. If we could bottle up those moments, I bet we would.
What if those things are meant to draw our eyes upward? What if savoring those moments is meant to cause us to savor the Savior? What if savoring leads to meditation on God and his Word?
“I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways.” (Psalm 119:15 ESV)
We seek the Lord through the study of his Word, gleaning knowledge and wisdom from the pages and applying it to our daily lives.…
I fear many women are famished for the Word of God. It’s no wonder why. Many of us have been feeding on the crumbs which devotionals give rather than feasting on the Bread of life. We’ve been told as women that we can live off of those crumbs, and that the feast of deep truths and theology is better left for the men. But theology and an immense knowledge of the Bible is for every disciple of Christ.
Malnourished women of the quick-fix devo must become true women of the Word. We must move from milk to solid food. I’m excited to announce that I’ve created a workbook for the women whose hearts declare, “Give us the meat!”
For everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for thosewhohave their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.
This article was originally published on Maple Alps
Until recent years, you could have found me approaching bible study like most women. I’d flip to a Psalm or open up a devotional and spend about 5 minutes trying to apply it to my life. I craved something more, but just wasn’t equipped to do anything about it.
While devos have their place, women would do well to strive for deeper immersion into the Word of God.
So, here are some tips I’ve learned over the years that I thoroughly recommend adding to your bible study routine.
Prayer is so important. If I’m being honest though, it’s also the step I tend to forget about way too easily. When approaching God’s word, we can pray about the following things:
What book of the bible should I read?
Pray for understanding and wisdom at the beginning, and during your study as questions come up.
Across the world, many self proclaimed Christian women have forgotten the value of their bible. There are different explanations for this. Some of them feel they are too busy. Some rely on books and devotions about the Word instead of relying on the Word itself.
But I’m certain there are some who, for whatever reason, just plain don’t trust it.
Maybe they grew up in a church or denomination that questioned the authority of the bible or told them not to read it.
Regardless of the reason, a Christ follower who is unarmed by Christ’s Word is dangerously prone to false teaching.
I want to preface this article with this: When I say “the bible” I do not include the Catholic bible or a paraphrased version (like The Message) in that term.
God’s Word is true, unchanging, sufficient and inerrant. It can and should be trusted.
Ya’ll, the focus struggle is real. One second I’m pondering a deep thought, and the next I’m watching bunnies frolic in the back yard while thinking about the report I have to accomplish at work later. How is a scatter-brained gal like me supposed to study the bible?
With a plan.
A plan is SO vital for me to be productive in my “quiet time”, as they call it. Over the last couple years, I have changed the way I approach God’s life giving Word and it has in turn changed me. I wanted to share it with you, not because my way is the right way, but because it is my desire that women recognize the treasure we have at our fingertips. I want us to recognize this like David did:
Your word I have treasured in my heart, That I may not sin against You. Blessed are You, O Lord; Teach me Your statutes.