So often on this blog I talk about the practical, day to day aspects of being a wife, a mother, and a homemaker, focusing on cooking, cleaning, organizing, and the like. But the truth is that the very reason I have a heart to be a homemaker, and what keeps me going when I feel overwhelmed at the tasks I am honestly not all that qualified for, is my faith in the Lord. Jesus took an angry young totally-secularized feminist(in the man-hating way, not the equal-rights-for-all way) and turned her into a God-fearing woman whose sole career aim was to be the best homemaker, wife, and mom she could be. Talk about transformation. Praise the Lord!
A cornerstone of the Christian faith is time in God’s Word, the Bible. You know I love to share recipes on this site, but God tells us that “Man can not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”Matthew 4:4. My daily devotional time in studying the bible is that spiritual nourishment that feeds my soul and without it I would be lost.
There are a million ways to read the bible and there is no wrong way. The important thing is to open the Word and come with an open heart and mind to what God wants to teach you. But in the last six months or so I have begun a system of regular word-study that compliments my regular book reading (meaning, reading through one book of the Bible at a time). Id like to share this with you today.
Do you ever long to know what the Lord has to say one subject through-out his Word? Or do you ever feel like the Lord is trying to grow you or challenge you in one area? Is your heart ever heavy and in need of comfort and reassurance on one of God’s promises? If so, word-study might be for you.
Bible Gateway. But you know me… Im old-fashioned and I like paper!
The Lord always is faithful to lead me to the word He wants me to study. The very first word I did was “Mind”. I was having a trying time with some anxiety and doubts and fears in my life and I knew I needed the Lord to renew my mind. I wanted to know every thing that the Word had to say about the mind, so I got out my trusty Concordance (a concordance is a big book that lists each word in the Bible and where all the passages that contain that word can be found; its a beautiful tool!) and looked up “Mind”. As I worked each morning through all the passages in both the New and Old Testament that dealt with what God has to say about our minds, I wrote down on index cards whose passages that I felt were particularly relevant to me, or which really spoke to my heart.
As time went on, and I began to do other word-studies (words like heart, obedience, forgiveness, repentance, etc), I realized I had a lovely collection going of verses on-hand whenever I wanted a reminder from the Word what God thought about any particular subject. I needed a way to organize them, so I bought a small index card filing box from Staples and created a filing system.
I’ve continued on with this as the months have gone by and I cant tell you the blessing it has been to me. I just finished up a study of the words “daughter” and “child”. You might have noticed in the first two posts in my Scripture Sundays series there was a parent/child theme. This is what the Lord is teaching me these days… what a faithful Father He is to us all.
As I said, there is no wrong way to study the Bible if you are coming to it with a desire to learn and grow in the Lord, but this is the way that I’ve been doing it these days. It has enriched my knowledge of God’s word and helped to make my heart and mind at least a little more like my Saviour as he renews my from the inside out. I hope you’ve enjoyed this little bit of “quiet time” with me and if you have any questions about anything, dont hesitate to ask!
How do you study the bible? What are your ways of digging into God’s word in a meaningful way? I would so love to hear your techniques and stories.
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