Monday’s Musings #268 & Getting the Most From Reading Your Bible Series

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I don’t know about you but when I am reading my Bible, I want to get the most I can from my time in the Word. Whether its 5 minutes or 30 minutes or an hour, I desire that time spent in the Word to be productive and not a check off on my list of things to do. I desire it to be enriching to my soul.

However, I don’t always pull that off. My mind gets distracted by things around me or I start thinking about my day. Other times, I get going and my heart and mind are totally focused on what I am reading and I am learning so much. Thankfully, God is gracious in my weakness and faithful when I do come, humbly, to know Him more.

In 2 Timothy 3:16-17, it says, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” Because reading the bible is a need for our soul as we make our way through life in this world, we ought to get the most of it when we’re reading and studying. Let’s look at some things to remember that will help us get the most out of reading our bible using the suggestions of Thomas Watson.

1. We need to remove obstacles. These would be things that hinder our time in the Word like sins we are harboring, personal concerns that cause us to be distracted, or anything that would prevent us from gaining the knowledge we are seeking. So often we open up our bibles to read and study only to fall prey to a wandering mind or the refusal to acknowledge sins that are holding us back or the cares of the day that we are hoping to tend to. We need to remove these things when we are ready to dig into the Word. “As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.” (Matthew 13:22)

2. We ought to have our heart prepared. Before opening the bible, we should do three things. First, we ought to collect our thoughts and get ready to read. Clear our mind of all other thoughts. Second, we need to do away with unclean affections and desires. This would be things that are holding onto our heart and mind preventing the Word from getting our total focus. Lastly, we need to take this time seriously and without joke. Being in the Word ought not be taken lightly. We come to know God better, grow in faith, and gain wisdom. It’s real folks! “And Samuel said to all the house of Israel, ‘If you are returning to the Lord with all your heart, then put away the foreign gods and the Ashtaroth from among you and direct your heart to the Lord and serve him only, and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines.’ ” (1 Samuel 7:3)

3. We need to read with reverence. Reverence is “having deep respect for someone or something.” When we open our bible to read, we should be reading each word with high regard as if God were right there speaking to us. This is the Word of God. His words for us. It is holy ground, in my opinion. “Then he said, ‘Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.‘” (Exodus 3:5) As Moses was instructed when he approached the Lord of lords, we should also have the same reverence when we read God’s Word.

4. We should read with seriousness. We must remember the bible “is no empty word for you, but your very life…” it says in Deuteronomy 32:47. With that knowledge, we ought to spend our time in the Word with careful consideration and not in haste or lightheartedly. It is to our very life what food and water is to the physical body. Reading and studying the bible is meant to deepen our personal relationship in Christ and that ought to be taken with all seriousness.

I have shared four very good points on how to get the most out of reading your bible. I plan to continue this series over the next few weeks in the hope it encourages you in your bible reading time.

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Monday's Musings #268 | What Joy Is Mine

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To have others share encouragement about being a child of God, being a godly wife, motherhood, homemaking, homeschooling, healthy recipes, modest dress, etc. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.)

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Monday’s Musings #266 & A Summer Reading List

A Summer Reading List & Monday's Musings #265 | What Joy Is MIne

It’s officially June and summer is almost here. It’s the perfect time to share some books to read. Some are on my reading list and some I am recommending that I have read. Now I am partial to a book in my hand while I get lost in what I am reading. But audio books serve a purpose too. Well, let’s get to it!

Books I am hoping to read this summer…

                    

So, I have five books I hope to get through. We shall see if I do. It’s very ambitious for me. I picked three faith building and two fictional. Since I am finishing up Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie, I thought I would take on Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass. There is something to be said for reading children’s literature as an adult. I am certainly enjoying Peter Pan and am so glad I decided to read it.

The Little Paris Book Shop I saw and skimmed in the book store. It sounded interesting so I am hoping it is a good read.

Here are some books I recommend…

                   

Summer time is the perfect time to take J.R.R. Tolkiens The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. You will love the set! Bonhoeffer is a long book but a great summer read. I loved reading about Bonhoeffer’s love for the Lord. I am finishing up The Pursuit of God and learned so much from it. I didn’t list it but “The Imitation of Christ” by Tomas a Kempis is another awesome faith building read. I added in Peter Pan, of course, and The Lamplighter, both excellent fictional reads. If you desire, you can click on the book and it will take you to an opportunity to purchase it. Yes, they’re affiliate links.

So, what are you planning to read this summer?

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Monday's Musings #265 | What Joy Is Mine

 

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Monday’s Musings #265 & May Daybook

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Today is June 4th, 2017

The weather is partly cloudy, windy and warm. Expecting some rain but probably won’t get it. The clouds are not close enough to give us rain.

Life is good. I’m in a season of busyness but not too bad. It’s enough to keep my mind occupied but not overwhelmed. These seasons are good and serve a purpose as do all seasons of life we walk through.

We survived the theater production of “Peter Pan and Wendy.” Our children are involved in a local student-run theater group. I oversee the meals and snacks for tech week and the shows. It’s exhausting but I have fabulous help from involved parents and love being around these kids, ages 5-25. Our daughter was prop manager this show and our son helped with the backstage crew. Yes, it’s a family affair. As it ought to be, in my opinion.

My garden is finally planted. We are growing squash, cherry tomatoes, green beans, Anaheim chile peppers, green bell pepper, jalapeno, basil, lime basil, lavender and rosemary. I hope to add another lavender plant as well as thyme and chocolate mint. We also planted flowers in some pots and I can’t wait for them to bloom. Do you have a garden? What do you grow?

Summer is practically here. Do you travel? Do you spend days at the pool? Do you have a reading agenda? We keep our summers low key since we do most of our traveling in fall and spring. But this summer is proving to be busier than usual by filling up with graduations, baby showers, birthday celebrations, another theater production (in which our daughter is acting in this time), a 3 week visit from a family friend, and a few other things. We are hoping to get in some family tennis matches and view some new movie releases, too. Summer is not my favorite season due to the heat YET I love the family things we do close to home.

My craft project for the next couple of weeks is to finish a baby quilt for our pastor’s wife. She is expecting a baby girl so, of course, pink is overrunning my dining room table. I am excited to be quilting again. And I am even more excited to bless their baby girl with a pretty blanket. Do you quilt? Or make blankets?

Healthwise, I am enjoying my walks outside. I have to go earlier with the sun making it too warm to walk later. I am opting to listen to audio books while walking instead of music. I get to “read” books which is not always something I find time to do. What are you reading?

I am thankful for plants to nurture and grow, for birthdays to celebrate life, for the ability to learn something new and for tacos!

A favorite quote: “You can see God from anywhere if your mind is set to love and obey Him.” (A.W. Tozer)

Here it is another week. Another Monday. Keep in mind that your smile looks good on you. Wear it boldly. And welcome back to another opportunity to encourage another. I am glad you’re here.

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Monday’s Musings Purpose:

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Diving Into the Word of God Using 6 Easy Steps

Diving Into the Word of God Using 6 Easy Steps | What Joy Is Mine

It’s a new year with new opportunities to grow in our faith. Although we can start at any time, there is something motivating about doing it at the beginning of the year. It’s a like a new start. We, sometimes, need new starts, right? Well, let’s discuss how we can take our new year and grow in the knowledge of God’s commandments by diving into His Word in 6 easy steps.

Diving into the Word of God encourages us to love it all the more. We are reminded it is the inerrant and infallible words spoken by our Father. Reading it daily and digging deep gives us a better understanding of God, who He is and what’s expected of us by Him.

Diving into the Word, or studying the Bible, is not something we do just because. We do it with intentional purpose. We plunge into the words written by our supreme Lord intending to come away with wisdom only He can give that will help us live for His glory and for our greater good. “My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you.(Proverbs 3:1-2)

Here are six ways we can dive into the Word of God intentionally

1. Make the appointment. We need to pray and ask the Lord to show us when to meet with Him. It may not be the same for you as for another person. Once we know when, we make that appointment and stick to it daily.

2. Bring your supplies. That would be our Bible, a notebook, pen and receptive heart. Simple and sweet. We won’t need more than that to begin this diving in of God’s Word.

3. Pray for wisdom and understanding. Before we begin reading, we need to ask for discernment of what He has led us to read. He is faithful and we need to seek Him in all things, especially when we read the Bible and study it.

4. Read thoroughly and completely. Make it a habit to read through the entire section completely. It would benefit us even more to read the before and after sections as well. This will give us a bigger and better picture of what is being taught.

5. Take notes and make notes. After we have read it through once, we go back through and read it again, this time taking notes as we are moved. After we have written those down, we need to go back and make notes on what we have read. This may include definitions of certain words, researching commentaries, and logging other scripture references.

6. Express thankfulness. After we have finished, we need to go to the Lord and thank Him for that time with Him and His Word. Thank Him for wisdom gained and for meeting with us.

These 6 simple steps will help us have a deeper and more intimate time with our Lord. It is the approach I personally take when doing a study in God’s Word. I do come away with greater understanding for God is faithful.

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Monday’s Musings #235

I usually share my monthly Daybook at the end of the month and usually today but it didn’t work out this month. However, look for it this week. Life is busy — a good busy — and full. God is good to give us this season. Praying you have a fabulous week. Thank you for visiting and sharing.

Monday's Musings #235 | What Joy Is Mine

Monday’s Musings Purpose:

To have others share encouragement about being a child of God, being a godly wife, motherhood, homemaking, homeschooling, healthy recipes, modest dress, etc. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.)

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