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.

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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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2. This link up party stays open until Wednesday evening. Know that sometimes I share your posts on Pinterest, Twitter and/or Facebook because I desire for our readers to be blessed.

3. It would be so awesome if you could encourage another by visiting their post and leaving a kind comment. Builds community, too. Thank you for visiting and linking up. Now, let’s get to sharing. Link following this post. Grab my link button in the side bar and place on your blog so others know about our community and can join in.

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Monday’s Musings #218

Monday's Musings #218 | What Joy Is Mine

Hey all! I’m still on break but Monday’s Musings is still happening. What do you have to share this week?

Monday's Musings #218 | What Joy Is Mine

Monday’s Musings Purpose: I would LOVE! to have you 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.) Please link directly to the post you’re sharing. Be sure to link back here by using a text link or the logo below. This link up party stays open until Wednesday evening. Oh, and sometimes I share your posts on Pinterest, Twitter and/or Facebook because I desire for our readers to be blessed. Thank you for visiting and linking up. Now, let’s get to sharing. Link following this post. Grab my link button in the side bar and place on your blog so others know about our community and can join in.

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Monday’s Musings #203 & Taking Notes In Church

Monday's Musings #203 & Taking Notes In Church | What Joy Is Mine

It is my opinion that it’s worth the effort to take notes in church when listening to the pastor preach and teach. I am a note taker and I find that it is blesses me in more ways than one.

First, I have it on paper what was taught. Which means I can go back to it at any time for review and encouragement. I do revisit my notes from time to time.

Second, I pay better attention if I’m taking notes on the sermon being given. Not only am I saving what I’m hearing but I am less distracted when writing. I’m more focused on what’s being taught.

Thirdly, taking notes in church really nails it to the walls of my heart. There is something about writing it down that helps me grasp what is being taught and remember it later.

When taking notes, it doesn’t have to be fancy or long sentences. It’s just important to get the gist of what is being taught down. Write down key words with brief definitions, short but to the point sentences and verse references. I don’t usually have time to write down whole verses so scripture references are easier. Plus, they make you look them up in your Bible later.

In addition, drawings are good, too. I’m not a great artist but I can draw stick people or the cross, for example. It’s not for others to see anyways so add drawings where you can if you choose.

So, do you take notes in church? How does it benefit you?

Last week we had some wonderful posts shared. I hope you were able to visit a couple and encourage a fellow blogger. What have you to share this week? I’m so glad you are stopping by.

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 Monday’s Musings Purpose: I would LOVE! to have you 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.) Please link directly to the post you’re sharing. Be sure to link back here by using a text link or the logo below. This link up party stays open until Wednesday evening. Oh, and sometimes I share your posts on Pinterest, Twitter and/or Facebook because I desire for our readers to be blessed. Thank you for visiting and linking up. Now, let’s get to sharing. Link following this post. Grab my link button in the side bar and place on your blog so others know about our community and can join in.

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Monday’s Musings #182 & Daybook Entry 9/13

Monday's Musings #182 | What Joy Is Mine

Can you believe we are already halfway through September? It truly blows my mind. Soon the leaves will be changing colors, if not already. The weather will cool down and summer clothes will be replaced with warmer outfits. I like this time of year. And the Mutts cartoon above is so precious I had to share it.

I had such a sweet response to my last daybook approach to Monday’s Musings that I thought I’d write another. So, here we go:

Today is Sept. 13, 2015 (I’m writing this Sunday evening.)

Outside my window is darkness. I can see the moon and there is some wind to cool off the evening.

Spiritually speaking, I am working through the book of Acts for my bible study. For a devotional, I am reading through J.C. Ryle’s Daily Readings from all four gospels this month.

For dinner, I made spaghetti and we took it over to my in-laws to eat with them. It’s what we do Sunday evenings—spend the evening with them. It truly is a fun and memorable time.

Healthwise, I am planning to walk two miles in the morning using one of my Walk At Home DVDs.

I am thinking that I need to be on my knees even more for my children since they are now all finding their way in this big ol’ world. It is weird to be here in this moment but I know some of you have already walked this path. Any encouragement would be so welcomed.

Monday's Musings #182 & WJIM Daybook | What Joy Is MIne

In my garden, we had to pull out all the kale and brussel sprouts plants because of Harlequin Cabbage Bug issues. (Look above) Aren’t they pretty? Don’t be fooled. They multiply pretty fast and can take over—like they did in my garden. Now I’m grossed out when I see them. I even had to ask my husband to pull out the brussel sprouts because there was too many for me to handle.

I’m looking forward to the state fair which started this weekend and the beautiful colors of autumn.

My reading material includes my newest food magazines and Self Raised from Lamplighter books. I found an original copy of this book at an antique store for $3 and can’t wait to read it. Also, I finished up The Broken Hyacinth (affiliate link) and loved it.

One project I hope to start on is our front room—our Disneyland room. It needs a little tlc. I finished up my agenda in my pantry as I posted in my last daybook entry. I also want to get in some photography.

I am thankful for each of my children and for their gifts. Oh, and that the Lord has given my daughter 18 years of life. To Him be the glory!

A favorite quote: “He who prays as he ought will endeavour to live as he prays.” –John Owen

Last Monday we hosted a Shining Stars Magazine giveaway. Two winners each would win a one year subscription. The winners are Robyn P. and Tassie S. Congratulations ladies! I know you will be blessed. Remember today is the final day to receive  a 10% discount on a purchase made in their store. Use the code: WJIM10 at checkout to receive your discount.

Now onto our link up. Thank you for being here and be sure to encourage by visiting one another. Oh, and be sure to share a link back to to here so others can join in the community. I am looking forward to what you all will share this week.

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