Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. ~2 Timothy 2:15
There is nothing more rewarding than digging into the rich soil of God’s Word. I love it when the Holy Spirit reveals those jewels hidden beneath the surface.
Over the past few years, I have had some amazing mentors who helped to fashion my desire for digging – looking into historical and cultural settings; taking words back to the original language; looking up cross-references; making list after list.
I love it!
But let’s get real for a sec…
Sometimes the seasons of life demand we compact and consolidating those hours we wish we could spend excavating God’s Word.
Over the past few years, there have been seasons that have required me to give much more of myself to my family. Many of those early morning hours that I would spend in study must sometimes now be spent in ministering to my children.
However, simplifying does not have to mean sacrificing!
I have found many great studies that have allowed me to simplify my time spent without sacrificing rich content. I thought I would share a few of them with you!
Here are 5 great Bible studies when we are consumed.
Each of these took me about 20-30 minutes/day. Of course, if time allows you can always delve a little deeper.
Explore the many names of God throughout the Bible and how they directly relate to attributes of His character. The names of God define who He is. I’ve gone through this one twice now. AMAZING!
Live Deeply – Lenya Heitzig and Penny Rose
Take a closer look at the parables of Jesus. Through the help of the Holy Spirit we have the ability to discern and decipher the precious truths that Jesus is communicating about the Kingdom of God.
In this study the author, Angela Thomas, discusses honest questions that women ask about topics that we often secretly struggle with.
Why am I always worn out? Why can’t I get disciplined? Why am I broken? Why am I so easily prone to fear?…to name just a few.
What does it mean to worship God in Spirit and Truth? How do the instructions for acceptable worship, which God gave His people in the Old Testament, apply to us today? The answers to these questions are what you will discover as you walk through this study.
The armor of God. What is it? Why do we need it? How do we wear and walk in it? What is the one piece that many of us leave out? I’m actually still in the midst of this study!! It has been so good that I had to include it in this list.
A Little Encouragement
If you are struggling to find time to set aside to be alone with the Lord and His Word, let me first say that I completely understand!
Life seems to come in intervals, some of which demand all of us!
But please let me encourage you to not forsake this sacred, daily time of soaking up His Word, even if you can only spend a few minutes at a time.
His Word is our daily bread. It is that which sustains us; it gives us life and strength.
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'” ~Matthew 4:4