Do you want to study the Bible with some new friends? Check out the Deep Dive Community!

Now What?

Uncategorized Apr 14, 2019

Do you ever read your Bible and then think, so now what? It is easy to pick out something to apply to your life when you are reading James, or some of the New Testament books, but how do you read a story from the book of Judges and then get some sort of daily action step for your life?

What if the goal of reading the Bible wasn’t an action step?

Yes, like James says, we shouldn’t be hearers of the Word and not doers. But what if the end goal of studying our Bible was to know God instead of to wrap up our reading time with an application point?

Instead of looking for what to do, what if we looked for how we could know God?

Continue Reading...

Journal Prompt: Psalm 18

journal prompt Apr 13, 2019

Do you ever feel like you just don’t have the words to pray? That is when I like to have Scripture help me in my prayers. The Psalms are full of prayers that people have prayed, and I use their words, and then rewrite them in my own words.

Psalm 18 is one of my favorites, and I encourage you to read it here, and then take a few minutes today to pray some of the words back to God.

What verses stood out to you?

What parts did you relate to?

What parts did you not relate to?

What did you learn about God?

Pick one of these questions (or all of them, I am not the boss of you) and write about it for 5-10 minutes.

 
Continue Reading...

Why I Journal My Prayers

Uncategorized Apr 12, 2019

When I sit down to read my Bible, I always read with a journal and a pen as well. I like to take notes on what I read in the journal, and I also write down my prayers. I now have a huge box full of journals that have my heart poured out in them. I can go back through seasons of my life where I trusted God, seasons where I doubted God, and seasons that I didn’t think I was going to make it through but did. Having those journals is a record of God’s faithfulness in my life and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

3 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD KEEP A PRAYER JOURNAL

I CAN TRACK GOD’S FAITHFULNESS.

Like I said above, my journals are where I see God’s faithfulness the most in my life. When you are looking at life from a narrow lens of the right now, you miss out on what God has done in the past, and how He is using things that you didn’t expect for His glory and your good. Journaling is a good way to step back a little, and stop focusing so much on the...

Continue Reading...

Why Do We Pray?

Uncategorized Apr 11, 2019

I am trying something a little different over here today. My husband and I are the youth leaders at our church, and our students told me that if I made a YouTube channel, they would watch it. So instead of writing, I switched to video for the day! Let me know what you think in the comments or on social media!

 
Continue Reading...

How to Start a Bible Reading Habit

Uncategorized Apr 10, 2019

I got my first house plant in November. I have always loved my mom’s Christmas cactus, so I bought one for my kitchen, and I very quickly fell in love with checking it every day for blooms and new growth. In the last 6 months, I have added 34 more plants to my house.

I did not go to the store and buy 35 plants, but I would pick one up here and there, and slowly adding to my collection.

Whenever we want to start a new habit, why do we always try to jump head first into that habit? If I had added 35 plants to my life overnight, and had to get used to all of their watering schedules at the same time, I would probably have 35 dead plants. Instead, by adding one or two at a time, I have been able to add them to my routine without killing anything.

If you want to get in the habit of daily Bible reading, don’t start off trying to accomplish the whole thing in 2 months. Simply read a section at a time. If you have never read the Bible before, start with a couple verses in...

Continue Reading...

My Favorite Journaling Bibles

Uncategorized Apr 09, 2019

If you ever borrow a book from me, I can almost guarantee that there is some marking inside of that book. I never read without a pen nearby, and my books show it. I put stars in the margins, I underline, I block in whole paragraphs. Reading should be an interactive activity, and I interact with a pen in hand. Why should reading my Bible be any different?

When I am reading the Bible I like to make notes in the margin of things I want to investigate further, questions I have, and patterns I see repeating. There are a couple conversations that take place in the Old Testament that I have rewritten in the margins in my own words. Now there is definitely not space for that in a regular printed Bible, which is why I love journaling Bibles.

Journaling Bibles tend to have slightly thicker pages to them so that the marks don’t bleed through the page, and they have really wide margins so you can write what you want next to the text. I have seen people that write their prayers in the...

Continue Reading...

My Favorite Journaling Bibles

Uncategorized Apr 09, 2019

If you ever borrow a book from me, I can almost guarantee that there is some marking inside of that book. I never read without a pen nearby, and my books show it. I put stars in the margins, I underline, I block in whole paragraphs. Reading should be an interactive activity, and I interact with a pen in hand. Why should reading my Bible be any different?

When I am reading the Bible I like to make notes in the margin of things I want to investigate further, questions I have, and patterns I see repeating. There are a couple of conversations that take place in the Old Testament that I have rewritten in the margins in my own words. Now there is definitely no space for that in a regular printed Bible, which is why I love journaling Bibles.

Journaling Bibles tend to have slightly thicker pages to them so that the marks don’t bleed through the page, and they have really wide margins so you can write what you want next to the text. I have seen people that write their prayers in the...

Continue Reading...

How to Hear from God

Uncategorized Apr 08, 2019

When I was growing up, my dad had a very distinct whistle. I could be so far away from him I couldn’t see him anymore, but if he whistled, I knew I needed to come back and find him. Even now if I hear someone whistle in that way, I instinctively look for my dad. I could be in a completely different state, but those instincts to look for him are still there.

I wasn’t born knowing that was my dad’s whistle. I had to be trained to listen for it. By spending time with my dad, and him repeating that whistle, I developed the habit of listening for it, and I knew his whistle distinctly.

It is that same way with God our Father. When we come to know Him, we have to learn how to hear His voice and how to know Him.

In my chronological reading group, we hit 1 Samuel today. 1 Samuel 3 talks about a boy (named Samuel, imagine that!) hearing the voice of God. Through Samuel, we can learn a couple things about hearing God’s voice.

SAMUEL WAS NEAR WHERE HE KNEW THE LORD...

Continue Reading...

James: Servant of Jesus

Uncategorized Apr 07, 2019

James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ:

To the twelve tribes dispersed abroad.

Greetings.

James 1:1

 

I don’t know if you know this about me or not, but my brother works in the movie industry up in Atlanta GA. Atlanta is nicknamed the Hollywood of the South due to its movie production, and my brother works all over Atlanta as a camera grip. When my brother’s first film credit came out, our whole family was ecstatic. I am pretty sure not a soul in that movie theater left there without knowing that MY BROTHER had a credit in that movie!

The book of James was written by James the brother of Jesus. Yet instead of bragging boldly about his place as brother of Jesus, James introduces himself as servant. Humbly calling us to be servants as well.

On the day when I meet Jesus, no one will care how long I was a follower of Jesus, or that I read my Bible how many times. But Jesus will ask what I did in service of Him. Am I a...

Continue Reading...

My Three Favorite Things This Week

Uncategorized Apr 06, 2019

This week was an action packed week for me. Our 3rd anniversary was Tuesday and then to top off the weekend, Rhett’s Birthday was yesterday! We have had so much fun celebrating this week, and it always feels extra special when this week rolls around since there are two things to celebrate. To continue the celebration, I am telling you about some of my favorite things!

GREENROOM PAPER JOURNAL

As far as I know you can only get these at Target, but y’all. They are awesome. If you are a pen and journal lover like me, you need to go get one now. They have the smoothest paper, and no matter what pen you use, the pages feel like your pen is gliding. I know I am obsessively talking about paper right now. But seriously. It’s awesome.

THE NEXT RIGHT THING BOOK

Emily P. Freeman is absolutely my favorite author on this planet. Everything she writes is like an exhale of your soul. She wrote The Next Right Thing for the chronically hesitant and those suffering with...

Continue Reading...
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Close

50% Complete

Get the free PDF!

Enter your email, and the PDF will be delivered to your inbox within 15 minutes!