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My Daily Bible Reading Routine

Uncategorized Apr 04, 2019

I try to start each day with Bible reading. I wake up, pour a cup of coffee, feed my dogs and then sit down to read my Bible. I find that it is easier to “count it all joy” as James says, going through my day when I start my day with my Bible. I like to think of it as starting a conversation with God that lasts all day long. But that first connection in the morning is when I align myself with Him, and set the tone for the day.

So What Does it Look Like?

When I read, I have my Bible, my journal, my pens, and my calendar. My calendar has my daily Bible reading plan marked in it, but it is also a place where I can brain dump any things that need to get done that day so they don’t distract me from my reading. It helps keep me focused on what I am doing in that moment.

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I use Sharpie Pens in my Bible, and Pilot G-2 05 in my journal. I know, I know, that’s a complicated system. But it works for me. I find that the Sharpie Pens don’t bleed...

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Where Do I Start When Reading My Bible?

Uncategorized Apr 03, 2019

The Bible is a collection of 66 books. There are 2 divisions between these books, the Old Testament with 39 books and the New Testament with 27 books. With all these different books, it can be hard to decide where to start. Not to mention, it can be completely overwhelming when you look at the Bible as a whole - I mean it’s a big book, and those words can be pretty small!

When you break it down book by book, that makes the chunks a bit smaller, and easier to manage. I like to point people to the New Testament before reading the Old Testament for their first time reading. The New Testament starts with the story of Jesus in the 4 gospels and that is a great place to begin your Bible reading journey.

WHAT BOOK DO I START WITH?

The gospels are 4 books of the Bible, each written by a different one of Jesus’ followers. They are named after the follower that they were written by: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. They are all basically telling the same story, but have...

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How to Get Excited About Daily Bible Reading

Uncategorized Apr 02, 2019

When I became a believer, I was about 8 years old. And after having seen my parents wake up early every morning and read their Bibles, I knew that’s what Believers did. So the very next morning I woke up to read my Bible. I can’t remember where I started, or what I read that day, but I remember the habit didn’t stick then.

I probably tried to get the habit to stick 20-30 more times over the years. I would start, and get in a streak of 2 weeks or so, and then miss a day and it would completely derail my habit. Sometimes I would even get up to a month or two, but I would feel so overwhelmed or bummed out when I would miss several days in a row.

But when I started looking at it not from a streak standpoint (you have to do this every day, or else) and started looking at it from a grace standpoint (you get to do this, and if you miss a day, so what?) my habit started transforming into something I craved doing daily. So here are a couple of tips on how to start and...

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How to Get Excited About Daily Bible Reading

bible reading bible study Apr 02, 2019

When I became a believer, I was about 9 years old. And after having seen my parents wake up early every morning and read their Bibles, I knew that’s what Believers did. So the very next morning I woke up to read my Bible. I can’t remember where I started, or what I read that day, but I remember the habit didn’t stick then.

I probably tried to get the habit to stick 20-30 more times over the years. I would start, and get in a streak of 2 weeks or so, and then miss a day and it would completely derail my habit. Sometimes I would even get up to a month or two, but I would feel so overwhelmed or bummed out when I would miss several days in a row.

But when I started looking at it not from a streak standpoint (you have to do this every day, or else) and started looking at it from a grace standpoint (you get to do this, and if you miss a day, so what?) my habit started transforming into something I craved doing daily. So here are a couple of tips on how to start and stay...

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The Best Apps for Bible Reading

Uncategorized Apr 01, 2019

When it comes to reading my Bible, I am a paper girl. I like a hard copy (preferably the same one every day, and this year I am LOVING the She Reads Truth Bible) but some times an app is easier, more convenient, or all I can manage to get to in certain situations.

The Best Apps for Bible Reading

There are so many apps out there, but I have a couple of go-to apps that I use regularly.

  1. OLIVE TREE BIBLE

The Olive Tree Bible is not only an app, but also a web app for your computer. I use this one for my deeper Bible study. You can purchase different Bibles, and it is similar to fancier software like Logos. I have a couple of different Bibles I have purchased in the app, and it allows me to jump easily between passages, cross reference easily, and have it synced between my computer and my phone. The only downside to this program is that you have to pay for Bibles that aren’t automatically loaded onto the app (there are some free Bibles already loaded) but it...

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How to Pray - (with a FREE prayer guide!)

Uncategorized Feb 19, 2019

Do you ever have a hard time praying? I know I do sometimes, and it just feels like I am talking to a wall. It seems like nothing is really happening, and I don’t really feel anything.

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In Matthew 6, Jesus teaches His disciples how to pray. This short prayer that He prayed contains some of the most well known verses in scripture. I can still quote it in the King James Version - even though I have never personally used that version.

But sometimes the familiarity of the verses make it hard to see what’s under the surface. Jesus lays out a guide for us for this direct connection we have with the Father, and the significance of that is not lost on me. Let’s look at it a little closer to see how we should pray, and use it as a guide to overcome that feeling like we aren’t making that connection to God.

Therefore, you should pray like this:

Our Father in heaven,

Your name be honored as holy.

This first section acknowledges who God is. God is holy....

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What do you believe about God?

Uncategorized Feb 11, 2019

I am currently reading through the Bible chronologically. (If you have spent any amount of time with me since the middle of December, you probably already know this.) But as I am reading, I am challenging what I have thought about God, and what I believe to be true.

A couple weeks ago, I took the opportunity to write out what I believe about God. It was a good exercise for me, and I hope to do it multiple times throughout the year, and see how my unchanging God reveals Himself to me in changing ways.

So what do I believe about God?

God is the ultimate Creator, creating everything from nothing. Because of this ability to create, He can take my brokenness and make something beautiful out of it. He is sovereign and holy, but instead of being a harsh ruler and strict king, He is instead infinitely kind. In His kindness, He has sent us Jesus to take our place and die for us that we may live forever with Him and glorify His name always. God is the Holiest of holies, the Beginning...

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January Favorites: Books

Uncategorized Feb 06, 2019

I have a goal of reading one book per week this year, landing me with a total of 52 books read. So for January, I wanted to share a couple of my favorite books I read this month.

The Wondering Years by Knox McCoy

If you are a fan of pop culture, this is a book written for you. It goes through Knox’s journey of coming to his faith in Christ through the lens of pop culture. He also co-hosts a couple podcasts, my favorite being The Bible Binge which talks about stories in the Bible like they are an episode of a show on Netflix.

Learning to Speak God from Scratch by Jonathan Merritt

Being raised in the church and around church words, sometimes we lose the significance of the words we use on a regular basis. Jonathan talks about these words and sparks new thoughts on the words church culture uses regularly.

In His Image by Jen Wilkin

This book was a great look at who God created us to be, and what characteristics of His that we reflect back to him. The book...

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Light and Truth

Uncategorized Jan 28, 2019

Send your light and your truth; let them lead me.

Let them bring me to your holy mountain,

To your dwelling place.

Then I will come to the altar of God,

To God, my greatest joy.

Psalm 43:3-4a CSB

 

I long for this to be my prayer. That God would become my greatest joy, and that I would be led by God’s light and truth. So often in life I am led by other things:

Fears

Anxiety

Depression

Other people’s opinions

Anger

Emotions

The desire for control

But I don’t want to be led by that - I want to be rooted and grounded in the light and truth of Jesus, my Lord. I want my mind to be renewed in this light and truth, and I want to be transformed and unstained.

God’s light and truth are constant. They do not waver. They do not change like the shifting shadows. They can be trusted. I can trust God.

When anxiety strikes, send your light and your truth.

When the world is against me, send your light and your truth.

When I am not sure what my next right step is, send...

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"Who Told You That?" - Facing the lies we believe in shame

Uncategorized Jan 24, 2019

In Genesis, we get this picture of God creating the world. And in the middle of that creation story, He creates man and woman. These two beings he created, He puts in the middle of the garden He creates for them. All is right in the world, they are naked and there is no shame.

Not long after this all happens, there is a serpent that comes and messes things up. He convinces the woman that was created that she should eat some fruit that her Creator and God has told her to not eat. She then gives this fruit to the man, and all of a sudden they realize their nakedness and are covered in shame.

God comes in and is walking through the garden and they hear Him. God has a couple of questions for these people He created. Question 1, “where are you?” God, the omniscient, all-knowing God, asks these finite human beings where they are. He knows. But He wants them to tell Him. He wants them to talk to Him.

The man responds back to God saying that he was afraid and naked so he hid....

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