Saturday, February 1, 2014

Bloggers Online Bible Study: Week One

Happy Sunday Friends! I'm making a rare Sunday appearance on the blog to reflect on my first week of the Online Blogger's Bible Study.
We are going through the book The Modern Girl's Guide to Bible Study by Jen Hatmaker and even though I didn't originally feel like I needed a "how to read the Bible guide." I've realized I actually really did need a guide. I needed help.
As embarrassing as it is for me to say, most of my time in the word has been more about checking it off my list of things to do than it has been out of desire to just spend time with God.  Reading this study, I identified a lot of the not so great methods I was using. Many times, on the days I managed to read, I would set an alarm for thirty minutes early, but end up snoozing for at least 15-20 of those so I rushed through my time, cramming it in real fast before I had to go to work, but I still left feeling proud of myself for reading that day.
Once I identified this and admitted that it just was NOT working, I realized that trying to wake up earlier than the 5:30 time I already have to get up at to get to work by seven is just setting myself up to fail. As much as I would like to start my day off by reading my bible and praying, I knew I would not get to spend the amount of time I needed to really let the word sink in and transform me. So, I've committed to reading my bible and journalling every night before bed. As soon as I crawl into bed, before the TV goes on, I've been reading and journalling. I did miss one night last week, but I realized that the point isn't to be all legalistic about it, but to cultivate the habit. 
My favorite mornings are Saturday mornings, when I typically wake up before Ronnie and curl up on the couch or in my chair in my office with a cup of coffee and spend as much time as I want reading the book for the study, reading my bible, and journalling. I treasure my time with Jesus on Saturday mornings! 
It has only been one week, but taking the time to spend with the Lord has made a world of difference so far. I feel a sense of peace that is unusual for me, and have felt that I can discern God's voice more. I know God is working on my heart, and He's already shown me Himself and His desires for my life, which was something I've been hungry for. I am excited for Week Two and am genuinely thankful for this study as it has pushed me to protect my time with God in a way I never have before.
If you're participating in the study, I would love to hear your thoughts and reflections from Week One! Grab a button and link up below!
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  1. I am right there with you on the "sense of peace". I am really feeling the "Let go and let God" thing lately! As someone with a type A personality, it has certainly helped level me out :) I can't thank you enough for hosting this. I know it is so hard to add new responsibilities to an already full life!

  2. The study has been great so far, it's stretching me to push my personal growth in God. Hope you have a wonderful day.

  3. I find that doing my Bible study before bed is what works best for me. I tried getting up early, but I often did the same thing. Now the struggle is being diligent about making sure I stop whatever I've doing and do my study BEFORE I start getting super tired. Glad you're liking the study so far! I ended up being asked to lead the Bible study I'm doing at church, so it's good I didn't end up participating in this study too, because I think that would have been overwhelming for me :)

  4. I love this study! Can't wait to post tomorrow about it. Praying for you!

  5. I have been loving the study and getting to know the girls that are participating in it as well!

  6. Thank you for setting this up.. I have learned so much for this book..

  7. I am going to have to look into that book!!