If we're really honest with one another, sometimes that beautiful leather-bound Bible starts to gather a little dust. Full of best intentions, from time to time, we will puff away the cloud of neglect and crack it open, hoping to get immediately hooked in and discover life-changing revelations...... but of course, developing an actual habit of spending time reading, studying and meditating on scripture sometimes takes a little bit of support. How do we cultivate a regular devotional life? Don't worry. You're in good company. We are in this together! Click 'Read More'
We have had such an overwhelming demand to open up our "31 Traits of a Godly Woman" Bible study series so that as many people as possible can read, participate and otherwise be blessed by it. From our very next Blog post, we will be posting each of the 31 Traits in the series and sharing jus a few of the spirit-led insights and study notes from our wonderful She31 Bible Study group!
And it's not too late for you to join in with the live group right here. Over 100 women from all over the world are already taking part - and you can jump right in anywhere, anytime.
So, why is it so vital to spent time studying? Having taken part in, and led various Bible studies over the years, I know that our study habit ebbs and flows with life's seasons but I am a zealous believer in doing something, just something, to get yourself exposed to the Word of God each and every day. In fact, that was a major motivation for setting up the original She31 Facebook group - because social media was awash with bad news, nonsense and negativity. You can read more about the origins of She31 in this earlier Blog post.
Think for a moment about all the voices, opinions, atmospheres and influences you are continually exposed to (often whether you like it or not).. social media is one, but there's TV, billboards, newsstands, posters, shop windows, overheard conversations, office discussions, meetings, social events.. even just walking down the street you can be bombarded with other peoples' view of the world. This is why doing something, no matter how 'small' it may seem to redress the balance and let God in... is so vital. You can develop a study habit, just like any other habit, if you believe in the benefit it will give you and commit to making space for studying the Word of God in your life.
We should never allow a sense of guilt or religious approval-seeking to drive us to the Bible because we simply won't receive it's message of love and grace through that filter. Spend time reading because you just love Jesus and want to see first hand for yourself what He said. Read commentaries or study notes because you want to understand more about the context of those ancient scriptures and how you can apply them to your life here and now. Get involved in a local small group study or our own free, online Facebook Bible Study Group - just don't do any of it out of a sense of duty or compulsion but see it as investing time in a love-relationship - just as you would a friend or partner.
If we do not press in to spending time with God, how will we keep our faith alive? In it's simplest form, spending time reading, studying, meditating on scriptures IS spending time with God Himself because Jesus was described as the Word of God.
Think of the relationships you treasure the most - if those people continually said they love you but put TV above spending time with you, or going out, or shopping or surfing the web.. you would soon find a real obstacle to the growth of that relationship.
My spiritual mama, Joyce Meyer is famous for saying 'Just because you sit in church every weekend doesn't makes you a Christian any more than sitting in a garage makes you a car!" I love that - tough love - but it's just so true. If we're serious about our relationship with God, why wouldn't we do everything in our power to spend time with Him?
So, no more excuses. We are in this together... Here are our Top Tips for Developing a Daily Bible Reading Habit:
....and if you just don't know where to start - you can email me personally and I will happily help advise.
So. It's over to you. No excuses. Time to create a lasting habit of giving God your time and attention each day. Whether it's a 1-hour study commitment early in the morning or a quick glance at a daily devotional on your phone while you wait in a queue.. it's the heart that counts. He is waiting. Open arms, ready to bless your socks off. What are you waiting for?
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