Inside: Are you bored with your current way of studying the Bible? Are you by-passing Bible study time because it feels mundane? Ideas for creative bible study!
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How many of us begin the morning and set aside to spend time in God’s word, open our Bible, and then not know where to read?
We do an “eenie-meenie-miney moe” and read where our finger lands us.
We’ve been told how important God’s word is to us.
How our lives can be transformed, how our thoughts and behavior can be better when we spend time with God and yet, we become bored with what we’ve been doing.
We don’t feel like we’re hearing God, growing in faith, or even getting daily nourishment. The fact of the matter is, we’re bored with what we’ve been doing.
Here’s the truth, with anything in life. If we aren’t challenged, we will get bored.
If we’re not excited about doing something, there’s a high probability that we won’t make the time for it.
It becomes like schoolwork, we know we need to do it, but it isn’t enjoyable. We rush through it, but can’t wait to do something else.
This Bible Study Girl Needed a New Idea
I’ve asked myself this question a bunch of times.
What was I missing?
Why did some of my friends get excited to read their Bibles?
How was God speaking to them so obviously?
Why did I seem rattled by even some problems of life when my Bible-loving friends appeared stalwart and steadfast?
14 I have rejoiced in your laws
as much as in riches.
15 I will study your commandments
and reflect on your ways.
16 I will delight in your decrees
and not forget your word.
17 Be good to your servant,
that I may live and obey your word.
18 Open my eyes to see
the wonderful truths in your instructions.
19 I am only a foreigner in the land.
Don’t hide your commands from me!
20 I am always overwhelmed
with a desire for your regulations.
As we can gather from David, spending time learning God’s word makes our lives better. There is blessing and life within the words of God.
We need God’s help to keep us attentive to His word and give us the heart to want to learn more about God and grow in a relationship with Him.
The Change I Needed to Make
Here’s what I’ve decided.
It’s all in the approach: expect to hear from God and you will.
If we open our Bibles and know God will speak to us and share something with us that will help us…it makes a difference in the way we approach time with God.
Another important nugget of truth I’ve uncovered is: God doesn’t speak to me the same way He speaks to you.
I’ve been missing this for many years. I always said God doesn’t speak to me in an audible voice, so He must not want to talk to me.
Then I realized that He speaks to me through His word, devotionals, music,
The Questions I Ask Myself
When I begin my Bible study now, I try and ask myself these quesiotns.
- What is God trying to teach me?
- Look at the big picture (how does it relate to the great big story of why Jesus came)
- What can I take away from the verses?
- Are their repeated words that I need to
- Why should I be studying this?
New Ideas for When You Need to Boost Your Bible Study time
If you scrooge the internet, you can find creative bible study ideas. These options can help you overcome boredom and begin to look atthe Bible in different ways.
If you love to doodle and journal, this Growing in Joy Bible study might be a great option
Do you like putting things into categories and seeing how they interact with each other? This bible study from Embracing the Lovely would work.
If you like systematic methods for studying the Bible, Arabah Joy, has a great Bible Study Methods course.
Or maybe you do better at watching videos? Rosilind Jukic Agape Bible Study has a few options for you as well.
Studying the Bible should never be a static thing. Some seasons we will grow in faith using a certain method and another season we might need to change it up and try something different.
The key is to keep growing in our faith and not grow stagnant.
When we realize that the word of God is:
12 For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.
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