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Digging Deep in the Word {Devotionals that I Love}

Digging Deep in the Word {Devotionals that I Love}

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When I see this photo many, many memories flood my mind- my heart even. I can see girls running in and out of the cabins. I can hear the bell ringing for free time to begin and smell the pine trees. But my favorite memories at this camp were made when it was quiet and still.

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Digging Deep in the Word {Online Studies}

Digging Deep in the Word {Online Studies}

The internet is full of really awful things.12833295_10153984012633970_1480735439_n It is a tool that so many people have used for evil. We could just boycott it all and that’d be fine. But if we did that we would really be missing out on some wonderful things. I am so thankful that some women have put a lot of their time into making online Bible studies that I can follow right along with.

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Digging Deeper in the Word {Questions to Ask}

Digging Deeper in the Word {Questions to Ask}

12833295_10153984012633970_1480735439_nFor months and months I have been having conversations with my son, William, about salvation. Our conversations years ago would often be after a punishment. We would explain to him that when he does something wrong it is a sin and sin requires punishment. We have worked our way up from that over the years and our conversations have gotten a little deeper.

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Digging Deeper in the Word {Where to Start}

Digging Deeper in the Word {Where to Start}

12833295_10153984012633970_1480735439_nI have been loving this series! It is something that not only have I enjoyed writing about but my heart really needed. We need encouragement in areas like personal devotions. We need to know we aren’t the only ones who struggle. And it really helps to know how other women overcome struggles like making devotions a habit or even getting something from your devotions every day.

Have you been encouraged by this series? Maybe you have been and want to make daily devotions a part of your life but don’t know where to start. Good news! You don’t need much to start!

What you will need:

  1. Bible
  2. Pen/pencil
  3. Notebook (optional)

I noticed in the past months how instagram made me really feel like I NEEDED that special notebook or that specific wide margin Bible or whatever else to have a deep, personal walk with the Lord. But all you need is a Bible and a pen or pencil. You should see the teeny tiny margins in my Bible and somehow I still manage to get notes scribbled all over them. My notebook is a cheapie from Walmart and that is also full of notes.

What you do:

Although a devotional can be so helpful don’t worry about it if you don’t have one. Don’t feel like you need that to get started. Just open your Bible and start reading. Where should you start reading? That’s up to you!

I know every time in my life when I got off track with my devotions and I needed to just start somewhere I would start in Proverbs. I really love reading a Proverb a day. Today is April 6 so read Proverbs 6. You will learn so much in Proverbs and eventually you will be ready to move on to another book.

Write down what you learn! I like to take notes because it helps me remember what I learned. I refer back to my notes VERY often and highly suggest you do take notes. Again…nothing fancy. Just write down what the Lord has taught you.

Don’t be afraid to just open your Bible and start reading. Don’t feel like you need to have the best notebook, pens, etc to walk closely to the Lord. Maybe this is a struggle you have overcome. Where did you start? What tips can you offer someone who is wanting to start having personal devotions?

Grace Happening started this series off with a great post with even more tips to someone who is just starting out with devotions. Go here for the rest of the posts in this series and visit Grace Happening and Young Housewife for even more posts in this series.

Digging Deeper in the Word {Key Words}

Digging Deeper in the Word {Key Words}

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Something I have struggled with over and over again is figuring out what to study in my Bible. There have been times where I went weeks with just reading randomly until I found a good study. And while any time in the Bible is beneficial an actual study will help you grow better than when you read randomly. So how do you find a good study?

Something I started doing in the past year or so is writing down key words or phrases I hear during preaching. Remember a couple weeks ago I said that paying attention in church can help you stay excited about devotions? This is what I was talking about!

In the front of my Bible I have written down several of these key words and phrases I am talking about:  “in faith” “fear not” “preserve thee”. Right now I am studying “fear not.” I went onto power Bible (if you don’t have that just use google) and searched the phrasefear not “fear not.” I wrote down all the references where that phrase can be found in the Bible. Each day I go to a different one and write down notes about that passage. I am amazed by all the applications found from that little phrase! It has been a great study and I am only half way through. A post even came from that study (When Fear Hinders Your Faith.)

What key words do you think you’d be interested in studying? Maybe you have done a study like this before. What key words or phrases did you enjoy doing?

The whole point in this series, “Digging Deep in the Word”, is to help women like us who struggle with personal devotions. We want to share our struggles and what we have found to be helpful. So, if you haven’t already read them go back to the beginning and read through our series (just click here). Follow along with Grace Happening, Young Housewife, and myself as we post on Wednesdays about Digging Deeper in the Word.