Monday, August 22, 2011

Digging Deeper into God's Word, Part 1

I am passionate about encouraging people (women in particular) to study the Bible.  Maybe that passion has already come through in my posts.  Well, I realize that a lot of women do not study the Bible because they think they don't have the time, the energy, or they just don't know how to do it.  Hopefully my next few posts will be an encouragement to you if you find yourself among these women -- or even if you already study the Word and just want to try something new.

It has been said that wisdom is knowledge applied. If we want to mature as Christians, we have to practice studying God’s Word for both knowledge and application. That is true wisdom. A great book to start with is the book of Proverbs. There is so much we can learn from this treasure trove of wisdom!  
For one month, read through a chapter of Proverbs each day. Keep a notebook or small journal nearby to jot your thoughts. Try to choose at least two verses from each chapter that you realize you have not been applying. Seek wisdom, not just knowledge: rewrite the verses in your own words, and write out a plan to apply it. You can go a step further and ask a friend to hold you accountable to your study and application of Proverbs.  
Remember to always begin your study in prayer!  Here is a simple prayer you can be sure the Lord will accomplish: "Open my eyes, that I may behold wonderful things from Your law," (Psalm 119:18).

Enjoy God's Blessings,

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