It was a draining season of motherhood. My days were filled with the tantrums of an Autistic two-year old and my nights were filled with the bright-eyed baby boy who refused to sleep. In addition to my draining mom situation, my husband worked nights and breaks were few and far between. Exhausted, I was running on empty and my soul felt sucked dry. I needed help.
As a long-time Christian, it was embarrassing to admit I did not have a regular Bible study. In fact, my prayers were momentary pleas for help and my Bible remained closed throughout the week. Yet I knew deep in my soul, that my troubles could be soothed with God’s Word. I had heard that the balm for my weary heart could be found by reading and studying God’s Word. The secret to rekindling my joy was through Bible Study, yet truthfully, I didn’t know how.
I confess, I didn’t know where to start when reading the Bible. At all.
Meanwhile, instead of being caught in the overwhelm or fear that I wouldn’t understand it, I simply started reading the Book of Psalms. It was easy to identify with the suffering of the psalmist and their feelings of anxiety that haunted their hearts. Equally as important were the Psalms that praised God for His breathtaking creation and for the fragile gift of life.
It was in those early times of reading one Psalm a day, where I came face to face with a powerful and awesome God. Slowly but surely, God began to ignite a hope and ingrain acceptance of His plan for me into my heart. Day after day He met my brokenness, and each day, restored me slightly more than the last.
Therefore, if you find yourself like I was, unsure where to start to grow deep roots of faith, simply start reading. Personally, I loved my novice journey through Psalms. Also, reading the four Gospels, the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, is a fabulous place to start. There you will learn about the holy life of Jesus, His teachings and ministry.
Regardless of where you choose to start your Bible study journey, simply open God’s Word and start reading. If it doesn’t come easy, keep going and don’t give up. God can and will reveal himself to you through His precious and holy words.
Record your readings
As I began to dig deep and hunger for time in God’s Word, I felt the urge to record what I read. Truthfully, I dusted off an old, empty journal and began to write down what God was teaching me. It became a collection of my favorite verses, my imperfect prayers and the truth God was revealing to me about His character and purpose. Before long, one notebook was filled and then another.
As I worked my way through other books of the Bible, I began to crave a more systematic and practical way to record the lessons God was teaching me. After some research, I found just the resources and tips I needed to dig deeper in my walk with God. Even better, I’m going to share them with you!
Form a (loose) plan
The more time I spent in God’s Word, the more I craved a loose plan to use during my quiet time. As I began to study some Bible study techniques and tricks, I realized that my time with Him didn’t have to be so haphazard. It was possible to set a loose Bible study plan, without getting bogged down by perfection or legalistic rules.
You, too, can create a loose Bible study plan to guide you through your journey of spiritual growth, and I promise, it’s simple.
In fact, I’m making it easy to rekindle your joy through Bible study with the new Family Bible Study Tool Kit!
This kit has over 40 pages – not just for women, but for our husbands and kids too – that will help us go deeper in our study with the Word of God. Simply put, these tools are things your family need to help them take their spiritual growth to the next level.
How do you rekindle your joy through Bible study? What are your favorite resources to grow in faith?
Sarah Ann is a perfectly imperfect wife and mother, but is thankful for the saving grace of the Lord. When she’s not busy folding yet another load of laundry or comforting a crying child, she enjoys studying God’s Word, writing and spending time with authentic friends. She shares her heart about growing strong families with deep roots of faith at Faith Along the Way. Also join her for biblical encouragement and honest transparency on her social media channels: Facebook. Pinterest. Twitter and Instagram.