Bible Study Tips ~ Day One ~ Habits

This is the first post in a series of tips and encouragements that have been a blessing to me in studying my Bible and having a daily Quiet Time (Devotions).

Read Your Bible

When your Quiet Time takes place is up to you. Consider your family’s daily routine and schedule. It will also vary depending on what season of life you are in. For sure, whenever I was the mother of babies, awake throughout the night, my Quiet Time was not the same as it is now. In a world full of people to love, work to do and distractions to avoid, time to be quiet with the Lord is challenging. But it is possible. Try this! For one week observe your routine and ask the Lord to show you portions of your day when you could have special time with Him. It might be one large period of time or smaller periods throughout the day.

Here is an example that might help you get started. Start the first 15 minutes or half hour of your day, depending upon how early you get up, by praying and reading a passage; take a few minutes at lunch to review your morning verses (maybe have them written on an index card or on your cell phone); then before you go to sleep thank Him for the day He has made and review your verses again.

Pray

We need focused, concentrated time to be still and take all our praises and personal cares to the Lord each day. Some like to keep a journal of their prayers or a notebook where they keep a prayer list. You could keep your church prayer bulletin handy each day for prayer times or use a basket or box of notecards with needs and names on them. One year I was wondering what to do with all the photo Christmas cards we receive every season. So I decided to fill up a pretty tin with pictures of our family, friends, and missionary prayer cards so we can pull out several each night to pray for. We keep it on the coffee table. For those we don’t have a picture of I wrote their names on a 3×5 card and put it in the box. Don’t forget your Pastors and their families, your church family, your child’s (or grandchildren’s) school and all the people who influence them each day, your civic leaders, those in authority and civil servants, our military and their families, missionaries and ministries all over the world.

We should also remember that our prayer closet can be anywhere. Make it a habit to speak to Him as your head hits the pillow each night and again before your feet hit the floor the next morning. Talk with Him in the shower, making the bed, sorting, switching and folding the laundry, at the kitchen sink or while stirring at the stove, driving the car, in the grocery store, anywhere and everywhere. When we had babies in the house, I remember talking with Him while making bottles, rocking, feeding and diapering, etc, especially in the middle of the quiet nights. Those actually were some of the most precious, close times with Him! It’s wonderful that He is always awake!

Memorize Scripture

Another thing that has has had a huge impact on my life is memorizing Scripture. I found that the actual process of learning the Passage or verse is the part that has the biggest impact, because that is when I am meditating on it the most. When I read that verse or passage over and over again, rehearse it again and again in my mind, prepare a Memory Trigger Sheet (for memorizing whole chapters), speak it out loud, write it out on index cards, tape it on the mirror, the kitchen window, on the passageways throughout the house, on the dashboard of our car Scott10 van, (stoplights are great opportunities to rehearse verses) and then reach those little Woo-Hoo break-throughs when I finally get a phrase down and I can finally begin tying it all together, through this entire process the Word of God is changing me and lifting me up out of my temporal concerns. Memorizing Bible verses and passages keeps your mind filled with good things! (Philippins 4:8)

An amazing thing takes place when we are meditating on The Word of God, the earthly and the Eternal begin to intertwine, and seem to blend together. Even the menial earthly tasks transform into worship, or even an altar. When we hide God’s Word in our hearts It is there for us even when we think we’ve forgotten It. It is tucked away and often God will bring it to our minds in the future at just the perfect time!

In closing today, I urge you to determine to make some time to be with the Lord a huge priority in your daily life. It is a habit to be formed, a discipline, for sure. Yet, I promise, you can trust that God will bless the time you give to be with Him. Please don’t let yourself get discouraged when you miss a day, a week, or even a month. Discouragement is like a sinking ship. Before you know it you’ll hit rock bottom. So just look to the Lord and get back at it right away! Don’t count on your feelings. They will almost always lead you down the wrong path. Just do right and trust God for the rest.

More Bible study and Quiet Time tips yet to come. If you do not want miss any of these posts, you can sign up on the sidebar at “follow blog via email”.

Walking with Jesus,

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Related Articles:
Bible Study Tips ~ Day 2 ~ Bible Study Notebook
Bible Study Tips ~ Day 3 ~ My Bible, My Notebook
Bible Study Tips ~ Day 4 ~ Pray
Bible Study Tips ~ Day 5 ~ S.O.A.P. & Psalms

Good Morning Girls ~ Ephesians Week 12 ~ Part II

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Friday, April 6, 2012
Good Morning on this final day of our GMG Ephesians book study! It’s been a blessed journey!

Today we close with Paul’s detailed request for prayer in Ephesians 6: 19-24. I see 7 requests on his prayer list that progressively become more specific.

May this be our prayer, as well.

1- I pray that God will give me *utterance; that He will give me a voice, an opportunity to speak.

*utterance: articulation; a stated or published expression; a voice; power, style or manner of speaking

2- I pray that I will open my mouth *boldly.

*boldly: fearlessly, bravely; confident, assured

3- I pray that I will be a witness and promote the Gospel of truth.

4- I pray that I will be a witness wherever I am speaking assuredly just as the Lord would have me speak.

5- I pray that I will be transparent and accountable to the family of God.

6- I pray that I, with my family or any other team I might minister alongside, will be a comfort and an encouragement to the family of God, our brothers and sisters in Christ.

7- I pray that I will be a blessing, bringing to the brethren who sincerely love Jesus…peace, God’s faithful love, and grace.

Walking with Jesus,

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*Good Morning Girls ~ Ephesians Week 12 ~ Part I

-photo credit: source unknown

Swallowed Up

Psalm 56

Be merciful unto me, O God: for man would swallow me up;
he fighting daily oppresseth me.

Mine enemies would daily swallow me up:
for they be many that fight against me, O Thou Most High.

What time I am afraid,
I will trust in Thee.

In God I will praise His word,
in God I have put my trust; I will not fear
what flesh can do unto me.

Every day they wrest my words:
all their thoughts are against me for evil.

They gather themselves together, they hide themselves,
they mark my steps,
when they wait for my soul.

Shall they escape by iniquity?
in Thine anger cast down the people, O God.

Thou tellest my wanderings:
put Thou my tears into Thy bottle:
are they not in Thy book?

When I cry unto Thee, then shall mine enemies turn back:
this I know; for God is for me.

In God will I praise His Word:
in the Lord will I praise His Word.

In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid
what man can do unto me.

Thy vows are upon me, O God:
I will render praises unto Thee.

For Thou hast delivered my soul from death: wilt not Thou deliver my feet from falling,
that I may walk before God in the light of the living?

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Do you feel like you are being swallowed up?! I have times like that too. Some days it seems like everything is against me, fighting daily to oppress me?! The devil is always breathing down my back, ready to pounce! What can I do?! Is there anything I can do?! YES!

Psalm 56 tells me just what to do!

1) Ask God for His mercy.

2) Acknowledge my enemy or enemies. Beware that everyday they are out to get me.
Even more so, be fully aware, God is stronger! God is greater!

3) Go straight to the Lord!

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4) When I’m afraid, put my trust in God.

5) Praise God’s Holy Word. Thank Him for my Bible, His promises! Stand on the promises of God my Saviour!

6) Do not be afraid of what (flesh) anyone or anything can do to me.

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7) Remember that God keeps track of me. He is watching over me. He is listening. He knows every tear I cry and my tears are precious to Him. He knows my name!

8) Repeat #4, 5, and 6!

9) Remember that God’s promises are with me and give Him my praise, my thanksgiving!

10) Remember that God has delivered my soul from hell and prepares a place for me in Heaven for eternity! So, of course He will also deliver me here in this life so I am able to walk with Him alive in the light!

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Walking with Jesus,

Please note: The saluting soldier in the photo is, MAJOR Darrell Bowman, Officer Candidate School Manager, Camp Atterbury IGR. That soldier is my Daddy! I love him and I’m so very proud of him!

Please also note: *These photos are the property of my father, Dr. Darrell Bowman, and should not be used without permission. Thank you.

Good Morning Girls ~ Ephesians Study Week 11 ~

Good Morning Girls!

Welcome to our GMG book club where together we have been studying Ephesians! We are midway through week #11 when I share my notes with you for Women in the Word Wednesday! Thank you so much for coming along this study with me! God bless you my friends!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Good morning study partners! This morning we have a good reminder for workers from Eph 6:5-6. We are told to be good workers, obedient, respectful, sincere, not only when the boss is looking, but all the time…pleasing God! I don’t go away from home for a job, I work @home, so my “masters” are God, and my husband. This certainly admonishes me to not be a slacker & to remember that as I work my attitude & my performance is to be honoring to God. We all have our “down” days or days we are sick, but there are those times I give grudgingly, out of duty- that’s not sincere. There are days I’m a slacker, procrastinating- while my hubby fully trusts me to care for our home & our children well. Ouch! With all my heart, I want to give my sincere best each day to my Masters! πŸ™‚

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Good Morning! I need this fresh reminder from Ephesians 6:4. It is fathers who are addressed, I know.
But, I (mother) need to listen & beware, as well!
My words, my tone, my countenance can easily discourage or provoke my children.
Am I being careful with their tender hearts?
Or am I frustrating them or even causing them to be bitter, resentful, or angry? God forbid it.
“O Lord, may I keep a clean heart, pure motives walking with my children, bringing them up in You. Make me conscious, sensitive, aware. Alert me. Stop me. Fill me. Prompt me to be gentle, kind, soft, sweet.”

Monday, March 26, 2012
Good Morning Ephesians bookworms! How wonderful in 6:1-3 in His Word that God especially addresses children! His command for them is to
β™₯ Obey your parents
β™₯ Honor your father & mother.
Why? Because it is right and there is a promise, a blessing that goes with this special commandment!
Parents, caregivers, have you heard this?
“It’s much easier to train up the child than to rehabilitate the man.” Let’s train our children lovingly, prayerfully according to God’s Word (& w/His help) so we do not rob them of the precious blessings God has for them! β™₯

Friday, March 23, 2012
Good Morning! Today Eph 5:33 “Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.” The simple, sweet, good way…
β™₯ Husband, love your wife like you love yourself.
β™₯ Wife, make sure you respect your husband.
*Wives, God wants us to love him, too. See what older women should teach the younger in Titus 2:4? “That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,”. It’s all about LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!

Thursday, March 22, 2012
Good Morning! Eph 5:31-32…You just can’t improve upon perfection!God’s Word is 100% true; 100% good; 100% timeless. Do you know that God created marriage & it is precious? We can’t attempt to make it what we want it to be & improve upon what God has already created it to be!
*a man shall leave his father & mother
*be joined to his wife, cleave to her
*they are no longer two, but now one flesh
Marriage- it is a beautiful, sweet picture of Jesus & His church. He is the Bridegroom. His church is His bride.

Walking with Jesus,

Women in the Word Wednesday ~Ephesians Prayer

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~ A Prayer for the Ephesians ~ A Prayer for You & I ~

For this cause I bow my knees

unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,

That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory,

to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man;

That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith;

that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,

May be able to comprehend with all saints

what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;

And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge,

that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

Now unto Him that is able

to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think,

according to the power that worketh in us,

Unto Him be glory

in the church by Christ Jesus

throughout all ages, world without end.

Amen.

~Ephesians 3:14-21

I have long loved this prayer, have it marked in my Bible, have prayed it for myself & for others! It’s a wonderful prayer to send along to someone to encourage them. It is a wonderful blessing, praying the Scriptures…inspiring & life changing!

Walking with Jesus,

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Women in the Word ~ Ephesians Week 3

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Welcome to Women in the Word Wednesday! Our study of Ephesians is going so wonderfully! Of you all who have left comments here, on my personal facebook page or on the Bones in My Heart facebook page we can see that your time with the Lord and your steady walk through Ephesians is very special! It is for me, too! It is such an encouragement to me and I’m sure to other readers/friends as well, to see your posts and comments.

So, a big Thank You, to those who have shared. Sharing, leaving comments here on the blog commment roll and the blog facebook page are the most effective way to keep us connected with one another. And I know for me, I love reading your comments on how God is blessing you! It strengthens my own faith when I hear and see how God is blessing you!

Could you all do me a favor? If you are studying Ephesians along with us, another portion of Scripture or, if you are just happy to be a reader of Bones in My Heart, will you please let us all know by leaving a comment here and click “like” on the Bones in My Heart facebook page and leaving a comment there! Wouldn’t you all LOVE to see how many of us have joined in on this wonderful dedicated time to be in the Word together! Thank you for taking the time to join this little community! You all are a blessing to me!

One more thing! Is anyone memorizing Scripture right now?! What are you working on? I’m so disappointed in myself. I have slowed wayyyy down on my Scripture memory project lately. I use, what I call my Memory Trigger Sheets to memorize long passages. You can read more about that here. Memorizing James has been a long term project for me, but I’ve been dragging it out far too long (I’m too ashamed to say how long).

So, after a wonderful talk on skype Monday evening with one of my honorary daughters who is away at Bible college, “hey, Ginger girl!”, I am thinking of making myself a Bible memory schedule to help me reach my big goal. Little by little, bit by bit, errr bite by bite…that is how you eat an elephant, isn’t it? I’ll work on that and when I get it together I will post it for you.

It’s kind of like having our Ephesians study schedule and worksheets, huh? It’s extremely helpful to have our daily reading schedule mapped out for us and then a worksheet formatted for our notes for the day! (Thank you, Good Morning Girls blog for offering this wonderful tool!!!)

Could you use some inspiration to memorize Scripture? Do you like a challenge? Even memorizing just one verse a week will change your life! πŸ™‚

Ok, now it’s your turn! Talk back!:)

Walking with Jesus,

You might also be interested in…

~Bible Study tips series~
Day One ~ Habits
Day Two ~ Bible Study Notebook
Day Three ~ My Bible, My Workbook
Day Four ~ Pray
Day Five ~ S.O.A.P. & Reading Through the Psalms

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Bickering and Fighting and Strife! Oh My!


Are you discouraged when your children cannot get along? Are you tired of the bickering and fighting? Does your home seem out of control?
Be encouraged…there is hope!

1.) You are not alone.

We feel better when we know we are not alone. It seems to lessen our despair over our own situation when we learn we aren’t the only ones going through it. It’s a relief and a release when we can laugh with a group of Moms over our crazy day or cry and pray with a friend over our fears and frustrations. Someone else has been there, done that. God created us with a need for fellowship, companionship. Mainly, fellowship with Him, but with one another as well. Why else would He have filled His Word with so much Scripture concerning our relationships with others?

If you have conflict in your home, maybe it will help you to know, so does the Happy Scott Family. Oh my! Some days our girls seem to be at each other all day long. And some days, I don’t handle the conflicts well and I am barking at the kids and being impatient. By days’ end I can be discouraged and feeling defeated.

I Corinthians 10:13 says, There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man…In other words, you’re not alone! We all have similar problems. Isn’t it good to know you are not alone?

    2.) Look at the conflicts in a whole new light.

    When I approach problems with an eternal perspective, they become opportunities! Opportunities for practicing God’s ways instead of the world’s ways (satan’s ways).

    Doing good and right takes practice, discipline. Yes, God’s Holy Spirit lives in us when we are born again and we can be filled with His power, but we are required to choose to do right. He created us with our own free will. He doesn’t just wave a magic wand and bing, we behave ourselves. Ha! Don’t we wish!

    Throughout the Bible He has written commandmandments He wants us to willingly obey. It is our choice. Therefore, when conflicts and problems arise, and we know they show up often, it is an opportunity for us to put God’s Word to practice.

    Mothers, conflict gives us the chance to practice God’s ways, and it is also our chance to teach our children His ways! You may have heard the term, “teachable moments”. Conflicts have the potential to destroy our family or they can be opportunities for building character, building up our family, and for teaching us that we can trust God and His Word. Oh how I know that’s easier said than done! Conflicts are set on fire with ugly pride and nasty emotions. But, it can be done if we are willing.

    3.)The Bible tells us what to do

    We know we are not alone and we can see conflict as an opportunity, so let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of what to do when…dunt-dunt-dunnnn…it happens…they’re fighting…again.

    The Bible is our go-to manual and our workbook! All through the Bible there are many verses to read, teach, memorize, and copy and post on the walls and doorways of our house that will equip us with solutions to the arguments, fights, bickering, and tiffs encountered on a daily basis.

    Learn together verses about…
    *lying
    *talebearing (being a tattle-tale)
    *gossip
    *hearing and receiving instruction
    *getting wisdom
    *corrupt communication
    *sweet words
    *edifying
    *deferring to others
    *being kind
    *forgiving
    *things to think on

    Some places to start on this list would be Psalms, Proverbs, Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians.

    No matter what age, it is fun to…
    *read through a book of the Bible together, a chapter a day

    *as often as possible read through the book of Proverbs through in a month

    *go on a hunt for topics in the Bible

    *take some of the verses you are learning and do a Sword Drill

    *put up a sticker chart or set rewards & memorize several verses on particular issues

    *have your child keep a notebook of favorite verses, mottos and quotes and organize them by topic

    A mini-drama for a “What Does This Look Like in Real Life” segment:

    Two children are fighting about “what shade of green the grass is”. This is not an actual topic that has been fought over at our house (yet), but some just as trivial have occurred. One time four of our girls were in a very emotional battle over the ownership of. a. broken. paper. clip.
    True story.
    Not even kidding.

    So, when you see there’s a problem, reach for the Truth and put It to practice. Take the pair, or group, (insert smiley) of them over to the index cards posted on the doorway and have them take turns reading out loud, for example:

    * Proverbs 21:23 Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue, keepeth his soul from troubles.

    * Proverbs 15:1 A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

    Briefly explain or review with them that keeping your mouth and tongue means to close it, to stop talking and their souls will be protected from trouble. The trouble will stop. Explain that talking softly instead of yelling defuses or calms their own anger and can also calm their sister’s anger, but speaking more harshly or loud will only make the fighting worse. And usually I have them walk through a “do-over” to practice how they could have handled the matter God’s way, correctly.

    Periodically, ask your child(ren) if they remember what the Bible says about arguing, talebearing, deferring to others, or what does God love and what does God hate? Encourage your children that God’s ways always work and God never fails!

    Children fuss and fight, grown-ups lose their cool. It’s not what we should do, or what we want to do, but it is still what we are prone to do.

    I’m so grateful to The Lord for forgiveness, for His blood that washed away my sin, for His Spirit living within me and The Bible that shows me how to live for Him each day!

    I pray right now that if you do not personally know Jesus that you would simply call out to Him right where you are and let Him in your heart, your life and in your home! I’m praying for you!

    Walking with Jesus,
    Melissa