Wednesday, May 28, 2014

bible study tips

Good morning, y’all!  It’s a rainy morning here in North Mississippi (also known as the perfect sleep in morning) and I still managed to wake up before my alarm.  WHY!?  One day I’m actually going to sleep until 6:30 and it will be a SWEET day.  Today I’m using those extra few minutes to my advantage to sit here with you before I dive into work for a couple of hours.  I’ve got an early lunch date with my girl Caitlin and then I’m hanging out with the Kubler fam for a little while this afternoon.  Until then, I’ve got wedding clips with my name written all over them.  I LOVE MY JOB.  Seriously, we are so blessed.  Sometimes I cannot even begin to comprehend that this is our real life.  GOD GIVES SO MUCH GRACE.




Back to why I’m here.  For the past several weeks I’ve been doing Kay Arthur’s study Lord, Teach Me How to Pray.  About a month ago I had a prayer meeting with several ladies from our church and I talked about how my walk with the Lord had been tough lately.  I felt so dry.  I couldn’t “hear” God and I was just really discouraged about not knowing why He felt so far away.  My friend Ashley encouraged me to change up my quiet time and she suggested a Kay Arthur study called Lord, I Want to Know You.  A couple of days later I headed to Lifeway ready to pick it up, and they couldn’t find any of them.  A girl walked around with me for a little while helping me search because she knew they had several in stock, but we never found them.  Y’all... I know God intentionally didn’t allow us to find those copies because I needed this study on prayer so badly.  He has really started to teach me about HOW I can pray more effectively and WHY it is important to pray certain things.  Prayer has always been the spiritual discipline that I’ve struggled with most and the Lord has been so faithful to gently guide me and teach me as I learn new things about communicating with Him.  I’m beginning to see studying the Bible in a whole new light and it has been so life-changing for my quiet time.  I wanted to share what I’ve learned with you so that you can start doing it, too! (And if you already do this... why didn’t you tell me earlier!?)


At the very beginning of this study Kay talks about how she “marks” her Bible for lots of different things.  Each topic has it’s own marking that she uses throughout her Bible.  I’ll be honest... at first I kind of laughed.  I had literally never thought to draw a pitchfork to represent the Devil in my Bible.  Ha!  But, the more I practiced with her through different passages, the more I saw how incredibly helpful it was to my study.  After every passage she instructed me to mark through, she would then ask something like, “What did you learn from marking all the references to ___?”  It has opened my eyes SO MUCH to the deep wisdom that is in the Bible.  There is so much to study.  There is so much to dig into.  THERE IS SO MUCH TO LEARN.  


You can literally choose anything and everything to mark.  So far in this study, I’ve marked prayer (underline with an orange pen), sin (red S above any word relating to sin), passover (a little half curve above the word), and several others.  It has seriously been so eye-opening for me.  I’m able to pick apart different passages and see how certain things go together.  For example, in Matthew 26:36-44 Jesus is in the garden Gethesmane praying before He is betrayed by Judas.  He prayed, went back to the sleeping disciples, prayed, went back to the sleeping disciples, prayed... He was persistent in prayer.  He prayed again and again and again.  Visually seeing all my markings for prayer helped me to see how much Jesus actually prayed.  

I’ve learned so much from this study and I am so overwhelmed by how much the Lord loves me.  If you happen to be in a similar spiritual situation as I was, I want to encourage you to keep pressing through.  I was encouraged at our prayer meeting to just keep being faithful and consistent in the Word and in prayer because sometimes God uses these times to test our faithfulness to Him.  He has been so gracious to teach me, love me, and speak to me these past few weeks.  Sister, He LOVES YOU and He will not forsake you.  Seek Him.  

I can’t wait to tell you more about what I’m learning.  I think explaining it all to you will help me to better grasp it all and plant it firmly in my head and my heart.  I want it so badly.

22 comments:

Catherine {Spring in my Step} said...

Thank you so much for sharing! You're a true inspiration.

Lauren said...

What a wonderful study, as prayer is so important. I'm actually doing the No Other God's study you did a while ago and am getting so much out of it. I need to make more time for quiet time though.

Courtney Kassner said...

Thank you for this!

Mississippi Mrs. said...

Thank you for sharing this, sweet girl. I need to get ahold of this book!

Claire Voss said...

I've been doing a study with some ladies reading through Kay Arthur's Lord, Teach Me How to Read the Bible in 28 Days, and it is wonderful! Thanks for sharing!:)

Kaitlin Rose said...

I have never tried actually marking but I have heard about it repeatedly! I've had some struggles lately not hearing him, probably because I'm letting my own selfish plans get in the way of seeking him, but this technique will be added to my deepening of my studies!

Melissa C. said...

Thank you so much for sharing this post! I have added this book to my list of things to pick up next time I order off of Amazon! You can see your heart is filled with the Lords love and I am so thankful that you have shared this post with us all today! What a blessing you are and you don't even know it, Nicole!

Cassie Lee @ Sage the Blog said...

Cool! I'm doing No Other Gods with Lauren up there, but this one might need to be next now!

Rachel said...

I've never heard of this study but I have a feeling I'd get a lot out of it too! This post is beautiful, I love your sweet heart and am thankful to have a friend like you!

Hannah said...

Thank you so much for sharing this! I have been feeling in such a similar place to you it seems. This study seems perfect; I'm going to have to check it out -hopefully I can find it at our Christian book store!

The Girl who Loved to Write said...

This is so inspiring!

Elisha Kearns said...

I think I will have to get this book! Thank you for doing this post!

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Kenji said...

Thank you for sharing, I am wlays looking for ways to study the bible better. When I first started I just jumped in. I still love to learn new things on how to have a more effective bible study, thank you.

Madison @ Wetherills Say I Do said...

I might just have to check that book out, because it looks great! I can totally relate to your prayer life, it's always been weak for me. Thank you for sharing this!

Kelli @ A Deeper Joy said...

I did this study a few summers ago with a group at church and loved it! Another AMAZING one up your alley is Discerning the Voice of God by Priscila Shirer. It seriously changed my relationship with Him for the better!

Julia Clausel Photography said...

Purchasing! Thanks for sharing!

Pamela said...

This sounds SO good!!!

Julie said...

This was so, so great to read, Nicole! I have been feeling so disconnected from the Lord lately and know that I need to change that. I need to put in the time to do heartfelt study and time in prayer with Him if I really want things to change. It's all about the effort you put into the relationship with Him! Thanks for being such an encouragement!

Lauren H said...

I needed this more than you know. Thank you for posting, Nicole!

Katie said...

oh thank you so much. i am bad at bible study. i am bad at prayer. my walk with the Lord and my faith is messy because of my heart and I am really trying to seek the Lord and abide in him. SO appreciate these tips. thank you.

Amanda aka Manda said...

I'm glad I read this today and not while I was on vacation. Reading this post today came at the perfect time. I've been feeling a little dry/distance from God and my walk with Him lately. I needed to read this. Thanks, Nicole!

Raquel said...

Thank you so much for this! I have been lacking spiritually lately and i've always been horrible at bible study. I just never know where to start and I really need some kind of guide or something to just help me a bit. This is exactly what I needed!