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As a mom of young children, having proper "quiet times" is a struggle, is it not? I've struggled through this issue for years. I've tried devotional books, iPhone apps, all the same stuff as you. But everything just seems so much harder when you have loud, needy children! who you dearly love ;) But a couple weeks ago I realized that what I really needed was *accountability*.
I read this blog post and thought this is for me.
So I stopped making excuses and asked my friend Jessica if she wanted to be my Bible Study/Accountability partner. And she basically said that God is awesome because this was exactly what she needed.
I took that as a yes. :)
And in the last couple weeks we have read through, studied, and discussed 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, and now Hebrews. Here's what we do:
Every day (ideally) we read the same chapter. We each use the seven arrows to break down and study what we read. Then at some point during the day we get on Facebook and private message each other about our reading. Although we start by discussing the chapter, we usually wind up discussing our days, our struggles, our prayer requests, etc. It's good, Christ-centered fellowship and accountability.
It's exactly what I needed.
No, I haven't had a quiet time/Bible Study every day since we started, but I will say it's been MUCH more consistent. If I don't keep up, she'll get way ahead of me! And I absolutely LOVE studying scripture with the seven arrows. It's basically seven different ways of looking at a passage of scripture, and by examining all of them, it gives you so much more insight and application for the scriptures. In the past two weeks, I truly feel like I have learned so much about God and His Word, and we've simply read passages that I've read over and over before. But really studying God's Word, along with fellowship, makes it go so much deeper than just reading alone.
As we studied 1 & 2 Timothy I was struck by how important it is to know God's TRUTH and have it hidden within you. Paul instructs Timothy over and over that there is truth and that it is essential to know it! I am thankful for this new way of taking in God's truth that is practical for my life. Let me know how it goes if you decide to give it a try.
Also, today I'd like to give away some truth for your kids! Because nothing is more important that instilling truth from young ages...
God's Word For Me Bible Storybook is unique in that the Bible stories are told with real Bible text from the International Children’s Bible®. Twenty-six Bible stories from the Old and New Testaments are included, and each story is accompanied by a prayer, a verse to memorize, and a spiritually enriching activity to help kids grow in their faith. Useful resources are included in the book to further help children learn about the Bible, such as a reading chart, a list of the books of the Bible, a memory verse checklist, and more
Eden loves the stories in this Bible, and I love that they are told with real Bible text so they're accurate and without fluff. To enter to win the Bible Storybook, leave a comment telling me your quiet time "method of choice" or any tips or tricks you have for getting it done. Then enter via Rafflecopter below.
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