New Bible Series: Abide in the Word

When I studied Psalm 119 with the ladies at my church using the Precept Bible Study, Sweeter Than Chocolate(a great Bible Study, by the way!) I was shocked to learn that:
   “According to the Barna Research Group [1997 data], those who read the Bible regularly spend about 52 minutes a week in the Scriptures.” 1 If a person spends 52 minutes a week in the Bible, how much time is that each day? About seven and a half minutes, less time than a person spends watching commercials in an average 30-minute television show.” (Pg. 6, Sweeter Than Chocolate)
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Yet considering the value of being in God’s Word it is no wonder then why the blessed man of Psalm 1 literally was in the Word, meditating on it day and night.(Psalm 1:1-3) Or why Job, in the midst of his incredible suffering, was faithful to abide in God's Word declaring, “I have not departed from the commands of his lips; I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread.” (Job 23:12) 

God’s Word is so extreemly rich and profitable (2 Timothy 3:16) that I wish I could just linger in it everyday. However, being a wife and mother means I have to be creative in at times in how I abide in the Word. And when I’m in it, I want to make sure I get the most of out of my time in it. I’m sure you can relate. 

So after praying about what to write on, now that the Psalm 103 Summer Memory Challenge is finished, the Lord impressed on my heart to do a series on abiding in His Word. How and how much we abide in His Word will look different for each of our lives, yet our call to abide remains the same. (John 15)

For the next several weeks, I’ll be focusing on simple, and sometimes creative, ways to abide in God’s Word. I’ll also highlight some helpful Bible Study methods, and resources, to equip us to get the most out of our private time in the Bible. I’m excited about this new series, and I hope you are, too! 

 Questions for you: What topics, questions, or concerns do you hope to see covered during this series? What ways do you currently use to keep you abiding in God’s Word, and His Word in you?

 

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14 comments:

  1. Brooke,
    This must be a theme for me-I read another blog recently about skimming or swimming...and I was convicted. So glad I found you at Grace Alone's Thankful Thursdays.
    Looking forward to reading more.
    Peace and good.

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    1. How neat to hear! So glad you stopped by! God bless you richly!

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  2. Wow, first I'm so glad I found you through Thankful Thursdays! Second, I'm not positive about what topics to include in the series about Abiding in the Word, but it might be interesting to do a word study about the words used for "abide" in the Hebrew (Old Testament) and Greek (New Testament).

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    1. So glad you visited, too! I love your idea of doing word studies on the word abide as found in both the OT and the NT. Super idea! God bless you richly!

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  3. Whoa.... that is one sad statistic! Lord open up our eyes and hearts to read and hear more of your WORDS of LIFE! Bless you!

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    1. Amen, Kathleen! I loved your beautiful prayer! Well said! God bless you much!

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  4. Amen sister. God's Word is a classroom and an oasis. Love it.

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    1. Tami, I love your description of God's Word! God bless you lots!

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  5. There's nothing like a good bible study, hope you enjoy and grow through it.

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  6. Sounds like a good study. It occurred to me that in Bible times they didn't have TV, internet, commercials, etc. to compete with their study, but then I remembered how they had to spend so much more time than we do with with domestic things. No washing machines, driers, dishwashers, microwaves, and the list goes on. We really have no excuse.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

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    1. Charlotte, it was a good study. I enjoyed mining the riches of Psalm 119. It is so rich! I love what you said in light of all our modern conveniences, "We really have no excuse." It's so true. I love the age we are in now, but I think how much simpler life was then even in the 1800's without all the distractions we have today. No email to check, texts to reply to, podcasts to listen to, no online articles to read, no apps to play with, no TV or movies to watch, etc. I really have to discipline myself to keep my priorities straight and guard my time from lesser things that would easily distract me from what I should be doing. God bless you much!

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  7. Incredible statistic, and thanks for introducing me to this book--I've found that since we're not using cable, I'm thinking about God a lot mroe, I'm more peaceful...now want to read my bible more too :) during this time...thanks for linking up-

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    1. Michy, yes I was amazed by that statistic, too. You'll really like that book. I had a great time going through that study. It is so great to hear that without your cable you are able to spend more time with God and experience peace in a greater way. So wonderful! God bless you lots!

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Thank you for taking the time to share. May God bless you richly!