Bible Study & Prayer 101: Back to the Basics


I picked up the pages that had fallen out of Genesis and put them back in order inside my bible that is falling apart at the seam.

“It looks like just a lot of pieces of paper, mommy,” Arabella said.

“It is, I’ve had this bible a long time.” I said.  

And it’s true, I’ve had this bible for around twelve years.  Other bibles I’ve had  have fallen apart  from being tossed around in my pocketbook, dropped in pools,  or lost on trips.  But this particular bible is like the “big bertha” of my bible collection.  Too large and heavy to tote around, she always gets left at home.

Lately I’ve returned to my trusty ole’ big bertha bible.  She’s an NLT (New Living Translation) with great footnotes about context and application.  I’ve traded in my iPhone app reading and fancy journaling bible to return to my trusty friend who holds years of highlights and notes scribbled in the margin.  It just feels like home; nestled in my familiar cozy corner with Jesus.

I have come to realize that not every person who considers themselves a christian has this relationship with their bibles.  And that just makes me SAD.

Because, when I open my bible, I hear Jesus whisper:  

“I’ve got something to tell you today, darling.”

And I know he loves you just as much as he loves me, which means he has something to tell you too.  So if you aren’t reading the Word for yourself, you’re missing out.

Sure, you can read books by Christian authors and do bible studies by gifted teachers who lead you through series.  But don’t you want to just open up the bible….and read?

Do you crave to just sit down, with your bible, pen, and paper and know God better?  

I’m going to be sharing about how I approach God’s Word and pray over the next few weeks here on the blog.

Here are some of the topics I’ll be discussing:

{With a fun back to school theme}

*Meet the Teacher- The Holy Spirit’s role in bible study

*Supplies – Bible Translations, helpful tools, ways to dig deeper

*Syllabus and Assignments – A plan to learn and apply 

*Asking Questions – Different ways to pray 

My prayer is that if you follow along in this series, it will help you get back to the basics of your daily time with God, or help you start having one for the first time ever!

Happy reading!

P.S. I’m reading in Zephaniah right now and I love it!

“Your word is a lamp to guide my feet
and a light for my path.”  Psalm 119:105

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