Monday, March 12, 2012

How Do You Read The Bible?

I am curious to know how other women read the Bible? Do you use study materials? Do you follow a set pattern...or just read wherever you land? I hope a couple of you dear ladies will respond below and let me know how you read and study God's Word?

I have read the Bible through using a guidebook a couple times. I have also used workbooks and sunday school materials to direct me in my readings. I have found that mixing it up works best for me. One year, I will use devotional books and then the next I will use a day-to-day guide to allow me to read the entire Bible in a year (or about a year, more or less).

This year, I am once again using a pamphlet called, "Through the Bible In a Year." I am trying to focus more on reading and understanding rather than reading at a set pace. Because of that, I am about a month behind schedule....but that's ok. I am truly enjoying the process and all that God is teaching me and showing me.

~Abram believed in the LORD and he credited it to him as righteousness.
Genesis 15: 6


At March 13, 2012 at 12:23 AM , Blogger annspencer said...

I got a Kindle Fire for my birthday, so I have started reading thru "The Devotional Bible" -- Max Lucado wrote the comments in it. It is very cool to read the digital version -- you can read in the dark without waking your husband, and you can highlight or add notes, and you can touch a word to see the dictionary meaning. There was one disturbing thing I discovered yesterday, though.When you look up the word "Christ:, one alternate definition is "an oath used to express irritation, dismay, or surprise." That definition bothers me a lot.

At March 13, 2012 at 4:36 AM , Blogger DoleValleyGirl said...

One of my goals this year (actually, it's on my 50 before 50 list) is to read through the Bible in a year. I'm so far behind that I'm not sure I'll be able to accomplish this one (I'm not giving up though...). Life is full and I rest securely in the fact that nowhere in the Word does God command us to read the Bible through in a calendar year. :) That said, I've been wanting to do it and am trusting in the Lord to provide the time -- with two busy children at home still, time is not always available to sit quietly. Sigh. I do appreciate your sharing that you're "behind" and being ok with it. Oh, and I love Gen. 15:6. :)

Blessings, ~Lisa

At March 13, 2012 at 7:28 AM , Blogger Sherry Hefner said...

Ann....I love my Kindle Fire! So happy you are enjoying it. I do miss my old-fashioned books sometimes but then I remember how I often struggled to see the pages at night. The Fire certainly lights things up and helps these poor old eyes from straining so hard. Glad you are enjoying Max Lucado's Bible...I have seen it but haven't purchased it. Sounds like I might have to check it out! Thanks for stopping by!

At March 13, 2012 at 7:38 AM , Blogger Sherry Hefner said...

Lisa...I think you are doing great to be reading God's Word and meditating on it! One thing that really helped me was when our staff devised a plan called "27/30." Our entire church (or those that were willing to try) committed to read the entire New Testament in 30 27 books-30 days. In order to do this, we were told we would have to sacrifice something for 30 TV time or computer time. The reading plans were handed out and I took on the challenge (of course, when your husband is the pastor your participation in the program is pretty much necessary...LOL!). That month truly transformed my life! I also saw that it was transforming the lives of my church family. What I learned was that God simply wants us to read His Word and study it everyday. If we commit to it...and stick with will change us from the inside out! And who says we can't fall behind in our reading? At least we are shooting for some type of goal (which helps me a bunch).
Thanks so much for stopping by, Lisa...and for leaving your comments. Blessings...

At March 13, 2012 at 9:59 PM , Blogger Michelle-ozark crafter said...

What a beautiful blog you have. I am going to read more as soon as I can!

At March 13, 2012 at 10:11 PM , Blogger Sherry Hefner said...

Thanks so much, Michelle...I appreciate you stopping by and leaving a comment! I hope to see you here again soon....Many blessings to you!

At March 14, 2012 at 6:01 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Though I am not consistent with personal bible study (it's something I am working upon), how I study the bible depends on my season of life. Some days I am able to do more, while others less. I used to try and do specific things for specific days, and I often found myself either getting too stressed-out or going through the motions. So, I just study a little bit at a time, each day, depending on where God is leading me during that time.

I like the plan you have created for yourself. Sounds great! :)

At March 14, 2012 at 6:53 PM , Blogger Sherry Hefner said...

Mara, I know just what you mean about getting hung up in the motions. I do the same sometimes too. I feel like I have let the Lord down if I don't get all my reading done...but in truth, He just wants me to focus on Him and to meditate on His Word in my heart all day long. Thanks for sharing!

At March 17, 2012 at 2:06 PM , Blogger Marmee's Pantry said...

I do a little of everything, too. After you've been a Christian for many years, you almost have to. :-) For the last several months & until the end of May, however, my home church is going through the Bible together. We are using Randy Frazee's "The Story" (Max Lucado's assoc pastor). Every Sunday School class of all ages & every sermon in based upon what that week's assigned reading is. You go through the Bible chronologically. It's been awesome; I will almost hate to see it end.

Blessings from Ohio...Kim<><

At March 17, 2012 at 7:57 PM , Blogger Sherry Hefner said...

Kim...that sounds wonderful! Our staff created a plan called "27/30," where our entire church (or all those who were willing) read all 27 books of the New Testament in 30 days. I had to give up some TV, computer and craft time to complete it...but it was such a blessing to my life. It is very meaningful to go through Scripture together with your church family.
Thank you for taking the time to stop by my little blog....I am really blessed by your blog and enjoy reading there often.
Blessings! Sherry


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