HOW I STUDY THE BIBLE

Good morning.


What day is it. It’s Hump day, and in today’s post, I thought I share with you all how I study the Bible.

Here is a list of things I use during my Quiet Times:
• My Bible
• The YouVersion Bible App
• InTouch Ministries App
• Faith Church App
• A notebook
• Pens- Black, blue, and red
• A Devotional

Once I have everything I need, I close my door to my bedroom, and start my Quiet Time.


OPENING PRAYER: The first step I’ve been practicing is starting with prayer, asking God to help me understand the reading. Sometimes, I’ll just sit in quiet a few minutes longer because my mind may try to wonder, and at times, other things will come up.


YOUVERSION APP: Next, I’ll open the Bible app. The app starts off with a story section. You open it, and it talks about the topic for the day, the verse, and you’ll have a speaker go in depth on how the passage ties in with the topic. Then, they find a devotional that ties in with the topic as well. During this time, I’ll read and re-read the scripture, and I’ll listen to everything again to get better understanding. I’ll go through everything one last time to take notes in my notebook.

NOTE-TAKING: In my notebook, everything is simple. Black is for basic wording, blue is for positive words and messages, and red is for warnings and anything about the Devil. I’llgo on Pinterest and see there are so many different color codes for Bible studying, but since I’m just getting back into a routine, I’ll create a system that works for me overtime.


JOURNALING: After I’ve read and taken my notes, I’ll journal on my Journey app how the Quiet Time went, and how it made me feel. Other times, I’ll just sit in silence while I’ll listen to my praise music. Lately, I’ll go on InTouch Ministries or Faith Church and watch a sermon before going about my day.


If you don’t know what to use during your Quiet Time, just start simple with your Bible a Devotional, and a journal. That’s how my spiritual walk started, I’ve always kept a notebook every time I had Bible study or went to church and listened to a sermon.
I hope today’s post helped you get started with your Bible Study. Let me know how you spend your Quiet Time. Do you follow a plan, read a devotional, or do you just read and listen to what God is telling you? All of these are fine, as long as your spending this time with God.


I’ll check in with you all later.


Until next time…

STRONG IS NOT WRONG & RESTORE ME

Good morning

It is now Wednesday, and I thought it would be a good idea to share with you all a bit of encouragement this morning. Here are the readings for today:

  • Eph. 6:10
  • 2 Corinthians 1: 3-8
  • James 1: 2-4

Let’s start with “Strong is Not Wrong”:

The scripture for this lesson comes from the Verse of the Day, Ephesians 6:10:

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.
Ephesians 6:10 NASB

For this reading, I learned that when we feel weak, we find our strength from God and that we need to remember to be humble. The lesson applies to Christian Women, but I feel like it applies to people that deal with mental health as well. You’re going to have moments, even days when you feel weak. But we need to remember to find our strength in God. It says in the Bible, that Christian Women are associated with weakness rather than strength, but the truth is that they were called to be meek, not weak. The same goes for people battling mental health, we live in a society where individuals with a mental illness are seen as weak, when really we were called to be meek, not weak.

Now, before I go further, let me clarify what the word meek means. In the reading, meek is defined as strength under control. The Bible says that Jesus and Moses were meek, not weak. The same goes for Esther, she was meek, not weak. The meek are the humble that understand their strength comes from God.

This life requires strength, as we live longer, life gets harder. Living Godly in a Godless culture requires more strength than anyone can muster on their own, but we’re not alone.

This stuck out to me because there were times when I felt alone and that no one could understand what I was going through. The more I read the Bible, and the more time I spent with God, I realized that I wasn’t alone, and also, I noticed that there were other individuals like me in the world, living with a mental illness.

Now, for Day 1 of “Restoration” by Lecrae:

“Restore Me”

The scriptures for this lesson are from 2 Cor. 1: 3-8 & James 1:2-4:

“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
James 1:2‭-‬4 NASB

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ. But if we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; or if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which is effective in the patient enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer; and our hope for you is firmly grounded, knowing that as you are sharers of our sufferings, so also you are sharers of our comfort. For we do not want you to be unaware, brethren, of our affliction which came to us in Asia, that we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life
2 Corinthians 1:3‭-‬8 NASB

For this reading, I learned that God is not surprised by our trials and our pains. We live in a broken world, fueled by sin.

In the midst of the pain, God DOES NOT abandon us. God uses that pain to develop perseverance and make us mature believers. Pain and suffering are essential ingredients to growth and maturity in our faith.

Back in 2011, before I got saved, I was going through some things that I should have never gone through. Things that made me feel like I was worthless and that I was always going to be a screw-up. Now, I know that I don’t have to feel that way because God is always with me, and as long as I’m reminded of that, I will be ok. We need avoid boiling Christianity down to a suffering existence, but instead, we are encouraged to look to our suffering through the lens of faith. When we experience hardship and see the brokenness of our world’s systems, we are encouraged to consider it joy. As citizens of God’s Kingdom, these are reminders that our hope is beyond fulfillment, but our hope is in Christ.

Conclusion: God knows we’re not strong, so He makes us strong. Our Hope, is the hope made fully mature in us that has the power to change the world. We do not despair in hope.

I hope my Quiet Times are helping you through whatever struggles you’re facing. Let me know if you enjoy my Quiet Time posts, and I’ll continue to encourage you and give you some insight to start your day off on the right foot. I’ll check in with you all later on.

Until next time…

❤️

AM QUIET TIME

Good morning

Today has been a peaceful morning. I woke up and had my Quiet Time. It started with a story you listen to at anytime of the day in the Bible app. The topic talked about facing trials in our lives and how God redeems hard seasons. The Verse Of the Day comes from James 1: 2-3.

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.
James 1:2‭-‬3 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/jas.1.2-3.NASB

What I learned from this is that no matter what trials I’m facing, God is pulling me through them. It tests my faith and shows me how far I’ve come in my faith. It also taught me that with God’s Help, I can do anything.

Then, I started reading the Bible Plans I picked out based on the things that were really bothering me lately. Those things were: my finances, my spiritual journey, and spending more time with God. Here are the plans I’m doing if you all want to take a look for yourself on the Bible app:

  • Awakening
  • Finding Your Financial Path
  • 21 Days in God’s Word

If you don’t have the Bible app, I highly recommend you download it on your phone or whatever device you use the most. I wanted to share with you all my Quiet Time notes and what I learned this morning.

AWAKENING- the first day of this plan goes over why the Bible is important and how over time, we lose our passion to spend more time with God and read the Bible. I learned that my biggest obstacle to building a stronger relationship with Jesus is fear. I’m constantly worrying about the unknowns and not being good enough in life. I’m scared of failing and disappointing God. I know, I sound like a broken record but I think my Bipolar kicks in when I experience moments of doing very well. So today, I learned to ask God to help ignite that passion in me to spend more time with Him.

21 DAYS IN GOD’S WORD- This plan talked about challenging yourself with reading the Bible. There are many reasons for reading the Bible: it gives us peace, it offers us wisdom, it guides us and guides us in the truth, it helps us overcome challenges, and it encourages us to live God’s way. Today, I learned that the Bible is important in my life and that it can impact my life if I turn to it and turn to God more.

FINDING YOUR FINANCIAL PATH- Money is something I still worry about and I still struggle with. For the first day, I learned that if I continue to worry about money and constantly think about money, I’m turning money into my God, I’m praising money instead of praising God, I’m worshipping material things instead of God. So I need to turn over these feelings and thoughts and my finances to Him and let God take control of that.

Here are the scriptures for today from the readings:

  • Psalms 119: 111
  • Matthew 9: 9-13
  • Matthew 19: 16-26
  • Romans 12: 11-12
  • 2 Timothy 3: 16-17

After my Quiet Time, I feel peaceful, I feel light. I opened my planner and did not feel stress. I made myself some lemon water. And I am enjoying my morning. Mondays and Tuesdays are my slow days, I’m not going to rush and stress myself, I’m going to take my time and enjoy being in the moment.

So, I’m going to continue enjoying this feeling. And I will be back with you all later today. Have a great morning!

Until next time…

❤️

MONTHLY REFLECTION: MAY 2020

Good afternoon

So we have come to the last day in May. Another month of working from home and other things. Here are my words for May:

✨REST

✨BALANCE

✨PASSIONS

✨DISCIPLINE

✨DETERMINATION

✨POSITIVITY

I’ve been persistent with my meditation. This morning, the scriptures taught me some things about myself and the times we are living in. Then, I tuned into InTouch Ministries where today’s message talked about meditation on courage. Here are my notes from this morning:

Finished my final paper for Week 05, and posted my introduction for my fifth class. I’m still on a roll with school, I have a feeling that I’ll continue to pass each class with an A or A- until graduation. I can’t wait and my date could change at the rate that I’m going.

One thing that I’ve indulged for the entire month is California roll and potstickers. Drunken Fish has been my friend at least five times this week alone. But I can’t help it, I love sushi, and it’s so delicious. But I need to start back on my health journey.

Time to get down, no pain, no gain.

Well, time for me to change some things around in the apartment. Hope everyone enjoys the rest of this beautiful Sunday.

Until next time…

❤️