Week One

Print this off, if you'd like, and tuck it in your Bible. Let's dig in to the Word, together. Read more »

The Four R Method Step Four - REPLY

The Four R Method Step Four - REPLY The last step is a sweet one. In a good conversation, when one person tells you something of note ... you acknowledge it and chat about it for a bit before you move on to another topic. Yet, too often in our Bible readings, we read what God has to say to us, and then we immediately change topics and pray for what we need. This should not be! After we have recorded our verse, in the 4 R Method, we REPLY to God. We write Him a little bit back, in our journal, prayer-style, about what He just told us. If He reminded us to be bold in sharing our faith in the verse we chose, […] Read more »

The Four R Method Step Three - RECORD

Want to be fully engaged in your reading? Well then. When you read the passage, ask God to show you a verse. "Your" verse for the day. He will. I've done this method for over 30 years, and rare is the day when there isn't a verse that speaks to me in some way or other. It might be a verse that is confusing and so I want to ponder it further. It might be a verse that convicts me about my behavior in some way (ouch ... and yet thank You, Lord!) It might be a verse that helps me understand my glorious God more. Whatever verse is it, I RECORD it. I literally write it out in my journal. Writing slows me down. […] Read more »

The Four R Method Step Two: READ

So ... why is it so important we read the Bible? Why can't we just read other Christian books that kind of explain it to us? Good question. We read the Bible because: It's literally God-breathed, according to 2 Timothy 3:16. So. No other book is THAT. It's an offensive weapon against the enemy of our souls. When he accuses us or condemns us or lies to us? We fight back with the Word of God. Which we can't do if we don't know it. Right? See Matthew 4 and marvel at how Jesus "fought back" when He was tempted with Scripture. Every. Single. Time. God speaks through His Word. He does. It's not a "dead book." Hebrews 4:12 tells us that " ... the […] Read more »

The Four R Method: Step One

REQUEST. Before we begin a quiet time, we bow our heads and request God's help with it. This starting with prayer does several wonderful things: It quiets us, as we bow before the King. It reminds us, as we ask for His help, that He is with us when we read the Word. Present, active, still speaking. It humbles us. We remember that we are needy. We are not able to always understand what we read. We recognize our need for His help. It heightens our focus, as we stop to ask that the Word penetrate our weary brains. It's no longer just something to read quickly so we can do the next thing. It becomes holy. sacred. precious. Because we've invited God to be […] Read more »

Preparing for Our Study

  It's less than a week until the start of our study, ladies! I'll be posting our first week's reading assignments towards the end of the week, but wanted to post our method of study, today. Each day this week, I'll elaborate on one of the four steps (all beginning with the letter R) that we will use when we study God's Word together. It's beginning to look a lot like ... Christmas Study time. 🙂 Read more »

Things to be Thankful for on Days when You’re Just Not Feeling It

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. —1 Thessalonians 5:18 ESV Let’s face it. No one springs from bed every morning full of life and joy and overflowing with thanksgiving. Oh, you have days when all is well with the world and every little thing makes you smile. On those days, your husband’s corny jokes are hilarious, your toddler’s pout when she spills the milk is soooo cute, and the dog’s persistent barking makes you chuckle. However. On many days you Do Not Want to Hear Another Corny Joke. And that spilled milk causes tears to spill from your eyes because it’s just the last straw. And there are days you want to banish your […] Read more »

Three Ways to Cope With Unexpected Crisis

The LORD said to Moses, “Bring the tribe of Levi and present them to Aaron the priest to assist him. They are to perform duties for him and for the whole community at the tent of meeting by doing the work of the tabernacle. … Give the Levites to Aaron and his sons; they are the Israelites who are to be given wholly to him. —Numbers 3:5-7, 9 NIV So there you are. An ordinary family from the tribe of Levi with your tent and your stuff, living your new life of freedom from slavery in the desert, watching God rain down manna on you day after day, still perhaps in awe that you escaped through a sea whose waters receded and stood tall as […] Read more »

For the Veteran on Veteran’s Day

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. —John 15:13 NIV War changes you. Whether you’re the soldier who swallows down fear and plunges ahead in defense of your country or the wife left behind smiling through tears and trying to find courage deep within your quivering self … war changes you. War changes you. Whether you’re an ordinary citizen suddenly caught in the midst of a firefight or a child injured by a bomb or a family that has had to leave everything behind and run. Literally run. To save your very lives … war changes you. There’s nothing pretty or sweet or easy about war. It’s violent by nature. It’s bravery and courage and valor and […] Read more »

Speeding Ticket Lessons

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. —1 John 1:9 RSV I have this dangerous little habit of being oblivious to the outside world when I’m in a supremely good mood. Take, for example, that long-ago day as a college student when I took some brand new students for a drive to see the sights in the local area. There I was, driving on the highway, happy as a bird, talking a mile a minute, and pointing out sights to my new friends. Then, all of a sudden, someone from the backseat said, “Sharon? Um, look to your left.” Odd thing to do, I thought. But look I did. And there, […] Read more »