Sunday, January 4, 2009

Watcha Doin'?

It's a new day, a brand new year, beginnings abound! So, I'm curious... alright, maybe I'm just plain nosy. But heck, you gals have made me this way. If you didn't have such interesting lives and amazingly witty answers I wouldn't give a hoot.

So...what is it you're doing for your Bible study in 2009? How about your daily reading? Are you doing anything different for your daily devotion time?

I am still undeclared as to which Bible study I will participate in this year. I LOVE women's Bible studies and being a natural born zealot, I would attend three a day if I could!

For now, my daily time in the Word will include, a chapter from the Old and New Testament and a Psalm. I also read the devotion of the day from my Streams in the Desert book and I've included a devotion from a book my dad and step mom gave me called Precious Gems, that includes the study of a Greek word each day. I have begun a new prayer journal to jot down my hearts requests. This is only my second year that I have kept a prayer journal, and I highly recommend it!

Friends, if you have never read through your Bible, I encourage you to make 2009 the year you succeed. If reading it from cover to cover seems a bit overwhelming, go out and get yourself a Chronological Bible. My husband and I read through the Bible that way a few years ago. What a blessing that was.

So, is this the year the year you are committing to read through your Bible again, or for the first time?

What is your time in the Word routine?

What Bible study are you doing this year?

Cmon', throw us a bone and fill us all in!


momstheword said...

I don't really know what Bible study I'll be doing. We are just finishing one up in our class and I haven't picked out the next one yet. I need to be in prayer about that.

I have not decided what to do with my own personal study so I will look forward to reading what others are staying!

SharonB said...

I will not be able to participate in a Bible due to a new work schedule, but for the first time in my life I am ok with that. What I am doing is finishing up studying the book of Hosea (Kay Arthur Precepts). I have been doing it for a couple months now with a friend. We don't meet or anything, becasue we don't have the time, but we keep eachother accountable and we will write what we are learning through our studying over email.
When we are done with Hosea we are going to do something on the Covenants of God - I'm excited about that!
FYI: I love Precept Studies, but can't often go when they are offered, or can't find one close. Well I just found out that you can order up to 2 books from them even if you aren't a leader (ie had their training). Just a thought for anyone out there who would love to study them on their own. :-)

Beth in NC said...

Ok, you've got me. I DON'T HAVE A PLAN YET! (I have the Streams in the Desert devotional too!)

I am ready for a good bible study!

I wish I had some mind-blowing plan to share. :o)

(I love the picture of you and your husband! So sweet!)


Lisa writes... said...

We will be using Nancy Leigh Demoss's book "Brokenness" in our Bible study group set to begin in a couple of weeks...after that, only the Lord knows!

I've started a Bible reading plan, the one used by John Piper's church--I think it ultimately came from Discipleship Journal.

I'll be interested to see what everyone else is doing!

Elizabeth M Thompson said...

Our women's Bible study season starts tomorrow. My church is offering six different studies. I am leaning towards Beth Moore's Esther study, but will commit tomorrow after I see all the options.

I also meet weekly with a group of women from our school to pray for each other and our kiddos. We read through a parenting book as a guide for our discussions. It's not really a Bible study, but the books we choose are Bible-based. And YOUR BOOK WOULD BE A GREAT ONE FOR OUR GROUP. I'm waiting (you have to say "I'm waiting" in your head with the voice of Fezick from Princess Bride, or you loose the affect.)

Growin' with it! said...

well i know one thing...i'm inspired more now! and greek? are one smart woman. our women's bible studies haven't started up yet but i am eager to see what is offered. i finished one called "no other gods" that they are going to use and its tempting to go back and do it again with other women and get their perspective. but i am also hungry for some "meat" if ya know what i mean! at the moment i am soaking in God's grace. it seriously has overwhelmed me the past few days. and i am eager to learn more on "how to pray". any suggestions?

btw..i love your blog desctiption and profile picture!

maudie-mae said...

I have touched a little bit on your post here, but there is a bit more that I am doing. One of my best thrills is finding something worthwhile in the used book store where I work. I found a book of devotions by Ray Stedman (google him, he's worth reading) that goes through twelve books of the Bible. January's book is Mark. I am really getting a lot out of it. I am also doing a daily
devotional by O. Hallesby--he's another theologian worth reading.

AlaneM said...

I've got no plan whatsoever but my pastors wife passed out a sheet for reading through the bible chronologically so I might do that. My hubs & I read a chapter (almost) every night & we are on our second trip through - however, we do this at night right before bed & we tend to be zombie'ish.
I'd love to lead a book/prayer group in my church but it's logistically not happenin' right now. Between the ages of the kids & the hubby's unpredictable work schedule...but I will do it when I can!

Paula (SweetPea) said...

I'm doing "No Other Gods" on Thursday nights and maybe also for SS on Sunday morns. I'm doing "Self Talk, Soul Talk" online.

Instead of reading the Bible through, I've been reading slower...maybe too one chapter a day. I'm in Deuteronomy now. I just finished Exodus. I'm doing Nehemiah and Ezra...I may interrupt Deut. to skip over to N and E now instead of waiting.

I've not been good or consistent with daily journalling. I do it when I feel something speak to me.

I need more structure and routine in my life for sure...reading, praying, journalling, studies.

I like the new pic of you and hubs.

Angie said...

Gosh---you ARE nosey! (kidding)

Well...if you've read yesterday and know which devotional I'm doing...and why. But for a Bible Study, our ladies group are about to begin the Esther study by Beth Moore. Exciting. BUT also...this weekend, I started working on the 90 Day (which will take me MUCH longer this time) of A Heart Like His by Beth Moore...and therefore started reading the Chapter of 1 Samuel to get caught up on old Saul then David. between that...and going to and from work...and trying to clean house...and cook for old Jeff...and see grandkids when I can....and eating...and sleeping....and trying to blog a bit here and there....I'm not doin' much of nothin' else are you doin'?


Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates said...

Love your new pic of you and your hubby!

I love Streams in the Desert - I am currently reading that each day. I am reading a chapter from Old Testament and a chapter from the New every day and then through a group (5:16 AM Gals at Like a Warm Cup of Coffee) we are starting a study of 1 John. I have a ladies Bible study that is starting Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ by John Piper. Last year we did The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul which was fantastic!

That's it for now. I'm happy though because I'm doing a lot more than I have in the past and it is so good for me!

a portland granny said...

I have been in Precepts for the past 6 years, but this year we are doing a Beth Moore study. I like it, but I don't like the "fill in the blanks" type of study, so am hoping we return to a Precepts study in the fall.

For personal reading, I discovered a book called "The Valley of Vision" when I heard it quoted at Ruth Bell Graham's memorial. I just love the depths of the writing of the puritan prayers. Another book I am enjoying is "Morning and Evening" by Charles Spurgeon.

Thanks for asking. Interesting to read peoples' comments--some good ideas

Anonymous said...

I don't have an option of joining a live study so I'm doing Beth Moore's Believing God online .

A Stone Gatherer said...

I am still reading in Ezekiel an I think I will start reading the bible through, but I better get cracking or otherwise I will be way behind!

Greg C said...

Wow, it has been a while since I visited your blog. I am really sorry. I started reading the Bible at the beginning of 2008. I read a little ever morning or at least I try to. Sometimes I get up late or get to work and things are really hectic so I may have missed a day or two. I am reading it from cover to cover and right now I am reading John. Mornings are the best time for me to read because it is usually quiet.


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