Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”
Make sure to watch Wendy’s instructional video-part 1 and 2. In these videos Wendy goes over the how-tos and other details of the class. You don’t want to miss it!
Read Thru the Word Bible Study consists of three parts.
- Daily reading in the One Year Chronological Bible-NLT
- Daily video teaching by Wendy-Monday through Friday on Walking With Women through The Word
- Daily response journal
Each day subscribers to Walking with Women through the Word will receive the daily teaching through email. In this email you will see Wendy’s key verse for the day and her personal responses to the journal questions. (see below) Follow the link on the email to navigate to her site to view Wendy’s teaching video. (The video does not come on the email.) After viewing the video you have the opportunity to share your thoughts about the video and day’s readings in the comments section of the day’s post. Wendy teaches Monday-Friday only. Weekends are reserved for refueling and family time. Wendy posts Open Blog Weekend on Saturday and Sunday. This gives the class a place to comment about the reading as well as a place to uphold accountability.
Your journal is a crucial part of the Bible study. Please purchase a 5-subject, college-ruled notebook. This notebook will be home to what the Lord is teaching you. Answer the following questions each day and watch the Word come alive right before your eyes.
- Something Old:
Something that you read today that was familiar but “heard” in a new way.
- Something New:
Something that you did not know before today’s reading.
- Something to Do:
Your action response to one truth or “nugget” from today’s reading you can apply to your life.
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I am student myself. My passion is digging around to find the meaning Hebrew or Greek word. It is also very interesting to read commentaries on subject matter I don’t fully understand.
The Bible we use for our study is unique in design. It is chronological. This means it is written in the order of which the events occurred. For example, in the middle of the book of Acts, you will find Paul’s letters to the Thessalonians. You will experience David emotions with him as he runs from Saul and hides in the cave. The Psalms that David authored are in the story of his life written in Samuel. It is not the Bible you grab on your way out the door on the way to church. This Bible is made for study. We are reading the easy to understand, New Living Translation. Click here to see and purchase the One Year Chronological Bible. Let me speak candidly, I did love the Word of God or have a passion for it that I do now until I read it in this chronological format. It reads like a story, a story you want to finish. I can’t imagine where I would be in my walk with the Lord if I had not purchased and read this Bible.
If your are unable to purchase a Bible, you can still participate in the class. The reading schedule can be found at: One Year Chronological Reading-NLT daily reading schedule.
The daily readings can be completed in 15-20 minutes.
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Here are a few helpful hints to help you get started:
The first time I read through the Bible, I intentionally went to sit in carline, 20 minutes early each day so that I could complete my reading. You may not have a carline to go to but maybe you have a lunch hour. Perhaps you don’t work outside the home, turn off Dr. Phil or one of your other favorite shows to complete your daily reading. You can make up missed reading waiting at the doctor’s office or ballet class.
Set Boundaries for Yourself
Determine a time and place that you will do your reading and do your best to stick to it. Protect your reading time and place within reason. It is important to be flexible in order to accommodate your responsibilities. The daily reading should take you 15-20 minutes, depending on how fast or how slow you read. Me? I read slow.
Give Yourself Grace, Grace, Grace
I am really hard on myself when it comes to goals. If I seem to be “slacking off” or not quite as excited about the goal as I once was, I am likely to quit. Start this goal with this in mind, “I am going to do this and quitting is NOT an option.” There will be times that you miss. Life happens, so expect to and extend yourself grace. “There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
Either on the inside cover or an index card keep track of the date you miss and make up the reading when you have the opportunity. If you don’t get the opportunity, don’t sweat it. God is looking at your heart’s desire, not a checklist. He will not stop working through His Word just because you miss a day or two.
As I have already made plans to read through the Bible for 2011, I have invited some people to pray for me as I strive to meet the goal. These individuals will also be my accountability during the journey. Ask God who He would have you invite. We will also pray for each other. I will NOT forget to pray for you.
Take Notes and Highlight
In addition to the spiral notebook, purchase a highlighter, pen, and sticky notes. God speaks through His Word and He will speak to you, so be ready to write down what He says. I mark up my Bibles with pen and highlighters. I write prayers and praises in the margin. I use the sticky notes if I discover something that I want to research further at another time. The little yellow sticky notes come in handy when a distracting thought comes to mind while I am reading, i.e. grocery items and to-dos.
There is an enemy, a real enemy who is very happy with a believer’s status quo relationship with the Living God. This enemy does not want you to become wise in the Word because then he will lose any power he may have over you. When you committed to read the Bible, you added fuel to the fire of Hell and upset the enemy’s plan. I have read the end of this book and you win, he loses. Don’t let the enemy distract you.
What Can I expect from this site?
The number one thing you will receive from this site is accountability and support. It is comforting to know that others are on the journey with you. It is also comforting to know that others are struggling to get all the reading done. (And it will happen. Life happens.) As far as my role in the journey, I am an vessel that is willing to be used by the Holy Spirit who will set the stage of our hearts to be written upon and changed by the power of the ancient words of scripture. I too am a student with a desire to be enlightened, inspired, transformed, and surprised by what I will learn on the new journey I am taking.
You have read all the above and now for the “fine print.” I am not an expert in anything. I am not a Biblical scholar or person with a seminary degree who knows the Bible inside and out. Honestly, I still have to sing the books of the Bible song sometimes to remember Micah comes after Jonah. I give the stage over to the Holy Spirit who is our Counselor and Teacher. (John 14:27) The stage has been set for Him to do a work in our lives.
Who am I then? I am a little i in the story of the great I AM. I am a woman who loves Jesus and His Word and wants you too also.
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