5 Tips to Succeed in Knowing God’s Word

Knowing God’s Word is a must for believers!  We cannot know God apart from His Word.  Bible plans for the New Year start out with great intentions, but too often fall short quickly.

Here are some tips that have helped me stay diligent in God’s Word.  It does take discipline!  Life will do it’s best to distract you, so persevere my dear sister, it is worth it!

  1.  Find a spot!  A consistent place and time set aside just for you and God.  My time has most consistently been early mornings, but my place has changed over the years.  Presently, I have a spot on my living room floor.  I can spread out and for now, it works for me. At times,  I’ve had a designated chair,  I’ve made my spot at the kitchen table, dinning room table or desk.  I’ve even been on the floor of my closet.  (My favorite place is outside, weather permitting)  Wherever you decide is a sweet place for you in this season, set aside a spot.
  2. Pray!  This may be obvious, but how often do we start diving into God’s Word and forget to ask the Holy Spirit to teach us, reveal God to us and grow us to be more like Christ.  It’s easy to open God’s Word without acknowledging God’s presence.  Pray first and ask Him to be with you.
  3. Ask Questions!  The bible is not best read like a novel.  When we approach Scripture like this we get lost when trudging through books like Leviticus.  When reading God’s Word ask questions!  This year I am going through God’s Word with one question…What do I learn about God in this passage?  Questions you can ask are unlimited.  More examples are:  What do I learn about sin?  What do I learn about the character of the people in the bible?  How does God respond to His people?  What does God want to teach me today?
  4. Focus!  Distractions are an enemy to being in God’s Word.  From inward distractions, like your mind racing and reminding you of all the things you forgot or could be doing, to the outward distractions like schedules, phones, spouses and children.  Focus is why I’ve chosen one question this year as I approach God’s Word each day.  Bible reading plans help you focus.  Methods help you focus.  Although there are many,  the key to success is prayerfully picking one and sticking with it.  For those mental distractions and to do lists that quickly compile in your mind the moment you open God’s Word?  Grab a piece of paper and write it down.  It’ amazing how this will help you let go and get back to your time with Him.
  5. Expect God to reveal Himself!  God’s Word is living and active and even those passages you’ve read multiple times will reveal new things.  God may not give you big AHA moments every day so don’t be discouraged.  Sometimes God reveals Himself over the course of time or He simply reminds us of things we need to remember.  Don’t be discouraged if you are not hearing new things every day.  Being in His word may be keeping you from bad things as He reminds you of things you already know.  Trust Him.  God’s Word is a lamp unto our feet and a light onto our path.  We need it to get where He wants us to be.

Above all delight in your time with God!  If you feel it’s a burden or a chore, ask God to give you a heart that delights  in His Word.  Pray for Him to give you eyes to see and show you wonderful things!  He’s given us His Word to know Him and His ways, stay with it and trust He will do immeasurably more than you could hope or imagine!

Biblical illiteracy and spiritual poverty is a serious problem among God’s people.  Knowing God’s Word for yourself will help  protect you from deception and falling  into unbiblical philosophies that permeate our churches and culture.

No tips will help you if you sincerely don’t believe that God’s Word is  truly God’s Word.  When we really believe that Almighty God, our Creator, speaks to us through His Word, there is no place we’d rather be.

With Love and Prayers for your time with Him,

Kelly

Balance, Busyness and Not Doing It All

Balance, Busyness and Not Doing it All

Have you ever met someone who spoke wise words that released you from captivity and changed your perspective?  Well, that happened to me the first time I met Brenda.  She was teaching a social media class at the Speak Up Conference I attended this summer.  I felt stuck (captive) because on one hand, I believe God has called me to encourage women through teaching and writing, and it brings me great joy; yet, I struggle ferociously with this whole idea of moving God’s work forward, especially through social media.  Words like platform and audience really kind of freak me out and turn me off.  Brenda breathed light and provided a key to bring freedom as she said ‘Social Media isn’t about platforms, it’s about ministry, real people with real needs’.  This, I could get on board with.  With a shift of perspective I could continue walking in the calling.

Brenda does this in her new book “Balance, Busyness and Not Doing it All“.  She comes alongside you with the tenderness and wisdom of Jesus to shift your perspective on what matters.  Being a woman is hard.  We balance a lot of roles, and all too often we can feel like we live to take care of everyone else at the expense of ourselves.  As wives and moms we can get lost in our roles while our soul is screaming for more than endless laundry, dinners, homework, demanding schedules and people.

Balance, Busyness and Not Doing it All will open your eyes to the glorious identity you have in Christ and walk you through living out that identity, especially in our homes where it can be so easily lost.  Brenda walks with you as she too is living to balance the full life of being a wife, mom to four children, ministry and work.  Her principles are proven and continue to be implemented in her own life.

Balance & Busyness

Brenda’s nurturing heart comes beaming through the pages.  Her compassion and authenticity make you feel as though she is sitting right beside you as  she pauses throughout her book to ask relevant questions , assuring you’re not alone and giving you wisdom to help bring balance and perspective.

God has designed us as women to be nurturing  and life-giving.  Brenda focuses on how living this helps bring balance and priority to our lives.  You’ll be challenged to let go of things that are not life-giving such as enabling and trying to do it all; instead embracing who God has made you to be, and engaging the family to grow and work together as a unit.  Reflection questions in each chapter help to personalize and apply principles in a way that works for you and your family.

If you are exhausted and trapped in busyness and the pressures of conformity you will find Balance, Busyness and Not Doing it All nourishes the soul, opens your eyes to what really matters and gives perspective that brings freedom, joy and peace.

What’s your greatest challenge in balancing life?  Where are you trying to do it all?  Share your answer in the comment section of this post.  You are not alone, we all struggle with balancing the busyness and prioritizing what’s important.  Sharing your answer to these questions will comfort others and also qualify you for a chance to receive Brenda’s newest released book Balance, Busyness and Not Doing it All.

I look forward to reading your challenges and am so excited to be giving away a copy of Brenda’s book because I know the one who receives it will be blessed.

Praying for life giving balance,

Kelly

To learn more about Brenda visit her website.

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Making Personal Holiness a Priority

This is the declaration of the Lord God. “Repent and turn from all your transgressions, so they will not be a stumbling block that causes your punishment. Throw off all the transgressions you have committed, and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. Why should you die, house of Israel? For I take no pleasure in anyone’s death.” This is the declaration of the Lord God. So repent and live! Ezekiel 18:30-32

 “Break my heart for what breaks Yours”….these lyrics ran through my mind as I pondered God’s heart through His Word. What breaks His heart? Sin. Your sin. My Sin. While we can have a heart for ministry and injustice, if we bypass the heart of why those things exist…we continue to contribute to it.

It is so tempting to overlook our own sin while standing for causes that honor God. It’s so tempting to lead, worship, serve and fellowship with one another all the while negating the very thing that breaks God’s heart. Sin’s nature seeks to convince us it isn’t that bad. It is! It robs and destroys us. When we confess our sin and the power is broken, new life and greater glory erupts.

Never underestimate the value of personal holiness – getting honest and letting God purify our hearts, making us more like Christ. Oh it’s much easier to focus on what we can do for God but stepping over our own personal holiness to accomplish things for God is missing the point and contaminating the work.

Never Underestimate the Power of Personal Holiness

God’s heart breaks over sin because He knows its only purpose is to enjoy destroying us. If we do nothing else but come clean before God and allow Him to purify us, we’ve done everything. A pure heart can’t help but to love God and others more deeply.

Sin causes us to stumble, it hurts others and it hurts us. As long as we carry our sin along it affects and limits us. When we think we have no sin we are deceiving ourselves.  Friends, we can’t afford to be deceived! That sin we keep putting off, or the sin God is waiting to reveal, is keeping us from good and glorious places.

God takes no pleasure in death. Not the death of a relationship, a life, a dream or a hope. He takes no pleasure in our stumbling. He has provided a better way – a way where we can put off the sin that so easily entangles us so that we can run the race and live the abundant life.  Bring it to the cross of Christ where all power to overcome is waiting.

2Timothy 2:20-21 tells us that if anyone purifies himself from anything dishonorable, he will be a special instrument, set apart, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work. Don’t you want to be a special instrument in the Master’s hands? It begins with our personal holiness.

This past week I’ve intently prayed asking God to search my heart. Not only did He convict me of sins that continued hindering me, but He graciously revealed to me how ONE sin affected so many areas. God does not waste our time or overwhelm, He gets to the heart. While we seek to change our behavior in multiple areas, God reveals the root that leads to all those areas. When clarity comes confession follows and before long we are embracing new freedom in Christ.

Before jumping into a new season this Fall, will you join me in sincerely asking God to search your heart and cleanse you by the power of His Spirit so that you can be a radiant light shining into a dark world.

God Convicts us to Cleanse us NOT Condemn us.

Here are some passages to pray through asking God to convict what He wants to cleanse.

  • Galatians 5:16-26
  • Ephesians 4:17-32
  • Colossians 3
  • Psalm 51
Seeking to Serve Him with a pure heart for His glory and the good of many