Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds is a helpful reference for studying the Bible deeply in a group or on your own. Although I was initially leery because I feared the title implied that women should do Biblestudy Lite, it turns out that the author agrees with me that women need theology and deep study and the book title refers to the fact that women do need that depth even if it isn’t what they are used to getting.
The author, Jen Wilkin, provides a great framework for studying the Bible, including ideas that would be helpful even if you’ve been doing this for years. I started using several of her methods in my own study time this year and have found them illuminating.
I got an ESV Single Column Journaling Bible for Christmas and have been using it to combine my daily journal, prayers, and Bible study to great effect. It’s amazing how combining those three things has helped to clarify my thinking, remind me of the truth, and direct my prayer life. I’ve seen lots of references online about using a journaling Bible to paint or make other visual responses to Scripture, but since I’m a words person I’m filling mine with writing and underlining. I can already tell after one month that this is a habit I could keep going for the long-term.
In addition to using the ideas from Women of the Word, I’m also reading through The Songs of Jesus: A Year of Daily Devotions in the Psalms. I love the book’s emphasis on praying scripture back to God. Each section is broken down by day (although I’ve read more than one on certain days), with a short piece of teaching that puts the selection in context and spurs deeper reflection, and then an example of how to begin putting the section into your own prayers. Because the selections are short, you could easily begin now and do an extra day here or there, or just start whenever you start and forget about the dated entries.
If you’re looking for a great resource on devotional life, I still refer back to my notes from Tim Keller’s excellent book Prayer often.
What devotional resources have you found lately?
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