Being Studious

The Bible is filled with inspiration and simple principles to help us love God, our families, and our neighbors. No matter how busy we may be chasing toddlers or teens, we need God’s truth like we need food and water. It’s not enough to mother with our hearts. We have to mother with our heads too. So here are a few simple tips to guide you on your journey as a studious mom.

1.  Start with Jesus.  Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John – The Gospels – reveal God’s heart in the person of Jesus Christ. From Jesus we learn of God’s love for us, we see what obedience looks like, and we learn how to love others. The life of Christ is so easy to share with your children too. He is the perfect role model for all of us.

2. Read through entire books of the Bible. You’ll become familiar with the people whose lives were touched by God, including their fears, failings, and triumphs of faith. More importantly, you’ll grow strong in your understanding of who God is, his love for humanity, and his call to live in a way that honors him.

3. Study topics with a topical Bible. There is so much to learn from scriptures about parenting and marriage. The first Bible I ever received was a Thompson Chain Reference Bible and I love it so much, that I have gifted one to each of my children for their high school graduation. The Thompson Chain enables you to easily follow a topic from Genesis to Revelation. In this way, the Bible is commenting upon itself, themes and threads emerge, and no one verse becomes a proof text.

4. Learn to navigate online tools like Biblegateway.com or esword.net. Here you can see different translations, commentary from respected theologians, and a host of useful tools.

5. Purchase lessons offered by reputable authors. You can find a great list at Christian Book Distributors. Or visit your local bookstore so you can flip through the pages and see what the options are. Many pastors, churches, and speakers offer online courses and audio or video lessons.

6. Journal as you study. Purchase a beautiful journal and write down what you are learning and what you are feeling as you read. Copy scriptures. Write prayers. This journal will be a meaningful record of your conversations with God and his voice in your spiritual journey. I began journaling in 1983 and now I have about 20 journals! It’s so awesome to return and read all the ways God touched my heart as I spent time with him and talked to him about being a mom.

I’m asking God for one thing, only one thing:
To live with him in his house my whole life long.
I’ll contemplate his beauty; I’ll study at his feet.

Psalm 27.4 (MSG)