Why I am Passionate About Studying the Bible
Several years ago, for a season, our family used the Bible as our main textbook for one year. You can read all about it in my free ebook, and I also have several posts on this blog about it. We had an amazing year and we learned so much. I am forever grateful for that year because I have seen the changes resulting in my family because we spent so much time in His Word.
I remember thinking that our family could only be transformed by spending several hours a day in His Word and I was right. I have seen the results over the years.
Even though we do not use the Bible as our main textbook anymore, we still make our family Bible study our priority. We don’t open any books unless we have opened the most important book! The Bible.
(We usually go through a book of the Bible at a time and you can read all about how we study the Bible here.)
The results of being in the Word are great. How can we NOT be transformed when we are digging deep into the Word of God?
We need to examine what we are teaching our children about priorities. We demonstrate to them very early on what is important to us by our actions, and if we are always showing them that other things come first, then that is what will be instilled in them. Studying the Bible first each day demonstrates that His Word is above all else in our home. It is very important to me to instill in my children a love for God’s Word because, in the end, The Bible is the most important book I am teaching them and the one that will equip them more than any other book, for life…
As a matter of fact, I just looked at my children this morning deeply in the eyes and told them,
“If there is one thing you remember and learn from me in life, is that you have learned to put God first and read His Word first each day. It is our priority. The one thing I want you to know is His Word.”
Raising them with God’s Word as their foundation solidifies their identity in Christ and deepens their dependence on God. As they grow they are going to look to others for affirmation, or to their peers. I want them to look to Christ. I want them to be God- dependent and not peer-dependent.
Don’t Dumb it Down
When we study the Bible together, we don’t dumb it down. The Holy Spirit is perfectly capable of speaking to our kids, and some of the discussions that have come about from our studies have truly been amazing. Don’t underestimate their understanding of things. I love seeing them learn about God and have “light bulb moments.” We learn so much together! it is truly a blessing.
His Word Transforms
We recently had a fun discussion with my children about the trials of toddlerhood and babyhood that we all endured. We talked about how some of the children have overcome certain issues and how mommy and daddy have overcome certain issues. It was a sweet time of honesty and a testimony to see what God has done in our family.
We have replaced much of the yelling (from kids and parents 😉 ) with gentler tones. We have learned to seek what God says about an issue when we used to fight about being right or wrong. We have learned to depend on Him and not ourselves.
- We have learned to put others first, even when we don’t feel like it.
- We have learned more self-control and more patience.
- We have learned what servanthood looks like.
- We have learned instead of talking about our problems to everyone else, we take it to the Lord first. His answers are sitting right there waiting.
- We are learning that life isn’t about us. It is about Him.
Yes, His Word is bearing fruit.
Dependence on God
The year we used the Bible as our main textbook was also the year my husband began a family business. Because we had been in the Word so much that year, it helped us to really focus on HIM. When we began the business, we knew we would depend on God for each and every job. There was a complete trust needed, and we were equipped to take that leap of faith because of His Word.
God’s Word is not something to be taken lightly. It is the Creator of the universe’s very own words to us! How dare we let it sit on a shelf, untouched.
While we know we still have much more to learn on our journey, and we are so far from perfect, I am incredibly grateful to know that God’s Word is faithful. I have seen His power work in my family because we have sought Him above all. He is transforming us as a family.
“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” Phil 1:6 (ESV)
This year our family’s verse is Romans 12:2:
Do not be conformed to this world,[ but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
May it be so for all of us. That we would not follow this world’s ways, but HIS ways. May we be transformed by His Word. First in our families and then in the world!
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