I have some friends who absolutely LOVE devotionals. (I can think of one person who is usually going through two or three at a time!) A devotional is a collection of "devotions" or short spiritual reflections, typically about the intersection of life and Scripture. Personally, I don't gravitate towards them. I love Bible study, and I've seen some people pick up a light devotional and never go deeper, or never get past reading someone else's words about the Bible rather than encountering the ... Read More about 3 Ways a Devotional Can Help You Love More Like Jesus (LoveMORE Book Review)
Our small groups this fall are doing an inductive Bible study that involves a lot of note-taking and marking things (think colors, symbols, notes) in your Bible. There are things I love to mark in my Bibles, but I didn't really have a Bible with enough margin for what I wanted to do with this study, so I shopped around for some Bible journaling tools and thought I would share them with you! It's actually pretty fun to make your Bible messy with markings - it means it's well-loved and ... Read More about 5 Great Tools for Bible Journaling & Inductive Bible Study
Full disclosure here: I don't read comic books. Or graphic novels. Don't yell at me. If I'm looking through a newspaper, I enjoy the funnies as much as the next person. But I'm not really much of a visual consumer, and if I'm going to take in a story, I want as many words on the page as possible, unless I'm listening to an audiobook, which might be even better. But here's the thing: I believe in comic books and graphic novels. I love the idea of a graphic novel Bible. I think it's an ... Read More about Could this graphic novel be your new favorite way to read the Bible?
If I had one Bible... Okay, so I'm a Bible nerd and I have lots of Bibles. Study Bibles, regular Bibles, devotional Bibles, tiny Bibles, big giant Bibles, one-year Bibles, Bibles in all sorts of translations. But if I had to just have one Bible, it would be a good study Bible in a good translation. A good study Bible will help you get a feel for the context, the connections between verses, the things you don't understand. This post contains affiliate links. They don't cost you a penny, but ... Read More about What is a devotional Bible, and do you need one?
Confession Time: Sometimes, my quiet time stinks. Yep. Pastor Joy struggles with quiet time sometimes. I forget, or I get drowsy, or I plan to do quiet time in the morning and then wake up late. Sometimes, I'm distracted. It's a good thing God likes me anyways ;). But we all need to reset sometimes, no matter how much we know. And there is never a bad time to work on your "quiet time" with God. That's why I'm thrilled to have Tamela Turbeville here today to share about how to build a ... Read More about 6 Ways to Build a Better Quiet Time