Stone Soup for Five: When you want to do ALL the spiritual things, a sane Quick Start Guide

When you want to do ALL the spiritual things, a sane Quick Start Guide

I would love to start a dialogue and/or Q and A with you guys once a week or so.  I LOVE to answer questions, help encourage others, and figure out ways to build each other up.  And last week a blog reader emailed me looking for help on how to choose what to do for Bible study.  She wanted to do ALL the things, (like I always do) but has the same 24 hours in her day that we all do, and needed help narrowing down what she could do...




So I thought about it, and we emailed a bit, and I hope I helped her narrow it down... and then realized that she might not be the only one struggling here, and maybe we should all talk about it for a minute, because we all can get overwhelmed and feel like failures too easily in this area of life. 

What we discussed was to think through your priorities this year, and narrow them down to one primary way you really want to grow spiritually this year. 

Just one.

One that you've been wanting to improve.  Then go from there.

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Are you wanting to improve your prayer life and have an effective prayer time? 
 Then I HIGHLY recommend making yourself a Prayer Binder Notebook with the tutorial here.  And then use it.  Remember, this is not the RIGHT way to pray.  This is just one way that helped me stay organized, hit every person and issue I wanted to pray for, and stay awake while doing it.


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Are you wanting to work on your Bible Journal more faithfully? 
 If so, I HIGHLY recommend getting a journal you are not afraid of writing in (cheap spirals or composition notebooks work great!) and transcribing a book of the Bible, or write out chapters of Psalms, or write out all the I WILL's of Psalms.  (Do this even if you do not like your handwriting.  Even if you can't stand it, it is precious to your family, because it is YOURS.  Plus, it will improve as you write more!) There are tons more Bible Journaling ideas on my Bible Journal box on the side bar to the right!



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Are you wanting to dig deeper into applying the word of Christ into your day-to-day life this year? 
Then I recommend working through some of the Journal through the Bible studies I've written here, or working through an inductive study (and adding it to your Bible journal!).  A great place to start if you're new to inductive studies is Precepts for Life with these free study guides, or listen to the podcast message and study guide together and journal through it.




If you're crunched for time because of reality with young children, I HIGHLY recommend these Thirty Days studies.  Seriously deep in a short amount of time.  I love all of the stuff Doorposts makes!

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If you really want to memorize God's word
I still use this simple and quick Charlotte Mason method with my boys every morning before homeschool.  It is laid back and quick, but really works.


and I am occasionally still using this way of writing it out , though I'm not as faithful with this one as I am at the one above.


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If you want to finally read through the entire Bible from cover to cover,
 I really enjoy this DIY method of reading through the Bible at a pace that works for you AND creates a summary/cheat sheet out of every page in your Bible!


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If you're not sure WHAT you want to do spiritually this year,
 I have a post of 35 Spiritual Goals that will give you some ideas.


But the main thing to remember is not to get all crazy on yourself.

Find ONE goal.

ONE thing you want to do better this year and work on it faithfully.

Narrow it down so you can create focus and work with intensity.

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If you guys have any other questions or topics you'd like to discuss, email me with your ideas!  If you have a question or a problem, chances are hundreds of other women do too!  
(You can contact me with the form on the sidebar to the right!) 
THANK YOU!!

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