It’s that time of year again . . . Woo hoo – summertime! Summer is my absolute favorite season, for many reasons: my birthday, it’s warm, pedicures, family road trips, making jam, etc. . .
Usually, as a family, we make an intentional plan to get into God’s Word. This year, my husband and I decided to share our summer reading plan with our church family as well. I am looking forward to seeing growth in both my family and church family.
I thought it would be fun to share it here on the blog as well, in case any of you would like to join us. We’re reading through the book of James and the reading plan goes through the middle of September. The thing I love about this plan is that there are only 1-4 verses to read each day, which allows you to dig deep into what each verse is saying. We’ve also included some cross-reference verses that go along with the theme of certain verses.
The first day’s reading was June 7th, so it’s not too late to join us.
Also, we are encouraging people to grow a little deeper in God’s Word by using a SOAP or TIME method to interact/study the Bible a little more than reading alone would allow.
To use the TIME method, you will need to use Blue Letter Bible, which you can find online at blueletterbible.org or you can down load the free app. To use the app do the following:
Find the verse you are looking for:
Then click (by touching your screen) the verse your important word is in. For example, my important word is “generously” in James 1:5. When you click on the verse, this screen pops up:
Click on Interlinear, which is the first option. It will take you to a screen with all the words of that verse. Scroll down to find your important word. When you find it, click on it to find its definition. The Greek definition of the word “generously” is simply, openly, frankly, sincerely.
Write down that definition under the “M” part of TIME.
I know this can sound rather complicated, but once you learn to navigate through the Blue Letter Bible app, it is really quite simple. If you get overwhelmed, find a person younger than age 27 and ask them to help you!
Below, I’ve included a few of my journal entries to show you how simple, yet effective, “TIME” in God’s Word can be.
If you don’t already have a plan for reading the Bible this summer, consider joining me. To encourage you, I may post some of my journal entries from time to time, but don’t let the word I’ve gotten from the Lord be left-overs for you. He wants to give you your own!
Your Friend in Ministry,