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Summer Bible Reading

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.

June July verses

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:

Bible Verse ESV

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.

Meaning of Word

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.

James 1  4

1 Pet 1 6  7

James 1  5

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,



Summer Family Bible Study

When summer time rolls around, my husband and I take advantage of the extra time we have to disciple our kids in God’s Word. Each year, it looks differently. For two years in a row, we participated in the “Bible Bee”. The first summer we studied each and every verse of 1st Peter and the second summer it was 2nd Timothy. Click here to check out this wonderful ministry.

As springtime was giving way to summer, my husband shared with me that he wanted the kids to learn how to hear the Holy Spirit’s voice through interacting with the Bible.  So, this summer, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday he will choose a verse from the Bible and in our journals, we will interact with it in the following way:

  1. Write the reference
  2. Write the main theme
  3. Choose a key word & using Blueletterbible.org write the Hebrew or Greek Definition
  4. Consider what the Holy Spirit is speaking to me personally through the verse and write it down


Summer Bible Study

Then we will share with each other what we have written.  However, sharing #4 is optional.  It can keep it between you and the Lord.

On Wednesday, our verse was Romans 10:9. This is what I received from this verse.

  1. “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9
  2. Steps to Salvation
  3. Lord – to whom a person or thing belongs, about which he has the power of deciding the owner, one who has control of a person, master.
  4. Jesus needs to be Lord of every area of my life – mind, emotions, attitude, etc… I have decided that I belong to Jesus and I willingly give Him control of my life.  As I keep Him as Lord of all of me, it leads to salvation of anything and everything that tries to come against me.  He is the Lord that initially saves me from my sin, but He is also the Lord who continually saves me from that which tries to defeat me.

We are praying that this simple Biblical exercise leads to great growth in our kiddos lives.  Feel free to adopt and/or adapt our Summer Bible Study for your family as well!

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