If you are reading this post, you are probably feeling the pull to grow deeper in your walk with God. Maybe life circumstances are weighing you down, maybe you are a new believer, or maybe you are just checking in to see what this Jesus stuff is all about. I know, it can be super daunting knowing where to begin. Sometimes opening the Bible can be overwhelming, so you just set it back on the shelf and wish you knew how to read and understand it.
Don’t worry! God isn’t looking for Bible scholars. He is looking for women with willing and open hearts who want to seek Him. He will meet you where you are at! In an effort to make it a little easier for you, I am listing a few different tools and studies that have really helped me personally, and I know will help you, too! Click the images or the pink links to check each out. Read on for some of the best tools to deepen your relationship with Jesus!
It should probably go without saying, but the first step to studying the Bible is having one that you can understand and actually want to read. I personally love the ESV and think it is very easy to read. The NIV is also a great translation for a beginner.
It may seem like a little thing, but I also found that having a beautiful Bible just made it more fun to dig into. I really enjoy my single column journaling Bible, because as a creative it helps me to reflect, penning out verses that stand out to me or thoughts that God gives me as I study. There are some beautiful ones HERE and HERE! A Bible highlighting guide can also really be helpful as you break in your new Bible!
This Bible Handbook by the Daily Grace Co. is a fantastic resource, no matter where you are at in your journey! I use mine all the time to help me gain a deeper understanding of what I am reading. Straight from their site: “The Bible Handbook is a reference book to help you approach the Bible. This resource includes background and contextual information for every book of the Bible, including literary genre, historical context, purpose, themes, and more. The handbook is complete with summaries of every book of the Bible, maps, and other beautiful graphics and illustrations to enhance your understanding of Scripture.”
If you know me, you know I love me some Lysa T! Everything that God gives her just speaks right to my heart. This Embraced Devotional is one of my all-time favorites! Easy to read, so relatable and encouraging. I 10 out of 10 recommend this and gift it often!
Speaking of Lysa, she just released a brand new devotional: Seeing Beautiful Again. I have ordered my copy and am waiting with great anticipation, because as I said I love everything the Lord gives her to share. It is all about finding redemption in the hard parts of your story, and I know we can all relate!
If you are just wanting to jump into the Word by itself (which is the best thing you can do!), this Seasons in the Word collection of Bible reading plans is an amazing resource! It will help you work your way through scripture in ways that are relatable to where you are at in your life right now. I would recommend this to anyone, but especially if you are new to reading the Bible as it will guide you and give you a place to start!
Above all else, a healthy prayer life is the most important aspect of growing in your faith and walk with Jesus. Sometimes though, it can be hard to know what to pray. Prayer is a conversation with God and should be easy, but I totally understand that it takes some practice if it isn’t something you are used to. I really love guided prayer journals like this 31 Days of Prayer Journal to help develop the discipline of prayer!
Keeping a Prayer Journal is a great way to guide your mind as you talk to God. It also gives you a tool to look back on and see His faithfulness over time, as you see your story unfold and prayers be answered (be it yes, no or wait). Daily Grace has some great ones! The Prayerful Planner prayer journal (pictured below) is perfect for guided daily prayer. This one on Amazon is also really great! Point being, there are so many out there. These are a few of my favorites. They will help make praying easier, even if you start with just a few mins at a time. Prayer is an important part of your growth. I use my prayer journal every morning before my kids are up to set the tone and connect with my Creator.
Praying Scripture for your marriage is so important to marital health. This is also really powerful if you have a marriage that needs rescue and healing. Go on this journey with your spouse or by yourself and watch Jesus touch and transform you! Grab this journal HERE.
Mommin’ ain’t easy, and don’t I know it! But it is the most important job we have, mamas! You will never have a bigger kingdom impact (at least for most of us) than you do within the walls of your home. This journal is a beautiful way to prioritize and focus your heart to raise children that see Jesus in you and love Jesus themselves.
I hope this helps you out! No matter where you are or what your hold up is, my encouragement to you is just to get started! Starting the habits of prayer and daily reading will take some effort on your part, but I can assure you that as you prioritize what you can, God will meet you there. Allow Him to draw you deeper!