Friday, January 1, 2021

New Year, New Plan - How to Not Fail

 One of the most common questions that was asked at the email address was: I know I should be reading my Bible, but <insert reason why it's hard to stick to it>.

  • I have a busy life with just school and homework
  • I don't understand what I'm reading
  • I can't find my Bible when I go to read it
  • I don't know what to read
  • I feel like I only have 15 minutes before I'm unfocused
  • It feels like I'm just checking a box
My answers usually consisted of:
It doesn't matter that you didn't read yesterday or might not read tomorrow. It matters if you open up your Bible today. Find a specific place and time that you are usually free for those 15 minutes or more that you will be able to focus, and read what you can digest - whether it's a single verse that day, or a longer passage. Ask questions and do research. Later I would write, use a phone app, Google and click on trusted sources for answers, etc. There are ways to make it work most days, so that you can look back at the end of the year and see you've grown by being in the Word!

Instead of making an excuse, stop reading here, open up a Bible app, or a physical book, and read something today - here are a few suggestions:

Psalm 1
If you read this congrats - you've read the Word today

Monday, September 14, 2020

Resources for Bible Study

 Ever since the beginning of GGFG, we have gotten emails about starting or getting back into the habit of reading the Word daily - and what a struggle that is.

Here are some great resources for you that don't cost a thing - except for your time and willingness to try them!

1. has study tools - and quite a few are free to access!

2. and  feature a different name of God every day! 

3. is another Bible app with study tools!

4. There are apps for organizing prayer points ( and simple reminders to pray you can set up on any device!

5. Check out different aids for memorizing Scripture!

The first larger portion I ever memorized I had no coaching on at all regarding Scripture memorization - I just wanted to memorize a chapter of God's Word. I knew the middle part of it from a song, and I just felt like it would be wonderful to memorize the entire thing! I sat and read it over and over and started writing it out so I could double-check myself.

Sunday, September 13, 2020

The Simple Faith Bible, NRSV

Hi girls!

I'm reviewing another Bible. Why? Because I love trying to get you all excited about picking up a Bible and reading it! As a member of Bible Gateway Blogger Grid, I received this Bible recently in the mail for free. It's got a cover that makes it a good gift for girls/boys/women/men - nothing too geared toward one specific group of people. It's not bright pink, basically.

 For those who don't know off the top of their heads, Jimmy Carter was the 39th president of the United States, taking office in 1977 and leaving in 1981. That's certainly before my time - and if you're a GGFG teen, maybe even before your parents were born at this point!

As for the Nobel Peace Prize, that's a really big deal. The Nobel Peace Prize is one of the five Nobel Prizes that exist (you may have heard of the others being for Chemistry, Physics,  Physiology or Medicine, and Literatur). They were established by the will of Swedish industrialist, inventor, and armaments manufacturer Alfred Nobel in 1895 and the first award was given in 1901. You can read which Presidents and VP's have gotten one in the past, here:

Some of the inserts, to give you an idea, are shorter quotes to make you think:

And then other inserts go a little deeper and will take you a little longer to go through, covering a small section of Scripture:

I know that fonts usually don't bother me; I wrote in outlandish fonts all the time when we started GGFG as teens. But before I even noticed the claims on the cover about it being easy to read and a special font, I did notice it looked much different than some of the other Bibles I've opened recently and thought how I'd need to have pretty good lighting to read such small, tight font. That doesn't make you want to keep reading exactly. Anyhow, this font was very appealing, clean, and the claims were true about it being easy to read. It looks bigger than other 9.5 fonts.

If you're looking for a new Bible to keep you excited about reading God's Word on a daily basis, check out this one, or one of the many others available, at !


Wednesday, December 18, 2019

The Jesus Bible from Zondervan

If you would like to pick up a Christmas gift, or start the new year with a fresh new Bible, I can recommend one for you! It's really pretty, but its true beauty is in how it ties everything together.

Girls, have you ever stopped to consider how the Bible is all one big story? It's not a bunch of separate stories at all - it's all leading up to Christmas, the coming of the Savior, and ultimately, HIS SACRIFICE on the CROSS!

Perhaps you've heard of the names of some of the contributors to this particular version:

They do their part to show how the 66 books are one in all of the extra material (700 features!). Sometimes, in the past, I have found myself almost more interested in the side content than the main content. But for this Bible, the use of various fonts, sizes, and the general layout keep me going back to the actual Bible's text.

And that means everything's going back to Jesus, as it should be! We can have lots of opinions, guesses, and applications for things, but those need to be secondary to the Scripture itself.
So I'm just going to admit. There is no Bible out there that will make you open it and read it every day. That's something we develop with self-discipline, a tender heart toward the prompting of the Holy Spirit, And the encouragement from other believers who keep you accountable. But why not give yourself a good chance to actually stick to your plan, if you do not have a Bible that you would like to pick up and read now, by asking for this for Christmas? Or buying it for yourself if you are able.

I try to read the Christmas story several times in December. It keeps me focused. So here is a picture from The book of Luke to let you see how it would look.
While the inside is not as colorful as the beautiful artwork on the cover of this Bible, having it sitting on my desk the last couple of weeks has made me notice it and pick it up multiple times.

So let's take the time to decide to spend 2020 in the word together! Whether you use an app, a physical Bible, this particular Bible, or one that you already own, it takes us a specific plan to make sure you make time in your busy schedule to do this very important thing. You have access to the word. And even if you miss a day or a week or a month, you can always start again new any moment.

I have received this Bible for free as a member of the Bible Gateway Blogger Grid.
Check out their site for more :

 #bgbg2, #books

Friday, June 1, 2018

Who is God? by Victoria V.

Who is God?
Victoria V.

If you’re like me, sometimes you wonder about God. What’s He like? What are His attributes? What exactly are His promises? How do those promises apply to me? You can answer all of these questions by reading the Bible!

This summer, I started working on a self-made Bible study that has helped me so much with answering all of those questions. It’s pretty simple and easy to do! I read a verse of the Bible and figure out what God is saying about either Himself or His promises, then I write it down in a specific book I have for this study. Each page has an attribute or promise of God at the top. You’d be surprised how many Bible verses line up together! I think the easiest book of the Bible to do this in is Psalms.

Here’s an example from Psalms 27: “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalms 27:1 ESV)

When you read this verse, what is it saying? (I’ve underlined it just for some clarity) “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” Those words are the start to the pages in my book.

Page One might say, “God is my Strength,” and Page Two might say, “God is my Salvation.” Then, I copy out all the verses that say that about God. I know women and girls who have done this Bible study and compiled over five hundred pages of the attributes of God, and it’s amazing.
For someone who thinks about God and His attributes or promises daily, I encourage you to try this Bible study. I think you’ll learn some very important things about God, the one who created you, loves you, and wants you to have a relationship with Him.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

What love do you know? By Keturah L.

An interesting conversation I had a couple weekends ago resulted in this conclusion about objects and what they mean to us:

"It is impossible for something to love you, but you CAN love something."

Now, isn't that a thought worth pondering over?

But I think this calls for another question: what is love?

There are many definitions of love.

There is a love that is pure, selfless, one that loves sacrificially and purely. Of course this love can not be applied toward objects, though, as it's a love we are not strong enough to truly act upon with out the strength of God. This sort of love is one that we show to others - to other people.

The word love can be selfish and centered around sentiment and the desires of ourselves. When we love an object, or even a human being with this sort of love, we are liking them because of what they mean to us, what it (or they) do for us. This sort of love is very much a "me" love.

This last love is not the ideal love. It is not the love that is talked about in 1 Corinthians 13. It is not the love Jesus (Yeshua) showed to us when He died and covered our sins with His own blood (1 John 4:9-10).

It is sad that most of us can only love and understand love according the the standard of loving an object. Most of us love another as if they were an object for our own pleasure, not one for us to serve and give unto.

We that follow God should be above such selfish love. We should love as God loved us, giving every ounce of ourselves toward the better or another.

John 13: 34-35  "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."

Friday, May 13, 2016

The Definition of Sin by Keturah L.

In my post, Am I Safe in My Sin?, I talked about whether or not we as individual Christians ought to sin or not.

But that then brings up the question "What is sin?"

According to the online dictionary sin is "An immoral act considered to be a transgression against divine law.
'A sin in the eyes of God'
Synonyms: immoral act, wrong, wrongdoing, act of evil/wickedness, transgression, crime, offense, misdeed, misdemeanor."

It's funny, that even if though the Bible has set rules and examples of sin it's hard to understand what sin and evil really are.

That's because sin and evil aren't things or made-up rules. They are ideas - theological and philosophical concepts.

Once you understand that sin is not a thing but an abstract reality, it's easier to answer the following questions;

1. "What is sin?"
2. "Who made sin?"
3. "Who decided what sin is?"
4. "Who punishes sin?"

1. Since sin is not a thing, but a concept, what is the concept of sin?
Sin is not only the opposite of good, but the result of good missing.
Logically, we can come to the conclusion that sin only exists because of lack of perfection or good-doing.

2. Who made sin? Or more like, how can one make sin if it is an idea?
If sin is the result of taking away good - then sin is made by the offender and no one else is to blame.
Also, the idea of sin forces for their to be one to sin against. This is partly why those that do not believe in God do not believe in sin either.
This is why we punish the one committing the crime - never anyone else. And it's also the reason we are each responsible for our own actions and consequences - because WE are the ones that create our sin.
It's a choice matter.

3. Sin is of itself a "religious" thing.
It's rare that an unbeliever will actually admit to having "sinned" even if they happen to have that sense of guilt that means they have sinned
Sin is that which violates good, and in essence of His nature, God is good. Thus sin is that which violates God.
And what ever violates Him and the nature of good is sin.
So, it's not so much that God or the Bible has made up what sin, but He has defined it for us.
God has revealed to us all that would disrupt or cause good to be gone.
And that process is called sin.

4. Only good can punish sin. Why?
Because evil punishing evil would only create more evil. But good can bring both justice and mercy to the offender.
When one is totally uncorrupted it has the authority to continue pushing goodness onto sin, and vanquishing it.

The idea and concepts around sin are very important. They prove God's existence, and also demand our continual steadfastness to His goodness.

Even though sin is something we'd like to forget about, I believe that we should at least understand what it is so that when asked hard questions or facing temptations we will be prepared to say and do the right things.

1 Peter 1:16 "Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy."
Matt 5:48 "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect."


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