Busy, Busy Mamas’ Bible Study Giveaway!

We did it! I’ve been praying for those of you who joined us for our study of Colossians 3! If you didn’t manage to finish all the studies, or if you didn’t find the time to join us but would still like to do the study on your own, links to every day’s lesson are right here!

To celebrate the completion of our month-long study, and to encourage you to keep on studying, we’re hosting a giveaway! Doorposts is giving away a Bible study package worth more than $100. Here’s what it includes:

Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the BibleEvery word of the Bible listed for easy reference and Hebrew and Greek dictionaries to help you study specific words.

Nave’s Topical BibleVerses categorized by topic. Indispensable for topical studies!

Hidden Treasures: Digging into the Book of Proverbs with Your FamilyCharts, study helps, loads of ideas for studying the book of Proverbs with your children, and 90 illustrated proverbs to identify while you read a chapter of Proverbs aloud.

Beauty and the Pig: A Study of Godly BeautyTen lessons walk you step-by-step through different Bible study methods while also learning about God’s definition of beauty. Book, chapter, verse, word, topical, character, and concordance studies, plus ideas for more than 32 other studies! Good for all ages!

The Virtuous WomanSeveral short studies on different verses in Proverbs 31, designed for mothers and daughters to study together.

Memorize His WordBible memory software that will help you memorize verses and then continue to review them.

Prismacolor Premier Colored PencilsA set of twelve high-quality, rich-colored pencils that are perfect for marking in your Bible.

Micron Fine Line Pens6 colors with a fine point that makes writing in your Bible easy and nice-looking.

To enter the giveaway, comment on this post and answer one of these questions:

  • What is one thing you have learned while doing any or all of the Busy, Busy Mamas’ Bible Study on Colossians 3?
  • Would you like us to post another study like this sometime?
  • What could we do to improve the study? (Were lessons too long, difficult to understand, etc.?)
  • What other passage would you like to study?
  • In what ways did marking words in your Bible help you better understand what you were reading?

If you didn’t do the Bible study with us, you can still answer these questions:

  • What lesson has God been teaching you lately through His Word?
  • What is one thing that makes it difficult for you to study your Bible?
  • What helps and tools do you use when reading/studying the Bible?

(You can enter up to a total of 8 times by writing separate comments answering any of the above questions. Giveaway ends at midnight PST on Wednesday, December 5. A random winner will be picked on December 6 (St. Nicholas Day!) and notified by email.)

For more great giveaways, join us at our Facebook party on December 4, from 5-7 PST (8-10 p.m. EST). Sit down with a plate of Christmas cookies and a cup of tea, and share in the excitement. Winners of our “Write Them on the Doorposts” contest will be announced throughout the party, and lots of other prizes will be given away!


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  1. I’d love to study Ephesians!

  2. The thing that helps me most in my Bible Study time is using a Study Bible. I love reading about the background, time period, author, and challenges of the book, then reading it through, and going through it again using the notes of a good, sound Study Bible!

    Thank you for your excellent study, and caring for us moms so wonderfully…

  3. I would love for you to post another study sometime.

  4. Marking words in my Bible helped me to see things I had never noticed before. It also brings them back to mind when I read through the passage at other times.

  5. One thing I learned is that I am not compassionate enough. I need to put my “to-do” list waaaaay below compassion on my priorities list!

    Thank you so much for posting this study. It’s been an incredible blessing to me!

  6. I would love to study James with Doorposts and other women online!

  7. As I have been reading through the New Testament the past few months, what has really been sticking out for me is how many times it is mentioned that Jesus had compassion on the people. I need to be more compassionate if I want to be like Jesus!

  8. One thing that makes studying ANYTHING difficult is having 4 kids under 6 years of age!!!!

  9. I don’t really have a lot of “helps” that I use when studying the Bible. I ask my husband a lot of questions and take a lot of notes.

  10. One of the things I learned is that I am not as kind to my family as I should be. I am working on this.

  11. I would like to study again with Doorpost. It’s been challenging reading the same passage over and over. Sometimes I didn’t want to b/c I knew there was stuff I needed to deal with -outside of being kind. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. God has been teaching me that being slow to anger and quick to pray, is much better than launching into a wrathful fury of words that are quick to stick. So thankful God continues to mold me into His servant and am encouraged that He never gives up.

  13. I LOVED having this study! It was so nice to have a devotional (study time) that didnt feel so pressured, as if I wasnt doing enough. It helped me get back into the Word again….with that said, I would LOVE to do another study and to do it in James!

  14. Marking the Bible made me slow down even more. I’ve always underlined verses that stuck out to me with whatever pen was handy. Sometimes I would date them or comment on them. I’ve enjoyed working through Colossians with you and adding even more color and now pictures to my Bible.

  15. I am going back to my Bible in a handbag with everything I need to help in my study. I am more of paper and pen rather than an electronic Bible reader. I like seeing what I’ve read and what spoke to me.

    I can’t draw on the electronic Bible. ๐Ÿ˜€

  16. I started looking at Matthew 5 this morning and plan on going through the sermon on the mount. It’s really long and would be intimidating, but I think I’ll take it in chunks.

    I am interested to see what passages other people would like to study. One of my favorite books in the bible is the gospel of John. I never grow tired or rereading that. I might go there next.

  17. One of the things that I learned (unrelated to the text) was how to study better. I really appreciated you sharing how you study by marking words, doodling pictures and color coding things. It is great!

    One thing learned that was text related was that Barbarian and Scythian are essentially the same thing, Scythian being a bit more intense than barbarian.

  18. I hope you do post another study like this sometime…I have just found you guys and I love it! So please post again!

  19. CindyColossians 3 reminded me, above all, to put on love, which binds all of the study of God's Word to my heart.

    Colossians 3 has helped me to see to put on love binds the study of God’s Word to my heart. Thank you and I look forward to studying with you again.

  20. I have to say that marking the words in the passage was helpful; however, after awhile it got a bit confusing with some markings. When I “x” out a word–it made it difficult to read it, my brain would omit that word, lol.
    But I loved drawing a picture or underlining with specific colors that would indicate something to me….like the color yellow for God!

  21. I really enjoyed this study, I think it would be great if you posted another study.

  22. I now understand more about using the original greek and hebrew to do word studies.

  23. The markings in my bible help me to be more thoughtful about what I’m reading.

  24. I’d be interested in doing a study on Titus 2.

  25. The Lord has been showing me how important it is to be a good example to my children. Proverbs 23:26- “My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.”

  26. I really enjoyed this study and could use something like this more often. You did all the work for me – in terms of choosing a passage and dividing up the study in bite-sized bits I could manage each day. I love that! And then getting an email each day reminded me to do that day’s lesson. Please do another study like this!

  27. I learned that there are simple things that can be a part of making Bible study richer, such as looking for the words “all” and “everything” in the passage. What a simple thing and yet doing it made me understand the passage better and reminded me of some basic truths (like Christ truly is ALL that matters). Looking for keywords or repeated words like that is a simple thing that can be applied to other passages that I study… but I wouldn’t have come up with it on my own. Thank you!

  28. A study on other New Testament letters would be great. Maybe Ephesians or Corinthians. Philippians is a short and easy book to study with some great practical truths in it. Thank you!

  29. I have been doing my own study in I Corinthians and the Lord keeps coming back to the theme that it’s not always about me. I need to to learn to love others and put others before myself.

  30. The big thing keeping me from in depth bible study right now is that my son had AML last year and a bone marrow transplant almost a year ago. He is still fighting graft vs. host and on tons of steroids. Now he has steroid induced diabetes. Taking care of him and my other son, trying to homeschool, and trying to keep up with the basics of the house has me pretty much taxed mentally and physically.

  31. I find that the thing that makes is most difficult for me to study my Bible is simply the excuses I make. I have been praying that the Lord would quicken my heart to seek Him and since praying that I have been able to leave the excuses behind and make time to study His word all but two days for the past two months. Thank you Father!

  32. I simply use my Bible and a journal when I study the word. I read the passage several times, then I paraphrase it. Then I find the application. Then I examine my heart with regards to the application.

  33. I have always wanted to do a study in Isaiah, but I always get a little intimidated.

  34. I love that you are going to draw a winner on St. Nicholas Day. My mom and I always celebrated that day when I was growing up and I have such fond memories of our tradition.

  35. I, also enjoyed this study. One of my biggest hinderances was to believe the lie that I was too busy, it would take too much time, etc. It’s filled a void in my life & kept me refreshed/renewed like nothing else has. Thank you for taking the time to teach us “how”!

  36. I would love more Bible studies in this type series! So indepth and meaningful!

  37. What is one thing you have learned while doing any or all of the Busy, Busy Mamasโ€™ Bible Study on Colossians 3?

    I have learned that despite a life full with little ones and a hardworking husband I still have time to really study God’s Word.

  38. Would you like us to post another study like this sometime?

    Yes, please! I would love to do another study like this one!

  39. I am learning, that to be “transformed by the renewing of my mind”, I must be in the Word! So simple, and yet so important.

  40. What could we do to improve the study? (Were lessons too long, difficult to understand, etc.?)

    I started this study late (always a bit over a week behind), and because of limited computer access, my husband prints out the daily study at work. For the first part of the study I was hoping that there would be an easy link that would list all the studies (for those of us who are behind, or recommending the study to someone, or having a husband print it at work ๐Ÿ™‚ ). That was the improvement I would have recommended but you remedied that situation when you included all the links to each day of the study in one link. Thank you!

  41. I would love to study one of the gospels more in depth.

  42. What other passage would you like to study?

    This is a tricky question, because the entirety of His Word is profitable! I attempted to study through the Proverbs when you posted your examples of your own study through the Psalms, but would love a more “doorposts” directed study of Proverbs ๐Ÿ™‚

  43. Yes, yes, YES! Do another study like this. This was wonderful!

  44. In what ways did marking words in your Bible help you better understand what you were reading?

    It definitely helped keep me focused. As well as was a visual encouragement of where I have been and what I have been learning in God’s Word.

  45. What lesson has God been teaching you lately through His Word?

    Other than the Colossians study, our pastor has been leading a Study through Romans in our home for the past year and a half. His Sovereignty is the thread I see throughout all of scripture and can’t (and don’t wish to!) escape. His covenantal plan from Genesis 3. The entire OT pointing towards the coming Messiah. All so amazing.

  46. Some of the things that help me study are, I have a topical notebook of scripture that I add to as I come across scriptures that apply. I am teaching my children to study their Bibles, that keeps me digging in to stay ahead of them. Using various inductive study charts has been so helpful to understand passages and help me to apply what I’m learning.

  47. What is one thing that makes it difficult for you to study your Bible?

    My own sinful flesh and desire to do easy things or other seemingly restful things (like napping, reading, etc) while the children are queit.

  48. What helps and tools do you use when reading/studying the Bible?

    We use our Matthew Henry Commentary, Strongs and the Greek/ Hebrew Interlinear Bible and someone just informed me of a E Sword, (an online tool) which I am looking forward to working with.

  49. Thank you for this great study! I would love to do another one and my choice would be Philippians 4.

  50. I really enjoyed this study.

  51. I would love to study 1 John.

  52. Marking words in my Bible helped me notice things better.

  53. I enjoy marking in my Bible. It helps me see patterns and make connections. It is easy to read through a passage but by stopping and highlighting certain words it helps to really ponder the meaning in the passage.

  54. Ephesians would be a great study.

  55. I have learned to rely more on the Lord in every area of my life, especially in my parenting.

  56. One thing the Lord continued to impress on me through Col. 3 is to be thankful. I find that when the Lord is teaching me a particular lesson that He brings it up over and over again.

  57. Yes! I would love to do another study sometime! ๐Ÿ™‚

  58. I really enjoyed the study and was able to keep up until about Thanksgiving. Our family schedule is so different on the weekends when Daddy is home that it was really hard to keep up then. I used the catch up day in the middle of the week but didn’t enjoy feeling like I was behind because of the weekends. But, this is just how our family operates and I don’t know if other families operate that way or not.

  59. I would like to study the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew. This is one of our target memory passages for 2013.

  60. It is amazing to me how much is really in a passage as we break it down and focus on one thing a day. It still says the same thing but it is so rich and deep. I could see that much better when focusing on one area a day.

  61. God has been teaching me to thank Him for everything- I have a long way to go to cultivate a heart of gratitude.

  62. The thing that makes it most difficult to study my Bible is me not making it a priority. ๐Ÿ™

  63. I have a Thompson Chain Reference Bible that I enjoy using when I study. I also like using BibleStudyTools.com.

  64. I have a hard time managing my time, which makes studying my Bible difficult.

  65. Wow where to begin ๐Ÿ™‚ The theme that was continual through the study for me was that I have died with Christ and have been raised with Christ therefore I must live differently and live for His glory!

  66. I would love to do another study – I’m really interested in Galatians as I’ve struggled with a works-based mentality prior to my conversion.

  67. I thought the lessons were really thought out and only one improvement I could see would be to give a both Saturday and Sunday as catch-up days and maybe simply reading days. Such as, leave Saturday as a catch-up day and then encourage Sunday to be only a reading day through the chapter. This way, we’d have the weekends to still focus on the passage but not feel like we get behind if our husbands are off or if there are varying schedules on the weekends. This is how another study I do handles the weekends and it works out well.

  68. Marking the words was really my favorite party because it helped me to focus exactly on what the Lord was calling me to at that specific time. I really liked learning the Greek words too.

  69. I use an online concordance to help me better understand words that I’m reading as I study the Bible.

  70. โ– What is one thing you have learned while doing any or all of the Busy, Busy Mamasโ€™ Bible Study on Colossians 3?

    I never read this one a whole lot, till the Bible study and I really like Colossians 3!

  71. โ– Would you like us to post another study like this sometime?


  72. My challenge for Bible study is finding the time as I make time in the morning but sometimes get no more than a few minutes before my children need something. But I’m trying a few different things with them so that I can get a little bit more time in the Word, like giving them digital clocks in their rooms and telling them they can come out of their rooms when they see the number 7 on their clock ๐Ÿ™‚ – got this idea from another mom. I have early risers!

  73. โ– What could we do to improve the study? (Were lessons too long, difficult to understand, etc.?)

    I like how short they were-maybe do one on being a wife/mother/homemaker!

  74. The lesson God has been teaching me lately, and particularly through Colossians, is that my mind must always be turned toward Christ throughout the day, in every situation, if I am going to be transformed. He is the source of all wisdom, joy, satisfaction and peace – I must be saturated with Him and His Word!

  75. โ– What other passage would you like to study?

    One on wives/motherhood/homemaking.

  76. This is my 8th time to comment (and my last!) simply to say thank you Pam for working on this study for us and for being the godly example of a Titus 2 woman! ๐Ÿ™‚

  77. โ– In what ways did marking words in your Bible help you better understand what you were reading?

    I didn’t end up doing this-I like how it looks in your photos, but I didn’t have an extra Bible and so I didn’t mark it.

  78. I just use a study Bible.

  79. โ– What lesson has God been teaching you lately through His Word?

    PATIENCE! Now that’s a hard one to learn. Being Merciful-another difficult thing.

  80. โ– What is one thing that makes it difficult for you to study your Bible?

    Time! Noise level in my home (4 children 6 + under)…

  81. โ– What helps and tools do you use when reading/studying the Bible?

    Things like this Bible study help immensely. Books on Scripture study-things from IBLP, etc.

  82. Loved this study and am hoping for more!! Having 3 small children & one on the way, this study of Col 3 was self paced, easy, although a challenge, which I need.
    (I normally avoided this passage due to the wife submitting to husband part.) Thank you and please post more!

  83. Loved the study on Colossians was very helpful the pictures and graphics were great need all the visual yo help learn.

    It would be great to do a study on Philippians or Galatians just like you did for Colossians.

    The study also helped know how to use our bible and study references to get more out of our studying and see what all the verses mean and who wrote them and why.

    Thanks for all your time and effort.

    Emmy Winters

  84. It would be great for you to post another Bible study like this one!! My top pick would be Ephesians!

  85. Right now I’m studying Hebrews and God is teaching me a very valuable lesson about parenting. The recipients of that letter didn’t want to let go of the sacrificial system, which was only a shadow of things to come. It only covered sin, not removed it. The author spends a lot of time showing that Jesus is better. He is the perfect sacrifice that is better than the sacrificing of animals and actually removes the sin from the worshiper. It is only Him that can do this. However, as a mom, so often I find myself try to modify behavior, like the sacrificial system of old, instead of taking the issue to Jesus, who can change a heart. Good stuff!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  86. I would love to see another bible study posted on Doorposts and the thing that helps me when I am studying the bible is journaling while I read and really slowing down and taking time to hear God as I study His word.

  87. I think the hardest part of studying my Bible is applying it after I’m done. Consistently reading my Bible hasn’t been a struggle for me, but actually being there whole-heartedly and paying close attention are difficult. Too often, I’m the one who looks in the mirror and forgets what I look like when I walk away. ๐Ÿ™

  88. I have started marking my Bible over the past few months and it really helps me to see repetitive words or themes. In Jonah, God *appoints* the majority of the circumstances that make up the book. I use yellow to mark anything that has to do with God and my pages are filling up with yellow! ๐Ÿ™‚

  89. Oh yes please, do another study!! I’m doing Bible Study Fellowship right now , (I highly recommend this for mamas with little ones because they have childcare that teaches children the same lesson you are learning!) so I didn’t always have time to add in more study, but on the days I did, it was a wonderful and different way to study. I feel I learned so much about looking at a passage in depth and repeatedly. I feel it it equipped me to better study on my own without questions to guide me. Plus, I just love your perspective so much. I feel virtually mentored. Thank you for being willing to do that for us younger women, and for remembering how challenging these early days can be.

    God has used this study to continue to reveal the astonishing level of pride in my heart– manifest in works righteousness, judgmental attitudes, and idolatry of self. It is really appalling and such a contrast to JESUS. Thank God He is so patient with us, and forgives our sins.

    Galatians or Ephesians sounded good, really anything would be great! Thank you for your ministry. May God bless you.

  90. The ESV Study Bible helps a lot while I read the Scriptures or did the Bible study.

    And Yes, this Busy, Busy Mamasโ€™ Bible Study is really valuable to us.
    I’d like to receive another post like this Bible study.

    Thank you for leading us study Col 3 this past 30 days.
    All the Giveaway study help will benefit my study for sure!!!
    Thanks so much again.

  91. I use a study Bible and concordance when I am trying to dig deep into a specific topic. For my everyday reading I am currently going through an apologetics study bible. I also download reading plans to go through the Bible in a different way – one of my favorites was a chronological plan.

  92. God has been teaching me that I need to love people that are hard to love. I need to lay aside my pride and my selfishness to do this.

  93. The lesson that God has been teaching me about His Word is that He is my portion. I am to be content in him in all things at all times.

  94. Not having a routine to study my bible keeps me from doing it every day. Some days I just don’t know where to start.

  95. I like to use a study bible when I am reading to help me study. I would love to have these other resources also though!

  96. I manage to get my Bible time in early in the morning almost everyday, but I do find it difficult to come back and find time to do an in-depth study as the day goes on. I grab moments where I can, but am aiming for more consistency.

  97. It wasn’t a ‘difficulty’, but I don’t like writing in my regular Bible. I have asked for an inductive Bible for Christmas and have saved the emails for this Bible study as a great intro to inductive Bible study. Would be really excited to have the tools in this giveaway to deepen my study.

  98. “Would you like us to post another study like this sometime?”

    I think it would be neat. I did not participate in this one b/c it was not good timing for me.

  99. What is one thing that makes it difficult for you to study your Bible?

    Feeling too tired to wake up in the morning and not really being able to have quiet time once the kids are all up.

  100. What helps and tools do you use when reading/studying the Bible?

    It depends really. Concordance, different versions of the Bible, notebooks, Bible studies, pens.

  101. Difficulty doing/taking time to study God’s Word is simple laziness, distraction by all the other “things” I want to be doing, media, and/or often feeling it isn’t “changing” me anyway. ๐Ÿ™ Not true I know mentally (God’s Word IS profitable) but…

  102. It’s incredible what a difference marking your words does for bible study. It also helps to quickly refresh your memory again if you happen to forget what had just been previously talked about.

  103. Through the Word, God has been teaching me that I’m not responsible for the outcome or results, but simply responsible for my actions. He orchestrated it all before the foundation of the earth.

  104. God has been teaching me about missions at home, in your neighborhood. I will do my first this Christmas season in our neighborhood, starting with one of our neighbors.

  105. One very important tool I use in Bible study that I forgot to mention is prayer. 17 years ago I met a woman who just exuded God’s word. I, on the other hand, could barely memorize John 3:16. I was jealous of what she had and told her I wished I was ‘like’ that. She gave me the best advice I’ve ever received – she told me that she had prayed for God to give her a love for His Word…and He did. I have prayed that same prayer many times and can happily say that God is faithful and WANTS us to seek Him through His Word. Now if I miss my regular Bible time or can’t find time to dig deep into study, I feel so hungry for God.

  106. My favorite tool for bible study is colored markers.

  107. My biggest challenge is to get bible study in without interruptions. I know I just have to get up earlier. For some reason I’ve fallen into the trap of believing that 30 minutes extra sleep will make all the difference….

  108. The one thing I learned through the study: consistency is KEY. It was nice getting the daily email reminder/help.

  109. Yes. Please do another study. It’s hard to choose a passage when you can’t go wrong with God’s word, but maybe Psalm 119?

  110. The most difficult things I have in being able to study my Bible are young kids (interruptions) and the ability of knowing just how to start and keep with my study. I get started in a study and am so passionate about it, but if I miss a day or two, I have a hard time getting back to it. This giveaway looks fantastic and whoever wins will receive a wonderful blessing! Thank you so much for the opportunity to win!

  111. Marking the words causes me to meditate more on the word which in turn leads to better understanding over time.

  112. Things that get in my way to consistent studying of the Bible: tiredness, busyness, interruptions from the children.

  113. I would love to see another one of these studies done here. I did start it, but I wanted to print them out each day. Our printer ran out of ink & then life got in the way. I plan to go back, print it out & do the whole thing.

  114. A couple of different passages I would love to see studied are James or something on patience.

  115. I started a little late because I was finishing a study on I Timothy 5. The verse that called my attention was “The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching.” I didn’t know that the word “honor” means respect and remuneration. I thought it only meant respect, and I never meditated in the English word “honorarium.” Reading this verse with a different perspective, and knowing its real meaning, wow it open my eyes to be thankful, and honor those who work for the kingdom with excellency. The Lord bless you too doorposts for your excellency in this blog.

  116. Love to study the book of Ruth!

  117. One thing I learned is that I need to better manage my mornings so that I can complete a study OR (better yet) spend time in the word. Every since having our third baby I have a hard time with this. ๐Ÿ™

  118. I loved that you did this study. I would love for you to do more studies like this.

  119. There were a few days where there was a lot of reading (more than 5 min) but overall I think the study worked well and was easy to do/comprehend.

  120. I’d love to do a study from Deuteronomy 6 or 9? The one about teaching your children….

  121. I would like for you to do this again sometime. I wasn’t able to participate this time ๐Ÿ™

  122. I love your idea of coloring in the bible. I started this back with another of your posts and it helps me to focus and find points to remember as well as re-read a passage a few times. I absolutely love this and look forward to it in the mornings.

  123. What makes it difficult to study? I hve three kiddos, two of which I homeschool, and I have a small crochet-goods business that demands time as well.

  124. Having a newborn makes it difficult for me to study on a regular basis.

  125. The tools I use are the coloring in the bible idea but I would love a concordance – I’ve read about those on other blogs as well and they sound very helpful.

  126. I was reading from Psalms and Proverbs this morning and the passage in Proverbs was about wisdom to keep from evil ways —– we are making lots of changes in our lifestyle to not be of this world so this Prov passage certainly applied.

  127. I would enjoy a study on parenting.

  128. I have been learning a lot about spiritual warfare lately. We struggle with fear in my home, so I’ve been trying to learn more about arming myself to fight on behalf of my children.

  129. I would love to study 1 or 2nd Corinthians.

  130. Finding and marking key word (and then looking up their Greek root words) has been very interesting and helpful to understanding the meaning of the passage. Highlighting the key words makes the point of the passage jump out at you.

  131. Just came across this website !Oh how I wish I would have known about it a long time ago ๐Ÿ˜‰ One thing that I find difficult in studying the bible is time. I am realizing more and more how I need a dedicated time each day to study and I need to pray that the Lord keeps my focus on HIM ! Its so easy to get distracted with “Life” and allow studying the bible to be the last thing to do on the “to do” list, even when it started out on the top of the list !

  132. Oh and the tools I use to study are footnotes, a concordance (sometimes) and my husband ๐Ÿ˜‰

  133. I would love for you to do another study like this, and it doesn’t matter to me what part of scripture. The lesson were great in length – I have done precept studies before and they are so much longer but oh so worth it. I love the set up and I looked forward to opening my email each morning looking for the new lesson. Thank you so much.

  134. โ– What lesson has God been teaching you lately through His Word?

    God has been teaching me lately His awesome power… He is the creator & sustainer of all & so much bigger than any fear, doubt or struggle that I allow to consume me!

  135. โ– What is one thing that makes it difficult for you to study your Bible?

    My own lack of self control in how I use my time & all the things I so quickly put before Bible study like Facebook.

  136. I didn’t do the Bible study, but one thing that God is showing me through His word is thankfulness and joy in all things..

  137. Thank you so much for sharing this study with us busy moms! Yes, I would love to do another such study.

  138. One thing I learned is that there is SO much to learn in just one small passage of Scripture! And, that it IS doable as a busy mama! ๐Ÿ™‚

  139. Yes, I would love to see another Bible Study like this done here! ๐Ÿ™‚

  140. I can’t think of anything to improve, except for maybe trying to read more of Colosssians throughout the study- to understand even more about the context.

  141. I’d love to study Titus 2. ๐Ÿ™‚

  142. Marking words in my Bible is pretty new to me, but I always appreciate how it helps me to really slow down and focus on what is being said and to see the words in a whole new way.

  143. God has been teaching and reminding me that He is with me. So simple, but profound!

  144. Having six little kiddos vying for my attention always makes studying my Bible a bit challenging, but it’s worth the challenge!

  145. I recently started using some free online sites to help me look up various words in their original language, and it’s be so helpful. I’m also learning to love writing in my Bible!

  146. I learned that I need to practice the qualities listed in 12 and 13, that is the part I have taped to my bathroom mirror to memorize and yes I would love to do another one of these. Thank you.

  147. I would love to see a study on the Timothies!

  148. One thing I learned is that His grace is enough. And I don’t have to beat myself up each time I fail.

  149. That I need to stop doubting and ask in faith – james 1

  150. Thank you for this study. I would love it if you posted another one =)

  151. Distractions of kids and other devices – I allow other things to crowd out my time.

  152. I use my Logos app on my iPad and Logos on my computer for different word studies

  153. Looking at one aspect of the passage at a time and marking specific words that are found, really helped me to understand the passage better!

  154. I have always enjoyed marking words to help me see things that stand out.

  155. I would love to study 1 Peter!

  156. Just this week I learned from Judges 13 that motherhood is so important! Manoah asked the Angel of the Lord what his son shouldn’t do or should do. The Angel answered him I already told your wife what she shouldn’t do. The example of the mother is the most important in raising kids!

  157. A difficulty to study the bible is to find a quiet spot in a house full of people and the best time to take time alone.

  158. I always use my little notebook, pen and pencils and one or two studybibles. When I do an indepth study I always use the blueletterbible online.

  159. Loved the concept of this study from Day 1, and the month long study exceeded every expectation. I would like to see a series that eventually went through a book over the course of 5 or 6 months.

  160. God is teaching me that kids can be such great teachers and discussing it with them is so insightful

  161. The hardest part of bible study for me is to find the time and make that committement.

  162. A notebook and quiet time are my favorite tools for Bible Study. I try to take notes as I do the bible study and then find time to discuss it with the kids.

  163. I love the word study in the beginning:) But quickly ran out of fizz….. My children got sick and I am struggling with fatigue that is what keeps me from being IN the WORD everyday……. BUT that does not mean that I don’t have God’s word written on my heart all day everyday and give praise and thanks all day…..
    The Lord is great praise be to Him!!!

  164. God has been teaching me from Hebrews 13:7 which states, “Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.”

    I am realizing more and more how much I need the example of leaders in the faith in my life, to emulate, to glean from, and follow.

    This has been the verse that has come up lately time and again, and I have been so thankful for the leaders who indeed live their lives in a way that glorifies the Lord that I can imitate.

  165. Honestly, the one thing that makes it difficult for me to study my Bible is discipline. I need the discipline to regularly open my Bible and study it, I need the discipline to make Bible Study a priority over everything else, I need the discipline to resist temptations which would lead me to spend the allocated time I have studying my Bible.

    I need the Lord’s help desperately in this area.

  166. I would like to study practically any book in the Bible, but Philippians is the one I would love to do next ๐Ÿ™‚

  167. The time that it is easiest for me to read my Bible and study the Word is very early in the morning, around 5:30AM, when everybody is sleeping. I really like a Bible study that take you through the Bible in a year reading one or two chapters from each section (Psalm and Wisdom, Pentateuch and History, Chronicles and Prophets, Gospel and Epistles). I also read commentaries to learn more about the background, history and meaning of prophecies.

  168. God has taught me greatly through the motherhood journey and through my kids. He has been teaching me lately to love Him as my Father and trust Him like a child.

  169. The hardest thing is to find a quiet time when my mind can be completely focus on His Word. If I don’ wake up really early (before the kids are awake) it is hard for me to find that time, not impossible, but hard.

  170. Lately God has been teaching me to trust Him, even when I cannot see . . . not only are life circumstances making that a necessity, but it seems every time I pick up a book to read, it sends me back to God’s Word, reminding me to trust in Him.

  171. I really liked this study. It was perfect for me. I’m a homeschool mom and I’m always trying to find bible studies that I can keep up with. I was able to keep up and really study Col 3, which in itself was a perfect study for me. The Lord is so good , He knows what we need. Thank you so much Pam! Please do another study like this.

  172. Another reason I really enjoyed the Col 3 bible study, was that I had my “early readers” sit with me with their own copy of the chapter and find words and color code on their page. They were also excited to “see” if I overlooked something and they found it. Thanks Pam

  173. This study was just right for my morning time. And Simple enough that I didn’t ever feel overwhelmed , or unable to finish it. I liked the catch up Wednesdays.
    Thank you Pam. I know it must be a lot of work, but please do another study.

  174. I really liked having to use the Bible resources, like bible gateway, and my concordance. I never has used these before and I felt embarrassed to ask someone to teach me. I loved using the parallel bible for interpreting and have taught my older children about this too.

  175. Marking the words with colors and symbols helped me to really read the word or sentence and consider it’s meaning. Rather than just skimming over the words. Which i have a tendency to do.I also liked studying one chapter like that. At first I thought “30 days on one chapter, this will either be boring or over my head” . But, it was just right.

  176. I’m learning to reflect on the gospel and ask the Lord for patience with my toddler. I’m also learning in Rom 8 that even when I fail in the area of patience, the Lord will not condemn me because of Christ.

  177. I find that my decision to do other things instead of reading His word is my problem with spending more time in the word.

  178. I often use my study Bible and I use memorizing verses to help me learn.

  179. I have loved doing this study! I would love to see more! Thank you so much. The neatest thing God has opened my eyes to in this study was through the first 2 verses. And that is to keep my mind on Him and not the things of this earth.

  180. After 15 years of walking with the Lord, I discovered during this study that digging into God’s Word by implementing a few “helps” (concordance, word studies, parallel translations, commentaries) can be a wondrous adventure! I jumped out of bed EARLY each morning, excited to open my Bible. What a blessing this study was to me.

  181. I did enjoy the study and am working to finish it! : / I would love to see you do another one.

  182. I would most certainly enjoy another study alongside you!

  183. very practical reminders of putting off and putting on. It is hard work sometimes….especially speaking with kindness…I am convicted. I have gone back to the passages many times.

  184. i was also able to share some of this with other moms in my season of life and encourage them in their walk. I have done similar studies (format) but this one was a little easier to tackle!

  185. It could just be me, but the lessons did take me awhile to do. In fact, I was spending up to 3 hours in God’s Word on some days. This wasn’t a problem for me in this season of my life, but I wouldn’t have been able to do that when my children were younger. I do want to add that I really enjoyed that time and I was able to get up at 5 AM (on some days, even earlier) to be able to spend that time before the busy day began.

  186. I would love to study Philippians 2 in this same manner!

  187. To be honest, I didn’t write in my Bible; I printed out Colossians 3. I’ve always been hesitant to write in my Bible, but now I plan to go back and mark those things that I feel will be helpful to jog my memory. This chapter will always hold a special place in my heart, and I don’t want to forget what I’ve learned.

  188. I would love to do a bible study with you. I was unable to because right now I am going through the plants grow up portion of patience and forgiveness and didn’t want to break from that. Yes this book is for my boys, but it is such a wonderful tool for me also. I have SO much to learn!!! Thank you so much!!

  189. Yes! Please post another study. This was great.

  190. I would love for you to do another study. I haven’t finished this one yet, but I plan on working through it still. The repetition and focus on one passage has helped to keep it in the forefront of my mind as I deal with my children throughout the day.
    Thank you!

  191. The biggest lesson the Lord has been teaching me right now is thankfulness! My husband and I have been going through many struggles about staying in the Lord’s will. Because of this, I have been hearing a lot about being thankful. Thankful for what we have that others do not, thankful for our soon-to-be born baby girl when we had a miscarriage last year, thankful for the son we already have, thankful that we know our lives are not in our control. This has been a hard lesson for us, but every day I read about thankfulness, the easier it gets. We were waiting on my husband to get accepted into the Master’s program at his school and we just learned 2 nights ago that he got accepted and we will be moving in a month (and I am 6 months pregnant)! We are excited for this new chapter and are THANKFUL for this blessing!!!

  192. One thing that makes it difficult for me to study my bible is making time for the Lord. I got married last year, and I am still trying to figure out what routine is best for me. I think I will just have to take a few minutes here and there throughout the day to read and pray.

  193. I missed doing the study with you, but I would love to join the next one =) One thing I have been learning for a while in my reading is contentment, and how my choosing to wear a smile and have a happy countenance can affect the mood of my entire house!

  194. One thing that makes it difficult for me to study God’s word is tiredness. So often when I finally sit down I just want to close my eyes and not think!

  195. I would love for you to do another study like this. I like learning how to study the Bible more effectively.

  196. I have just begun this study and I am on day 5. I enjoy the fact that it is taking me into the Word in a deep way and not just skimming it. I would love to see another study done! Thank you for the time and effort you have put into this.

  197. God is always teaching me so much when I seek Him!! Some of the things that God has shown me in his Word lately are that I can trust it and believe it fully. Reading in the Old testament about the Israelites is like looking into a mirror– how I can be so devoted to following Christ and his commands, but how easily I fall away if I cease to pray and read the Bible regularly. He has also taught me about turning to Him first when I am distraught over something, and how He can provide me with clarity and wisdom on how I ought to respond. I always know that this help is from the Holy Spirit because it is often not what I expect, and usually involves changing my own heart and mind first!!!

  198. I liked focusing on one command to obey throughout the day (Day 23). I have learned that concentrating on one thing at a time positively overflows to many areas. The suggestion to post the command around the house was helpful.

  199. I would love to have a study on Philippians 4 posted in the future. There are so many treasure in that one chapter written from prison! Philippians 4 is one passage that I get more out of every time I read it.

  200. It is hard to think of how to improve this study. The ease of use, guidance on preparing to study, resources included, as well as thought-provoking content was all beneficial. I liked the inclusion of โ€œFor the Childrenโ€ suggestions. Perhaps one improvement would be to include these in the study more frequently. I shared a lot of what I was studying and learning with my children anyway, but it was nice to have ideas geared specifically to children too.

  201. I learned that spending an extended amount of time digging in a passage will yield treasures and instruction for the heart. Rather than getting wearying, re-examining the scripture in different ways each day made the passage more cherished and special to me. Each day was an opportunity for a fresh perspective. Thank you!

  202. I enjoyed the study. Before kids, I enjoyed many Precept Studies, but have not been able to dedicate the time with home and learning. This was a very easy way to digest this chapter.

    My favorite part was the word Practice. Even though we are new in Christ, forgiven, bought, redeemed – we may still practice the old self. We need to stop that practice – and start a new way. A choice. I enjoyed the whole month – thank you.

    I’d be ready to go again any time – I’ll be looking out for it! I think there should be a Bible Study Retreat in Lincoln City – I’ll host. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  203. I would love for you to do this again!

  204. There is a Bible app on my iPhone called YouVersion that offers reading plans to follow. It would be wonderful to follow a monthly study of yours through there!

  205. The thing I find most difficult about studying His Word is not just finding the time (homeschooling/raising 7 kids under the age of 13), but having the presence of mind to engage fully once I do carve out the time.

    Shorter devotionals such as this 30-day study that don’t require a lot out of me really help in this season of life.

  206. I’ve found when I’ve gotten the most out of my Bible study time, the tools I’ve used are:
    1) my Bible
    2) my journal
    3) either Strong’s concordance or the Greek/Hebrew key word study Bible app
    4) an outline in which to place details of the passage being studied – one that asks general questions that cause me to delve a bit deeper – could also include seeking themes and highlighting key words

  207. One thing I learned while doing the Busy, Busy Mama’s study on Colossians 3 is that there is so much more to learn by going over the chapter repeatedly and from different angles. I tend to be a fast reader and can blast through a chapter but later retain little. I have never done an inductive study before that I remember. This going over it repeatedly really cemented the message of the chapter in my mind. It made me stop and really meditate on the message which is a great lesson for me to learn

  208. I would love to do another Bible study like this sometime.

  209. To improve it I would slow it down just a little. I did most of it (and am catching up on the little I missed. I will finish it!) but struggled a little to keep up with the pace.

  210. Ephesians 5 and 6, Proverbs 31, Sermon on the Mount, 10 commandments would all be great passages to study.

  211. I didn’t mark in my Bible. I printed out the pages from the computer and marked on them. But marking was great because it was easy to concentrate on certain messages and themes in the reading. It was easy to pinpoint those themes when I went back to analyze the message.

  212. The lesson that God has been teaching me lately through His word is that the descriptions of righteous behaviour and wicked behaviour are not lists of isolated behaviours, but reflections of overall heart attitudes. We grow up learning “Don’t steal, don’t swear, don’t be mean, don’t kill etc” and “Do be nice to people, do tell the truth, do read the Bible, do memorize your memory verses, do witness to others, etc.” but too many times I think we separate these things into a list of actions that we do or don’t do. However they are an overall collective reflection of who we are or aren’t in our heart. The focus has to come off the do’s and don’ts and go onto who Christ is and as we focus on Him and behold Him we become like Him 2 Corinthians 3:18.

  213. The one thing that makes it difficult to study the Bible for me is having enough uninterrupted quiet time. Once everyone in the house gets up forget concentration! However, I have learned to get up earlier and find that quality quiet time. A little bit of quiet time consistently goes a lot farther than big chunks of quiet time sporadically. Ask God to wake you up and He will. Isaiah 50: 4,5 says “The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.

    5The Lord GOD hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back.
    I’ve claimed this as a promise and God does wake you up! Just remember to not be rebellious and turn back away by rolling over on your pillow and going back to sleep!

  214. I like to use http://www.biblos.com when I study. It’s great for cross referencing and word studies and topical studies. The format is easy for me to use.

  215. One thing that I learned from this study was more of creating the habit of getting into the word each day. With 3 beautiful children in the folds of my skirt, I have found it difficult to find large chunks of time…it’s ok to take in a couple of verses at a time while feeding the baby or in between lessons with my oldest.

  216. I am thankful that this study is online and that I can go to it whenever I have a moment. I missed a day here and there. My friend was sharing how much it had impacted her….she was able to picture herself gearing up each day with her pants of patience and so forth. It gave us something to draw upon for a portion of our conversation.

  217. Thank you for this study! I was so inspired that I started a Facebook group for friends who wanted to join me in the study. While I didn’t get as much interaction as I’d hoped, I DID make a new friend from across the country, so THAT was fun. ๐Ÿ™‚ One thing I learned is that I still LOVE digging into God’s Word. This study was appropriate for me, as I was convicted of some things in my heart that need to change– especially in how I teach my children. (I learned that some of what I’m “teaching” them is my own BAD habits!) I’m still working on these things, and I think that spending daily time in the Word– even 5 minutes– will be a major help. Thanks again, Pam, for your inspiration, and thanks to Daniel for his posting-prowess! ๐Ÿ™‚

  218. Yes, yes, yes! Post another study like this!

  219. I am a very busy mama, and these lessons were a great length for me. Just enough guidance to give me focus when I sit down to read a passage. Thank you!

  220. I can’t thank you enough for posting this study! I wasn’t able to keep up every day, due to schedule conflicts, etc., but will be returning to finish, as it was really a blessing! To answer your question of how marking the words helped me better understand, I would have to say that it brings the Word even more alive when I can glance at a passage and already see themes and stark contrasts, promises, lessons, and encouragement! I have always wanted to have a method for marking my bible ‘well’, and you have provided it! Thank you!

  221. What other passage would I like to study? There are many! Off the top of my head, however, I would agree with an earlier poster who suggested passages from James.

  222. I wasn’t able to do this study, as I was doing another one at the time, but I have loved following along! I plan on revisiting all the links and begin my time in Colossians 3! God has been teaching me to be still, to trush Him! It isn’t any easy lesson to learn for this type A control freak, but I am working on it. He has only just begun His work in me, so I am ready to willing for Him to mold me!

  223. Would I like you to post another study like this? I resounding “yes” to that question! I have some difficulty doing a lot of reading on the computer screen, so until I can get an ipad or other reader someday, I am not able to do this ‘intently’ on a daily basis. If you have plans to publish an ebook or print book of the study, or even just the study ‘methods’, I would love to buy one!

  224. What makes it hard for me to study the bible? To be completely honest, my ‘want to’ is broken! I have been blessed by simply reading the bible, but easily became overwhelmed when I started to think of how I could dig in deeper…what would work for me? What do I have time for? How can I make more time? I was so thrilled to stumble upon the post a while back when you showed how you studied Psalm 98! It is me, it is something I can do, and it is something my kids can do along side me! My ‘want to’ has been fixed, and I have been so incredibly blessed by this series!

  225. What helps and tools do I use? Well, up until now, I haven’t had any helps or tools. I’ve done numerous studies in the past that have been wonderful, but didn’t know how to do a study on my own! I’m grateful for this opportunity to win, it would give me wonderful resources to start studying the bible on my own!

  226. I love this way of bible study, thank you very much for it, please make a new one, but also please wait till after christmas to start with it, so I have time to finish this one. Every day is to much for me to do a sepparate study. I have to prepare for sundayschoolclasses and for visiting some very old and sick people of our community. And ofcourse the teaching of our boys as well. I loved it to read so many times that we will be with Christ when he comes back in glory (vs. 4) and that we have to put on the peace of Christ in our lives (vs. 15). Thank you for taking this piece of the bible and let us read it so many times. Bye, God bless you.

  227. I would love it if you would post more studies like this! Making it a regular occurance would bless the socks off of me, as well as many others I am sure!

  228. I learned that I can do a Bible study on a regular basis, I can fit 5 minutes in a day.
    And, I would LOVE for you to post another Bible study. I can’t wait.

    Also, thank you for the awesome giveaway, the items look great.

    Thanks again for sharing the Col. 3 study, I truly enjoyed it. I’ve never studied a chapter like that before, it’s amazing what you can get out of only one chapter.

  229. Thank you so much for posting this! I would love to do more studies. It was a very helpful guide and motivator for me.

  230. The repetition and marking of key words in my Bible helped me see new things and meditate in new ways every time. It also helped me in memorization.

  231. I’d love to see another study on Ephesians.

  232. I think this study was the perfect length. I can’t imagine you improving on anything. It was a huge blessing to me! Thanks!

  233. Among many things I learned that I am to be thankful because the peace of Christ rules in my heart. I should express my gratefulness by singing psalms and doing everything in word or deed in the name of Jesus, my Lord.

  234. What I learned was that it doesn’t matter how much time you spend in God’s Word, but that it is time spent in His Word that matters!
    Yes, I’d love another study like this one!

  235. I want to say first of all, Thank You Pam! This Bible study was a very good idea! The Bible study (I stuck in there for a few days and then had some personal things I had to deal with that took me away from completion) is a blessing, because there are a lot of mothers who are essentially bound to the house most days as we educate our children. This study afforded us the opportunity to be involved in the Body of Christ without leaving our homes. I think you should do it again.! ๐Ÿ™‚

  236. God’s precious Word is teaching me more and more (and convicting me) that He is most important. That though we don’t physically worship idols and bow down to statues like in Old Testament times, we are richly blessed here in America, and tend to like our electronics too much. With that said, I cannot spend more time on the computer (my biggest obstacle to reading God’s Word more than I do) than I do in God’s Word. It’s not fair to Him. Of course, I’m not calling the computer a bad thing, but I think we have to re-evaluate ourselves and really be honest with what is most important in our lives…and if it isn’t the Lord, we must repent, seek Him, and turn back to Him.

  237. I have found that having a two journals beside me as I read is a HUGE BLESSING! One if used for writing down new scripture that I really like or that calls out to me. The other is to write a devotional to myself (and sometimes others, though I’ve not shared it yet with other ladies) based on what I read that day. I find this habit to be such a blessing to me!

  238. Pam, I’d like to do a study with you on Proverbs 31. I know it’s been done many times by other authors, but I think it would be such a blessing to go alongside with you on that particular passage. Couldn’t we all use a refresher on that passage? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks!

  239. One thing that makes it difficult for me to study is actually doing it. I let other things steal my time away. I’m my own worst enemy. Therefore, I must become more intentional in my time with the Lord.

  240. One thing I learned while doing some of the study is how to mark the Bible, and really getting detailed and looking deeply into small chunks of scripture–versus just reading and getting a good quantity read. The quantity doesn’t matter…it’s the quality of what we are digesting and getting into our hearts! ๐Ÿ™‚

  241. One of things I learned from this bible study was that I need to focus on doing my jobs for the Lord and Not to please men. I was able to connect so many other verses with Col.3. My dd got it hear ” and be thankful” alot these weeks.

  242. I would love for you to post another study. It felt like I was working with a trusted friend who I knew would not lead me astray. THANKS

  243. I enjoyed most of the study. I felt the verb study needed to be brooken into two days. Also, as I am using a smart phone to access your site, I was unable to use the internet bible resource.

  244. I would love to study another passage indepth. Pperhaps something from Hebrews or James.

  245. I used a purple pen and colored pencils to mark the bible

  246. God has been teaching me many lessons….I need to be more compassionate to my children, focus on things of above and not on man’s doings, work hard for the Lord, not man. I need to put up scripture in my home and sing more.

  247. The desire to to sleep keeps me from studying the Bible. I get so tired in the evenings and don’t want to get up in the mornings. I have been setting my alarm ealier to wake and study. God is good.

  248. The helps I used were the Bible ap on my smart phone, my Bible, my husband, and my mentors. I would love to have a paper commentary and other helps!

  249. I would like to study a passage from Psalms or Proverbs.

  250. One things that makes it difficult to study the Bible is my “to do” list. If I hit the ground running in the morning, study goes by the wayside. I need to get it in first thing.

  251. One of the lessons I am learning now is about women and head coverings in the New Testament.

  252. Finding quiet time is difficult for me when I am trying to study God’s word, especially since I have two little ones running around.

  253. The best tool I use when I need help understanding a verse is prayer. I pray for the understanding of the verse & to not doubt things my mind cant quite grasp.

  254. I am so thankful for your blog, Pam. I have been doing inductive studies since 2006. Studying God’s word in such detail and depth has changed my life. Currently I am studying Psalm 119, so I did not join your study. I use http://www.BlueLetterBible.com a lot but would love a concordance and topical bible for more tools.

  255. The hardest part about doing a planned study is definitely working around my little ones. I have come to the conclusion that I just have to study at my own pace. I love to have the freedom to go on rabbit trails and get lost in God’s Word. I also find that sometimes I have to partner what I am studying with what I teach my little ones to be better equipped in teaching them ๐Ÿ™‚ I am loving teaching Advent so far this year ๐Ÿ™‚

  256. I have a couple of your books and would be honored to have a copy of your Proverbs family study. I would definitely consider doing your Prov 31 woman series this winter.

  257. Marking words in my Bible helped me slow down and resist the temptation to skim through because my children needed something. I must confess I got only about halfway through the study, but halfway is better than no way. This is a great start for me because I desperately need to seek God and His Word daily. The good news is that I can pick up right where I left off and finish the study, even if it takes double the time! This study has been such a blessing in terms of relevance and application in my life. Thank you for reaching out to busy mamas.

  258. Marking words in the Bible helped me to think about God’s Word. It gave me a fresh perspective, especially on verses that are so familiar. Just marking all of God’s names was such a blessing. I have started doing that in other passages as I read through them.

  259. I would also like to study Ephesians, Philippians, and I Peter.

  260. Please do another study. I came in about halfway through, but the part I did was such a blessing. I plan to use some of what I learned in other passages.

  261. One thing I learned while doing this study was the eternal souls of my children are more important than anything else on my to-do list. I keep thinking about the phrase, “Set your affection on things above.” I need to spend more time on eternal investments.

  262. God has been teaching me that even my little decisions are important to Him. I have been meditating on the verse from I Peter, “Be ye holy, for I am holy.”

  263. Difficulties in studying the Bible come from being tired in the morning, kids, to-do-lists, and other distractions. I appreciated this study because it helped me focus more on what I was reading.

  264. If I use a tool in studying the Bible, it is most often a Bible study book or devotional. I know I need to dig more, but just getting in the Word every day can be a challenge for me.

  265. I can’t think of anything for you to improve in your study, just keep more of them coming! Thank you for your work in putting the Colossians study together.

  266. The study has been a perfect amount of the Word to ‘chew’ on each day. I am only half way through and gotten so much out of Colossians 3.

  267. What a blessing it has been to this “Busy Mama”!

  268. Thank you for incorporating questions I can use with my kids to teach them what I’m learning.

  269. I would love for you to do another book!

  270. Proverbs 3 would be a great study!

  271. What is one thing you have learned while doing any or all of the Busy, Busy Mamasโ€™ Bible Study on Colossians 3?
    I learned that no matter how much time you have it is still possible to study the Bible. As a mom with little ones I can still find time to study the Bible spend time with my loving Savior and share what I am learning as a witness to my little ones.
    I had the misconception that I needed hours of time of quiet in order to study the Bible properly. This 30 day posting series showed me the truth.
    Thank you.

  272. YES, I would LOVE to do another study like this! Thank you for doing this study; it has been an incredible blessing to me. I hope to memorize Col. 3 now. This study will make that easier.

  273. I would love it if you posted another study! Marking the words in my Bible really helped me to ingrain them into my mind even more. It was almost like reading it again or something, it just really enforced what I was reading.

    Thank you so much for hosting this give-a-way too!

  274. Thank you for this study! I found it hard to study on my own, although I read daily it has been difficult to ‘study’ like I’ve wanted to. We’ve been through a rough year, my husband injured his back and we’ve lost work, we’ve moved 3 times this year, we recently lost a baby, medical bills are rolling in, and I’ve been homeschooling the children. I needed this study, was a little behind in my reading, but I see the fruit and I am grateful for your time/effort in making this happen for us! Please pray for our family.

  275. Something that really spoke to my heart was Colossians 3:15, And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Wow! It is so hard to be thankful and let the Lord give us peace when we are going through such trials and tribulations as our family has this past year and especially the last few months. This study has helped me deal with the loss of our baby and my husband’s injury. I needed some direction in a fresh new way. (thank you) I know now, after this study, I was not giving my all to the Lord in this area and that I needed to find my strength, peace, and comfort from Him.

  276. It was nice to have a “refresher” in what is pleasing to the Lord. I have had some new convictions after studying Colossians. I’ve also had some “reminders” of some of my old convictions and as to why I believe the way I do. I also was reminded (and I needed to be) of Colossians 3:23 – And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; after the trials we’ve been through lately – discouragement seemed to have set in. I was able to share some of this study with my husband and it has helped him as well. We were able to pray together about what the Lord wanted us learn, and felt Him pulling us through His word as a “reminder” He is always there for us and for us to lean not unto our own understanding, but to trust Him in ALL things.

  277. I would like a study on Romans and Ephesians. : )

  278. I loved studying Colossians. I have many note cards with verses in my purse from the study. It really helped me relate more gently with my kids and how the “new (wo)man” should act/dress/speak. I think my favorite by far is Colossians 3:12-13, Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. BEAR WITH each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
    The words BEAR WITH hit me hard as I often find myself frustrated with those that I so dearly love. Thank you for all the resources and support through the study. Even though I got behind sometimes, I love that I was able to go back and still find the information. I am trying to jump in the Advent study now.

  279. I have never written in my bible and never thought I could bring myself to do it, LOL! Honestly, I couldn’t understand the reasoning behind it at first, but after experiencing this study – I can totally see what I’ve been missing all these years! I saw things that I never saw before just by underlining and coloring things in my bible. My understanding reached a deeper level than just by reading and I thoroughly enjoy and treasure my bible even more(which I didn’t think could possibly happen)

  280. It was a blessing to me that there were some “make up days” for the study – with the depth of what is going on around here, I needed it and was relieved to not feel “left behind”.

  281. So many verses spoke to my heart during this study, so it’s hard to list only a couple. This one weighed heavy on my heart: Colossians 3:1, If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. I’ve been reminding myself each day, that this day is a gift and to be glad and rejoice in it. I am reminded that each day, with the Lord’s grace, has been given to me for Him not for myself. I am reminded to always seek His ways and not my own. He knows what is best for me and He will direct me as long as I seek Him first. As I read His word, pray, and spend time with Him, I am convicted and molded for His glory. He has taught me so much and my heart is eager to seek daily to do that which is from above.

  282. By taking my time in doing this study, I have realized that a different approach is all I needed in my time with the Word. This study has re-awakened my desire for studying the Word and I cannot wait to use this approach and study every book in the bible! Pam, I cannot tell you how much this has touched my heart and helped me, I know the Lord was using you and this study to lift my spirits and get refocused on Him! thank you from the bottom of my heart, have a blessed day : )

  283. Yes, please do another study like this! I’ve learned that I can do an in-depth study in a small amount of time. So thankful for all of your products & now your Bible study!

  284. Writing in my Bible was new to me, but it really helped me to stop & focus on each word. It also allowed me to see the repetition of certain key phrases and pay attention to what the writer is trying to convey.

  285. I’d like to say “time” is the reason reading my Bible can sometimes be difficult, but I think distractions would be the more appropriate answer. This daily study & my email subscription to your blog was a nice way to remind me & hold me accountable in my daily study.

  286. The lesson God is teaching me is that if I draw near to Him, He’ll draw near to me.

  287. Thank you for this study. I’m still getting through it, but liked having a specific thought to focus on in each lesson. Another study would be great . . . how about a chapter of James?

  288. The thought that keeps returning to mind from Col. 3 is “set your mind on things above.” For me that usually comes down to remembering to keep an eternal perspective in the challenging moments and know that God’s plan and purpose is greater than what I can see currently.

  289. Thank you so much for hosting and facilitating this study. It was so marvelous to do a study with a community of believers and know we were learning and growing together. I loved digesting the same passage of scripture over and over, looking for new things – you made it like a treasure hunt! I loved marking the verses in a unique way. I loved the IF and THEN type word searches as well as the “But”…. — it makes me stop and look at the verses more carefully. THANK YOU PAM! I would love to participate if you do another study!

  290. I would love to study any of the letters that Paul wrote to the early church.

  291. What makes it difficult for me to study God’s word is simply choice…will I sit down with Him first thing or run into my day blindly without being refreshed by what He has to say to me.

  292. Our family has really been blessed by the resources that you have created for being diligent with family time as well as the if/then chart and the blessings chart….I am still lacking with constant consistency, but this has been a huge helping hand in the right direction. I have recommended your resources to several families as well as our kids ministry leader.

  293. Thank you so much for taking the time to post this study. I really liked how you never assumed that we knew how to study God’s word but you took it step by step and showed a variety of ways of going deeper. I learned that Colossians is full of references to Jesus. Colossians is now peppered with little red crosses.

  294. This study made me realize that I am capable of memorizing when I actually try. Thank you for challenging me in this regard.

  295. I learned so many different ways of looking at one passage. It really opened my eyes and made me slow down

  296. I loved this idea and would enjoy another on proverbs 31. Or how about he classic psalms 23. ๐Ÿ™‚

  297. I love to use biblegateway.com to compare translations.

  298. This study was awesome! I loved so much of it! I like how the systematic study taught me to look at things in more than one way and that there is so much imbedded in scripture.

  299. I would love for you to post another study similar to this sometime.

  300. I don’t think there is anything I could suggest for you to do differently if you do another study similar to this one, except please do one!

  301. I would love to study James, Titus 2, any of the Proverbs for wives or parents, Psalms is wonderful too…

  302. Marking my Bible, (though I had to explain why it was okay for mommy to write in her Bible, but my 6 year old could not write through all of her books at random) made me slow down, read throughly and more completely understand what I was looking at. It took some getting use to, but I loved it eventually!!

  303. What has God been teaching me…well, I’m not in control. Also, I have been struggling with my place with my husband, he has been gone a lot lately and I have become overwhelmed with all of the extra responsibilities plus not having my best friend around so I have had to read about being a Titus 2 woman (Created to Be His Help Meet) and pray about it A LOT!

  304. Time is my biggest problem along with putting aside my responsibilities to focus.

  305. God has been teaching me that I am not in control and that I need to be a more godly wife.

  306. I use a concordence quite often!

  307. I would LOVE for you to do another study!

  308. One thing that so blessed me was Day 7. When I read over my notes, I was just amazed at God’s transforming power, that He made me able to be Christ-like when He saved me. What a huge responsibility we have to strive to be like Christ. I’m not sure how I can put it in words but my notes read : “We are risen in Christ; our life is hidden in Christ; when He comes we shall appear glorious like Him (did a word study on glory in vs4 and WOW); our new man is renewed in the knowledge of Christ; all Christians become equal in Christ; we must forgive like Christ; Christ’ words can dwell within us with wisdom and we can teach and admonish each other as we worship God; we must do everything in the name of Christ; we must do all things for Christ and not for men”.

    God just really blessed me as He drove home the fact that our new man and new life should be Christ. He should be in every part of us and all through our daily lives. What a joy it will be to “appear with Him in glory” one day. ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks so much for this study. Hope my post isn’t to long.

  309. I really learned that there is so much in a single verse, and now I have a new way to go through a chapter!

  310. I would love to do another study like this sometime! I was really excited each morning to get going!

  311. I would not change anything, I printed out the passage with big letters, so I found it easy enough to read once I had it all marked. This way I could always read through the chapter in my Bible and do the marking on the sheet.

  312. I would like a study like this on Proverbs 31 or Titus 2.

  313. By marking differnet words I was able to understand the passage so much better.

  314. God has been teaching us that we need to trust him with our every day needs, from getting a two year old to stay in bed to purchasing a new home.

    I have difficulty reading my Bible because I have 5 boys and the oldest is 9. They are up at 6 a.m. and we are still putting the two year old to bed at 9 p.m. Every moment is committed during the day, baby naps don’t seem to line up yet with everyone else. Making time is difficult to find alone and nearly impossible to concentrate when they are all awake.

  315. Would you like us to post another study like this sometime?

    Yes definitely!!! At the beginning I couldn’t picture how you’d do one – only ONE – chapter in a book for 30 days. But you did it! Would love to do another study with you.

  316. Comment # 2 answering What other passage would you like to study?

    Any one of the Psalms. (not Psalm 23 — that one has been over-used).
    Or some of the Proverbs.

  317. Comment # 3: In what ways did marking words in your Bible help you better understand what you were reading?

    I’m familiar with Kay Arthur’s Precepts and her way of marking. Even have her Bible to mark. Your study of Colossians 3 helped me learn what to look for and how words tie together. As a visual learner, this was perfect.

  318. Comment 4: What is one thing you have learned while doing any or all of the Busy, Busy Mamasโ€™ Bible Study on Colossians 3?

    I enjoyed the Facebook group on this study, and learned a lot from Lori’s word study on Day 11. She is a self-professed word-nerd and her word definitions pointed at me (smile)

  319. Comment 5: What helps and tools do you use when reading/studying the Bible?

    First was discovering a coffee shop while I was doing this study. A friend and I met there every week to chat, draw in our journals, discuss the Bible including Doorposts, and to fellowship. A valuable help.

    Second was using a notebook to write and draw my notes in; visuals. Shared some of the drawings with the Facebook group.

  320. comment 6: What could we do to improve the study? (Were lessons too long, difficult to understand, etc.?)

    Greek! Hebrew! I’m discovering how the Greek word and its translation opens so much of the scripture to me. Eucharisteo! Allelon!

  321. I LOVED this study! I sincerely hope you guys either make this a regular thing or put out a book with different books of the Bible featured. The Holy Spirit was definitely at work through this study! He spoke to me every day that I actually did the study with you all. (I did not get it done every day.)

    Thanks so much for putting this together and making it freely available like this. I even used it with my family and the kids at church.

  322. God seems to be teaching me lately to see the treasure that is gained in pain and suffering.

  323. I have not done this study yet, but am planning to start it with a friend soon! Time is the biggest hinderence in studying Gods wonderful word!

  324. The lesson God has been teaching me through the Bible lately is about being a friend and friendships. When you have a true friendship you are invested in that person.

  325. Probably the most difficult thing about studying the Bible for me is time. I need to use better time management skills.

  326. The tools I use are highlighters, paper, pen and a devotional guide.

  327. Another passage I would like to see you do is Philippians 2.

  328. I definately think it was a good study and you should do another one. Thanks for all the effort you put into this one.

  329. I really appreciated the study, I had been neglecting my daily reading time ~ so it was a wonderful tool to get back into habit with the Lord. I’m now using the same study to have accountability with a friend who needs to get back in the routing of studying daily too. So far She is really enjoying it. thank you!

  330. Thank you so much for the Bible study! Please do another one. It helped me devour the scripture, when I felt like I couldn’t. I have been contemplating on His word…even on a crazy high energy field trip. Thank you again.

  331. What makes it difficult to study my bible? Time, mostly, which then, I think, comes down to priorities. The Lord is working with me on this! : )

  332. What has God been teaching me lately through His Word? That I need to exercise my faith, the key word being “exercise” — using it, applying it, pushing on in faith! : )

  333. I can’t think of anything you could or should do to improve the study as it was presented on your Doorposts blog. It was very clear, encouraging and refreshing!

  334. One thing I came to understand more clearly is how important even the ‘small’ words and their meanings are to the essence of God’s Word in our lives! Studying in this way brings clarity to the message, especially as we grow in our Christian walk.

  335. I like to use the concordance in the back of my bible. Also, the Linked Word Project online (http://bible.worthwhile.com/bible.php?b=gen&c=1&v=0&d=1&w=0).

  336. Thank you for this opportunity! I didn’t do the study, however, would like to join one in the future!

  337. I have been studying Genesis and it has been so interesting learning more details from Adam and Eve to where I am now with the separation of Abram and Lot. Also, I have been learning about waiting on the Lord. That can be tricky sometimes, especially as my husband has been laid off these past 7 1/2 months!

  338. I think the biggest difficulty in studying my Bible is distractions. I either have to study early in the morning or later in the evening when all of our children are in bed. It is difficult to study when we are schooling or when the littles are up and going, as they always need something from Mama.

  339. When I study my Bible, I like to have a Strong’s Concordance handy. I also like to read commentaries, however, I am cautious to stick to God’s word, as men’s opinions are just that…opinions. Not that they are not led of the Lord, but I want to make sure that God’s word is what I focus on.

  340. Any part of scripture that you did another study on, would be great! Thank you for putting the first one together! It sounds like it was a wonderful success! Thanks again for the opportunity for a chance to win this study set! Blessings!

  341. I loved every day of this study! Would love to do another one.

  342. I learned that I can read a small section of the bible over and over again and keep learning something new!

  343. I have been raised with Christ, I should set my heart on things above. Always thank God for all things! I love how the markings I made in the bible remind me of all I have learned too.

  344. I added to my list of things to put on and off from another bible study I am doing. I loved how the words listed in Colossians were used in the exact way in other parts of the bible. I added a few words to put off from Ephesians 4:30-31; put off bitterness and brawling. I would love to do a study on Ephesians too.

  345. I like to start my Bible time with the Proverb chapter of the day (Proverbs has 31 chapters…one for each day of the month). Today’s Proverb (chapter 4:5-8) sums up why the Word is so important: we get wisdom.

    5ย Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.
    6ย Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee.
    7ย Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
    8ย Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.

  346. i loved the picture drawings and incorporating color. for years i have used colored pencils when marking words of like thought (like pink for any time purity is mentioned) but color in the margins is very eye catching, and my children have enjoyed “reading” through colossians in my bible.

    i’d also love to see more studies-james as previously mentioned, or 1 peter would be great.

    so appreciate you, pam-

  347. The main thing I learned in this study was how to do inductive Bible study. I had never been walked through each step. I adapted colors/symbols to what made most sense to me, but the principles are still the same. I can now use this for any passage of Scripture and will get more out of studying. Thanks!

  348. Thank you so much for making this study manageable but yet very thorough. I learned so much as we reread the passage. Sometimes it was like peeling away an onion with more understanding at each layer and other times it was like looking at a multifaceted jewel focusing on a different part each time. Again, thank you for doing this for us busy moms!

  349. I would love to see another study like this. I don’t have any specific scriptures I would like more than others. Anytime I am in God’s word is a good thing.

  350. The part of Colossians 3 that spoke to me most right now was the command to set my heart and mind on things above. It goes along with Jesus’ words, “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.” Ive been in a spot where I needed that reminder every day for a month!

  351. Future studies could maybe just get through a passage quicker by doing 2 steps/day. Or, since you’re already in the book business you could do book studies. Like an inductive Colossians study for individuals and groups where you do your homework during the week and meet as a group once a week, or something like that…

  352. For the next study it would be nice to see how this can apply other types of books. Colossians is an epistle, so maybe dont do another one just yet. I am interested in a history or prophet book becuase that seems harder to me and I’ll need help with what to be looking for. Even one of the gospels would be interesting. Thanks!

  353. This has been a GREAT Bible study–I’ve enjoyed the “online” aspect.

    Day 18, “Everything” helped me to get through a family crisis. I went back to it and prayed through it and meditated on it as I sought the Lord’s wisdom on “if” or “how” I should confront a family member at the center of the crisis.

    It reminded me to keep an attitude of humility and to keep my emotions in check, (v.8). Verse 11, Christ is all and is in all, reminded me that even THIS person is “within the reach of the all powerful and efficacious grace of God.” (commentary).

    And it charged me to make sure my motive was “LOVE” (and over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together, v.14).

    Most importantly, v. 23 reminded me to do my VERY best, as if I am doing it for Jesus. That sobered me up even more!

    Praise God, I was able to do what I was called to do in the situation (so far)!

  354. I would love a another study too.

  355. I loved the bible study, I would like to do alot more of them. I looked forward to the e-mail each day. It was not too hard, or too long. It was easily manageable. Thank you and God bless.

  356. The give away is awesome, I would love to win that giveaway. What a great way to study the word with your family.

  357. Marking my bible, helps me to understand what I am reading and helps me to remember.

  358. I love inductive bible study. I learned to do that through Kay Arthur and taking her classes. I can’t remember all the symbols and things Kay uses. But this was much easier to remember. thank you.

  359. I have learned that it’s okay to study for 5 minutes a day. I used to view it as worthless, but the time really does add up!

  360. i would LOVE for you to post/host another Bible study like this one! I REALLY LOVED IT!

  361. to improve the study?? I can’t think of anything! It was clear, encouraging, refreshing, and the catch up days really helped when I got behind.

  362. I would be interested in studying Galatians or a passage in it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  363. Marking words, helped me to stop and really focus on the little things that I may have quickly overlooked. It just forced me to notice!

  364. Through this study, God has been teaching me on really keeping my eyes heavenward. It’s so easy to get busy with my to do list and my children, but I must keep God in the forefront of my mind!

  365. My very young children has made it difficult to study the Bible. They are demanding and need all my attention. ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, my emotions has made it hard to study. If I’m having a really rough day the last thing I “feel” like doing is sitting down with my Bible…of course that is when I need it the most!

  366. I use the internet mostly as a tool when I read/study my Bible. Also, my father has written a really great KJV dictionary, and so I use that as well!

  367. I would like to see you do another study. I enjoyed it.

  368. I don’t think you need to change anything in the format of the study

  369. I often use the Matthew Henry Commentary and a concordance when I study.

  370. Marking words and verses in my Bible help with bringing things to light that I might have missed just by reading it and not stopping and marking.

  371. I would love for you to do another study like this. I saved the emails so I can print them out for my daughter to do.

  372. I think Philippians 2 would be a good study.

  373. One thing i learned was to have more patience with my children.:)

  374. Would love to post another study!!!

  375. Marking in my Bible helps to put in more in my mind and heart!

  376. God has been teaching me to COMPLETELY rely on Him!

  377. I don’t think there was much to improve on… maybe help with what to mark. Sometimes, I was unsure.

  378. Would love to go through Psalms.

  379. One thing that makes it hard to study sometimes, is just lack of time I don’t set aside. I love having short lessons throughout the day that makes it possible for busy moms!

  380. I mostly just use my study Bible for study. It has lots of footnotes.:)

  381. I started the study last week and we went on vacation. I hope to finish it. I would love if you offered these again! It is more about getting the word in my heart rather than hearing someone’s complete interpretation of the word. It helps to be visual while learning.

  382. It was a great study!! Easy to do. Thank you so much for posting. I hope you do another one soon, especially since I cannot join my normal one for a couple months.

  383. I like to use Logos software for bible study.

  384. I find it difficult to find time to study.

  385. God has been showing me that I am outcom- based and He is obedience-based. Does that make sense? It has been very freeing to me.

  386. This way of studying God’s Word is really helpful! I am looking forward for another study!

  387. When I am into the study 5 minutes is far too short for me! Love it!

  388. Yes, please do another of these!

  389. I can’t think of any way to improve the study. It was easy to spend more than 5 minutes a day covering the material. I appreciated the catch up days! Another Bible study is my only suggestion!

  390. I would enjoy studying James, Sermon on the Mount, Psalms, Prov. 31….any passage you choose would be such a blessing! The Col. 3 study was such a blessing!

  391. The one thing I learned through this Bible Study was how to look at the same passage in so many different ways. Each perspective added together really helped to provide a clearer understanding of the whole. Thank you!

  392. From the Busy Mama’s Bible Study, I learned that I do have time to study!

  393. I would love it if you posted another study!

  394. Our winner is Amy Rohrer, for comment #125! Congratulations, Amy!

  395. I would love to win this. I have problems studying the Bible because I don’t understand how to pick out verses or how to mark things in my Bible.