Loving the Way Jesus Loves, PLUS Some Giveaways!

If you want to follow up your study of 1 Corinthians 13 with a good book, Loving the Way Jesus Loves, by Phil Ryken, is a great choice! My copy is underlined and asterisked all over the place. I thought I would share a few of my favorite quotes with you today. (We’re giving away a copy of this book and copies of two other Bible study books, so make sure you read the rest of the post!)

“The Love Chapter is not for lovers, primarily, but for all the loveless people in the church who think that their way of talking about God, or worshiping God, or serving God, or giving to God is better than everyone else’s.”

“No one cares how much we know unless they also know how much we care.”

“. . . Jesus looks at us with a heart of love. He helps us see that we are not the lovers that we think we are, either. But he does not stop there. By his death on the cross he offers forgiveness to our loveless hearts. Then he sends us the Holy Spirit so that we can start to love the way that he loves.”

“We are nothing without love. But when we know Jesus, who does nothing without love, he will help us love the way that he loves.”

“The love that Jesus has shown to us proves to be the same love that he wants us to show to others. He does not love us merely to love us but also to love others through us as we learn to love the way that he loves.”

Regarding “love is not easily provoked”: “Love is not grumpy or grouchy. Love does not get ticked off. Love does not go off on a rampage or a tirade. Love does not launch into verbal abuse, or give people the silent treatment, or get into a bad temper, or do whatever else it is tempting to do when we are angry or irritated.” Ouch.

“There is only one thing that chooses to give up its own rights, its own plans, its own comfort and desires, even its own life, and that is love like the love of Jesus.”

Regarding “love bears all things”: “It is not a patient, resigned acquiescence, but an active, positive fortitude. It is the endurance of the soldier who in the thick of the battle is undismayed.”

“The more we study what these verses teach about love, the clearer it becomes that they are really about death and sacrifice. The dominant image to associate with these verses is not the wedding gown but the cross.”

Take this one and chew on it for awhile: “Only the love of Jesus can empower us to keep on loving the people that it hurts for us to love.”

“But although God may give us more than we can bear, he never gives us more than he can bear.” Wow.

Have I got you interested yet? What I like about this book is that it keeps emphasizing our need to understand Jesus’s love for us before we will ever be able to share that love with others. We need to know how to love! We live with a family that needs our love! We live in a culture that needs to experience Jesus’s love as it is lived out in the lives of His children! We need to understand Jesus’s love for us so we can love others with that same love.

Because I like this book so much, we have just decided to add it to our inventory. So if you want to read it, you can order it right here. If you can’t afford it, enter our giveaway, and maybe, just maybe, you will be the winner!

We are doing three giveaways — one for each of the following books:

1. Loving the Way Jesus Loves, by Phil Ryken. A fresh look at 1 Corinthians 13, while drawing on the life and ministry of Jesus to illustrate what love is and isn’t.

2. Because You Are Strong, by Daniel Forster, my amazing son, who manages Doorposts and figures out what is wrong when I mess things up on the computer. This is an exciting collection of ten studies, geared for boys and young men, that teaches some basic Bible study methods while also studying the topic of strength — something every male is interested in!

3. Beauty in the Heart, by me. 🙂 This started out as a revision of our Beauty and the Pig, but pretty much ended up being a complete reworking of the entire book. It includes new studies that are not in Beauty and the Pig. Like Daniel’s Because You Are Strong, but for girls, it includes ten studies, walking through different Bible study methods step-by-step while studying God’s definition of real beauty. It’s at the printers right now, so the winner will get the first copy, hot off the press!

To enter, please comment, answering any (or all, in separate comments) of the following questions:

  • What was the most important lesson you learned during the 1 Corinthians 13 study?
  • What suggestions do you have for making our Busy, Busy Mamas studies more useful or user-friendly?
  • For those who used some or all of the children’s study suggestions, which children’s activities did you appreciate the most?
  • For those who were choosing to use print editions of study tools, were the instructions in the posts adequate?
  • What will you do to keep the teaching of 1 Corinthians 13 fresh and active in your heart and mind?

For those who didn’t do the study, you can still enter! Here are questions just for you!

  • What are you studying in the Bible right now?
  • If you aren’t studying right now, what is keeping you from doing so?

I appreciate your input! I want to make these studies as useful and easy-to-use as possible! This giveaway closes at midnight, Wednesday, August 7.

Next Tuesday, we’ll be back on our regular Tuesday and Thursday post schedule. See you then! 🙂 (And watch for our next Busy Mamas Study in November!)

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  1. I started the bible study and then we took a vacation so I didn’t stick with it. I wish I had. However during our vacation I was continuing with my work on reading through the whole bible and I only have about 20 chapters left so I still studied I just didn’t follow through on the I Corinthians study.

  2. I had memorized this chapter with my children before. However doing this in depth study I came to understand the meaning so much more. Instead of just rattling it off now I KNOW it in terms of understanding. Doing the word studies really opened it up for me. I never quite got all the “prophecies, tongues and knowledge will cease and I used to be a child but now am a man part” before. Now it makes perfect sense and fits in the chapter. I understand it so much more clearly. But the most important thing I took away from the study is something I intellectually knew but understand so much more now “This chapter is a description of Jesus’s love for me” Thank you for the study.

  3. I am continuing my study of 1 Corinthians 13 by reviewing the sermon series (online) our pastor just finished on the book of 1 Corinthians. Thank you so much for the study!

  4. I grew leaps and bounds during this study! I’ve read this portion of scripture so many times and even have it hanging in my home, but I never REALLY knew what it had to say. After this study, I appreciate other’s love for me more and pray each morning I can show it to others. The most important lesson was that on “think no evil”. I really had no idea what that meant and “keeping no record of wrong” and “covering” goes a long way to being able to show love. I also liked “bears, believes, hopes all things”. I just liked the whole thing!! Thank you!!

    The children’s lesson we liked best was the one on seeking. Seeking that dollar was a good lesson not only on seeking your own, but also on seeking after God.

  5. I just started your study of Colossians 3 using the paperback book. To have a book it’s size is so welcoming to jump into.

  6. What was the most important lesson you learned during the 1 Corinthians 13 study?
    We were really impressed to consider Christ as the personification of love. Also, to not only feel disheartened at how much we fail to love, but to rejoice in this truth and give thanks for the areas in which the Lord has grown our family, even this month, in imitating our Lord Jesus in love. Desirous to be more and more like our truly loving Lord!

  7. What suggestions do you have for making our Busy, Busy Mamas studies more useful or user-friendly?

    Some of the days of defining seemed tedious- although very helpful- to the kiddos. Their excitement waned a bit during those times.

  8. For those who used some or all of the children’s study suggestions, which children’s activities did you appreciate the most?

    The boys love the active noise making. The girls loved the lists. (We have older girls, younger boys.) 😉

  9. For those who used some or all of the children’s study suggestions, which children’s activities did you appreciate the most?

    Oh, also, the girls especially enjoyed coming in prayer to the Lord with thanksgiving for His love.

  10. For those who were choosing to use print editions of study tools, were the instructions in the posts adequate?

  11. I’m working my way through Colossians 3 🙂 I’m also doing Demolishing Strongholds with my children from Answeres in Genesis.

  12. What will you do to keep the teaching of 1 Corinthians 13 fresh and active in your heart and mind?
    Having our hand written lists hanging up around the house has been helpful as well as singing the chapter. I think we will try to make some visual pictures for the younger ones to keep this portion of God’s Word in the front of their,and all of our, minds. We like to post these in the bathroom… there’s no better thing than to hear your four year old singing scriptures loudly from behind the bathroom door, or your daughters to come out with a thought or question from making use of every moment. 😉 We will continue to talk and pray and perhaps go on to I John. And every time someone mentions I Corinthians 13, that dancing sparkle of recognition in the sideways glances of our little ones will continually awaken the memory and enliven us by the Word planted.

    Thank you so much for taking the time to walk with us through this chapter. It has been a blessing.

  13. I am currently studying through the wisdom books- learning to see Jesus in them- through a study by Nancy Guthrie. I actually have 4 studies going on that keep me searching Scriptures as I study. I am so grateful for the living and active Word!

  14. The most important lesson I learned doing the 1 Corinthians 13 was the individual ways I was being unloving towards my kids. But, Christ has loved perfectly and is growing me in His love!

  15. I am currently working through the book by Teri Maxwell called “Sweet Relationships”. It’ s been very helpful teaching me to be a sweet wife and mother.
    I do plan on coming back to the 1 Corinthians study when I’m finished with the book. Thank you very much for doing these studies with all of us.
    God Bless!!!

  16. I am not currently studying anything in the Bible right now. I have just found your blog and would like to use one of your studies to get back in the habit! Thank you for the work you are doing.


  17. I am currently studying the book of John. However, I ‘m also working on a small-group study for preteen girls for my daughter and some of her friends and their moms. We just bought the Goldie Doll and would LOVE to have the new BEAUTY IN THE HEART study! (But winning one of the other books would be just as wonderful!! 🙂

  18. We did part of the I Cor. 13 study. My boys are 10 and 15, so they are in between doing the kids’ activities and doing the study out right. But learning how to study the Bible for them is so valuable.

  19. Right now I am busy with my “Read through the Bible” task. I am looking for a bible study for my daughter and I to start this fall and the “Beauty in the Heart” study looks wonderful. 🙂

  20. I did not do the whole study-as i lost internet connection for awhile- but i really liked the kids activity where they act out their part of the body.

    As for what i am studying- we are taking a close look on how the early church functioned.

    Thanks for all you do to edify the body!

  21. I’m taking tiny steps at a time trying to teach my little boys about the bible. It’s a little challenging but I know I can do it. Thank you for sharing this!

  22. All I can say about the study in one word is “WOW!” It’s so hard for me to pick just one most important lesson! 😀 This study was so rich for me, and the Lord has grown me so much over the past month. Here are the answers to your questions:

    1. I’m going to have to say that the one lesson that keeps coming to mind on a daily basis is what it means to “bear” and the difference between “bearing” and “enduring”. I have that posted on a card & taped in a prominent place in my kitchen where I see it over & over each day to remind me. That lesson has been a big “OUCH!!” for me, but in a much needed way.

    2. Keep sharing great tools, like Blue Letter Bible, which help us understand truly what God’s Word is saying. I LOVED learning to use Blue Letter Bible, and I shared it (along with the 1 Corinthians study) with several others, because I knew they’d enjoy using it as well. :O)

    3. I did not do the study with my children this time, but I definitely would like to do it with them later this year or sometime next year.

    4. I used Blue Letter Bible online.

    5. I’ve taped several notecards around my house with helpful quotes & questions to help remind me of what I learned in this study. I also want to memorize 1 Corinthians 13 over the next month and then go back & re-read it and my paraphrase from time to time just to see it in print & cement it and all that it really means in my head again. :O)

    Thanks again for leading us in this study! God has used it in a mighty way to work on issues that have needed to be addressed for a long time. Thanks again also for all your encouragement and honesty throughout the whole study! You’re a blessing to all of us who are still early in our journey with little ones and with the Lord! 😀 Thanks again!

  23. I could not start this study on time and am starting today! My children (7) work all year caring for animals and making projects for our county fair which is mid July so we saved all the emails and we daily do 52 week Bible reading when we are not doing an actual study to help keep us in God’s word. We recently developed a new evening routine that Dad is now involved with. He is helping the littlest ones in our family do our daily Bible read. This is exciting for us as he is now considering becoming a Christian as he never went to church and has only gone with us to church a few times since I became a believer 9 yrs ago! I can’t wait to start this today!

  24. Finding you and your studies is such a blessing to me. This was my first one and I purchased the Colossians 3 to do at a future time. I did not partake with the kids this time but I read through the kids portions and definitely would on the future. I’m looking forward to November!! Thank you SO very much for your time and effort.

  25. I just finished the Good Morning Girls summer session last week and will begin a new Bible study Monday on leadership, called Women of Influence.

  26. What a convicting study this has been! I didn’t realize how little I actually knew about what real love meant. I’m so thankful for the love of my Savior and that he is so patient with me in daily showing me what I need to work on. Thank you for putting this study together.

  27. I missed out on this one. I’ve read most of your posts, but didn’t do the study. Right now I’ve just reading My Daily Bread and whatever chapter it suggests, but that hasn’t been very satisfying. I’m looking forward to getting back to BSF in the fall.

  28. I think the study on verse 7 hit me the most. Bearing all things requires silence and enduring means more than just sticking with it. Of course, it’s a matter of the heart – it always is, but this stuck out to me.

    The blueletterbible is a great resource, but I found that I need to go and find context or read a different verse, so I went to biblegateway a lot. Is there a feature that I can look for the context of verses and change the version without losing my place in the blueletterbible? Or is there another tool which offers both? It’s really not that big of a deal to open another window, but you’re looking for suggestions…

  29. We are studying 1 John and learning about love and being true followers of Christ. It is very convicting!

  30. What was the most important lesson you learned during the 1 Corinthians 13 study?
    This is my first study with Doorposts, the word study and how to use the blue letter bible is definitely the best part of the studies, I loved digging in deeper to the words. I think that that is my important lesson, that I need to look at the words and get the meaning to fully understand the meaning of the verse.

    What suggestions do you have for making our Busy, Busy Mamas studies more useful or user-friendly?
    I don’t have any suggestions; the study was tremendously useful and user-friendly.

    What are you studying in the Bible right now?
    I am studying James right now.

  31. This quote”Regarding “love is not easily provoked”: “Love is not grumpy or grouchy. Love does not get ticked off. Love does not go off on a rampage or a tirade. Love does not launch into verbal abuse, or give people the silent treatment, or get into a bad temper, or do whatever else it is tempting to do when we are angry or irritated.” Ouch.” Wow. I need this book. I am currently studying psalm 10 and other passages regarding orphan care.

  32. I liked the Greek word studies. Yesterday we did the one on v6, which showed that the word for rejoicing in evil is not the same as the word for rejoicing in the truth. Our favorite part is learning how to color code and mark the bible passage.

  33. I didn’t start the study as I knew we would be on vacation the first three weeks of July… Currently, I’m reading through the entire Bible with my family and for study, I’m preparing a study of Proverbs 31 for my daughter and the other 8 – 15 year olds in our church to go through beginning in September; we’ll meet once per month through June (at least that’s the current plan!).

    My daughter and I just started your Beauty and the Pig study and are excited about it and the revision you’ve just finished!

  34. I am studying the end times with a friend. We are concentrating on Revelation. I am also on my own studying the nation of Israel and the feasts the Lord commanded.

  35. I did not do the study nor am I doing a study. We are working on reading through the entire bible for the first time instead.

  36. I SO appreciate these studies! I started this study, but between a new baby and having surgery, my routine fell by the wayside. I want to go back and catch up with it. Can’t wait for another one in September!

  37. I did not do it simply b/c #5 is a newborn and I am still struggling to find normal;)

  38. I am reading here and there not focusing on a specific thing right now.

  39. Thank you so much for your excellent teaching materials. I use them as I write for and teach girls. I just signed for your blog last week and look forward to joining your next Bible study topic. Your new book on heart beauty would make a great addition to my teaching resources! God bless you as you continue to encourage women in service to the King.

    BTW, I am studying an A.W.Pink book on “assurance.”


  40. I love that in 1 Cor 13 – it isn’t what we can do but what Jesus is and does for us and through us. I read verses 4- 8 and substituted Jesus in place of Love. How powerful that is! Thank you for this study and your wisdom through Christ!

  41. I have just finished a study of the book of Ruth, and it was very interesting.

  42. Love your ministry, the resources have blessed us in so many ways.

  43. I’m not studying but desperately need to. Here and there I’ll read bits from Psalms or John but not in depth yet. Things have been crazy and studying God’s Word is just what I need. Especially with my 17-month-old undergoing surgery one week from today.

  44. I loved the post about love enduring, never giving up hope, and never failing! And how JESUS endured so much for us on the cross becaused HE loved us! Wow! I want to love like that!

  45. I am currently reading in Acts, may we all be as loyal & bold like Stephen!
    Would love to win the book “Loving the way Jesus Loves”

  46. I am doing a book study right now with a couple other ladies–not a book of the Bible, but we are tying info in the book to specific Bible verses, etc.

  47. We are currently doing the Bible Bee this summer and studying the book of 1 John. I am hoping to do the 1 Corinthians study at another time. My children and I did the Psalm 37 study and loved it.

  48. Thank you for the opportunity! 🙂 Always trying to grow my relationship with Him in every corner of my life.

  49. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on Ryken’s book. I am very interested in reading it.

  50. I did not do the study but read a few posts and they were very encouraging.

    Right now I am studying the book of Ephesians and am meditating and memorizing Ephesians 3:14-21. “For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of His glory He may grant you to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in your inner being…”

  51. What are you studying in the Bible right now?
    I’m doing a deep study right now on wisdom. I think I could study this one word for a whole year and not have covered it all.

  52. I just got finished doing a study on the boom of Jude and getting ready to begin a new study on becoming a woman of influence.

  53. I am doing some Beth Moore study’s…. but would LOVE to do this study!

  54. I’m currently doing a study on the Holy Spirit. Would LOVE to read the Loving the Way Jesus Loves book!!! Looks awesome! Thanks for the giveaway!

  55. I’m not really studying enough…only an occasional devotional reading and a family Bible passage each night. Why? Partly time, but if I’m honest, it’s because I just don’t have the desire to do it and it’s not a priority. Pray for me!

  56. I am actually in the middle of your bible study. I have saved them in a separate folder on my emails and when I have the chance I pull up a few at a time and do a few a day (to catch up). I’d plan on doing the lesson again with my kids when I am done going through the series. Thank you for sharing this knowledge to us. I find it hard to keep up with my personal devotions because of – yes – time. I know, I know there is always time for God. I have really no excuses just laziness I guess. I try though. Continue to pray for us who have a longing to be in the word but have to make it a priority. Thanks again for this lesson.

  57. Q: What suggestions do you have for making our Busy, Busy Mamas studies more useful or user-friendly?

    A: I would suggest an easily accessible chart (like a calendar with all 30 days) somewhere on your site that has links to each of the posts in order. Those who need to “catch up” or find the posts later on will be able to find where they are more easily than having to go back through the archives.

  58. I did not do the study… I am on day 17of reading the entire 5 chapter book of 1 John every day for 30 days, plus one chronilogical Old Testament chapter each day…. I am reading Joshua 17 today. This was recommended by a teaching We heard from John MacArthur and my husband and I are doing it together… He is reading Jeremiah. We are so tired of not being faithful to studying Gods word…. We have 7 children ages 8 mos to 11yrs. We are celebrating the end of the thirty days and a new habit formed with a special date… We have not had a date alone since the baby was born in November!so excited!

  59. I’m in the book of Acts right now, but more reading than studying. Next month I’ll study Colassions with your book!

  60. I’m currently reading My Utmost For His Highest Devotional by Oswald Chambers and then digging into the scriptures he used each day. I haven’t done a formal Bible Study in about a year, I really enjoy this!

  61. I’m currently following our church’s devotional/Bible reading plan. We are studying Philippians 2 this week, and I am loving the passion that Paul uses and speaks out to encourage believers.

  62. I am following the ESV Study Bible reading plan along with two of my grown up children. I like this plan very much. It has four readings per day from different parts of the Bible. (I am a KJV junkie, so although I like the ESV, I often read the KJV because I love it) Currently we are reading Judges, Song of Solomon, Jeremiah and Hebrews. I have been reading the New Testament parts out loud with my younger children. It is neat to see how various themes pop up in different parts of the Bible, sometimes when we least expect it!! I read the last few days of the 1 Corinthians study, I thought it was very good and would enjoy doing it with my 11 year old daughter sometime this year!


  63. I have been challenged to grow through the 1 Corinthians 13 study. Wow- I have had a lot of “ouch” moments this month! I am a little behind, and just worked on Day 24 “Jesus” today. Then I read this post. I think He is really emphasizing some things in my heart about HIS WAY OF LOVING. My way doesn’t even come close. Thank you so much for leading us through this study. It has changed the way I define “love.” And thanks for the giveaway too!

  64. I have really enjoyed this study.

  65. The most important thing I will take away from this study is what love really is!!
    I thank you so much for doing this for us, a really blessing. I had never heard of blueletterbible before, so I thank you for introducing that.
    God Bless!

  66. I subscribed when the study was more than half over, but I have saved the e-mails for later! I have been leading a book study on Desperate by Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson. I have been reading in Psalms and/or Proverbs and Hebrews. The Hebrews study was started because of Desperate and a blog post that really spoke to me! Thanks!

  67. I loved doing the children’s activities with my son. The first one was our favorite and my son has begged me over and over again to do it with him because he enjoyed it so much! I love being able to incorporate him into the lesson plans! Thank you so much for that!

  68. I am studying Deuteronomy. Very important stuff on obedience and humbleness.

  69. Right now, I am doing a study on seeing who I am in Christ. I have found that unless I really grasp that whole concept, any study that I do will be done in vain. In trying to be obedient to Christ, I find myself falling for those lies of Satan…can God really love me? Does God really love me? Can God really use me? I am not strong enough for God to use….etc. I have to really get a grasp of just who I am in Him. And I find that it is imperative that I learn that now because so much time has passed and I am running out of time to teach my kids who they are in Christ. I can’t teach that if I don’t know it myself!

  70. I have a 5 month old baby and a very very active 2 year old boy! Hard to find time to study, but I would be highly motivated with these awesome materials from Doorposts. Thanks so much for the giveaway!!

  71. I am currently studying prophecy in the book of Daniel

  72. I am currently trying to just read my bible. It is so hard to stay on task though. I wanted to do a bible study with my daughter this summer and it never happened. I am hoping to start back in the fall. I would love the Beauty in the Heart book to do that.

  73. The biggest lesson I learned is that I am truly falling short on showing TRUE love. I am encouraged with a deeper understanding of what love truly is!! Thank you for leading this wonderful study!!

  74. we just finished John so now we are doing 123 john. i read to my kids. sometimes the HC reads to us, i think my daughter likes that he says little children.

  75. I didn’t see the series until it was almost over, but it looks amazing so I plan to go back through it on my own time.

  76. I loved this study! I loved the way it really got me into the Word, even in just short bursts of time. One of my favorite parts was the chart with love is and love isn’t, not only filling it in with what it says in the verses, but then thinking of the opposite of those words and filling them in on each side. The things that love isn’t…well that really got me! Thanks for such a wonderful study, I plan on getting the Colossians study and looking forward to the next one! And I would love to get the Beauty in the Heart study to do with my 11 year old daughter! Excited for what her tween and teen years will bring!

  77. I’m still in the process of finishing up the study, I loved the online instructions for doing the word studies…you did a great job of explaining how to utilize the online tools. At first I thought that being “plugged in” would be a distraction away from studying, but thankfully it did not.

    What was the most important lesson you learned during the 1 Corinthians 13 study? Making the chart about what love is/does and what love is not/does not do has been pretty powerful. I’ve been challenged to examine my motives for what I do. Thank you for encouraging us to look at several versions of the Bible for this study, it has helped me to see this chapter in a whole new light.

  78. I hope to do this study at a later time. The reason I didn’t do it boils down to be lazy. I want God’s Word to be a priority but don’t go out of my way to do so.I am reading through the Bible but really need to dig deeper.

  79. I did parts of the study, but not all. I found some of the word studies to be a bit too time-consuming. But I do enjoy these studies very much and I hope you’ll continue to do these now and then. They are helpful, useful tools for busy mamas!

  80. I’m studying Colossians 3 right now.

  81. I’m constant in the Psalms this past difficult 1.5 years & it’s a true blessing as there is always some nugget to hold on to!

  82. My ladies’ Bible study group just finished up an inductive summer study of the book of Philippians! So many rich truths to take in on our Lord, how to think and be content! Blessings to all!

  83. What am I studying right now? I am going through the Bible chronologically again so I am in Genesis at the moment.
    I am also going through Romans but it’s a little more neglected by me, sadly. Genesis is ‘easier’ for me because it’s more history (kwim?) whereas Romans makes me think of my actions and what-not now.
    I’m waiting for an online group to choose a book to do a study on; looking forward to the group aspect of the studying.

  84. I love your Bible studies for busy moms. I have competed all of them and I am looking forward to the study you are preparing for November! It is hard to pick my favorite lesson of this study but day 18 stands out because I had never really thought in detail the ways we rejoice in iniquity and the ways we can rejoice in the truth. Day 18 was also a great lesson for children. My daughter is working on the “loving” lesson in Polished Cornerstones and she is also completing some of the I Cor. 13 lessons along with it. I am newer to Doorposts and am so happy that I came across your material; it has been a wonderful fit for our family. I would love to win your Beauty in the Heart book!

  85. Amazing study on 1 Corinthians 13.

    Doing this study has changed my life. It has allowed me to develop a habit to study the Bible which I have always been intimidated to develop. It has allowed me to explore, under your instructions, on-line study material.

    I intend to integrate this study into my everyday life by praying without ceasing for God to give me the strength and guidance to love as he loves us, to not be so self focused but only Christ focused, to allow myself to fully feel the love that God pours out upon my head every day.

    Thank you Pam for changing my life,

  86. What have I learned from this Study….. That I am a wretch. That I thought that I was Loving…. That My every move, every word, every action is Motivated by something, and mostly it is without Love.
    That My Lord and Saviour is LOVE and even though I am not capable of LOVE, He is able in Me.
    That I long to LOVE more Like He does.
    That I long to LOVE Him with Real LOVE.
    That I struggle with the application of Bible Study, I love the coloring in and the charts and figuring it all out but the application, the most important part, but when it comes to applying i find it all to easy to rush through that bit and want to move on to the next study.
    How will I keep 1 Cor 13 fresh and active in my HEART ( not just my mind) PRAY…I want to memorize it and write it on my heart. I want to go over my notes and pray over them. To do the follow up exercises that you suggested.
    Thankyou so very much for all of the time and effort that you put into this Study Pam. It really has been eye opening and heart changing.

  87. What was the most important lesson you learned during the 1 Corinthians 13 study? I learned so much but will pick two things, not one. I learned how that particular chapter is so rich in teaching us how to love others they way Jesus loved others. I honestly never looked at it so closely before. Another thing I learned was that one day we will understand the Lord fully in all His divine grace and glory. I even wrote a blog post on that last point. You can read it here: http://www.whatjoyismine.net/2013/08/when-perfect-comes.html. Thank you for the study and I am so glad I was able to do it and stick it out to the end. To God be the glory! Looking forward to the next one.

  88. Right now I am doing the Busy Mamas Psalm 37 Bible study! I love these studies. They are just what I have needed to have some direction in inductive Bible study!!
    Also, my mom is a new believer (so grateful!!), I purchased the Colossians study for her and my sister to do together. I plan on sharing the Corinthians study with them as well, even though they are in another state we will be able to do the study together via, your blog. What a blessing, thank you so much!!

  89. I haven’t read the books or done the study but it looks amazing!
    Right now, I’m reading through Isaiah and Luke and it’s such an interesting journey – seeing Christ on earth, and reading the prophet Isaiah’s foretelling of Christ on earth. Amazing!

    Thank you!

  90. I started the study and then fell off about day 12. Mainly because I have a newborn, an almost 2-yr old, a 4 yr old, and a 6 yr old. I was trying to do the study during late night feedings, but sleep is sometimes necessary.

    I really want to get back into this b/c I was really enjoying it. I loved the word studies and I found websites I never knew about. I told my women’s Bible study group – maybe we’ll all do it together when we start again in the fall!

  91. I am not studying anything in particular right now, but am looking forward to beginning with your book “Thirty Days of Bible Study for Busy Mamas” I can’t wait!!!

  92. I am studying the first three chapters in the book of Revelations.

  93. I am reading, studying, re-reading, writing, and trying to memorize John 1 right now. It is to help me to remember that Jesus was ALWAYS there, is always there, and will always be there…He’s not transient or finite.

    BUT one of my older daughters challenged a younger to memorize 1Cor13 by the end of August and I remembered you had started a study on it; since it always helps me to memorize when I truly understand something, I came to find it and when I came to find it…a giveaway! Yay!

  94. I’m reading the Bible chronologically right now. I’m working on a timeline of the divided kingdom, with notes about which kings were good and which were bad and including which prophets spoke during their respective reigns.

    By the way, something that would make it easier for my children to do a similar study would be something I would gladly buy!!!

  95. Often I dont get enough time to study. But what I usually do is dig deeper into my pastors sermons from Sundays during the week.

  96. Not studying at the moment. Life has been busy, but I would like to start again!

  97. I didn’t get to do any of the studies talked about. I am reading through the Bible Chronologically. I LOVE it. I am in the Old Testament right after God used Moses to deliver His people. I’ve always wanted to read it this way but couldn’t keep up with all the scripture lists so I bought a Chronological Bible and its adding to my study!

  98. I’m still doing the study because I started late but I really enjoyed the comparisons of the different translations this far. Ot really helped me to understand!

  99. I finished my last Bible study a while ago, and right now I am focused on reading the whole New Testament again. Although I think I am going to start a Beth Moore study in the new week or so 🙂

  100. Currently reading I Peter.

  101. Just feeling sooo overwhelmed! Not studying anything right now…

  102. I really liked the one on kindness and envy. It challenged the children to do at least one act of kindness for their siblings. This really helped them focus on showing kindness instead of going with what may be the first reaction of lashing out when frustrated.

  103. Regretfully, I am not doing a study right now. And why not? Well, I guess I could give you the typical answer of, “We’re so busy and I just don’t have time,” but here I am taking the time to comment on this post! Hmmmm…maybe I should have used this time to open my bible instead. There is always time, I just have to choose how I am going to spend it and to be honest, I have been making some really bad choices lately. I am going to go and repent now. Thanks for bringing this to my attention:)

  104. I am studying Book of 1 King.
    I missed the 1 Cor 13 study this time, hope I can make it next time.
    Thanks for doing this for us.

  105. I am currently reading Priscilla Shirer’s “Discerning the Voice of God” and studying how to hear God. Thanks for the nice giveaway!

  106. I’m going through a topical study on the promises of God and praying them over our kids. I was trying to keep up with your blog study but I have determined I just need to buy the book when it comes out! It’s easier for me and I loved the last one you published.

  107. I’m not following a plan right now, but I am reading daily. I miss doing a plan, but I haven’t gotten into one lately.

  108. working through ‘instruction in righteousness’ so i can learn better to train my 3 boys.

  109. I am working on memorizing the Beatitudes with my boys (chanting helps!) and in my personal study, I’m reading 1 John and also Psalm 119 over and over and working on memorizing various passages.

  110. I just finished your Busy Mamas study on Colossians 3. Wonderful job! I am so excited to get more of these studies. I appreciate your narrowing down the task of in depth study into bite size pieces!

  111. I have just started the 1 Cor 13 study with my 2 daughters and we are memorising the chapter as well (part of their Bible curriculum). I did most of the Col 3 study via the e-book (I still have a few days left to finish it off) and enjoyed it so decided to use the 1 Cor 13 study with my girls. Really looking forward to all of us growing through it! Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway opportunity!

  112. Although I read a little Scripture here and there, I’m not studying anything right now. What’s keeping me from it? I am. I keep myself spread so thin with my two babies that I fall into bed at night exhausted and wake up achy to their morning greetings. What blessings they truly are. I love them so much and know that they will benefit as much as, or more than, I will by studying His Word. I need to reevaluate what’s more important in our lives, God and our salvation or the many things that keep us busy from day to day. I think we both know the answer. So anything I can use, such as Beauty in the Heart or Loving the Way Jesus Does, to help me understand what I read in the Bible or to help point me to its pages more often would certainly lift up our family. Thank you for your ministry, Pam.

  113. Thanks for this great study! I’ve always loved this chapter, but never dug deep into it. It’s been so encouraging (and convicting). I appreciated being able to receive the blog posts through email, so that I could do each day’s study when I had the time. Some days got busy and I didn’t have time to get everything out, but those emails were in my inbox waiting for me. I appreciate the accountability!

  114. I have been going through an online Bible study called “The Lord’s Table” by Setting Captives Free. It is a study on the proper and Biblical use of food and eating to God’s glory. Very insightful and has been phenonimal on my old views of loving food for all the wrong reasons, thus gaining weight and compromising God-given health. We also have many of the Doorpost publications and appreciate all of them. We especially appreciate the kjv focus, as that is what we are most familiar with. Thank you for your continued encouragement. Many blessings to your family.

  115. I’m doing some online devotions but I’d like to do a better job of really “studying” the bible. I just had my 3rd baby so I’m a little overwhelmed right now but I’m trying to read some everyday.

  116. My kiddos and I are just starting the bible study together! 🙂 But the Lord has brought it to my attention that I am struggling with unforgiveness and bitterness toward my husband, so with Nancy Leigh Demoss’s help, I am studying forgiveness and gratitude. But I certainly think doing a study on love will help as well! 🙂

  117. What a great giveaway. These look like great books!

  118. The most important lesson I learned was the importance of bearing all things (“to cover over with silence…to hide errors and faults of others”). I really appreciated the exercise of summarizing and paraphrasing some of the verses using the definitions. That really helped bring lessons learned together.

    Thank you for offering such helpful Bible studies! Linda

  119. Was unable to do the study w/o at home internet access. I have been studying the power of prayer. Thanks for the chance to win.

  120. I just came upon your Busy Mamas Bible Studies tonight, and I’m so excited about your next one in November! I am currently studying in 1 Corinthians alone, and my husband is leading our family in 1 Kings, as we read through the bible. I love your products – we have so many! God bless your family and ministry.

  121. I just started studying 1 Corinthians 13. I finally came to a conclusion that I can’t do it using Polish translation (as I originally planned). I have never been thought how to study Bible and I’m amazed at what one can see when focusing at one word (“love”, for example). Thank you so much, Pam!

  122. •What will you do to keep the teaching of 1 Corinthians 13 fresh and active in your heart and mind?

    One of my daughters and I did this study together. We are memorizing the passage and will recite to one another regularly to keep it fresh. We’ve also been holding one another accountable in our actions. A reminder to walk in the Spirit and not the flesh.

  123. If you aren’t studying right now, what is keeping you from doing so?

    I’m not doing a study right now. I did receive the posts in my inbox but I’ll admit I fell prey to our summer’s relaxed schedule… No excuses! In thinking of what helps drive me to begin and continue a particular study I came to the conclusion that it is a feeling of “community.” God has truly set our boundaries in a wonderful place yet without face-to-face mentors. I generally seek these in books and blogs like yours. So this seems to be especially important when I am doing a book or online study–I need to feel like someone is talking to ME over a steaming cup of tea. I like to read what you are thinking/feeling/experiencing as you go through the study so that when I read it I can share with you my heart as well. Tell me you love me and pray for me and, on my end, I will do the same. 🙂 Then I feel doubly blessed as “together” we take all that to the Lord!

  124. Right now I’m just reading the Jesus Calling devotion and reading the verses that along with each day. Time to start diggin in the Word again!

  125. I didn’t follow the study but I have been going through psalms right now – mostly because I can pick it up and set it down whenever I have a moment (they are fleeting with 5 ages 1-9, #6 due any time now and packing to move in two weeks). Also studying different virtues when I have more extended moments.

  126. I am doing a 12 week study on the fruits of the spirit with a few families and I have just stumbled on this post–I can’t get enough learning on these spiritual fruits because when our Savior comes He is going to be looking to see what fruits are growing on us and I really want to be found with my limbs drooping to the ground, heavy with spiritual fruit! Love is the first fruit mentioned in Galatians 5 and it is so important to have a foundation of love. A good friend of mine pointed out that even if we did not have in our memory any scripture except this one, Matthew 22:37-40 and we lived by that then we would be doing great.
    Love like our Savior and our Father loved us 🙂
    I am seeking to live my life by making the most of the little moments…by asking, “What should I be doing right now?” That seems a simple enough question that I want to get really good at asking! NO matter what situation I am in, if I can just get through to myself with that question it will serve me well….perhaps the answer is prayer or read the word
    or smile at my child or lovingly prepare a meal…whatever….
    It’s simple enough that no matter if I don’t feel like loving at the moment I think asking myself “what should I be doing right now” will always help me jump back in to growing the spiritual fruits because I often know what I should be doing but when what I should be doing takes the back seat to what I feel like doing that is when I get into trouble. So I am working on combining that question along with the discipline it will take to do what I know is right along with tapping into the power of THE spirit of the Almighty Himself!