$100 Gift Certificate Giveaway — Just in Time for Christmas!

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The Christmas music is out now. So are all the Christmas books. And so are all my boxes of Christmas decorations.

We decorate our house for Christmas. A lot. We’re celebrating our Savior King’s birthday, after all. I’ve been pushing around boxes and sweeping up fake fir needles most of the day. (Praise God, other people wanted to eat badly enough to help cook something!)

Phil2Giveaway120313So I’m tired, and it’s late.ย I’m just going to give one more plug for our Busy Mamas giveaway! You have until tomorrow night (Wednesday) at midnight to enter. We’re giving away one $100 Doorposts gift certificate! Could you figure out what to do with $100? To enter, all you have to do is answer one of these questions. (Or you can answer them all if you want to enter more than once). If you didn’t join us for the Philippians 2 study in November, you can still enter! The second question is especially for you!

  • What is the most important thing you learned in the Philippians 2 study?
  • What has God been teaching you in your own study time, if you did not complete our Philippians 2 study?
  • How can we improve our 30-Days studies?
  • What study methods do you enjoy the most?

Thanks for your help! Your feedback will help me make these studies as useful as possible for you!

Merry Christmas! Rejoice as we remember that Jesus left the glory of heaven and became one ofย us —ย and the world was forever changed!

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  1. I have learned that I am not my own destiny maker. God has great and wonderful plans for me and my fanily but I must release control and give it ALL up to him. I belong to God, body and soul. (studying the Heidelberg Catechism right now).
    Thank you, Pam, for leading us in these great studies. Even if I did not have time to do this one, it was faithfully on my home page everyday to look over! I can not wait to do it and I am looking forward to the next one.

  2. That God has a plan and I just trust Him and follow Him. I do not need to come up with my own plan!
    Having short spurts of studies is fantastic for busy moms. That is my favorite part.

  3. I’m going thru Romans w/a group at church that i’m enjoying. My oldest is 11 and he wants to study 1,2,3 John w/me…please any advice on how to do it w/children.

  4. Most important thing I learned or relearned, the importance of selflessness and leading humbly.

  5. God continually is challenging me to be thankful in all circumstances, to get my eyes off myself and trust Him. I did not do the Philippians study as my children and I have slowly been finishing 1 Corinthians 13. Wow! How we need Jesus, the one who perfectly loves – the one who is love!

  6. I need to give myself grace when I don’t accomplish what I think needs to be done. Both in study time and in my life – Yes I can improve on my performance but that doesn’t make me a failure.

  7. I haven’t been following the Philippians 2 study, but I really have enjoyed your other studies. I appreciate your time with the studies. God has been teaching me to love more, and to be more patient with my children and others. He’s been showing me just what and who I am and it’s not very pretty.

  8. I. Have appreciated the creativity in your Bible studies….the colors, the words the design all of these things impact the way I relate to scripture the scribbles make Jesus real, Thank you for sharing with all of us tired mommies. I am a mom of 6
    8 to 30 and the wife of a childrens pastor you refresh my soul with Jesus. thank you!

  9. I have really enjoyed the Phil 2 study and have truly come face to face with the depths of my selfishness even when I feel like so much of what I do as a homeschool mom of 5 littles requires selflessness. I have been so encouraged that Jesus did it for me first so that He can help me live that way. I think this is such a great passage to study going into the Christmas season. I started a little late, so I am just on Day 14, but it is great. Thank you!

  10. I love the Blue Letter Bible. I love the word studies and digging into the passages to find the deeper meaning of the words. It gives me things to think about and look at from different angles all through the day as I think about the passage. I’m a “studier” by nature. I love learning new things. I just don’t take the time much to do that on my own. So thank you for doing the hard work for us! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. This study was so timely for me, as I and my family are going through some disagreements among other trials. Looking at the example of Jesus, who deserved every honor and respect, yet was humble enough to be ridiculed, mocked, and killed for our sake was a huge conviction for me, as I relate to my family members. I am often offended and get angry because of the underlying attitude that I deserve some sort of respect, when in reality, what I truly deserve is hell. If Christ was willing to humble himself when he is God, can’t I humble myself? Humility is the key to unity, and it is something I am praying that God will continue to work in me. Thank you for your labor of love in sharing your insights and helping me discover the wonderful tool of Blue Letter Bible. It was truly a blessing!

  12. I had intended to do the Bible Study. Even printed out the passage and had my colored pencils ready. But, then life got in the way and I didn’t set good priorities. So here I am, a month later, in a spiritual rut.

    I have 5 kids including 1 year old twins. All my kids are battling colds right now. How perfect that God would slow me down and force me to consider my priorities by way of my kids’ colds. As I sat in the dark rocking a very congested and grumpy one year old last night, this thought came to my mind: We make the time to do those things that are important to us. I ate three meals yesterday plus snacks and a ton of coffee. I took a shower and talked to a friend briefly in the afternoon. I do have priorities, but are they God’s priorities? I was thankful to be reminded as I rocked the baby that I am missing out on God’s best because I have slipped out of the habit of making Him first.

    Sorry to write a book. Just being honest. There are many resources this website offers and I would love to have them, especially resources on encouraging a mom’s heart and keeping my priorities in God’s order.

    Thanks!
    Kelly McD.

  13. The most convicting part for me was the part about murmurings and disputing. It helped me to realize how much I was doing that and how to change it. Maybe you could make something for the teenagers. Maybe something a little longer than for the ‘Busy Mamas’. I love your study modes. It has helped me to dig deeper into the scriptures. Thank you so much. I really appreciate. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. The Lord has been teaching me that even good things can be idols. I put so many things in the place that only Jesus Christ deserves. The two verses that are especially working in my heart: “He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God.” Micah 6:8 and “And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.” 1 Samuel 15:22

  15. I didn’t do Philippians because I was in the middle of the Colossians study. This was my first Busy Mamas study, and mostly I learned that I can study the Bible. I am so thankful to have the opportunity to study the same chapter over and over…. I think about my relationships a lot more now. Am I provoking my children? Am I putting on love? Am I doing my work faithfully? These questions are helping me live at peace with those around me. I am most encouraged that my life is hidden in Christ, though. AWESOME.

  16. Grace. He’s been teaching me about grace. Again and again.

  17. What is the most important thing I learned in the Philippians 2 study? No matter what I am facing in life, face it with overflowing joy and gratefulness.

  18. I didn’t do the Philippians study because I am slowly making my way through the Colossians 3 study. I am still trying to decide if I will do the 1 Corinthians or the Philippians study next. The only thing I would like to see differently is for the last 2 on line studies to be made in to a booklet like the Colossians study. I think they are well done and easy to use.
    What God has been teaching me through my study of Colossians 3 is that I need to keep my mind on the things above, to not let earthly cares get my eyes off of Christ. Plus sooo much more! ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. I was not able to participate this time around, as I am currently doing a study in Mark. The time I have had with my Lord has been amazing, and it has been difficult to narrow down the many things He is teaching me. So many themes keep coming up, not only in my time with Jesus, but in the Sunday School class I teach (5th and 6th graders), with my children, even in my homeschool co-op!

    However, I suppose the most amazing thing that Jesus remminds me of, is that I am part of a larger picture, and He uses all His resources through man to reach man. My devotion that morning may really be for my friend who is struggling in her marriage. My study in Mark that day may really be for that mom in my co-op class or even the student learniing how to do his or her best for God’s glory. My universe isn’t all about me, and even though He does minister to me greatly, I am not always the end game, or the only “apple of His eye”.

  20. Another question I would like to answer would be is what could you do better withthe 30 day studies? I love your 30 day studies, and I would love to be able to print them out easily rather than copying and pasting into Word or soemthing like that. I have to share my computer with my hghschooler, and so the time I have to sit and do my study isn’t always in front of the computer. Also, I would love to see a children’s component, where my children could study along side me. There aare so few studies out there where children and grown-ups have studies to do together without having to re-invent the study forr your kids.

    God bless,

  21. The last question I would like to answer, is “what study method do you like?” I love to use all resources at my command: bible, commentaries, concordance, dictionary, etc. I love the inductive method, though I must say that I have never been able to make heads or tales out of some of it, and I would LOVE to learn how to do this better. I know there are books out there that explain it, but I have seen non your blog pictures of your bible margins, and I long to do that with mine! I would love to sit and listen to how God has taught you how to “personalize” your bible like that.

  22. I started the Philippians Bible study but haven’t finished it yet. I am looking forward to finishing it and digging deeper. Being reminded of Jesus’ humility is always so convicting. I love the Blue Letter Bible.

  23. I have loved the Bible study! Thanks, Pam, for providing such a rich study. I’ve been reminded of the importance of having the mind of Christ and doing ALL things with humility and a servant’s heart.

    I can’t imagine how you could improve the study!

    I love digging deeper using the Bible study tools. Marking certain words and paraphrasing verses makes me really think about and organize what I’m reading and learning.

    Thanks again!!!
    Blessings,
    Linda

  24. I didn’t follow along with the Philippians study, though I had hoped to. But, I hear God calling me and I need to throw off the excuses that keep me from His word. I really enjoyed going through the Colossians study and I hope to follow through with one of the other studies with my sisters.

  25. The Lord is impressing on me that I can trust Him with my children! I do not have to plead with Him to spare them when I pray that He will do whatever it takes to make me wholly devoted to Him…in fact, this is evidence of a lack of trust on my part. He loves them so much more perfectly than I do and knows what they need to experience in order for their hearts to be given over completely to Him…

  26. โ€œBy Godโ€™s grace, I wonโ€™t do anything out of rivalry or conceit, but will humbly consider others more important than myself.โ€… so easy to say so very hard to do. yes? but I am working on it.

  27. I just finished the paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 13. Oh to be a wife, mother, friend, and neighbor that loves like that!

  28. I am still working through 1Cor13. ๐Ÿ™‚ Something that I have noticed for the first time studying this way is the way Paul correlates the body parts to the spiritual gifts. I had always seen it as a contrast before.

    The only improvement I can think of it to make it easier for those of us who fall (way) behind to find the day we are on again…a single post with links to all of the studies in order would be amazingly helpful.

    I am learning so much from this method–I had never tried it before because it seemed so intimidating to me. I didn’t want to buy a giant book and a special Bible and then find I didn’t learn from it. Thank you for making it so easy for me to understand.

  29. I have enjoyed these quick studies. Little by little, line upon line, precept upon precept. I have a tendency toward all or nothing–which rarely works, so I really appreciate that this study has been broken down into manageable chunks!

  30. We are continually impacted by Pastor Dee Duke’s sermons that are broadcast on the early morning radio in our area. He is from the Jefferson Baptist Church in Jefferson, Or. It’s amazing the way God works through his sermons speaking specifically to us. And this has happened on SO many occasions! For study time we focus on just reading the bible right now since we have lots of littles and just getting some time in the word is a good day!

  31. My ideal study method would involve a very small group of women in a similar “season” of life as me, studying with discussion and readings.

  32. I loved learning how to use commentaries and concordances to enhance my studies.

  33. I learned that humility is hard. Hard to genuinely live. Christ was and is truly awesome to have been able to live as He did while on this earth in human form. A King who took upon Himself the form of a servant, willingly. Awesome. For me it’s not so easy. I have 5 little children that watch me each day and yet I know, I painfully know, that I do not live as humbly as I should. Yes, humility is hard, but I am ever so thankful that I know the One Who is able to strengthen me to live as He did a little more each day.

  34. Pam,
    I’ve done each one of your monthly studies, and I have learned so much! At first, I think, how is she going to study just ONE chapter for 30 days. Then, I see how it could go on longer. I love digging into the resources and learning the Greek and Hebrew word translations. These studies have opened my eyes to really ‘studying’ His Word. For the past many years, I’ve been reading through the Bible, but it’s so much different when you dig into the Bible. This month the lesson spoke to me about being a servant like Jesus. I have many children of different ages and we homeschool. I had been feeling a little bitter and withering about all the work I do for an ungrateful bunch. But, when I realize what Jesus did for ungrateful me, it breaks me heart. There were days last month I couldn’t stop thinking about it, and how much I need/want to be more like Jesus. So please, keep these studies coming and also do you have any suggestions on chapters I could study on my own until next March? There is so much to learn I don’t know where to start. Thank you so much for providing these, and your hard work and late nights to open our eyes to His Word!

  35. I did not do this study b/c of already doing one. I bookmarked it to do with the kids in January! I am learning a new appreciation for God’s grace and being convicted that I am not always a doer of the Word but more of a hearer only. Thank you for producing great resources!

  36. God has been teaching me who I am in Him. He has been also teaching me the value of teaching others so I can know His word better.

  37. 1. I haven’t done the Philippians 2 study
    2. I’ve been reading Isaiah and the other major and minor prophets and have been struck by their obedience and God’s patience in how he used them to show His people with symbolic examples of what He was trying to get them to understand.
    3. I’ve only attempted your previous study for a day or 2 and so I don’t really have any suggestions for improvement, but if I had to come up with something, it might be to make things a little less detailed and more streamlined for those less inclined toward lots of colors, small drawings, and other intricacies that are so beautiful, but can be daunting to someone like me who just wants to learn more about God’s Word, but shies away from that sort of thing.
    4. I don’t “study” per se, as of yet, so I don’t have a favorite method. I have just finally for the first time read through the entire Bible (well, almost–I have the book of Revelation left for this month), but it has taken me 2 years to do it instead of the usual 1 year read-through. I have bought one of the Journables for the book of Romans and thought that might be a good intro to “study” on an entry level, since writing out the entire book is part of the process and would help me to really notice more of what the Apostle Paul wrote.

  38. I learned that the unity of the church is possible only if we are all connected with the same power (God). In other words only if we all have the mind of Christ, work for the kingdom of God, and not focus on or own interest as God himself was humble in everything. I haven’t finish the whole study. I just need the last ones, but so far I have learned to examine myself in humility, sacrifice, love, patient for the unity of the church. I wouldn’t know other way to improve the method because that’s how I like to learn. I love, enjoy studying the roots of the words; it is like finding a hiding treasure, and what a wonderful treasure. Thanks for your time and God bless you all.

  39. In answer to question #2:

    In studying Ezra I was impacted by how pertinent it was to follow the cloud where God resided. Sometimes we get comfortable and don’t want to move on when that is what God is asking us to do. That has been my most recent meditation: to follow the cloud ie: to go where Jesus is!

  40. I have slacked on doing my studying. I need to find more time to do so. I feel like I am lacking something.

  41. What has God been teaching you in your own study time, if you did not complete our Philippians 2 study?

    *The Lord’s been teaching me that He is faithful & about the great depth of His steadfast love!

  42. I started the study but end up so overwhelmed by it. Not sure why exactly as it all seems pretty straight forward.

  43. He has been teaching me gratitude. I did not see before how many ways I could complain. It is more than verbal. My demeanor and actions, the way I react when tested. With His grace I will defeat this dragon!
    Sarah W

  44. I haven’t finished the Philippians 2 study yet because our study group was wrapping up “Gideon” by Priscilla Shirer. I guess what I’ve learned from both studies is to be trusting and obedient, especially in my weaknesses. Obey in humility, and trust God to be the strength, power, and wisdom I need.

    Thank you for teaching us how to study the Bible through these studies. And thanks for the giveaway!

  45. In my own study time god has been showing me that I struggle in ways I honestly did not think I struggled. So grateful for his grace and mercy.

  46. I really learned how selfish I am– to do nothing through selfish ambition or conceit…! I have been so humbled to realize how much I am characterized by selfish ambtion and am so thankful for the grace of God and His renewing of my mind!

  47. I LOVE your 30-day studies! Thank you for them! I especially love suggestions on including the kids! These are such a blessing, that I can’t suggest an improvement! Thank you for generously offering them free of charge!!

  48. My favorite way of studying the Bible is to just curl up with LOTS of quiet time and a journal and just read, pray, and write! I don’t have this kind of time with little ones, but when I get a chance to really just dig in on my own for over a half hour, it is SUCH a blessing!!! I really enjoy your ideas for study because I get the fruit of digging in, but in smaller chuncks!

  49. I learned to consider the many complexities within the text of the Bible, as I continue to work out my salvation with “fear and trembling”! I appreciate the study’s introduction to some of the many tools available to give deeper understanding of various passages. I was not able to complete all of the study on a daily basis, but did a great deal of it, and am the better for it. I’m looking forward to the next 30 day study!

  50. I would love to see “home pages” for each study with links to each days study. E-books that can be printed would be nice, sometimes I think I struggle trying to do everything on phone when a print out would make things clearer. I would also love to see maybe some small groups or the opportunity to connect more closely with other moms to maybe have someone to direct my focus a bit more. Also would. love to see a message board over a Facebook group. It seems so much harder to follow FB posts then a Message Board

  51. I have tried the S.O.A.P study method before. I struggle with that method if I make the focus too small but it is a great way to study scripture

  52. Thank you for another great study, Pam! I am *still* learning that my quiet study time is not about me, but about HIM. Interruptions can be divine appointments if I’m humble enough to submit HIS schedule rather than idolize mine.
    Thank you for sharing the tech tools, too!

  53. What is the most important thing you learned in the Philippians 2 study? That the enemy doesn’t want me to do this study with my children and is making it trying…but God’s truth will prevail!

    What has God been teaching you in your own study time, if you did not complete our Philippians 2 study?
    He loves us

    How can we improve our 30-Days studies? I think they are excellent. The “old teacher” in me would like to see you have folks look things up in “book” commentaries etc, but the free resources are so amazing and easy. So I’ll have to say, you are doing a great job…PLEASE keep it up. There is such a need to teach believers to STUDY!

    What study methods do you enjoy the most? I am famililar w/ the other online resources, but was surprized at how much depth and how easy blueletter Bible was to use!

  54. God has been teaching me to give others grace, to let things go, and to love unconditionally (or, in other words, demonstrate all of the fruit of the spirit). It is a challenge!

  55. I enjoyed doing the Philippians 2 study. I really like how you have us mark up our Bibles (or a piece of paper, like I did) – it helps to visualize different words and phrases; taking lots of notes is also helpful. Keep up the good work!

  56. I didn’t do the Philippians 2 study, but did a previous one. I most appreciated the internet tool lessons on how to enhance your study by using what is available on there, not just a link, but step by step.

  57. I do appreciate questions to help me dig deeper into the text. Currently using Precepts study on Psalms, I’ve decided to write the text out on my own rather then using an inductive Bible to write in or a print out, helps me to get to know the text better before digging deeper. It does take longer, but it’s worth it.

  58. I didn’t do the study because I was doing another one that helped me grow in gratitude…it taught me that little reminders of gratitude each day could make me so much more grateful for the big holiday of “Thanksgiving”. Similarly, I expect that a few minutes each ay anticipating Christ’s birth will help Christmas Day be extra meaningful.

    To make the study more useful, my best suggestion is to make it as brief as possible for any “chatting” type comments so that we busy, busy moms can read the whole e-mail in the 30 seconds we have between screams for attention. I have done these before and enjoyed them – thanks!

  59. There is so much I gleaned from this study! I don’t think there is anything you could do to improve the studies, I love how they include things to do with the children as well, and also, that they are just tidbits of your day, it isn’t super lengthy so a busy mama CAN do it! ๐Ÿ™‚ I loved the tool of the blue letter bible and comparing so quickly and easily! I’m looking forward to future studies, as well as going back and doing the Corinthians one as well! thanks! And Merry Christmas! ๐Ÿ™‚

  60. that “…He is a reward-er of those who diligently seek Him..”, but seeking doesnt mean sitting and reading all day long; that by teaching my children while i wash the dishes, and choosing to sing songs to them when they are crying that are bible verses; that these choices, are seeking Him. And He that is called faithful HAS rewarded me, and continues to do so. He makes promises so that He can prove His faithfulness.

  61. I like the kid’s activities and I know they gain understanding as well.

  62. God has been teaching me to be faithful and trustworthy with all the possessions that He has given me; to be a good steward (manager) and be found to have not only taken care of His belongings entrusted to us, but also to use them in a way that glorifies Him! I blogged about it here: http://www.womenabiding.com/one-condition-to-obtaining-true-riches/

  63. I did your Colossians 3 study and loved it! The one thing I think really stood out to me was the verse about not provoking your children lest they become discouraged. I looked up that verse in every translation I could find and it was very illuminating to me, through the Holy Spirit, I believe. I feel I must be more gentle and patient with my children, and not so hard on them. Thank you fo ryour studies!

  64. I must admit that I didn’t do this Phil. study, but was doing another one in Philippians, so I’ll answer the same.

    What is the most important thing you learned in the Philippians 2 study?
    I learned that being like Christ is to be humble and patient. These two qualities are severely lacking today and so they speak volumes to people around us when they see it. What a testimony! (Humility doesn’t mean treating yourself like dirt, though!)

    What has God been teaching you in your own study time, if you did not complete our Philippians 2 study? He’s been teaching me these two qualities, especially with my family

    How can we improve our 30-Days studies? They’re great and I’m looking forward to the next one so that I can jump aboard!

    What study methods do you enjoy the most? Digging deeper, pulling truth and applying it to everyday life.

  65. As far as improving the 30 day studies…just keep doing them! Please! I have never studied the bible in this way (or really any way for any length of time), and I am really enjoying it. I am currently doing the Psalm 37 study. I memorized Colossians 3 while I was studying it and hope to memorize Psalm 37 also. Thank you for putting these studies out! I guess the one thing that would make it a little bit easier for me is if there was an easy way to print the days out…I don’t like sitting at the computer. But as it is I can copy and paste to word easily enough. Thanks again,
    lindsey

  66. My third and last entry…I enjoy all of the study methods, I really like the days when there is something involving the children. I also enjoy the highlighting, it brings things to my attention and organizes things for me.

  67. I’ve been learning from 2 chron that we all can fall… As did every king recorded in that history!

  68. I didn’t complete the entire study, but I tried to read and consider Phil 2 each morning. “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves” has been on my mind lately. And Christ’s great sacrifice in humbling himself.

    Thank you for doing these studies and for the encouragement.

  69. I’ve been learning how to trust and rest in God’s strength when I am weak. I have five rambunctious, healthy children (age 2-9) and with number 6 due in less than 8 weeks. The reality has really been pushing me to embrace and learn what it really means to completely rely on Him when I feel like I can’t go any further.

  70. I don’t know if you consider this part of the study, but I really like that you add the additional ideas, related topics, and recommended book resources. I don’t always have time to do the ‘extra’s’, but often do, and am really needing the more in depth time in the Word to keep my mind sound and focused these days! When I wake up early and can’t sleep, it is so much more productive to get up and study the Word than to lay in bed with wandering thoughts.

  71. I was not able to do this study, but God has been showing me (once again) that He does not want me to be a showcase of what He has done…He wants relationship WITH me, and as I focus on HIM and a more intimate relationship with Him, His love manifests itself in and through my life, and that will draw people to Him. When I strive for holiness and right living, the focus tends to draw towards me and how I am handling difficulties rather than pointing towards Him and bringing Him glory. (I don’t think I’m saying this right but I know what I mean ๐Ÿ™‚ )

  72. I have been doing a study on the fear of The Lord. It has been quite a challenge.

  73. Questions #1 – God showed me several times (once in particular) how selfish I am. I do not lay my life down for others.

  74. I can’t imagine the amount of time it takes for you to prepare this wonderful study for us busy mamas, and for that I am indebted. So thorough and complete, its hard to have a suggestion on improvement. I appreciate the technology aspect along with the “old school” colored pencil highlighting although I need to feel confident about choosing one way and sticking through it. Nothing you can help with unfortunately. I would like to suggest reading one of your past publications or doing a read-along/book club with a new book you are writing. Thank you so very much!

  75. What I’m learning in my own study time is that God loves me not because he has to, but because he wants to.

  76. I enjoy these Bible studies so much! It encourages me because I can see that God’s word really is alive and active no matter if I spend 5 minutes or 35 minutes studying each day. Thank you for allowing God to use you to bless busy moms like myself!

  77. I have saved the Philippians study for January. November/December have found me studying the feasts in the Bible. I am learning much in this. Most importantly… that God desires and created us for a deep intimate relationship with Him and not a casual one. Sometimes, we forget how much He wants us to come into His presence with joy, wholeheartedly and ready to receive Him. As for improving the studies, well, nothing comes to mind at the moment. I was able to complete the Colossians study and enjoyed it much. I love that you use Blue Letter Bible to aid in the studies. I use it on my blog as well. (And I’m okay if I go over 5 minutes. I actually prefer a deeper study which means more time.) I enjoy studies where I am having to really dig into the Word by either answering questions or memorizing scripture. I also like when there is some confirmation that I am on the right track. Thank you for the studies and for the give away. It would be a blessing.

  78. I have been studying Matthew and learning over and over lately about how God transforms us, rather than us transforming ourselves. It’s having radical implications in my life.

  79. Improvements? Love the suggestions for using the study with the kids. Keep making them available in eBook format. Thanks!

  80. Favorite methods: the Doorposts studies have added so much to my personal Bible study. The thing that comes immediately to mind is the notation and pictures in the text.

  81. The study method I enjoy most is marking my bible. I didn’t think it would really make that much of a difference in understanding the text but I have found that it really helps me to focus and remember much more than reading alone.

  82. My favorite part of your studies for busy mamas is the part you include to do along with our children. Your ideas are wonderful and I just love your studies.

  83. I have been studying a lot of different things lately including the 30 day study on Colossians, A Shepherd looks at Psalm 23 and the ESV Study Bible daily Bible reading plan. The thing I keep learning is that I am a great sinner. . .and that Jesus is a great savior (John Newton said it best : )). The Christian walk is all about love and mercy. It is easy to get caught up in legalism and judging others but we need to be looking at our own sins more than those of others and loving others at least as much as we love ourselves. It sounds elementary but it is not. There is a reason why the ancient Israelites thought Deuteronomy 6 was so central. It is hard to love our neighbor, it is hard to love God and it is very easy to think we have more important things to do than teach our children; but these are the most important things.

  84. On suggestions: I really love drawing and coloring in my Bible!!! I have always done it but you make it more fun. I love the studies in e-book format, I can always find them that way in my cluttered life. I would say just keep doing more of the same, it is wonderful. My oldest child is 28 and my youngest is 19 months!! I am looking forward to growing with her and using a lot of your materials. . .even though I used many of them a very long time ago.

  85. I have been reading just ahead of where my husband is reading to our family in Matthew and meditating on psalm 37 for myself. I am continually drawn back to “waiting” and “delighting” in The Lord. I started this study with you but will have to finish in the new year. My walk was greatly expanded by your Colossians and 1 Corinthians study! Thank you! My only suggestion would be to make smaller pictures so as to not use so much ink. I like to print out your pages to review. God bless and merry Christmas!

  86. I wasn’t able to do this study, as I was in another bible study this fall, but I have them all saved in my email to do in the future! What God has been showing me is that I need to focus on just pleasing Him. I was trained as a child to please other people, so I know how to please…but my focus has been wrong. I’ve spent all these years trying to please all these other people and always left feeling like I didn’t do a good job. God has been showing me that by pleasing Him and ONLY Him, as long as those people in my life are Christians, everything else will fall in place. I may lose family or friends by doing so, but by keeping my eyes on Him, I can’t go wrong!

  87. In my own bible study God has shown me that I need to lean more on him and my faith and stop trying to fix everything myself. That He is there no matter how bad things may seem and that there is a purpose for me. And that no matter how bad it may seem there is always something to be thankful for.

  88. I am honestly still trying to find a good time to study…let alone figure out what study methods I enjoy most. But I do love all doorpost products I have and seen. <3

  89. I like verse by verse in depth studies of Scripture with lots of other Scripture references.

  90. God has been showing me the beauty of His grace.

  91. The more I read the Bible and dig into study with it, I am more and more convicted that until I come to Christ and have a relationship with the living God that is authentic, I cannot expect to model it or even teach it to my children. Philippians is the book most of my children’s memory verses have been from over the past few years, but I have not been applying the words to my own life, instead just trying to get them to do it! Lord help me!

  92. I have been studying in Colossians. God has been dealing with me on allowing his Word to “dwell in me.” I often read his Word, but not take the time to meditate and allow it to speak to be, live in me… Dwell in me.

  93. I have been reminded more and more to not rely on my own strength, but God’s.

  94. I was reminded to be poured out like a drink offering in my service. This was a good thing to grab a hold of with our strong willed child.

  95. I did not participate in your most recent study, so I’ll answer the second question.

    Something that has come from personal study and training my children is that every action we have toward one another must be with love. For without love, our actions are purely selfish. If Christ said we must love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, and mind, and our neighbor as ourself, then any action without love is sinful. This has truly opened my eyes in my own life! What an amazing gift to know God better through our parenting!

  96. I didn’t do the study, but God has been teaching me a spirit of contentment, and that he has called me to serve my family even without a big house, laundry room, newercar, etc.

  97. Philippians 2 is a beautiful passage for me , a pastors wife, to be reminded how I should be like my Savior who even though He put on flesh was so different from my self centered ways. Also, remind me how I should be relating to others in the body of Christ

  98. There was so much I learned through the Philippians 2 study but most important was the in-depth study on Phil. 2:14. That was highly convicting and I’m still finding myself coming back to that lesson regularly. Such meat there to chew on ๐Ÿ™‚

  99. I really enjoy the inductive method and think this is one of the most helpful ways to study. The instructions for the Philippians 2 study were well outlined and explained so I don’t see any changes to be made…just that I wish I had more time to do more of the studies recommended now that it’s done! ๐Ÿ™‚

  100. Although i havent finishedthe Philippians study yet, i reall y enjoyed it. I like using different colored pencils to help me highlight things. I also wrote out alot of the verses to help memorize them.

  101. I haven’t done any studies…new here. Am very interested in starting one!
    The Lord has been showing me how much I need the Word of God to be pouring over me continually. Without it I am pretty much a dead beat Christian.

  102. What has God been teaching you in your own study time, if you did not complete our Philippians 2 study?

    I didn’t join in with this particular study. But I do studies on my own and within our church and I’ve learned that sometimes its important to just read the Bible, not get caught up always in the meaning or over analyze it. Sometimes its good to just be reading His words…

    How can we improve our 30-Days studies?
    – I like short studies. I have two children under 6 and I homeschool- so smaller studies focusing on a small part of the Bible at a time work best for me.

    What study methods do you enjoy the most?

    – in person work best, lifegroups or bible study groups keep me accountable better and not to put it off.

    Thank you!

  103. I haven’t been doing the study with you . But God has been showing me a lot about slowing down . Taking time to think pray and listen to God . Not just run pel-mel on my own assumptions in my own power. Lot trusted his eyes and pitched his tent toward Sodom. It’s interesting to note how quickly he answered. The prophet despaired because he thought he was the only believer left . The widow thought she had come to her last meal ! But really had come to the beginning of Gods provision:) !

  104. **The most important thing that I learned is how Christ emptied himself, and took on the form of a servant. Something I have read and reread over the years, but the way you had us pick all that apart, humbled himself, obedient unto death, ect… it was a wonderful reminder on how I need to be “likeminded” like Christ and be the servant He wants me to be.

    **I love your studies the way you have them and see no room for improvement! I look forward to more!

    **I like how you have use the Blue Letter Bible and have us dig into those word studies.

  105. The biggest thing that God has been teaching me is that I need to be more confident in His love for me. I need to be doubtless and become belief-full.

  106. I love looking into the expanded meanings of words to have a richer understanding. I think the biggest thing for me is that I can have a meaningful devotion in only a little time, and to give God the best part of my day. I tried to do it every morning right away, but with young children who hear the floor creak as soon as my feet hit the ground, that wasn’t always possible. So the solution was just to do it when it was my best time and I could offer more attention. I don’t like the inconsistency of the inference that every other version/ translation of the Bible is wonderful, accurate, and worthy, but the KJV, the old one, isn’t quite right on this or that. I think that is intellectually dishonest and take exception to those thoughts seeing that in secular English literature courses the KJV is still hailed as the literary masterpiece of the ages, confluent throughout, impeccably translated, and that aside from the spiritual side of things, which is, of course, profound. Other than that seemingly continual inference, I have thoroughly enjoyed these studies and thank you so much for your time and effort put into developing them for us.

  107. I will answer the ? About study methods – I like a very simple approach of reading, writing down questions/things that stand out and then looking those things up in dictionaries, concordances or other references & writing them down. I have a busy household and If you could somehow come up with a 5am way to give Momma immediate energy & focus for studying that would be the improvement I so need!!

  108. I try hard to do my own devos. But I have done Door Posts with my children for years a great tool to study scripture together. ๐Ÿ™‚

  109. He is teaching me that I can’t do things on my own strength. We brought two foster children home 2 months ago and it is tough! “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Phil 4:13

  110. I am reading Psalms at the moment, and appreciating seeing: reality in the authors (when life’s good & when it’s hard), fear of God, His heart for Israel and praise & worship of our Wonderful Creator.

    Blessings,
    Angela

  111. Trust. I need to trust Him more. From the “motto verse” Proverbs 3:5-6 and on …

  112. In the Philipians 2 study I l earned about the importance of laying my life for others

  113. I couldn’t complete the study, but God had been teaching me not to focus on my own desires or feelings, but to look at Him in every moment

  114. I did enjoy the study and the questions, but it was difficult for me to keep up with it, so I finally quited. The reason is was difficult is because I only have around 15 minutes every morning for prayer time, and I usually don’t have my computer on me during that time. I was able to use my phone to read the lesson, but when it was time to research in the Blue Letter Bible and other websites, and go back and forth from there to the Doorposts site, it got very time consuming, given the inability to easily navigate between websites on the phone. Was it a good study? It was great, and I wish I had found it in my pre-children time, the research and depth of it would have helped me a lot. But with a 4 years old boy, a 2 years old girl and a 2 month old baby, it was difficult for me and had to drop it, so I wouldn’t necessarily call it a study for busy moms.

  115. Ashamedly, I do not partake of a regular devotion time in my daily routine; but came across your study on Philippians rather late. Soo.. I am going to try my hardest to participate in your next study. Looking forward to the next one..

  116. The values of God’s kingdom are very different from this world. I need to place all my security in him because he is the only one where security is found.

  117. He has been teaching me the infallibility of His word.

  118. The Lord has been teaching me to LIFT HIM UP….he said…”If I be lifted up, I will draw all men unto me.” Trying to be faithful to have a constant state of praise on my heart and lips. Being taught by the faithful ONE.

  119. Draw near to Him. Leave the distractions behind and choose what is good!

  120. I’ve learned that there are different meanings in some of the Greek words. I like to study deeper than just reading thru the verses. I think it would help me if some of the lessons weren’t so time consuming. Thank you for a great study!

  121. One thing I think He’s showing me is that I need more of Him. I will never be able to get enough of Him and I can’t do life well without completely relying on Him.

  122. I’ve been learning about how God wants to bless us and prosper us through our heritage in Abraham. Also, that His blessing is not just for provision, but comes with abundance, is overflowing. Our inheritance is also a gift, something we get even if we mess up. It’s based on who we are as His children, not based on what we do.

  123. God is teaching me that He is in control of all things, even in the midst of what appears to me to be Him totally NOT in control and not working at all. In His great wisdom He ordained Jesus to be born in Bethlehem so he caused a ruler to make a decree for a census just to get Jesus’ parents to Bethlehem! He holds the kings hearts in His hands and turns them where He pleases…

  124. I would just like to thank you for your dedication in producing these studies …I glanced at the one you did on corinthians but this time I printed of the studies and put them in a book and consistently got back in touch with God over the month after a really challenging year …..what I learnt wouldn’t fit in the comment box but Gods attitude of surrender and obedience was a great discovery …..once again thanks for helping out a person who needed to grow again in God on the other side of the world ……..Kalua

  125. My favorite study method is a 30 minute devotional in the morning before ever getting started. I read one book at a time from the Bible.

  126. I have not had an opportunity to do your Philippians 2 study yet but it is waiting for me when I have an open spot between studies. Last spring/summer my children and I really enjoyed the Psalm 37 study. Right now we are working our way through the book of Colossians and the thing the Lord is teaching me right now is exactly who God/Jesus is, exactly what He has done for me, and who I am and am to be as His child. “He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

    He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authoritiesโ€”all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

    And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.” Colossians 1:13-23 (ESV)