Saturday, January 4, 2014

Be strong. Be courageous. Be consistent. And #writetheword

Now, a little more housekeeping and then on to the good stuff.

As we begin our #writetheword Bible study, I want to describe how I plan to lead you on this journey. 

I want to start by leading you through a study of a book of the Bible that has greatly influenced me. Even more specifically, a person of the Bible who has had a tremendous impact on who I am and how I live. Joshua. And actually I would like to start at the end of the book prior to Joshua---Deuteronomy. More on that later, though. 

Once we begin, I will likely start by taking you through the general, simple process of how I #writetheword. Then, at some points where it is fitting, I would like to show you some ways that I occasionally deepen the study experience. 

Are you with me?! 


And back to that housekeeping I was talking about.  For this specific period of leading you online in this study together, I would like you to know some of the structure I plan to use.

For instance:

  • I plan to utilize many online avenues for us to interact with each other about this study including: my blog, a special Facebook group, email, Instagram, and even Twitter for those who are into it. 
    • You can interact as little or as much as you want and can use any or all of those methods for interaction. Just do whatever you are most comfortable doing, and if you want to try something new, then this might be the perfect opportunity to play around a little with something you would not normally use online.  
  • I plan to post once a week to recap what we have been studying the previous week and introduce the new week's study section.  My goal is to post these weekly posts on Saturdays. 
  • Each week's section will vary, but will typically be about 5 or 6 verses. Maybe longer or maybe even shorter depending on what the verses of the week cover.
  • Most important of all is for you to not let this be intimidating. This is going to be fun and more enlightening than you can imagine, and there is NO right or wrong way to do it! Just do it! Like I said, that is the most important thing. Don't let intimidation stop you.
  • Work at your own pace. Learn from our Lord what He wants to teach you in the way He wants to teach you. 
  • Pray. Pray now. Pray before each time you start to #writetheword (even if it's just a short prayer). Pray while writing as you feel led by the Spirit. Pray when you are done for God's Spirit to teach you through what you have just studied and to point out things to you that you may not have noticed yet.
    • Sometimes I only get through one or two verses of writing and realize that I have come to my stopping place that day where I need to put my pen down and just meditate on what I have just written. Each day will be different.
  • Oh, and speaking of days, although I will only be posting weekly, I look forward to seeing posts &/or pictures from you throughout the week sharing what you are writing and learning each day. 
  • I hope that you will use this as an opportunity to get into a daily or at least more frequent habit of spending even just a few minutes in God's word each day. 
    • Sometimes I study this way for only 15 minutes. Other times I can spend an hour or more doing this kind of study. Just doing something, again, is the key. 
So, I think that's enough housekeeping for now. 

The next post will be our actual kickoff of the content itself. 

It's about to get exciting around here!!! 

Are you ready?!


Jennifer White said...

I'm with you friend! Looking forward to it.

misterp said...

I too am looking forward to this.

Haelie said...

Me too! Glad to have y'all along. :o)

Kela Nellums said...

This is so great what you have going on/what you're leading!!
Praying for you and all the participants!!

Haelie said...

Thanks so much, Kela!