Bible Study for Moms - The Bible Verses Devotionals

The Bible Versus Devotionals

Devotionals should never be a replacement for God's word, but instead be read alongside, or not at all.

It is important to understand there is a difference between Bible reading and reading a devotional. They are definitely not the same thing and often we use those terms interchangeably as if they were.

This is not meant to convince you that devotionals are bad (although some are pretty bad) or don't have their place. They do. But they should never trump the Bible in terms of authority.

There is nothing a devotional can do that the Bible can't; but there are plenty of things the Bible can do that a devotional cannot.

You see, devotionals are only a guide. They are not the guide. The bottom line is, the author had a personal connection with God on their own personal matters. What God conveyed to them, personally, was then laid out for other people to read. While some may certainly benefit from some of the information and even be guided in some aspects, it can never give us a full taste of what God has for us,personally. 

Authors who write devotionals are not the final authority on what God's word conveys. Only the Bible has that authority.

Having said all that, however, devotionals certainly have a place. I have a few of my own favorites and have also written one. They are meant, really, for encouragement and to point us to the authoritative word--the Bible. Because, there is power when we read His word with our own background, with our own struggles, with our own insecurities and needs.

We read more then a verse or two, more then a mere devotion can offer, and we find ourselves saturated in a healing balm of His truth. Rather then someone else speaking to us about how God used a verse to work in their life, God speaks to us directly with His truth, knowing us personally and knowing what we need.

Can God use devotionals? Absolutely. But. But, but but...they can also be a hindrance to His voice if we only rely on devotionals and neglect reading His word; the final authority on Truth.

Devotionals should never be a replacement for God's word, but instead be read alongside, or not at all.

I admit, I am very, very picky about which devotionals I read. I don't like a lot of fluff and honestly, when it comes to a devotion, I don't want it to be all about the author. There is a place for that (testimonies). Devotionals should shift our thinking to God's thinking and encourage devotion to God.

We can very often take the author's words as if they are always meant for us, and they aren't always meant for us. But the Bible, the words of Truth, no matter what our circumstances or what our personality, are always meant for us.

I encourage you, if you read a devotional, that's fine! But don't allow it to stand alone. Have a Bible reading plan of some sort as well. Read the scriptures for yourself and see what the Holy Spirit would speak to you, personally. This will also protect you against false teachings because not every devotional is lead of God and Truth.

The devotional I am enjoying currently is (aff link) Ann Voskamp's One Thousand Gifts devotional. The one thing I really love about her devotional is that she does not claim to know all the answers, but often asks many questions throughout. It encourages the reader to seek out answers from the Word for themselves. She uses illustrations from her life, but does not suggest that there is a one-size-fits-all for every person. Instead, she invites you in to her quest, full of her own questions.

What is your favorite devotional and why?

Read the rest of the series:

Bible Study for Moms - Part 1
Bible Study for Moms - Part 2
Bible Study for Moms - Part 3

Bible Study for Moms: Bible Study Tools

Here are some very useful tools to help you make the most out of your Bible study time. Get creative and help hide the word in your heart with these tools.

Helpful Bible Study Tools

Today I want to share a couple Bible study tools that are helpful and useful for Bible study. While not necessary, they make studying the Bible more in depth, organized and focused, at least for me.

As we prepare for the Thirty Days of Bible Study for Busy Mama's, I have obtained this new tool for Bible study. (Affiliate links are present within this post)

It has really helped my colorful personality to have something fun to mark up my Bible with and make certain things really stand out to me. Before I purchased these, I tried using regular Crayola colored pencils and I really had to press hard to get them to show up. This can actually result in tearing pages in my Bible. So when I received the Prismacolor pencils in the mail, I was happy that the color was quite rich. I didn't need to press real hard to get it to show up.

Well worth the little extra cost and since these are only used for Bible study purposes, they will last quite a while.

This Bible Study book itself is a tool. It helps me dig into the Word in a more focused manner; in ways I may not have thought of on my own. I have done a couple of their other studies in the past and they are rich!

What to Expect From the 1 Corinthians 13 Study

Here's what a typical day from the 1 Corinthians 13, looks like:

Each day, you will read 1 Corinthians 13. Then you will re-read it looking for specific things in the passage. In this case, we'll learn what love is, and what love isn't. 

Spending time in God's word helps me remember His truths on a regular basis. In addition, I feel a heart connection with Him. His presence stays with me, even when I've closed my Bible, in a much richer sense. I have a greater sense of peace, simply knowing I'm not alone, because reading His word reminds me of His promises.

If you're interested in joining the Moms in the Word study in August, we will be using the Bible Study for Busy Moms: Thirty Days in 1 Corinthians 13. We begin August 1st. You can join the Facebook group here.

Other tools include:

Highlighters

Journal

Commentary

Concordance

Series:

Bible Study for Moms Part 1 {Intro}

Bible Study for Moms Part 2 {Shift Your Perspective}