Noteworthy November is almost here!
I am so very excited to start this journey with you to write, learn, meditate, and know God better by studying the book of Ephesians. Ephesians is one of my favorite books of the New Testament because it has so many awesome promises to remind us who we are in Christ and how to live out those promises.
The book of Ephesians is a relatively short book, six chapters and 155 verses in total but they pack a very powerful punch of goodness!
I have broken down the verses into daily assignments and they vary from 5-7 verses or so a day. I have added in some Grace day, meaning you have a free study day or a day to catch up if you got a little behind in your writing. I suggest not skipping days in your writing, just go to the next group of verses so that in your journal you have it all in order for when you go back and reread your notes. A simple spiral notebook, binder with loose leaf paper, or a fancier journal will do. I have a new beautiful journal my best friend gave me that I will be using!
Studies show that you are seven times more likely to remember what you wrote down compared to things you just read.
Did you know that when you write, you are using parts of your brain that involve thinking, language, and working memory? There are many types of reading, two main ones being: passive and active. We will be doing more of the active, “hands on” reading by not only reading the scripture but also writing it down and reflecting on what we read and wrote. Let’s do this to write these scriptures and promises on our hearts, not just on the paper.
Proverbs 2:1-5 says, ” My son(daughter), if you accept my words
and store up my commands within you,
2 turning your ear to wisdom
and applying your heart to understanding—
3 indeed, if you call out for insight
and cry aloud for understanding,
4 and if you look for it as for silver
and search for it as for hidden treasure,
5 then you will understand the fear of the Lord
and find the knowledge of God.
Friends, let us band together and turn our ears to the Lord, apply our hearts, call out to Him, and search like we have never searched before!
I know we will be blessed by this. I feel it in my veins.
Time spent reading, copying, and thinking on or meditating, the Word of God is one of the best things you can do. There is no such thing as wasted time if spent in the Word with God. Even if you read and you do not fully understand the passage, pray and ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and give you clearer understanding in your day-to-day life.
1 Timothy 4:8 says “For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.”
Basically this says that physical training of the body has value, but the training of your heart and mind for godliness and holiness far outweighs the training of your body.
Be all about God’s word!
Seek Him in all that you do and put Him and his Word as a priority and He will reward you greatly, not only in this life but also come eternity. There are countless benefits for learning God’s word, but for now let’s concentrate on knowing Him better! The more we know, the better we can live out what He has called us to.
Next Monday, October 31st I will post the schedule of our writing plan that you can print out or save on your computer/phone. Then every Tuesday I will post a new blog pertaining to the reading we will do for the following week. Please, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to post!
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