When life handed me a Canadian Husband, Two Energetic Kids and a Dog with ADHD,
I made myself some Organized Chaos!

Thursday, June 28, 2012


Lisa has given us resources to dig deep in our study.  She knows and admits that some of these are going to take time so she will help us out to do it in the quickest but deepest way!  

Here is the resources she has provided us with...

Web Sites:

Bible Software:

New American Commentary
The Bible Knowledge Commentary

New Bible Commentary: 21st Century Edition

Study Bibles:




Word Dictionaries:

Bible Dictionaries:

Bible Encyclopedias:



Cross Reference Books:

Interlinear Bibles:

Manners and Customs Books:

Monday, June 25, 2012

Day 8: Tools for digging: Reading from parallel translations

<em>The Busy Mom's Guide to Bible Study</em> [Book]

Day 8:
      Tools for digging
      Reading from parallel translations

ESV, New King James Version and New American Standard Bible are referred to as "essentially literal" translations.  This means translated word for word from original languages the scripture was written in.

New International Version, New Living Translation, and Amplified Bible are referred to as  "thought for thought" translations or "dynamic equivalent" translations.

Titles such as Message, Living Bible and Good News Bible can be referred to as a "paraphrase" translation.

Lisa suggest having several bibles on hand.  Use you child's bible, borrow a friends or even use biblegateway.com.  By using all of these different translations we can get a richer grasp of the word.

Here is the example she used for this chapter...

Philippians 2:14-15


14 Do all things without grumbling or disputing, 15 that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,


14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.”[a] Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky

The Message

14-16Do everything readily and cheerfully—no bickering, no second-guessing allowed! Go out into the world uncorrupted, a breath of fresh air in this squalid and polluted society. Provide people with a glimpse of good living and of the living God. Carry the light-giving Message into the night so I'll have good cause to be proud of you on the day that Christ returns. You'll be living proof that I didn't go to all this work for nothing.

The Amplified Bible

14 Do all things without grumbling and faultfinding and complaining [[a]against God] and [b]questioning and doubting [among yourselves],
15 That you may show yourselves to be blameless and guileless, innocent and uncontaminated, children of God without blemish (faultless, unrebukable) in the midst of a crooked and wicked generation [spiritually perverted and perverse], among whom you are seen as bright lights (stars or beacons shining out clearly) in the [dark] world,

Which version do you like?  Which one do you use?  

Sunday, June 24, 2012


So I know I have been off on blogging for a few days.  I apologize for that and will be back 100% tomorrow.  Till then...

Check out this guy!!  Love his videos.  I know I have shared his video earlier but here are some more!

Video One is just an interview of him!

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Let me know what you think!!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Day 7: Tools for Digging: Memorizing Scripture

Day 7
       Tools for Digging: Memorizing Scripture

I don’t know about you all but this is hard for me.  I am not the greatest at memorizing anything.  Downfall for me!

Lisa suggests having the word EVERYWHERE!  So when you have down time then you can pick up the word.  What a great suggestion! 

Why Memorize?

“I have stored up your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you.”
Psalm 119:11

How to Memorize?

“Precept upon precept, precept upon precept,
line upon line, line upon line,
here a little, there a little.”
Isaiah 28:10
This is how Lisa challenges us today.  Put a verse EVERYWHERE.  Keep it at the top of your mind.  Read it over and over.  Post it notes, index cards, screen savers, or even calendars. 

Try out this verse she gave us…

“I am the vine; you are the branches.
 Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit,
for apart from me you can do nothing.”
John 15:5

Here is things Lisa reminds us about this verse. 
Jesus is speaking
One of Christ’s most seven famous “I am” in the book of John
This verse has facts, promises and then another fact. 
Filled up with tons of information that summarizes the 15 chapter of John.

So I am going to make it a point to memorize and memorize. It is ok if I take longer than someone else!  As long as I am storing God’s word in my heart. 

Monday, June 18, 2012

Day 6: Tools for Digging: Meditating on God’s Word

Day 6

            Tools for Digging: Meditating on God’s Word

Wait Rest and Trust.  Meditating is a great tool for clearing out your mind of things that can distract us from God.  It will move your attention to what is important and where our focus should be.  Lisa mentions an article that puts mediation into reality for us.  It is a combination of reviewing, repeating, reflecting, thinking, and analyzing, feeling and even enjoyment.  She recommends finding a verse that you can memorize.  Think about it all day and night.  Something simple. 

But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and night.

Psalm 1:2

The object of this is to look at each word and take it to heart.  Let it come alive in your heart and through your life.  Lisa really made me think about meditation in such a different way.  I truthfully almost skipped over this chapter because I was not sure what I could take from it but I am grateful I didn’t I really got a lot out of this and will hopefully be bringing this into my daily routine. 

But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
He is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither.
Whatever he does prospers.
Psalm 1:2-3

She takes this verse Psalm 1:2-3 and then tells us to read Joshua 1:8.

Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth;
meditate on it day and night,
so that you may be careful to do everything written in it.
Then you will be prosperous and successful.

Joshua 1:8

This chapter taught me that meditating daily on God’s word will bring my mind clear and I will start to look at life through the scripture and not my haze of life.  That is so reassuring.  I am really grateful for that and for God’s powerful words!  

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Day Five: Tools for Digging: Praying the Scriptures

Day Five

            Tools for Digging: Praying the Scriptures

Lisa boldly admits that at times when she is reading a book she just skips over a verse knowing she has read it before.  She wants us to make a pact and when we want to do that….STOP and go back and read that verse.

So let’s start with this verse:

“The word of God is living and active,
sharper than any two edged sword,
 piercing to the division of soul and of spirit,
 of joints and of marrow, and discerning the
thoughts and intentions of the heart.”
Hebrews 4:12

God’s Word is ALIVE!!  That verse really is cool.  It shows us how powerful His word is. 

Death and life are in the
 power of the tongue.
Proverbs 18:21

Lisa explains that when we speak Gods word we have the power to speak life.  When we pray we should talk out loud.  God did not think about creation He SPOKE it.  She also says that she feels it is easier to pray with faith when she can think of all the promises God has made. 

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday
and today and forever
Hebrews 13:8

So if He could do something in the bible He can do it in our lives today!

She also explains how she makes the Bible personal.  She likes to pray verses of Psalms.  Lisa will place her name as many times as she can in the verses. 

Get index cards and place prayers on them for you and your family.  Keep them on you and look at them throughout the day. 

Lisa wants us to read this scripture and then pray it out loud.  Make it a personal prayer…

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 
Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your
stand against the devil’s schemes.
 For our struggle is not against flesh
and blood,
 but against the rulers,
against the authorities,
 against the powers of this dark world and
against the spiritual forces
 of evil in the heavenly realms.
 Therefore put on the full armor of God,

so that when the day of evil comes,
you may be able to stand your ground,
and after you have done everything, to stand.
Stand firm then, with the belt
of truth buckled around your waist,

with the breastplate of righteousness in place,
 and with your feet fitted with the readiness
that comes from the gospel of peace.

In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith,
with which you can extinguish
all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit,
which is the word of God.
Ephesians 6:10-17

Friday, June 15, 2012

Day Four: Tools for Digging; Writing it down and walking it out

Day Four:
                Tools for Digging; Writing it down and walking it out

Kinesthetic Learners

1.       People with ADHD
2.       Physically doing something to learn it
3.       Good at sports
4.       Learn on the move
5.       Love “getting their hands dirty”
6.       Jumping right in there head on
7.       Short attention spans

OK…this is Skyler and I to a T! 

Lisa Whelchel has these suggestions.

1.       Grab flash cards
a.       Just hold them

2.       Find a verse and write it down
a.       Write it out not type it! 
b.      She says studies show that writing is not only a motor process but it is a memory process.

3.       Walk around and read what you have written
a.       Writing it, reading it and hiding it in your heart.

Lisa gave this verse as a way to try this technique out!

Praise the Lord, all nations!  Extol him, all peoples! 
For great is his steadfast love toward us,
and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.
 Praise the Lord!
Psalm 117

She also suggests you take that note card and bring it with you during your daily routine.  Put it in your purse or your pocket.  Start your day and end your day with God.

Good Luck!!  Now that we went through the 3 different techniques we will see what she has in store for us tomorrow!!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Day Three: Tools for Digging; One word at a time

The Busy Mom's Guide to Bible Study

Day 3:

         Tools for Digging: One word at a time

Auditory Learners:

1.      Typically love to hear the sound of their own voice—Talk a lot
2.      Love acting and being on stage

Lisa points out the auditory learners learn more and retain more if they hear the information and not just read it.  So you’re asking yourself how an auditory person is going to read the bible.  Lisa helps us out with that. 

               1.      Read the verse aloud and loudly
               2.      Read it again and stress the first word for meaning.
               3.      Read it again and stress the second word
               4.      Again with the third word.

If you do this every time you read the verse and focus on a different word you bring more meaning to the verse.  Reread the verse till you punctuated each word.  Then reflect on it.  She gives this verse to try out this type of learning.

Delight yourself in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart. 
Psalm 37:4

Maybe I am a little bit of an auditory learner.  I did this exercise and really loved it.  How did you like it? 

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Day Two: Tools for Digging; Marking and Color Coding

Day Two:

Tools for Digging
Marking and Color Coding

The Busy Mom's Guide to Bible Study

 think by the title I am going to like this!  If anyone knows me I like my notes.  I am one to write in my bible and I have a notebook of notes.  Here we go!!

3 main ways to learn:

1.      Visual

a.      Seeing

2.       Auditory

a.      Hearing

3.      Kinesthetic

a.      Touching

b.      Experiencing

What are you?  I am Visual and Kinesthetic. 

1.      Visual

a.      Enjoys reading

b.      Fairly good speller

c.       Loves charts

d.      Loves diagrams

e.      Stimulated by color

f.        Needs peace and quiet to be able to concentrate


So now she wants you to choose a pen or a color.  Whenever you see a word that is important mark it.  Color it, underline it, circle it, start it! Whatever is easiest.  If you do the highlighter way and you keep a technique that is consistent throughout your bible it will be easy to go back and look through.  Her example was: Gods Love=Pink; Faith=Yellow; Prayer=Blue; Promises= Orange.

Here is her example:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

are those who mourn,

 for they will be comforted.

Blessed are the meek,

 for they will inherit the earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.

Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 5:3-10

Lets try this out on our own…

The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah,
the Son of God, as it is written in Isaiah the prophet:

“I will send my messenger ahead of you,
who will prepare your way” —
 “a voice of one calling in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
make straight paths for him.’”

And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness,
preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
 The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him.
Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.
 John wore clothing made of camel’s hair,
with a leather belt around his waist,
and he ate locusts and wild honey.  And this was his message:
“After me comes the one more powerful than I,
the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie.
 I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

Mark 1:1-8

Hope it went great for you!  Love looking into different ways of dissecting the word!! 

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Day One: The Busy Mom’s Guide to Bible Study; By Lisa Whelchel

I am starting a new study today and wanted to share what I am learning and how Lisa Whelchel teaches you to use the bible and scripture to the fullest even when you are busy!!

The Busy Mom’s Guide to Bible Study
By Lisa Whelchel
The Busy Mom's Guide to Bible Study

Month One
Day One…

Tools for Digging
            Asking the five W’s and an H

Who, What, When, Where, Why and How

When reading a scripture use these important W’s and H! 

Break it down...

Who: Who is the main character?  Any other characters involved.  Who are the characters talking to or who are they talking about?

What:  What is the plot of the scripture?  What is going on?  What are the events happening?

When: When did these events happen? (History, timeline) When did this happen in the characters life?

Where: Where did or will this happen? 

Why:  Why is this event happening? Why are these things being said or done?

How:  How did or will this happen? How will this not only affect this characters life but our own lives? 

Lets try the example that Lisa Whelchel gave us. 

Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee.
As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him.
They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice,
“Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”
When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.”
And as they went, they were cleansed.
One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back,
praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—
and he was a Samaritan.
Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed?
Where are the other nine?  Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?”
Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”
Luke 17:11-19

Jesus and 10 lepers

The lepers cried out for mercy.  Jesus healed them and told them to go to the priest.  Only one came back to show gratitude.  

This happened while Jesus was traveling back to Jerusalem.

A village outside of Galilee. 


Healed them with His powerful words.  He blessed them. 


This chapter was so helpful for me.  Breaking down the scripture can be hard sometimes and confusing.  But with the W’s and H technique you have a way to really break it down to the littlest detail.  Here is a random scripture to practice the W’s and H on! 

Now the Philistines gathered their forces for war
and assembled at Sokoh in Judah.
They pitched camp at Ephes Dammim, between Sokoh and Azekah.
Saul and the Israelites assembled and camped in the
Valley of Elah and drew up their battle line to meet the Philistines.

The Philistines occupied one hill and the Israelites another,
with the valley between them.
A champion named Goliath, who was from Gath,
came out of the Philistine camp.
His height was six cubits and a span. He had a bronze helmet on his head
and wore a coat of scale armor
of bronze weighing five thousand shekels
on his legs he wore bronze greaves,
and a bronze javelin was slung on his back.
 His spear shaft was like a weaver’s rod,
and its iron point weighed six hundred shekels.  His shield bearer went ahead of him.
Goliath stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel,
“Why do you come out and line up for battle?
Am I not a Philistine,
and are you not the servants of Saul?
Choose a man and have him come down to me.
  If he is able to fight and kill me,
we will become your subjects;
but if I overcome him and kill him,
you will become our subjects and serve us.”
 Then the Philistine said,
“This day I defy the armies of Israel!
Give me a man and let us fight each other.
Samuel 17:1-10






Thursday, June 7, 2012

To Do List...

So I have been crazy busy!!! I have slacked on blogging. I am sorry. Anyways, I just wanted to send a little laugh out to everyone. My sister, Sarah, had this on her Facebook and I loved it!!  I actually laughed out loud.  ENJOY!!