Friday, January 10, 2020

Using A Word Study To Connect With Your Word

This month in our Living Your Word group we are exploring some of the ways we can get to know more about the word we have selected for the year. One of the first things I do once I know what my word will be is to do a word study to see the extent of how my word is used in the Bible. 

I enjoy doing Bible word studies and have included them in my Bible Study Tools classes over the years. When connected with my word of the year, a word study can often help me further set my intentions for my word.  When I spend time studying the verses and passages that I find through the word study, and combine that with prayer, I often gain direction from God for how He wants this word to be lived out in my life.

So, let's get into how I do a word study. I have two tools to help. First is a worksheet that will give you all my steps to dig deeper into the understanding of your word using online Bible study tools. You can download the worksheet here.

When I teach how to do a word study in a class or Bible study group, the most asked questions have  to do with how to use the actual websites. So I made a brief video walking through the main websites I use.

After I have completed my initial word study, I will then spend time throughout the year studying the verses in greater context. Expanding my studies to dig into the passages and books that contain the verses helps me dig deeper into a fuller meaning of the Biblical use of my word. It also helps me dig deeper into God's use of that word in my own life.

I hope you will grow to love word studies as much as I do! Please feel free to ask questions in the comment section below, in our Living Your Word Facebook group (link below), or feel free to email me 

You can also check out Valerie Sjodin's blog post today which will feature tips on how she does a word study. The link to Valerie's website is below.

If you are using a word of the year and would like to have a place where you can get ideas, have conversations, and share your journal, join us in the Living Your Word of the Year Facebook group. We post tips, tutorials, or reflection questions each week.

Living Your Word 2020 Opportunity!

My friends Bernice Hopper, and Valerie Sjodin, and I share insights through blog posts for creatively living a word of the year. In our Facebook group, we encourage one another by posting questions and prompts to inspire living out a word focus, keeping a journal etc. It is a safe place to ask for prayer and support. If you would like to connect with others in creative ways about living your word, you can ask to join our Living Your Word of the Year 2020 by clicking on the link below.

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