Below is our reading schedueld for Me, Myself and Lies a Thought Closet Makeover by Jennifer Rothschild. Each week you’ll be reading from the workbook and answering the workbook questions, about 30 minutes of daily study. Some women prefer to start their day in the Word and with God, so you may want to set your alarm clock 30 minutes early and get up for bible study. Often in the early morning the house is quiet, there is a newness to the day, you are rested, and emotions have not settled into your heart from a busy day.
In scripture we know that Jesus got up early and prayed alone. He was not tempted by our modern technology for the morning news. I know from experience, once the television is turned on, it stays on! If I turn on the news to catch the weather, I’ll see a top story announced and then wait 55 minutes until that top story is finally broadcast. I just lost an hour in my day and my 30 minutes of alone time with God. So instead of turning on the news, I turn on my electric tea pot, make a cup of warm tea to start my day, and sit down with my workbook, bible and God. I do this before my husband and children arise- so I am not distracted by their needs.
Since I read two bible studies a day, I’ll read my second study when my school-age children are present. I’ll read at night, climbing into bed, and my children will follow me. My youngest daughter gets her Purple Princess Bible and sits beside me reading a page or two before she switches to a children’s book. I am modeling my values for my children- the Word of God- and also reading instead of watching television. It’s normal and natural for them to see either my husband or myself reading our bibles or Christian books. We’re not extraordinary, we’re ordinary people just like everyone else. We just choose to priorotize God in our lives, placing Him at the top of our schedule. We still watch television, we just do so after we’ve spent time with God, or we record the shows on the DVR and enjoy them later without all the advertising. You’ll have a challenge to study when you are tired, yet if you push through the tiredness, the rewards are eternal. Try making a cup of decaf tea or coffee, sit down with your workbook and get comfortable in His Word and Presence.
January 10- Introduction and Launch Day
January 17- Discuss Week 1
January 24- Discuss Week 2
January 31- Discuss Week 3
February 7- Discuss Week 4
February 14- Discuss Week 5
February 21- Discuss Week 6
Each lesson is accompanied with an optional video or audio session. Due to the expense we do not require them for our online study, yet they are highly recommended. In the author’s own words and voice, you hear more about the weekly lesson and her own experiences. These video and audio sessions are available to download from Lifeway.com We are not affiliated with Lifeway or the book authors and recommend them only to enhance your study.
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