2016 Brings…..

So everyone is choosing their word for 2016

I did that in 2014, and I did that in 2015… and I really don’t think it made much of a difference, I wonder if I am not doing it right?!

So this year I didn’t choose a word I continued on with last years word which is “Deeper” because I am still wanting to go “Deeper” with the Lord.

Since I decided to study the Bible in July 2014, I’ve read it every day I can honestly say I have not missed a day.. but I’m reading it so what?!

So I signed up for a Bible Study with Good Morning Girls It’s free and it’s online which at the time was good for me, because if I didn’t like it I wasn’t wasting money or time attending somewhere… I have to confess, I’m slightly addicted to my GMG daily study.  The new one for this year started today it’s “The book of Job“.. and I’m excited to get that started. While we were away on the Big Lap the group were studying “The Book of Acts” and I was really sick so I was late starting it and then I was too far behind, so I didn’t do it.. I am doing it now in the break to catch up with the group. I love that we read the Chapter usually one a day, and then we use the Soak method to journal about what we have read…

The SOAK Bible Study Method

S – The S stands for Scripture

O – The O stands for Observation

A – The A stands for Application

K – The K stands for Kneeling in Prayer

Bible Coloring Chart Bookmark 2

And then we use our colour chart to “colour” our bibles.

I found it hard to draw or colour in my bible.. life long learning about not scribbling in books.

But now I love to look at my Bible and see the coloured parts and read back over some of the things I’ve already done.

Then after I got good at doing my daily bible study and enjoying my morning ritual of waking up with God, I decided to reach out to the community and I found a real life group who meet fortnightly to study the Bible and so I joined that as well.

Then I found “ Emmaus” online study group, and they were offering a “Diploma in Biblical Studies” So I contacted them and they put me through to the Australian branch… Emmaus Queensland. They offer the same course, I have to do 144 units and every so often you get a certificate for an amount of units done, once you’ve done them all you get the Certificate for Diploma of Biblical Studies..

OK, So I know that it’s not a Diploma that I can use for very much, but it’s the principal of the thing. I want to get “Deeper with the Lord” and so by doing this Diploma course I am also learning more than I knew.. already, of course since I only started reading the bible in 2014 it’s ALL new to me.

So far I have finished three of my 144 units so I am under way, as well as I am onto my second 90 day devotional with Holly Wagner and God Chicks. The first one I did while we were away on the Big Lap, 1st December through till 29th December 2015. Each day we have a reading and in the back of the book she gives us a reading so that we can read through the Bible in a year… Currently I am started at the start, Genesis and Job, which ties in nicely with GMG’s study of Job. Love how it all comes together.

This way I spend a good 45 minutes each morning with my God Chicks, and my GMG’s study and each night I do some of my Diploma studies. I think I can honestly say “I’m going DEEPER with the Lord” in 2016!

So did you chose a “Word” for 2016? Did you pick some resolutions? let me know maybe we can buddy each other along to the finish line!






14 thoughts on “2016 Brings…..

  1. Happy new year Kim. I love the idea of choosing a word for the year, its a new idea to me. Usually i work with new year resolutions but that is something i am still working on. I’d like to narrow it all down to a few things but majorly improving on my walk with the Lord and career. Cheers!

  2. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New year, I promise a letter will be heading your way in the next week or so, I did begin one immediately after receiving yours then life and laryngitis happened and I lost track of lots of things I intended to get done xxx

    • Its all good Paula, I totally understand about real life happening, it happens to me often! I hope you are feeling much better and that 2016 has started off well for you!

  3. Create was my word last year and it got interrupted when I got sick in March. So I am repeating the focus on Create for this year. I think last year I spent creating better health so it wasn’t a waste, just not what I had in mind. I am hoping to change that this year.

  4. Challenge. At 72, I am embarking on quite a challenge. I am going to start taking courses through Institute for Creation Research toward a Masters Degree. Now that is a challenge. Our pastor’s message Sunday really spoke to me and helped me firm up that decision I had made.. The Lord used him to tell us this year to “Go For It!” to new challenges, in so many words. At least give it your best effort. Plus I am going to do a Ladies Bible study on prayer to help us “grow deeper” with the Lord. Yes, I’ll be your buddy.

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