Tuesday, June 5, 2012


Here's the "personal" version of our ladies' bible study on Isaiah 61 (minus large and small group discussion).  Use the outline and questions below to engage the Lord and the scripture on your own time.  

And, PS - I'm a firm believer that reading the bible, praying and spending time with the Lord does NOT have to be boring or mundane.  I like to incorporate music, art, commentaries, sermons, different bible translations, videos - even Pinterest! - to keep my time with the Lord fresh and exciting.  Use the links towards the bottom of this post to add an "extra" dimension to your time with God.


BEFORE you read the scripture...
Prepare your heart to hear from God. Try listening to the video/song below. As you listen, prayerfully
breathe OUT all the crap and baggage you are holding on to. Breath IN God and His Spirit. Focus on the lyrics, pray the lyrics. Relax, "dial" or "tune" in.

Seek God and PRAY that He’d speak to you as you read today!  Believe His promise.  If you seek Him, you WILL find Him! 

Matthew 7:7-8 - Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for.  Keep on seeking, and you will find.  Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks, receives.  Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.

READ the scripture...
Find Isaiah 61 in your Bible or favorite bible translation.  As you read, journal or take notes and prayerfully ask the Lord these questions.  (If you like ambient music to listen to AS you read, try this playlist: Isaiah 61 Ambient Playlist)
  1. God, what part of this scripture are you highlighting for me today?
  2. What do you want to say to me through this? In regard to my life?  In regard to who You are or what You’re doing?
  3. Now that you have spoken, how do you want this to change the way I live?  How can I apply this to my life, God?
  4. Write down any questions that you have in regard to the scripture.
MOVING FORWARD Ideas (totally optional!)...

  • Read through this passage for a week, at least once per day. Continue to journal your thoughts, your prayers, your questions, etc.
  • Think about ways you are being held in captivity or bondage...ways you are mourning...ways you have been in despair. Think about others who may be in these positions. Pray parts of Isaiah 61 into these situations.
  • How and where have you been "planted to display His splendor?" Are you bringing glory to Him in every aspect of your life? Pray through and journal some of your thoughts.
This Pinterest board is a compilation of fun things (art, prints, music, translations, commentaries, quotes, prayers, etc.) relating to Isaiah 61.  Click HERE or on the Pinterest picture to snoop around.

If you are in the Sioux Falls area, available on Tuesday nights, and wanting to JOIN us at bible study, please leave a comment below with your email address.  I'll be in touch!

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