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Wisdom Whispers Review: How Bible Study Changed My Life

God works in my life in ways that sometimes I don’t expect. You see His timing is always perfect. All I have to do is wait. Today’s post is something different but I want to tell you how God used Bible study and social media to bring me closer to Him.


One day I was feeling really down and discouraged and happened to come across a post on Instagram by Sarah Koontz. It was just what I needed at the right time. Her feed was jam-packed full of encouragement and uplifting photos that point to Jesus.

Since that day, I have been following her and God keeps using her in my life. So I signed up for her SOULfood weekly emails.

God kept bringing me closer to Him through the word and Sarah’s weekly encouraging and inspirational emails.

Fast forward a few months and she was getting ready to release her second free online Bible study on the book of Ephesians. So I decided to sign up to help her launch it. There were many different reasons why I chose to be a part of it. You see God’s timing was perfect once again. Right as I was reading the Worthy of the Calling study I was still going through a rough time. It came just at the right time.

Let me back up a little bit. Last summer I was going through a very difficult time. My mom was dealing with cancer and I felt like was dragging me down. I was tired and worn out. I was taking care of my mom, my own health issues, and still trying to balance life and work.

I continued to attend church but my personal Bible study time was suffering. I mean it was pretty much open Bible and read when at church and that’s pretty much it. If I was lucky I would read the verse of the day on the You Version app.

Honestly, I was struggling to make my quiet time a priority. Don’t get me wrong, I tried multiple Bible studies but kept falling behind or losing interest. So when I came across the announcement for her Worthy of the Calling Bible study and how it would only take 10-15 minutes a day I was sold. Let me tell you it changed my quiet time.

Sarah’s free Bible studies are packed full of truth in manageable bite-size pieces.

Now we fast forward a few more months and as I kept getting to know Sarah and watch God work in her life I was super excited when she launched her non-profit organization Living by Designs Ministries.

When I saw her post about volunteering for this ministry I prayed about it a lot. I mean a lot. I finally got the go-ahead from God to apply as a volunteer. I left it up to God. If it was meant to be then God would make a way for it to happen. In my mind, it would be an honor to work with Sarah after she has blessed me so much when I was going through a rough patch. Well, God’s timing was perfect and right and I am happy to say I was accepted. 


Now you are probably wondering what this all has to do with Bible study but I’m getting to that.

Sarah is releasing her third free online Bible Study “Wisdom Whispers” on April 2nd. This is the last week to pre-register. Once again I am helping her launch it but I wanted to give you a few reasons why I think you should consider joining.

wisdom whispers pinnable 2.pngWisdom Whispers is a 31-day free study in the format of five days on, two days off. The study is on the life and wisdom of King Solomon. I love this format because the two days off are a nice break to rest or catch up if you get behind.

As I was reading through the study one quote that stuck out to me was this:

God’s ways are always the best ways -Sarah Koontz: Wisdom Whispers Bible Study

You see as I have been learning through Bible study and my Jesus time it’s so true. His timing and ways are always the best at the perfect time.

I really encourage you to sign up for this study. It can change your life. One thing that I get asked a lot is how do you have time for Bible study? Well, I know you are just as busy as I am but here are a few reasons this makes this study unique and amazing.

  1. It is delivered in email form right to your inbox each day.
  2. It only takes about 10-15 minutes a day to complete.
  3. There are amazing free digital gifts that go along with the study.
  4. All you need is your mobile device.

If you pre-register you will also be signed up to receive her weekly SOULfood emails as well. I promise you that you will be blessed by them.


So grab a few of your friends and sign up today! I can’t wait for you dig deeper into the Word with Wisdom Whispers.


While I am a part of Living by Designs Ministries this post is my own opinion and I’m not being compensated for reviewing this study. I wouldn’t review or recommend anything that I didn’t wholeheartedly believe in.

I believe in this! I hope you will join me!

Blessings, Grace Mae ❤

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Devotional – Write Your Story

Today’s post is going to be something a little different than normal. I thought it would be a nice change to post a devotional I wrote last year. Music plays a big part in my life as well as studying scripture so why not combine both? That’s how the idea came about for this devotional. I hope you like it. If you do be sure to leave me a comment letting me know if you’d like to see more.

So without further ado let’s dive into today’s devo. 🙂

Scripture: 

“I tell you the truth, wherever the Good News is preached throughout the world. This woman’s deed will be remembered.” Matthew 26:13 (NLT)

Reading:

Write Your Story was written by Francesca Battistelli and also inspired today’s devotion. Throughout your devotion today I will be sharing some lyrics from the song that have to do with what I am writing about. You know the saying when you are a writer you have the job of writing the story anyway you want. It’s your story because your the author. It’s the same way with God. He is the author of your life. He already wrote your story. You see when you live life and choose to put Him first it is the best decision you will ever make.

Author of my hope, maker of the stars

Let me be Your work of art 

Won’t You write Your story on my heart

I love the verse in Matthew that you previously read. It reminds us that when we tell others about God and Jesus and what He has done for us we will be remembered. One day we are all going to die. Death is just a part of life but if we know Jesus and asked Him to come into our hearts we will live forever with Him.

I want my history, to be Your legacy, go ahead and show this world, 

What You’ve done in me, and when the music fades, I want my life to say, 

G Notes – I’ve thought about my life a lot lately especially during some really hard times. Am I living a life that let’s others know who He is? When I die how will I be remembered? Do I have a legacy to leave? Every one of these questions flood my mind. I want to let God write my story. I want God to use me so that when I die my life would be remembered as someone whose story was written by the author of the universe. 

I let You write Your story, write Your story

Write Your story, write Your story, I’m an empty page, I’m an open book

Write Your story on my heart, come on and make Your mark

As you grow and continue to let God use your story I pray that others with be impacted by your commitment and love for God. Don’t forget to share His love with others. Let Him tell your story like He intended to all along.

Word for the Day:

Legacy – something that is a result of events in the past. As described by Merriam-Webster dictionary. I think this is the word that should be the main focus for today. I encourage you to write the word and meaning on an index card. Remember a legacy is important. We all want to be remembered for something. Let’s be remembered for sharing Christ with others.

Reflect: 

How will people remember you?

What do you want your legacy to be?

Will people know God through you?

Are you letting God write your story?

Prayer:

Father, I pray right now for each and every one that’s reading this. I pray that they live their lives for you. Everyone that they come in contact with I pray they will see you. We want to be remembered for loving you and living our life for you. May our legacy be history of us serving and loving you. In Jesus name, Amen!

Blessings, Grace Mae ❤

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In the Morning, Give Me Jesus

One of my goals for 2018 is to spend more time in prayer and in spending time with Jesus. Last week I talked about what My Jesus Time looked like and this week I want to talk about something near and dear to my heart. Last week I decided to fast. Now I’m not talking about fasting from food.

God has laid on my heart that I need to be more intentional about prayer and spending time with Him this year. 

So for 40 days I will be fasting and praying. I gave up snapchat, Pinterest, and all music that isn’t Christian. As much as I love my country music and some pop I love Jesus more. I’m one week into it and I’ve already been seeing God work and speak to me. There are some big decisions that I need to make and some projects that I am looking for guidance and direction on. I’ve been using the time that I would usually spend on social media or listening to music now in prayer.

“Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you.” Psalms 143:8 (NLT) 

Another major change I made is a challenge I saw on Instagram by The Well Watered Woman blog called Word before World. The concept behind it is to spend time in the Bible before you check social media. It’s been interesting getting use to this.

In a world that thrives on social media because it is the first thing we tend to gravitate towards in the morning. We wake up, grab our phones and start looking through all those notifications when we should be spending time with Jesus. I am just as guilty as the next person when it comes to this. Checking my phone to see how many likes and comments I have on Instagram and Facebook that I need to respond to or worrying about how many followers I got overnight. These things are great but they distract me from spending time with Jesus.

My relationship with Jesus is something that I take very seriously. It’s something that means everything to me and I am willing to give up things to make sure it happens. 

Since I made this change, my mornings have been different. First thing I do when I grab my phone is read my devotionals on You Version app before I check my social media accounts. I will say that there were times when I accidentally opened Facebook or Instagram before I realized what I was doing. Making the You Version App the first thing I open and read in the morning has helped me get my day off to the right start.

One thing though that I have learned from this over the last week is that I am craving Him more. I crave my Jesus time! It’s something I don’t want to miss. It’s something that I need and want.

I encourage you to try it. I promise you that it will change your life. Putting Jesus first in the morning will help you go about your day feeling refreshed and filled with joy.

Blessings, Grace Mae ❤

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My Jesus Time

If there is one thing that you have learned about me you know how much I love studying the Bible and spending time with Jesus. There’s nothing better then starting this new year off by making a commitment to spend time reading my Bible, studying Scripture, and opening time in prayer daily then now.

Today I would like to take some time to share with you what I call My Jesus Time. I’m going to be talking about what my daily quiet time looks like and hopefully some prompts to help you get started as well.

I would like to place this disclaimer that there is no right or wrong way. What I share with you is just what seems to work for me. It has taken me time to figure out what works and what doesn’t work for me. What works for me might not work for you. Figure out what works best and then stick to it.

My Jesus Time is usually in the evenings before bed. I have a chronic health issue that makes it hard for me to get up early in the mornings so I find doing my devotions at night works best for me. This doesn’t mean I don’t do something in the mornings, it just means that I do my in depth studying usually at night. In the mornings I do have a prayer time and read the verse of the day on You Version app as well as I’m reading the Bible through in a year chronologically using the She Works His Way 2018 reading plan.

The following is how I usually have my in depth quiet time in the evenings.


1. PRAY – Prayer is a very important part of my daily quiet time. I can’t stress this enough. Without prayer my life would be a complete mess. It’s one of the first things I do in my day. Usually I like to write out my prayers in a notebook or journal. However I realize that writing them out isn’t for everyone. It’s just something that helps me to focus on God and I love being able to go back later and read all my prayers.

Some prompts that might help you get started if you don’t know where to begin with your prayers.

  • Thank God for what you are thankful for
  • Ask Him to forgive you of anything you might need to confess
  • Pray on behalf of others requests
  • Ask Jesus to come meet you in your time in the Word
  • Ask Him to open your heart and eyes to what He wants to teach you
  • Pray for your day

After I spend some time in prayer I usually put on some worship music before digging into my Bible Study or devotional that I am going through at the time.


2. WORSHIP MUSIC – One thing that I love is listening to worship music while I am studying. Being in complete silence while I am reading the Bible or devotional is something I don’t like. In my experience I have found that I focus better with music on in the background.

My playlist consists of slower songs like…

  • Oceans
  • I Need You More
  • Revelation Song
  • Jesus, At the Center of It All
  • What a Beautiful Name
  • Overwhelm Me, etc.

I’ll be writing another article on worship music and playlists options because music is such a big part of my life and I believe that God speaks through music. We all can relate to that one song that was playing on the radio just at the right moment. At least I know I can.


3. JOURNALING MY DEVOTIONS – The next thing that I do after praying and turning my worship music on is dig right into my Bible Study. I like to follow a scripture writing plan. Don’t know where to start? Be sure to check out my scripture writing plan. You can go download it for free here. (Scripture Writing Plan). If you are anything like me then you will understand my love for journaling and writing down what God is teaching me. You can use any journal or notebook you have lying around.

Here are a few question prompts to get you started:

  • What does this passage tell me about God?
  • How can I apply this to my daily life?
  • What is this passage telling me about myself?
  • Is there something I can use to share Jesus and God with others?

I love using my Tending your Faith Journal. The idea behind the journal came to be when I was struggling to understand how to apply God’s Word to my life. It is split up into 2 pages per day. There is a section for gratitude, writing out scripture, how to apply it to our lives, prayer, and something you wan tot remember throughout the day. If you want to check it out you can find it here. (Tending Your Faith Journals)


4. BIBLE STUDY HIGHLIGHTING – When it comes to highlighting Scripture again I believe that there is no right or wrong way. If I am completely honest with you I never use to color code when I highlighted. It was just easier to pick up a highlighter and color the verse any which way. It wasn’t until recently that I found color coding to be helpful to me. The method I use to color code isn’t my own. My friend Amy Hale came up with this method and I just loved it so much that I adopted it into my own routine. You can change up the colors for each categories to make it your own. I changed up the colors a little bit to suit my style and taste. I changed the categories a little bit to make it easier for myself and the way I like to study Scriptures. Just remember that I don’t use all the categories all the time just when it fits the Scriptures I am reading for the day. 

  • GREEN – Anything about God, His character, names, or anything about Him.
  • PINK – Commands that I want to obey or can apply to my life. 
  • BLUE – Conjunctions/Interjections: and, but, therefore, introductions to thoughts,
  • ORANGE – Anything that are statements about a group of people or the church. 
  • PURPLE – Things and verses that would make good prayers for myself or people 
  • YELLOW – Anything else that doesn’t fit in any of the categories above

If this seems overwhelming to you with all these different categories then I encourage you to narrow it down to just these three, GOD, COMMANDS, and PRAYER. There will be another post on highlighting at some point. I will say though that once you get in the habit of highlighting and finding what works for you it will start to come natural. There will be times when I forget which color is which. Never fear because even if you make a mistake that’s okay. Your Bible isn’t suppose to be perfect. It’s suppose to be messy as you lean into all the truths it has for you.

One more tip is if a verse has more then two or three categories within it may be overwhelming to change colors or even frustrate you. Just take a deep breath. Remember to highlight the important parts of the verse. If highlighting the connecting words are too much then leave that category out all together. Just highlight anything about God and anything you should apply to your life and leave the rest plain.


So that my friend is pretty much what My Jesus Time looks like. Sometimes I do like doing a little journaling art drawing or lettering verses on separate paper or journals and then of course end with prayer again. I hope this gives you inspiration to dig into the Word and figure out your own person Jesus Time. I promise you that once you get in the habit of being in the Bible everyday it will change your life. It has changed mine. If it wasn’t for my quiet time and meeting with Jesus everyday my life would be a complete mess.

I’d love to hear about how meeting with Jesus makes your life better. Feel free to comment, send me a message on social media or sending me an email. I always love hearing from my readers and interacting with you. Let’s encourage one another this year as we make it a habit to be consistent in the Word each day.

Blessings, Grace Mae ❤

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Word of the Year

As we are closing out the year it’s come to the time where I reflect on my word of the year and choose my new word. This year was my first to do it and I have to admit that throughout this year my word became more and more relevant.

This year I chose the word Deeper! I wanted to go deeper in my relationship with Jesus and grow deeper in my faith. All of that came true. Meredith Andrews has a song called “Deeper”. These are my favorite lyrics in the whole song.

Every valley made me lift my eyes up
Every burden only made me stronger
Every sorrow only made Your joy go
Deeper and deeper, deeper, and deeper

Over the last year I have had more then my share of being broken and spent some time in the valleys. Even though I had trials and heartache it definitely made me go deeper and deeper.

Thrown down but not defeated
I’m worn out but not giving up
I’ve hit ground but even at rock bottom
I’m just getting started, yea, I’m just getting started

This song was pretty much my theme for this year. Even though I have been thrown down and hit rock bottom I’m not giving up. I’m just getting started. There is so much more I want to do. Which brings me to my word for 2018.

As I have been praying a lot about what I wanted 2018 to be God revealed to me that I was made for more then to just survive. I was made to thrive. “Thrive” is my word for the new year. My prayer for the new year is to make a difference and share what God has taught me and continues to teach me with others. This year I have been doing a lot of just surviving, keeping my head just above water so I don’t down. The new year I want to thrive. I know that I was made for so much more and that anything is possible with God on my side.

We know we were made for so much more
Than ordinary lives
It’s time for us to more than just survive
We were made to thrive

Thrive by Casting Crowns will be my new theme song. It has such a great message and really sums up what I see for the future.

Have you chosen a word for the new year yet? If not it’s not too late to join in. I want to leave you with a little encouragement as you choose a word. Remember when choosing to think about all the areas in your life. Think about what you want to work on, your weaknesses and strengths. Pray asking God for guidance, ask Him to open your eyes, ears, and heart to what He is leading you toward.

I would love to hear what word you have chosen and why. Leave it in the comments below or feel free to reach out to me on all social media platforms.

Blessings, Grace Mae ❤