Study Guide: Obedience | October 2016
Studying the scriptures is not something that came easy for me.
In fact, for a long time scripture study was the one thing I knew I needed to be better at, and the one things that always gave me guilt. Guilt that I didn't read enough. Guilt that I didn't read consistently enough. And guilt because I honestly wished I was better at it. Yet, I just wasn't sure how to dive in. Every time I opened them I would read a page or two, my mind would wander, and I'd realize that I had no idea what I had just read.
And this is how it went. Over and over again—until just a few years ago when everything changed.
I was living the hustling rat race when, in just a matter of months, my life was hit with a tsunami of trials. Among these, included being diagnosed with multiple chronic health issues that left me laying in bed, day-after-day. My life that had once been go-go-go, was now completely still. And it rocked me. Everything felt like it turned upside down and inside out. I was broken, shattered, and depressed. And frankly, I didn't know how to handle it. At all.
So, with no where else to go, and nothing else to do, I opened my scriptures.
This time, it was different. I didn't open them to check something off my christian check-list, but I opened them to find hope, to find answers, and to find my Savior!
For the following months I engulfed myself in Christ's words. I read, I studied, and I prayed.
I needed truth, peace and solace.
And you know what? I found them.
For the first time, in a long time, the scriptures became alive. Like really alive! Each day that I sat at God's feet with this new determined desire to find Him, He taught me. Reading my scriptures was no longer a task, but it became something that I yearned for. Stories that had once just been stories—were now real! Real people with tangible life lessons that had meaning to me and to my life right now!
It was as if I had hit the jackpot, a river of gold, a fountain of cookie dough!
The phrase "feast upon the words of Christ" finally made sense. The more I read, the more I wanted. Christ literally became the 'bread of life' and 'the living waters' in my life. And God—well just as He promised, He answered. Through the scriptures I did find hope. I found peace. And I found my Savior on a deeper more intimate level than ever before!
And now. Well now I can honestly look you in the eyes, with a swelled up heart and a lump in my throat and tell you—with every emotion that I have, that I love the scriptures! I love God's words!
But not only that.
I love to help anyone I can love them as much as I do. Because they saved my life. Literally.
And not only have they saved my life, but they have saved everyone of our lives here at The Small Seed. We love the scriptures!
A few weeks ago when our team felt inspired to start a monthly theme, I knew I wanted to spearhead a monthly study guide for our community. It has been an intense topic of prayer for me personally and for our entire team. We feel strongly about these guides and we have pleaded with God to help us create not only a tool that helped others dig into His words, but also something that would sprout an entire community that could study and learn together!
So, without further ado...We are happy to introduce The Small Seed's first monthly study guide!
The study guides will be broken down topically into 4 sections;
Articles + Talks | Scriptures and Scripture Stories | Christ's Life | Self-Reflection
The guide is designed, not only for print, but also as a digital PDF that includes hyperlinks to all the material. Making it easy to use on your phone, tablet or computer! (I'll also be demonstrating different ways you can use the guide on my personal Instagram @tiffany.webster if you want to follow along!)
We intentionally grouped the content by sections, rather than dividing it into weeks. Although we hope to learn and study together, we prayerfully created the guide with no strict directions so that YOU can use it to fit your individual needs. There is no right way to study the scriptures. In fact, every person on our team each studies in an entirely different way!
It's our prayer that this guide can become a tool that enhances your own personal study, but in your own personal way.
Alongside our personal studies—it is our hope that we can develop an entire community that can learn and grow from each other!! (But really, how cool would this be?! All of us studying the same topic, sharing our insights with each other....basically, insert heart exploding here.)
We understand some insights are personal, but we challenge you to have the courage to share what God is teaching you to not only your family and friends, but with our community as well! We have chosen to use the hashtag #NOURISHTHESEED for our movement—because, well, that's exactly we're hoping to accomplish. Plus you know...'The Small Seed." So ya, it's perfect.
Again, we are so excited about this study guide and we hope you are too! Thank you for being here, thank you for taking the time to read this, and even more—thank you for taking the time to download this and use it.
We know as you intentionally put God first and study His words, your life will be blessed with peace, direction, and joy. Studying the gospel takes work, but as you consistently do it, God will enlighten your mind, expand your understanding, and deepen your desire to learn of Him and His ways!
Again, thank you for who you are. We love you. We are praying for you. We promise as you study, ponder and reflect upon these truths, your life will be filled with the enabling power and strength of our Savior!