How to Fail at Bible Study

I’m going through Priscilla Shirer’s newest Bible study with people at church. It is being approached [by me] in a different way, so I make it through each quiet time.

My quiet times used to be sooo much deeper. But part of my “now” quiet time is reading through each day’s lessons like I am reading a book. I stop and think about the questions being asked instead of writing some in my book.

What I dislike most about chronic illness is how cautious I have to be of my energy and fatigue levels. It makes the struggle to get in the Word so strong!

I know how to fail at this Bible study

… that I am choosing to use in this pruning season. This is not my first communal Bible study. After about a decade of gathering with others from different walks of life, I have learned this well. I am not like everyone else. And going through a Bible study with ignorance of my needs is – only going to help me fail. But the goal is success, not failure.

Truth? I feel guilty for not diving into each question intentionally given in my workbook. But at the end of the day, I have to operate using my resources. So running to our Savior Jesus and holding my plans without an “all or nothing” mentality. Because, this is what works for me. This is what is helping me draw nearer to our Savior Jesus during this amazing time of community and growing in the Word.


As I think about finishing day one of my study, I am holding onto James 5:17 especially that part about Elijah was as human as we are!

Even for Elijah, he became depressed, discouraged, and delighted in our Mighty God! We get the opportunity to grow in Christ with the realistic goals we set for our Bible study or quiet times with the Lord. What are some of your realistic goals?

Realistic goals help us to love the Lord with all we have to offer Him and join others in seeking Him – as an act of worship! And while we are worshipping, He is transforming us from the inside-out!

Scriptures: Proverbs 21:5; Matthew 22:37; Romans 12:2

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