Happy Thanksgiving

I want to wish my friends in the USA a wonderful Thanksgiving. And don’t forget to take time to pray when things get tough and overwhelming with all that needs to get done or your guests aren’t behaving a nicely as you like. Its okay to excuse yourself to another room to pray. I’m needing to do that right now as a matter of fact.

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Extreme Faith- Five Minute Friday

I haven’t done Five Minute Friday in quite awhile so I thought I would participate in today’s writing prompt which is ” extreme”. I will try to stick to writing for five minutes but to make sure, I will go ahead and set my timer. My time starts now.

Our country has totally gotten way far away from God. Its seems its gone through extreme measures to erase what is a woman or man is. Extreme measures to punish those who speak truth from God’s Word. If someone doesn’t follow the rules of the world that person is ” canceled”. I admit this has caused me to be very concerned about the future of our country. I want things to get better but until people turn to the saving power of Jesus things are only going to get worse until His return. I want Him to return soon but I have too many loved ones who are lost.

Timer just went off. My five minutes is up. But I want to post the link to today’s prompt if you want to participate https://fiveminutefriday.com/2022/11/10/fmf-writing-prompt-link-up-extreme/

Verse Mapping Resources

Hi ladies . These are just a few resources that you can use for verse mapping.

Internet resources:

http://www.blueletterbible.org

http://www.biblehub.com

www. webstersdictionary1828.com/Noah Webster

Word Search:

The Complete Knowledge Commentary NT/OT by John F. Walvoord and Roy B. Zuck

John MacArthur Commentary

Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible by AMG Publisher- We have this study Bible and love it!

Thompson Chain Reference Bible

The New Strong’s Expanded Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible Red Letter Edition

Dictionaries:

Webster’s Dictionary of American Language (1828)

Strongs Hebrew and Greek Dictionary

Regarding regular modern dictionaries, there are words where the meaning as been changed to fit today’s culture. Words such as marriage, man,woman etc. I highly recommend the dictionaries listed in this post.

Again if you have questions about verse mapping, please don’t hesitate to ask. I will try my best to answer.

Verse Mapping -The James Method Part 2

Your next step is to cross reference your verse. I used Bible Hub because that was the only app I had downloaded at the time but you can certainly use what ever resources you want. I would recommend writing out the verses instead of just its “address”. You can write as many as you want and if you want, you can add post it notes to write more verses.

Next begins sections that meet you on a more personal level. It may be tempting to skip these sections but I want to encourage you not to.

View of God. These are questions to ask yourself as you work through this section

What has been revealed about God’s character?

Are any attributes of God declared?

Are there blessings from God described?

What promises does God make?

What commands does He give?

Does He give any warnings?

View of Man/self section

What does this reveal about mankind or even you?

Who am I in Christ?

Who am I apart from Christ?

Something we must do?

Somethingnto avoid?

Strongholds/struggle/ or sin revealed?

Are we prone to do certain things?

SPACEPETS Things to ponder during Reflection and Application

S-Sin to confess?

P-Promise to claim?

A-Attitude to change

C-Commandbto obey?

E-Example to follow?

P-Prayerbto pray?

E-Error to Avoid?

T-Truth to believe?

S-Something to praise God for

And finally you write out a prayer. What ever you want to pray write it in the prayer section.

Some things you want to remember is this is your map. You can write as much or as little as you want. You can add stickers, washi tape anything you want but the most important thing to remember is to take your time. Some people have taken weeks to finish a map and that is totally okay to do.

If you want to start verse mapping you can start as simply with some blank paper. You can put all your verse maps in a pretty notebook and this will be your own personal journal. You can also order The James Method digital journals from http://www.thejamesmethod.com. The physical journals are going to be in stock soon.

There was something else I wanted to say but for the life of me I can’t remember what that was. If you have questions I will try to answer them. Remember I’m still new to this.

Have any of you ever verse mapped before? If so do you use The James Method or another method? Please share in the comments below.

Scripture Verse Mapping-The James Method -Part 1

We lost our power briefly last night so I’m sorry I didn’t post. So recently I learned what’s called the James Method of scripture verse mapping. I had never of verse before until a lady at church held a three week class on verse mapping. The James Method is based on James 4:8- Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. The purpose ladies is as you study more of God’s Word you hopefully will develop a closer relationship with Him.

Verse mapping is taking a Scripture verse and studying keywords in that verse, cross references to that verse, application and more. The best way to explain The James Method is to post pictures of my map of Proverbs 3:1-2 from my class. The verse is “My son, forget not my law but let thine heart keep my commandments. For length of days , and long life and peace shall they add to thee.”

Now before I explain verse mapping, there are many methods to do this. If you go to YouTube you will come across all sorts of methods. There is no wrong way. Also don’t try to complete a verse map all in one shot. Take your time. Even if it takes more than a week or longer it’s okay. That being said I will show you what I learned. I apologize for the quality of the photos. I’m not very good at this.

Supplies needed:

Bible of course

Pen

Bible dictionary, Strongs concordance and commentary. These are all readily available on apps such as Blue Letter Bible and Bible Hub. Another excellent source is webstersdictionary1828.com

Optional but helpful are highlighters, colored pencils or pens.

  1. Pray. As the Holy Spirit to guide you as you spend your time with God and His Word.
  2. Decide what verse you want to study and write the reference in the banner on top.
  3. In the large circle you will write the verse and what translation you are using.
  4. Highlight or circle words that are either confusing or you just want to learn more about. These are your keywords.
  5. Write the definition of each keyword in a circle. Coloring the circle to match the corresponding keyword is helpful which you can see I did. I decided to look up heart, comandments, length and peace. I also chose to add the Strongs concordance number for each keyword which was recommended by our instructor. Draw a line from the highlighted word to its corresponding definition.
  6. In the context box you will put in who wrote the verse you are mapping, when it was written, to whom it was written and why. If you have a study Bible with a timeline, you should be able to get this information.
  7. Pick at least two alternate translations of your verse. I chose NASB and CSB versions.
  8. Find and underline or put a box around different keywords within the alternate translations.
  9. Write and define the underline or boxed word in the bullet grid and draw a line to the original verse and Keyword if applicable. I somehow missed those instructions and wrote more about peace as you can see in my blue box but that’s okay.
  10. Part 2 will be continued tomorrow.

Writer’s Block, Bible Study and Verse Mapping

Yep. I tried to collect my thoughts on what I wanted to write on but I just couldn’t put my thoughts together even with my Bible open to the topics I wanted to write about. I couldn’t even think of anything much to post on Instagram either.

This turned into an opportunity to spend more time studying God Word. My small group is studying 1st Samuel. Its been a really good study and we are currently at chapter 11. When I read about Saul, I tell you I want to slap him. And I haven’t even gotten to where he becomes king! It seems Saul had a huge ego problem.

In my devotional time with God, I just finished a study on the book of Esther. This was an interesting but challenging study because I wonder if I could have the same bravery as Esther if God asked me to step out of my comfort zone and do something for Him. I don’t want to be that Christian who is afraid to speak truth out of fear of being perescuted, being called hateful, etc. My dear sisters, we are living in trying times where Christians are being mocked, their social media content is being deleted ,YouTube videos taken down and in many cases their entire channels and accounts have been removed permanently. We need to be in constant prayer every day because it won’t get better but only worse.

I learned a new to me method of Bible study called verse mapping but I think I will write more about that in a separate post because it takes sometime time and I want to post photos of my verse map of Proverbs 3:1-2. I have to make dinner so I’m going try and post after dinner. I’m hoping this pumpkin soup I’m making turns out okay. I’m just throwing what I have on hand in the pot. I will tell you how it came out.