Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Discipline of Study

{study produces JOY. Like any novice, we will find it hard work in the beginning. But the greater our proficiency the greater our JOY. - Richard Foster, Celebration of Discipline}

Do you study? I mean really study?  You may be surprised that you do, even if you are not a big "book person".   Based on the defining characteristics that Foster offers in his explanation of true "study" in Celebration of may be studying any number of things on a regular basis. 

According to him, to study something means that you return to a thought/idea/book/topic over and over again. Study is firstly defined by repetition in a given area. As you repeat an idea to yourself you begin to concentrate on it.  By doing those things you then start to comprehend the topic/idea/words you are studying. To really study you then reflect ..ponder, consider, mull it over, or as my daddy says "put in your hum box."   

What is in your "hum box" ..what are you "studying"? Think about it ...
  •  what ideas, thoughts, blogs, books, shows do you find yourself going to over and over again? What topics do you find yourself "repeating" ....organization, homeschooling, history? Think about what shows you watch ...if you return to the same type of shows, are you okay with the fact that you are "studying" their content? 
  • what do you concentrate on..what do you think about? What directs your thoughts? 
  • what do you feel like you understand? you have a good grasp on organization, teaching small ones, the world news or the way a criminal mind works?
  • Finally ...what do you reflect on ..what do you ponder, consider or really think about on an ongoing basis? 
Studying is a natural thing for most of us, even if we dont realize it!

Foster challenges that "ingrained habits of thought that are formed WILL conform to the order of the thing being studied. WHAT we study determines what kind of habits are formed, which is why Paul urges us to focus on things that are true, just, pure, lovely and gracious."

{"Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - think about such things." Phil 4:8}

How important the topic of our true study! 

Starting today, I am blessed to be part of a ladies bible class this summer that focuses all our "study" efforts on God's Word. We will looking at 17 passages from scripture,  on the topics of grace, peace, faith and hope.

I would LOVE for you to join us in that journey! We will be using a method of study that covers all the areas of true study. I will be sharing this method with you over the next few days, in hopes you will have a great tool to truly study these precious truths. 

{"All scripture is inspired by God teach us what is true, to make us realize what is wrong in our lives, it corrects us when we are wrong and it teaches us what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do his good work."  2 Tim 3:16-17 NLT}

{all scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work."  NIV}
Tell me..what do you STUDY?! 


  1. That chapter made me feel better about how much I analyze people:). Also, I definitely study world events. Just thinking of the happenings of late, I was really struck by this passage in the chapter:

    "We would do well to study the institutions and cultures and the forces that shape them. Also, we should ponder the events of our time, noting first, with a spirit of discernment, what things our culture lifts up as 'great events.' Let's look at the values of the culture--not what people say they are, but what they actually are."

    I read the newspaper today with that in mind, trying to "study" our culture.

    Good thoughts, Court!

  2. I'll be excited to hear all of what you are learning as you go through the Bible class!
    Thanks for the reminder to be focusing our "study" on God!!!


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