Wrapping up Matthew

Whew! We made it through 22 weeks of Matthew! Did you enjoy going through this gospel slowly and really meditating on each passage of scripture and applying it to your life? If you kept a journal of your thoughts during this Bible study, you may go back and look at how you grew during this study, and possibly see how God answered some of your prayers.

In a couple of weeks we will start the Gospel of Mark. I will do the Bible studies in the same format- small passages of scripture with a reflection question and a prayer. I do plan to slightly change the format of the prayer though. Instead of giving you a specific prayer to pray like I did with the Matthew study, I will instead give you a general point to pray about (I used this format with the last week (week 22) of the Matthew study). I think this format lends itself to more authentic prayer and will allow you to better connect with God through prayer.

I am also open to feedback regarding the Bible Study printables and Bible verse cards. What did you like? What did you not like? What could I do to make them better? Please leave your response in the comments.

I hope these Bible studies and Bible verse cards have been beneficial to you! I’m looking forward to starting our new study on Mark in a few weeks!

Bible Study Printable: Matthew Week 22

Each week I post a Bible study printable that includes short scripture readings, reflection questions, and a short prayer for each day of the week. See this post for various ways you can use this printable. 

We are down to the final week of Matthew!

Here is this week’s printable!

Week 22 Bible study

 

You can download the printable here: Bible Study Printable: Bible Study Printable: Matthew Week 22

There is a black and white version of the printable included in the download file for those of you who would like to save ink 🙂

Have a wonderful week!

Bible Verse Card: Matthew Week 21

Each week I post a Bible verse printable that coincides with the Bible study plan for the week. See this post for various ways to use this printable.

This week’s verse:

They stripped him and put a scarlet robe upon him, and plaiting a crown of thorns they put it on his head, and put a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him, mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” 

Matthew 27: 28-29

Week 21 verse

Download this printable here: Bible Verse Printable: Matthew Week 21

Bible Study Printable: Matthew Week 21

Each week I post a Bible study printable that includes short scripture readings, reflection questions, and a short prayer for each day of the week. See this post for various ways you can use this printable. 

Here is this week’s printable!

Week 21 Bible study

You can download the printable here: Bible Study Printable: Bible Study Printable: Matthew Week 21

There is a black and white version of the printable included in the download file for those of you who would like to save ink 🙂

Have a wonderful week!

Prayer Walking

I was recently reintroduced to the concept of prayer walking. I had heard of it before, but didn’t really understand what it entailed. After a quick google search, it turns out that there are many methods of prayer walking, so you can choose the type of prayer that you need in your life right now.

Prayer walking

So what is prayer walking?

Essentially it is praying and walking at the same time. One of the most prominent ways to prayer walk is to walk around your neighborhood, or walk a circle around a significant location (like a school, hospital, or church) and pray for the people inside and the people you see while walking. But really, you could pray for anything as you walk. Here are some prayer walking examples:

– As you walk through your neighborhood, pray for the people living in each house as you walk by, as well as any people you encounter while walking (other walkers, lawn care people, people taking their dog out, kids playing, etc).

– Spend your prayer walk only thanking God for the abundant blessings in your life.

– Use your prayer walk to pray for family and friends individually.

– Reflect on your sins during a prayer walk and ask for God’s forgiveness for each sin.

– Allow your walk to guide your prayers. For example, if you see someone while you’re walking, then pray for them. Then if you see some beautiful flowers, thank God for his beautiful creation. Then if you see an American flag, you may pray for our country and president. Let what you see during your walk guide your prayers.

– If you are Catholic, pray a rosary.

– Go to your child’s school and either walk around the school (if possible), or walk on the street that the school is on and pray for all of the teachers and students inside the building.

– You may occasionally take your children with you on a prayer walk. Pray out loud and model prayer for you child. Also, allow your child to contribute prayers during the prayer walk.

– Work on memorizing scripture as you walk.

These options are just starting points! Get creative about the prayers you pray during your prayer walk.

Why should you go on Prayer Walks?

Walking around your neighborhood or a significant location while you pray really helps to keep you focused on your prayer intentions. Also, you are getting some exercise and quiet time (if you go by yourself) which are both help to reduce stress and be more at peace while you pray! I started prayer walking for two reasons: to increase my prayer time and to get more exercise. I typically just walk a mile each day while I pray. Before I started prayer walking, it was a struggle to make myself go outside for a walk- it was just kind of boring to me. But when I started prayer walking, I found that the walk goes by quickly when I am focused on praying, and I find myself eager to go for my prayer walks since the prayer time brought me such peace and joy as I started my day. It feels good to pray for others (both people I know and don’t know) and to pray for people that I typically would not have prayed for, like the lawn guy or a neighbor I don’t know, if I had done my prayer time inside.

I encourage you to get out and prayer walk. You will benefit both spiritually and physically!

Bible Study Printable: Matthew Week 20

Each week I post a Bible study printable that includes short scripture readings, reflection questions, and a short prayer for each day of the week. See this post for various ways you can use this printable. 

Here is this week’s printable!

Week 20 Bible study

You can download the printable here: Bible Study Printable: Bible Study Printable: Matthew Week 20

There is a black and white version of the printable included in the download file for those of you who would like to save ink 🙂

Have a wonderful week!

Father’s Day Printable

Father’s day is next Sunday! Get ready to celebrate your wonderful dad with this free printable!

Father's day verse

Download here: Father’s day verse printable  The download includes two sizes: 4x6in and 2x3in.

 

How you can use this printable:

– Print and attach to your dad’s gift

– Use it as a Father’s Day Card. Write a message on the back or glue it onto a folded piece of paper to make a traditional folded card.

– Frame it in a 4×6 frame and give it to your dad as a gift for his desk or office

– Place the 2×3 printable in your prayer journal and use it as a starting point to pray for your dad this Father’s day.

How are you celebrating the Dads in your life this Father’s day?