Name the things that you look at during your day: The mirror, your kids’ faces, your phone, the tv, the computer screen, the stove, your phone, the Bible, your husband, your coworkers, the bills, your phone, your phone, your phone. Does that sound about right?
What if we, as busy moms, could use that phone that is almost glued to our hand as a tool to help us study and discuss the Bible with our friends!
My friends and I have done just that! A couple of months ago, while discussing strengthening our Christian friendships at a retreat, an elder’s wife told us that her daughter is a part of a Group Text Bible Study. We immediately loved the idea! While I was busy contemplating how best to set it up, a friend of mine grabbed the bull by the horns and said, “Let’s just start it!” And y’all, it’s one of the best things we’ve ever done!
How Does It Work?
My friends and I have a Group Text set up with about 7 women from our congregation. Some are only readers while others share their thoughts daily. We pick what we want to study – we’ve studied the Sermon on the Mount, James, and now Philemon – and one of the group starts off the day by copying and pasting the section of verses for the day and then begins discussing it. We each add our two cents worth and maybe even ask our own questions about the passage. The discussion continues throughout the day, as busy moms grab that precious minute or two here and there to text and study, until the next day when we begin again with a new section of scripture!
Why Does It Work?
Between the laundry, your job, the feedings, and the homeschooling, busy moms find it hard to meet together and have a formal Bible study. Trust me, we’ve tried! But, we all have a Bible and a phone and a couple of minutes here and there, so this becomes a logical solution! I only wish we would have thought about this sooner!
The Benefits of Our Texting Bible Study
Several members of our group often end the day of texting with, “Wow, this has been such a great study! This is the best Bible study I’ve done in years!” By continuing these discussions throughout the day, our minds are constantly thinking about God’s Word, the point the last person made, and what we’re going to say next! And of course, when you’re meditating on God’s Word, everything else that comes up during your busy day isn’t as stressful or as hard to handle! Participating in this study has also drawn us closer together as friends. Some have shared personal things that they otherwise might not have shared face-to-face. We can truly see each person’s personality in every text that is shared – a lot of times a person will bring up something that I’ve never thought of before! Sometimes through texts, you have to ask for clarification since you can’t read body language on your cell phone, but it all turns out ok in the end! It’s something that I wish I could do with many other friends and acquaintances throughout the world!
Proverbs 27:17 says, “Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” Why not be sharpened by your Christian friends? Why not use the tool that you have in your hand to help you study the Bible daily? Why not develop deeper Christian relationships with your sisters in Christ? Why not start a Group Text Bible Study today?
By Hollee McAdams
Hollee McAdams is the wife of preaching minister, Wes McAdams, and they attend the Baker Heights congregation in Abilene, TX. She is the mom of two boys, Malachi (7) and Noah (5).