After some years of only sporadic posts, it’s time I return to writing in my blog on a regular basis. And for the purpose originally intended, led by God to break down books of the Bible. What was, or is, my primary goal in doing so, when there are other sites, full of devotionals, Bible knowledge, and encouragement for application to our daily lives?
I started Julie’s Life Joy because my friends and I were not reading the Bible enough, falling short on fully equipping ourselves with Scripture. We worked through our studies each week, answering questions and drawing on experiences so we can grow closer to God and mature in faith. Still, we needed more. I take notes as I read, using my Life Application Study Bible. I got this idea to make it like a Cliffs Notes. We DO need to read the Bible, but as a supplement or if you don’t make the time, it is good to know what a specific chapter says and how it is relevant to us and to the current times.
My life has been changed by Jesus, working in my heart and mind, and by His leading and timing to connect the women of our Small Group for Bible Study with each other. Some of us have been sharing our lives and common goal to know and follow God as fully as possible for over 13 years. We have been transformed. God blesses us each with a gift or ability. My gift is writing and ideas of how to share good information with others.
I fell away from blogging because I was busy, I work at a computer all day, I have an hour’s commute each way to St. Louis, and I try to sit as little as possible when I am not working.
I still don’t like sitting, but I am less busy. My husband, Mitch, retired in March and has taken on more housework. Our dogs both passed away in the last year. I want to get back into the Bible more deeply. Writing about the book of John a few years ago enabled me to study it and commit it to memory and application more than I could have done just reading it. Now is the time to tackle another of the books in the Bible. I hope I can help you know the Bible as I share the notes from my study Bible, include actual Scriptures, summarize in places, and share personal experiences along the way.
Look forward to the Gospel of Luke very soon.