Change Me as I Walk in Faith

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As I work on leaving my fears behind in my Walk in Faith study, I tried out some skills our bible study leaders have taught:  using a parallel Bible and verse mapping.

I started simple and chose Proverbs 3:5-6, since the main theme of Proverbs is wisdom and I need all that I can get.  I also love that the first word in this verse is trust, as that is something I have to work on to conquer my fear and Walk in Faith.


I used the parallel Bible feature within Bible Gateway to compare translations on just 2 lines within these verses:

Lean not (NIV) /
do not depend on your own understanding
(NLT) /
don’t try to figure out everything on your own
(MSG) – so guilty of that one

Submit to him (NIV) /
seek his will
(NLT) /
listen for God’s voice
(MSG) – gotta learn to slow down so I can hear Him


Stop trying to figure out everything on my own (ie. stop hiding).  Listen for God’s voice (ie. start seeking).  Change my heart, God, I pray.

In Proverbs, Solomon gives us practical ways to live out what we have learned.  Oh, God has been speaking to my heart on this very subject for quite a while now.  I’m an avid reader, love to learn, but actually living God’s Word is something I need to work on.  Change my heart, God, I pray.

My NIV Life Application Study Bible gives us the “formula” for effective living.  I matched that up to Proverbs 3:5-6.

  • begins with God’s Wisdom – respect and appreciate who God is
  • requires moral application – Trust in the Lord with all your heart
  • requires practical application – Seek His will in all you do
  • results in effective living – and He will show you which path to take

I was surprised how much more there was to learn from this verse I’ve heard time and time again.  Thanks OBS Sisters for inspiring me to dig deeper into God’s Word!

If you want to learn more about verse mapping, check out Sarah’s post on the OBS blog.

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34 thoughts on “Change Me as I Walk in Faith

  1. Hi there, Kim! I love your study here. What a great verse to unpack! I’ve really been enjoying the Walk in Faith study too, even though I’m a bit behind. (Starting this week’s chapters, on Thursday, better late than never, right?

    I loved the verse mapping concept too, really brings out God’s truth to us, doesn’t it?

  2. I love this. Thanks for the great idea. I do often use Bible Gateway to look at different translations, but you have taken this a step further by meditating on a small portion of scripture, journaling your thoughts and the things God is showing you, and sharing the wisdom gleaned with others. I will definitely give this a try.

    • Thanks Kamea, I am really enjoying that P31OBS is diving into bible study skills that i need to learn and/or brush up on! Thanks for stopping by today!

  3. Kim, What a great way to study! Thanks for sharing and keep seeking Him everyday, in His presence we are being changed. I’m linking up too in #livefreeThursday. Thanks for resources too and for sharing what you are learning.

    Tayrina from TGAWrites

    • Thanks Suzie I loved your Compel Tuesday Tip on this too and need to apply it more to my writing!

  4. I love this application and will use it more often to better understand scripture myself! Thank you for posting! #livefree

  5. Hi Kim,
    Stopping in from Suzie’s #livefreeThursday. Comparing different Bible versions is a powerful way to better understand Scripture. I take a different Bible version to church on Sunday to compare the readings, and I often use Biblegateway to browse many different versions.

    The verse you unpacked is one of my favorites, and the different meanings are revealing. Thanks for sharing your study.

    • That’s a great idea for Sundays, Julie! Thanks for stopping by from #livefree!

  6. I like using biblegateway for searching as well. I really like the NET version but NLT or message is fun for comparison as well. This is a great verse too. Thanks for sharing. #livefree

  7. My favorite verses! Kim, I love how you show up with real, everyday life posts. These type of posts help guide, they plant seeds for maturity. Study on, my friend! #livefreeThursday

    • Lynn, wow what a treat to see your sweet face here. Can’t wait to see you again in July!

  8. I love this verse mapping concept. It reminds me so much of what we teach the kids in junior high reading to help them break down a tough passage and make sense of the text. I never thought about using it with scripture! Thanks for passing along the tip, Kim:)

  9. I am way behind on the study myself. I tend to start too many at once. Verse mapping is a way of studying scripture I’ve never tried. I think the thought appeals to me b/c I always feel like I’m just skimming the surface. Thanks for the post!

  10. “I’m an avid reader, love to learn, but actually living God’s Word is something I need to work on.” – WOW Kim this just reached out and took hold of me. Keeping this close as a daily reminder! Thank you!

    and thanks for joining the #SoulFriends link up this week! Blessings

  11. Ooooh – that is one of my favorite verses! I love that you unpacked it and used different translations too! I love The Message and how Eugene Peterson just unpacks it so bluntly and yet, poetic at the same time! Great post! We are neighbors over at #SoulFriends

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