Wielding the Word With Jen Oshman

Women Wielding the Word | Jen Oshman

I’ve heard from many women who want to know Scripture but genuinely don’t know how to go about it. How do we actually go beyond reading words on a page? How do we get God’s Word into us in a way that changes who we are and how we live?

Sharing stories of how God has impacted our lives encourages us and builds our faith. It’s one of my favorite things to do! The Women Wielding The Word series is meant to be an encouragement to you. I’ve asked other bloggers to share what their time with God looks like and how the Bible has impacted their lives.  

I’m thrilled to have Jen Oshman sharing with us 3 practical ways she pursues transformation by God’s Word:

The Practical Pursuit of Transformation By God’s Word

It was 19th century evangelist D.L. Moody who first said, “The Bible was not given for our information, but for our transformation.”

The Bible makes the same claim of itself. Paul wrote to Timothy, “All Scripture is breathed out by God…[so] that the man of God may be complete” (1 Timothy 3:16,17 emphasis mine). It is meant to change us from the inside out. And while it is God alone who changes hearts, we are called to be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2). This transformation comes powerfully and sweetly by his Word.

But how can we actually get the Word into us? How can you and I practically pursue transformation by the Word of God? As a women’s ministry leader and Bible teacher for almost two decades, I want to share three practices that have borne fruit and joy in my walk with Christ and in my observations of others’ journeys as well.

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Personal Consistency

Pastor and author Eugene Peterson popularized the phrase a long obedience in the same direction. This is our pursuit as Christ followers. One day, one act, one decision of obedience at a time. Ingesting a daily dose of Scripture over the long haul is a powerful way to get to know the character and history of our God. And really, there are no shortcuts. It just takes time. I like to follow a five-day-a-week reading plan so that I read the entire Bible once a year. This amounts to about 20-minutes each day. Busy and tired moms of young children might consider listening to the Word, if daily reading feels impossible.

Community Study

I cannot overstate how effective studying the Word of God with the people of God has been for me. I have experienced exceptional fruit over the last two decades by gathering every week on both Sunday mornings at church, as well as once a week with other women. Group studies allow for consistent accountability (there’s nothing like a small group meeting to motivate you to get your homework done), fellowship, bearing burdens with one another through prayer, and sharpening one another through discussion. Once again, consistency over time is key. As Christ followers, we must not neglect meeting together (Hebrews 10:25) each week and digging deeper with a handful of girlfriends is a joy.

Memorization

You know how the sayings go: You get what you give. Hard work pays off. Nothing worth having is easy. And these are never truer than when applied to memorizing passages of the Bible. It is a difficult practice, but one that pays off like no other. When I commit portions of Scripture to memory, I marvel at how the words of God come spilling out into my conversations with others and in my prayers to the Lord. My most successful memorization efforts are in a group of three or four other women who memorize along with me. In a group context, whereby we meet each week to rehearse what we’ve memorized so far (out loud, in front of one another, no exceptions), I have memorized entire books of the Bible along with my friends. Even with young kids, even with a full life of work and ministry, by God’s grace, we did it in partnership with one another. It takes perseverance, but I promise it’s worth it.

Here in North America, you and I are crazy rich with opportunities to be in the Bible. Chances are you have several copies of the Bible in your home, there are several churches and Bible studies you could attend this week, and you have several friends you could ask to join you for memorization. Do not waste those resources.

Wield the Word, friend. Steward it for your transformation.

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Jen Oshman

Jen Oshman is a wife and mom to four daughters and has served as a missionary for almost two decades on three continents. She currently resides in Colorado, where she and her husband serve with Pioneers International, and they planted Redemption Parker, an Acts29 church, two years ago. Her passion is leading women into a deeper faith and fostering a biblical worldview. She writes about that at www.jenoshman.com and other ministry websites. Her first book, Enough About Me: Find Lasting Joy in the Age of Self, is forthcoming with Crossway in March 2020.


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20 thoughts on “Wielding the Word With Jen Oshman”

  1. Great tips for getting into the word. I struggle with consistency often so I definitely need to invest in a Bible reading plan so that I can be held accountable. I love attending Bible study with close friends as it is a great way to gain fresh insight into scriptures. It is so important to surround yourself with friends who love the Lord and encourage you to draw closer to him.

    • Thanks for reading today, Miranda. For me, too, consistency can be challenging without a plan. There are so many great plans available. I don’t know what you’re looking for, but you might enjoy the monthly Wield The Word 30-Day Bible Reading Challenges. Our next one is being delivered to subscribers on Friday.

  2. Such great wisdom here, Jen! My favorite principle is “community study.” God has opened my eyes and heart so many times when I’ve been in group, discussing His word with my godly girlfriends. There’s just something about the “one anothers” that God loves and blesses! Thank you for sharing Jen’s words with us today, Jana! Hugs to you both!

  3. Jen, thank you for your wise insight. I love all three points, especially community study. While my own personal consistency is of upmost importance to my spiritual growth, like you, studying God’s Word with others brings in another aspect. As a pastor’s wife and women’s ministry leader, I can never say enough about the lasting effects of being with God’s people while we look at Scripture. We just glean so much from each other.

  4. This word is so needed for me. I am so scattered that these simple guidelines just put things in perspective for me. Thanks for sharing how I can get the most out of God’s word and God’s plan as a mama.

    • My natural tendency is to complicate things, but that’s precisely why I’m pleased to share practical, simple encouragement. I needed it, too! I’m so glad you benefited from Jen’s post this week!

  5. Jen, thank you so much for this beautiful reminder. I love your points! Tweeted and pinned. Memorizing scripture is so important! It’s important that we do it ourselves, AND it’s important that we teach our children how to memorize. Thanks for linking up at InstaEncouragements!

    • Patsy, I agree with you about the value of teaching our children to memorize Scripture. I can’t count the number of times I’ve been so grateful for all my “Sunday School memory verse” challenges. Those passages have carried me through numerous deserts and encouraged my heart in countless storms.

  6. The word of God is absolutely transforming and it becoming a part of who we are is such a key in being renewed and transformed. I agree that in persistence that it starts to become a part of your day that we long for, that place that may have started out as a duty becomes something you desire! #faithonfire linkup

    • “The cumulative power of small steps”… I like that. I’ve been focusing recently on going really slowly through passages and allowing myself to stop and meditate on one truth at a time. I love God’s Word so much, I feel like a hungry person at a buffet – I want it all and I want it all now! But it’s so valuable to take little bits at a time and allow them to digest and actually become absorbed by our spirits. That’s when transformation happens.

  7. Thanks for sharing ways to pursue transformation by God’s Word. Could you be a little more specific on how you go about memorizing large chunks of Scripture? I know accountability is key but would you mind sharing, step by step, what you do to memorize? Thank you.

    • Gretchen, I don’t know how Jen Oshman goes about memorizing large chunks of Scripture, but I can tell you what I’ve done for myself. I find studying the passage naturally leads to a certain amount of memorization. It’s a great start and gives deeper meaning to the passage I’m memorizing. So I usually start with that. Then it’s a matter of repetition for me. I like to write out a few verses at a time, repeat them OUT LOUD (saying them out loud makes a huge difference), and even listening to it from an audio Bible throughout the day. I sometimes print off a chapter and hang it in my bathroom so I can review it while I brush my teeth and get ready for the day. Regardless of the method, I review, review, review until it’s stuck in my mind.

      My favorite way was getting my son to follow along in the Bible while I recited what I’d memorized. He loved the feeling that he was testing me for a change, and it was like a game to him – making me guess words I missed, etc. It was fun and a great way of connecting with him over God’s Word.

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