Let me just begin with – I am not perfect in my journey as The Diligent Woman.
The Diligent Woman is who I am striving to become. Every day with every decision I make.
Women Wear A Lot of Different Hats
I am wife, friend, helpmeet, and lover to my husband (referred to as MY man) of 20+ years.
I home school our daughters, two are now graduated and I have the 15-year-old, nearly 10-year-old and and nearly 8-year-old left.
I have taught home school Bible classes for girls age 11 to 16, using material that I developed and wrote.
I teach Bible classes in our congregation.
I am learning about natural health and wellness. I have Chronic Lyme Disease. That means I am learning how many different ways I can attack it and manage it. Essential Oils, food choices, antibiotics, massage therapy, learning how all of the body systems work and work together – I’m getting a new level of education.
I am a stay at home mom with a house that gets messy, children who need training, two of the sweetest dogs, one cat who’s sole purpose seems to be to entertain us all.
I have a desire that all of it be running PERFECTLY.
BUT – I am also a realist – life happens and not all things are perfect. Perfection comes in the acceptance of the joys of life and knowing that I am a creature only made perfect through Jesus. Thus the DILIGENT attempt to do well what it is mine to do.
What You Can Expect to Find Here
It took me until I was in my thirties and a mother of three to realize something: I am valuable.
I knew all the scriptures. I owned that Christ gave up heaven and His life here on earth for me. But somewhere in there, I failed to pick up on what that actually meant.
The result was a feeling of floundering. I was always doing what I should be, but not feeling as though it was enough. I wasted a lot of time more worried about what others thought (or what I thought they thought) about me and not enough being worried about what God thought about me.
So you can expect to find on The Diligent Woman the things that I have worked through, the things I am still working through, and the things I hope to always be improving.
Most things will be Bible studies that are full of God’s truths that show how valuable each and every one of us is to Him. Where I can I will share the tools I have found that can help to implement what scripture expects of us. “Are You a Woman with a Plan” is one example.
You will find that I am a work in progress, as we all are. My hope is to share some encouragement with you to help make your walk as a woman of God one of confidence. I believe we are warriors in our own right (Realize Your Inner Warrior Woman) and that the insecurities we bear are the whispering of Satan to keep us from trusting God.
I am eager to find others who have the same struggles that I do. I am eager to learn from you, while I share what I have learned with you. Proverbs 27:17 says that iron sharpens iron, I would count you my friend to help me to stay sharp.
Thank you for being here. My prayer is that you will find the things here to be beneficial and encouraging. Above all I hope that you find them to be sound in the scriptures and therefore worthy to share with others. If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact me via email at angela at thediligentwoman dot com.
With all diligence,
Angela – The Diligent Woman
PS – Please accept this gift from me for being a part of The Diligent Woman. These Scripture Printables make great memory verse cards, desk cards to give you something to meditate on through your day, or even study starters.
Other things you may find interesting on the blog:
The 31 Days of Women from Scripture e-course is a free email course you receive each day in your Inbox, if you choose. Signing up for the e-course also gets you the free study journal that accompanies the study.
Scripture Writing Series – In January, I began a new Daily Bible reading series that focused on shorter passages and writing those passages out. Each month has its own theme. You can check out the ones we have done so far by going to the Scripture Writing plans roundup page . Please join us in this challenge and share your scripture writings on Instagram using the #DWScriptureWriting or join us in The Diligent Woman Facebook group to share your thoughts from the passages we are writing.
I began writing Bible study material for our daughters a few years ago. This translated into a weekly study with daily memory verses. It then translated into a full year curriculum when I realized that there wasn’t material available in a “home school” format. “To Be a Handmaid of the Lord” is the result of my putting together the studies I had previously written, ideas that came from studies others had written, and my desire that all girls could be sure of their beauty as God intends them to be, despite what our society around us is telling them.
“The Good News” is a legacy to be handed down. My mother began teaching me a Harmony of the Gospels when I was 8 years old. My father recognized my need to learn about AUTHORITY, so he entrusted my mother with the task of instructing me. I was not a quick read on the subject, <sigh>, FINALLY around age 14 or 15 the light bulb clicked in my head and I GOT IT. My mother dealt with my sour attitude, my boredom, and my disinterest all the while continuing to teach me. She had the gift of picking up her Bible and the Harmony of the Gospels guide and just teaching me. We read whatever selection for the day and talked about it. I haven’t forgotten the lessons and I certainly haven’t forgotten the sacrifice that went into the endeavor. I do not have her gift of just teaching straight from those books – I like written out lessons: clear-cut questions and answers. Sooo, “The Good News” began as I wrote lessons to study with the girls from the book my mother passed on to me in 2005. (The book is “A Harmony of the Gospels” by John H Kerr, D.D. copyright 1924.) Because I write out the lessons, the study is not as organic as the one with my mother, therefore it takes LONGER. A complete harmony of the gospels cannot be studied in three months. My mom picked and chose from the readings, and I got different ones each time we did it. I, on the other hand, have taken on attempting to write questions for the WHOLE thing – which translates into roughly 85 lessons. I have 25 lessons written, 85 mapped, and 19 typed. It’s not a fast study to put together, for me anyway. I study it with my girls as we go along. The hope is that one day there will be a complete study to offer as a curriculum, but to be offered for different age groups; three I think. I’d like the life of Christ to be simple to teach to ages 8 and up. But an 8-year-old needs different questions than a 16-year-old, and a 16-year-old different than a 30-year-old. Offering it in levels will allow people of different ages OR level of exposure to the scriptures to easily learn truths from the Word. As I go along, I share them here on the blog. You can read Lesson One here.
“Making it Simple” is a series that began back in 2005 when I was studying with a woman who was a new Christian. We had set out to study an overview of the whole Bible but found that she didn’t have enough knowledge yet to make this a simple process. It would have been too overwhelming to try to connect so many dots without knowing the Old Testament stories well. So I put together outlines or quick re-tellings of each chapter or story, beginning in Genesis chapter 1. I gave her the lessons and any color pages, worksheets, or puzzles I could find to go with the lesson of the week. I also gave her a timeline that we could insert the lessons into. It wasn’t too long after we began this study that my family moved away from Indiana to Arkansas. I think I only got through Jacob and Esau with her. Well, this is something that I have always wanted to complete. I would like to have access to ready-to-use notes on any given story/character, cross-references to where else in the Bible that story/character is discussed, images or color pages of the said lesson, and games or puzzles. I hope to have something that is complete enough that any new teacher has what he/she needs ready to hand to teach a beginner’s Bible class as well as the information to take that lesson further through study. I’ve been able to teach our older daughters how to teach a class using these ideas and lessons. They didn’t need me directly showing them, they just used what was already put together then tweaked it to suit their personalities and needs in the style of the teaching. You can read “Lesson One – In the Beginning” here.
These are just a few of the projects I have that I want to finish and take further. I do not expect to be a well-known author. I would rather that the Bible be better known by my participation.
I have few passions in life: my husband is one, guiding my daughters is one, but learning more about living for the Lord is number one. I pray that you find this site to be one that is beneficial to you as you go along day to day.
Angela – The Diligent Woman