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2016 National Bible Bee // Lesson #3

This will be the final lesson that I share from my journey in Bible Bee. While I've only shared three lessons, there were so many more that I learned.

So often I get caught up in the future - what will I be doing, where will I live, etc... In my thinking of the future, I miss the present. Life flies by so quickly, and if I spend time wishing for/dreaming about the future, I will lose the present. I'll "wake up" five years from now and regret the time that I threw away.

Every day there are so many little things that we can enjoy and give thanks for. Yet, I so easily lose sight of the present in dreaming about the future. While in Bible Bee, it was so easy to dream about Nationals that I lost study time and time with my family. Then Nationals would come, it'd be over, and I'd look back and think "why did I spend so much time dreaming about Nationals that I let myself lose study time?"

The present days are so precious. Be content with where you are. Do…

2016 National Bible Bee // Lesson #2

This lesson that I am going to share was another big one from this year. I struggle with it a lot, not just during Bible Bee, but during the off-season as well.

During Bible Bee studying, it's easy to get so caught up in studying and preparing for the test, locally or nationally, that you can forget there are more important things. Yes, studying for the Bible Bee is very important and you want to do your best, but that should not take the place of other important things. The most important is people - your family, your church, your friends.

Throughout my journey as a Bible Bee Contestant, I laid out I was going to study, my schedule, etc... and anytime that I got interrupted I would get frustrated. My little sister would ask me to play with her, and my response would be one of frustration "Can't you see I'm trying to study! Go play by yourself." Or my family would need my help for something and instead of doing it joyfully, I'd do it while thinking the whole …

2016 National Bible Bee // Lesson #1

During my time as a National Bible Bee Contestant, I learned so much - not just through studying the Word, but also through participating. In the following few blog posts, I am going to share a few lessons that I have learned.

The National Bible Bee is a great incentive to memorize and study God's Word. The prize money that is given away each year is a large amount, so it can be very easy to focus on studying in order to do well and hopefully win. During my time as a contestant, I've struggled with doing it for the right reasons. Unless one is careful the prize money can become a snare. The recognition can become a snare. The trip to Nationals can become a snare. Even studying and memorizing to have more knowledge can become a snare. 
A lesson that was key in my studying this year was that I must focus on Christ. He is the true prize. I was studying, yes, to participate in the National Bible Bee, but the main thing was to know Christ better. He is the treasure found in the Bib…

2016 National Bible Bee // Pictures

National Bible Bee 2016 was so amazing, so of course I had to take lots of pictures of the week. Unfortunately, because of our internet, I am unable to upload them all...so, I'm going to post a few on here and then give some links at the bottom of the post.















**WARNING** There are lots of pictures in the following links **WARNING**
Group One Group Two Group Three Group Four


2016 National Bible Bee!

This past week was the 2016 National Bible Bee. This was my sixth year and final year as a contestant in the National Bible Bee. I have now joined the ranks of the Alumni. This post will hopefully be the first in a series about the Bible Bee. This post will be about my experience at Nationals this year. I'm unsure how many posts will be in this series, but I hope to have several where I post about lessons that I have learned from participating/studying, pictures from nationals, tips for other Bible Bee Contestants, thoughts for Alumni, as well as thoughts for those who have not participated in the National Bible Bee.

On November 14 + 15 we drove the 12 hours down to San Antonio, TX. On the evening of the 15th we had pizza with some friends and a study time with several other contestants. On Wednesday, the 16th, the National Bible Bee Competition officially started with Registration and family photos. It was so wonderful seeing the hotel filling with Bible Bee families. As we walke…