Transition is a constant of life. And while starting a new adventure can be exciting, the in-between period can be difficult and full of anxiety, stress, and a lot of hard work.
So instead of turning to distractions to quiet your uncertainty, open up your Bible, one of the studies we’ve recommended below, and set your focus on God.
Here are 8 studies for transitional seasons to help get you started:
Discerning the Voice of God by Priscilla Shirer | 7 Sessions
In seasons of transition—especially when you’re making big decisions—it’s imperative to take everything to God first. But what happens when you’re not sure if you can hear His voice? In this study, you’ll discover the root to clear and daily communication with God—humble obedience. Learn how surrender unlocks His many blessings intended for us, centers us in His will, and helps us discern His voice. This revised and expanded edition includes new stories, articles from Dr. Tony Evans, and all-new teaching sessions. Pick up this study here.
The Faithful by Priscilla Shirer, Kelly Minter, Beth Moore, Jennifer Rothschild & Lisa Harper | 5 Sessions
When you’re dealing with challenges life has thrown your way, it can be helpful and reassuring to look to real-life stories for encouragement. Borrowing from best-selling studies by Beth Moore, Priscilla Shirer, Lisa Harper, Kelly Minter, and Jennifer Rothschild, this 5-session study explores crucial moments in the lives of five Old Testament figures—Gideon, Nehemiah, Esther, Hosea, and Malachi. Through their stories, discover how God uses the lives of ordinary people for His glory and the good of His people. Strengthen your faith as you walk alongside these larger-than-life figures who all chose to obey God no matter the circumstances. Get this one here.
Breathe by Priscilla Shirer | 5 Sessions
Sometimes we just need to catch our breath before jumping into something new, but that’s harder than it looks, right? We are in bondage to busyness. We constantly strive to complete the limitless to-do lists that hinder us from experiencing all that God has for us. By neglecting time for tranquility, serenity, and repose, we limit our Christlikeness and miss out on some of God’s greatest gifts. In the Old Testament, Sabbath was given to the Israelites as a gift, and it is still a gift to us today. If you are weary, worn out, and exhausted, then the concept of Sabbath will change your life. Find this study here.
Trustworthy by Lysa TerKeurst | 6 Sessions
When hard times come and it seems God is deviating from the plan we assume our lives should follow, we’re more likely to want to tame God, not trust Him. It’s then that we begin to press into our ways and our own timing. No human can carry the weight of being their own god, but so many of us try. In this 6-session study of 1 & 2 Kings, join Lysa TerKeurst in Israel as she honestly reveals the places of distrust in her own heart while exploring the deeply applicable Scriptures that will teach us how to truly trust God. Preorder this one here.
Steadfast Love by Lauren Chandler | 7 Sessions
There are times when worship overflows effortlessly from a heart full of gratitude and praise. And there are times when God seems far and we feel we have nothing to offer. Throughout it all, God shows us His steadfast love. Psalm 107 is a call to worship. It reminds us that each season of life is an opportunity to reveal the anchor of our souls. In this 7-session Bible study, learn to face both storms and deserts with courage and trust in Jesus, and discover how tests in our journeys of faith reveal the true condition of our hearts. For there is no fear for the one who fears the Lord, the one whose soul is anchored in His steadfast love. Get your copy here.
The Quest by Beth Moore | 6 Sessions
When everything is uncertain, we have a lot of questions for God, don’t we? Curiosity is hardwired in humanity—we have this innate need to question and seek after what we don’t know or understand. In this 6-session Bible study, delve into Scripture to explore how God created us to seek after Him—a God who desires to be found and known. In this lifelong quest of faith, deepen your intimacy with Him and embrace the adventure of living a life for God. Pick up a copy here.
A Woman Who Doesn’t Quit by Nicki Koziarz | 6 Sessions
Everyone faces the temptation to give in and give up. Transitional periods are difficult! But sometimes transformation happens when a woman decides to persevere in the face of difficulty and pain. A woman who refuses to quit influences her world in ways she could never have imagined. Unfolding over 6 sessions, Nicki Koziarz walks women through the Book of Ruth, looking to the Moabite woman for 5 practical habits that kept her from quitting and kept her eyes focused on God. Sound like your next study? Get it here.
To Have & To Hold by Byron & Carla Weathersbee | 8 Sessions
Getting married is the ultimate transition! As you begin counting down to your wedding day or find yourself in the midst of the early years of marriage, it’s important to invest time and energy into building a lifelong partnership. Over 8 sessions, learn to develop your foundation as individuals and a couple while growing in your understanding of Christ and His divine goal for marriage. Allow Him to be your teacher, guide, counselor, and coach as you discover biblical principles behind living life to the fullest as a couple. If you or a loved one are preparing to get married, find the study here.
What study do you reach for during transitional times?