Let’s talk about Bible study…
One of my favorite subjects to talk about!
Last year was fantastic, I had the opportunities to do all sorts of cool stuff. But while I was all caught up in the busyness of life I was slowly drifting away from my Bible and away from spending time with God.
I am surrounded by great Christian family and friends and even when I wasn’t in the Bible I was learning and growing more in Christ, but I still felt like there was something missing, something that I wasn’t learning from my family or friends…
Now this might sound crazy but I heard God speak to me, not literally, but in my head it was almost as clear as if He had been right next to me. He said “Mary, study your Bible and just trust me.”
So in my head I was like “Well thats a great idea but I have all this stuff going on… I wouldn’t have enough time… I don’t want it to end up being a chore to read my Bible… I want to enjoy it…” Pretty lame excuses when I put in into perspective. Basically I wasn’t making time for my Father who has unending love and grace for me, sent His Son to die for me, and holds my life in His hands.
Still He said to me “Mary, study your Bible and just trust me.”
Two weeks ago I was in bed on a Sunday night and I finally decided I was going to study my Bible the next morning. I had no idea where to start and so looked up “How to study the Bible” on Pinterest.
Then I came across an amazing blog post on thisisamazinggrace.com. After reading her post on how she studies her Bible I was so inspired and wanted to study my Bible right away! Seeing how it was already 11:30pm, I decided a good nights sleep would do me well and I would study my Bible first thing in the morning.
The next morning I woke up early, made myself a cup of tea, and opened my Bible to Colossians.
I immediately felt this peace wash over me and I was literally crying tears of joy a few days later as I studied more and spent more time with God. He filled me with this happiness that I just had to share with everyone and through sharing it with my family and friends it became this amazing ripple effect that inspired and encouraged those around me. Isn’t that amazing how God works through people like that?
If you want to get started studying your Bible, here is what I do and use to dig deeper into God’s word.
I like to start by finding a verse or two to study. Sometimes I’ll flip open to a random page, sometimes theres a specific book I want to study, and sometimes I go back to verses I already know and dig deeper.
Not every method for Bible study will work for everyone, but I’ll tell you my method and I’m sure having these basic items would make it easier and fun for anybody.
The MOST IMPORTANT thing to have to do Bible study is a Bible. My favorite is the NIV life application study Bible. Mine is from the Zondervan company, and I decided to have my name engraved on it.
If you need a good place to start, I recommend Philippians, Colossians, Galatians, or Ephesians. Of course, the whole Bible is perfect but those four books have all the great info on how to live life and the great benefits we have in Christ.
For me, a good set of highlighters and pens is important when I study my Bible. My favorite brand of pen is ZEBRA pens. They flow so smoothly onto the paper, and come in all sorts of styles. (Is it weird that I have a favorite brand of pen? maybe. But are these pens worth being my favorite? absolutely.)
My Favorite type of highlighter is one that is kind of like a crayon and lightly highlights the words without soaking through the page. The specific brand I have is Wordkeeper dry highlighters, but I don’t think I would recommend this brand because mine broke really easily and I have a lot of issues with them. Then again I have had them for a few years, and for that amount of time and how often I use them I suppose they have held up pretty well. I’ve heard of using the Crayola mechanical crayon do-hickies but have yet to give them a try.
Now you might need a notebook if you want to, say, take notes. Or put those awesome pens to use. I just got this adorable notebook from my parents for Valentine’s Day. I think they got it from Fred Meyer, but the brand is Markings by C.R. Gibson. I love this notebook! Its the perfect size, shape, color, everything. I use mine every day.
A good dictionary is essential if you want to do word studies. There’s always dictionary.com but personally I like to have a physical dictionary to flip through the pages of. The Noah Webster 1828 American Dictionary of The English Language is a great one because most definitions link back to the Bible in some way, making it easier to do extensive word studies and keep digging deeper.
The next couple of things I “use” when studying my Bible aren’t exactly necessary but they are definitely fun to have.
Tea! I didn’t like tea for the longest time, but I’ve finally seen the light. I make a cup of tea at least once a day and I usually make it when I study my Bible. Some of my favorite flavors are vanilla chai, peppermint, peach, and chamomile if I’m doing an evening Bible study.
If you aren’t a tea person or just aren’t in the mood for tea, water is nice to have handy. Standard water is usually fine but if you can get organic free-range locally sourced natural spring water, thats even better. 😉 I’m terrible at drinking enough water but strangely I drink a lot of it when I’m doing Bible study.
And last but not least, I like to listen to music while I study my Bible. Not broadway soundtracks or my favorite country hits, though they are fun, those would just distract me XD I usually listen to instrumental hymns, it helps me focus and usually calms me down. Some of my favorite composers that I’ve listened too so far are Forrest Wakemen, Christopher West, David Baroni, C.S. Heath and Jonas James.
Another way I like to meditate on God’s word is through water color painting. I don’t think what I do is exactly considered hand-lettering but I usually call it that. Anyways, I like to paint a Bible verse in fun letters and then decorate the page.
I hope this post inspired you to study your Bible and dig deeper into God’s word!
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