Are you a new Christian or just new to studying the Bible? Studying God’s word is essential to get connected to Him and learn more about Him. There is no better way to strengthen your faith than to spend daily time with God. When I started to make daily Bible studies a priority, I had no idea where to start. Here are a few things that helped me get in the habit of studying God’s word, and a few ways to make the most of that time.
- Have supplies handy: Pens and a highlighters are essential Bible study accessories. I always have them handy when I start reading. Don’t be afraid to write in your Bible! Make notes in the margins and highlight verses that are meaningful to you. I usually have a notebook alongside my Bible as well to break down the text even further. Especially if I have questions that I want to ask someone I trust later on.
- Use a system that works for you: I have a routine that I use most days when I am doing my Bible study. It is the SOAK method. Let me break it down for ya. Write out a Scripture verse or Bible passage, then write out your Observation of that verse or passage (what stood out to you, what the story is about, etc.), then write down an Application (how you can take this verse or passage and apply it to your life), and Kneel in prayer. Writing out your prayers is also a great way to practice talking to God and helps us keep focused on prayer. When reading, you might find that it might be hard to apply a certain passage to your life if don’t dig deeper within the text. I recommend getting a study Bible, because it typically has notes for each verse. I love it.
- Get creative: Studying the Bible is more than just taking notes. It is about experiencing God in His word. One great way to do this is by Bible journaling. I have talked about this before in previous blogs, but Bible journaling is where you draw or use typography in the margins to highlight verses that stand out to you. Doing this might allow you to see things within the text that you might not have by simply reading it. If you’re not a very creative person, I would recommend watching some YouTube videos on how to Bible journal with color coding. I’ve seen many others benefit from doing this because it makes certain sections “pop” when trying to focus on different parts of the passage.
- Utilize technology: I love the YouVersion Bible app. I set up daily reminders to read my Bible, and I also love all the study plans they offer. There is something for everyone in any stage or phase of life. Plus, their studies super quick and easy to do, which is great for times where life gets a lil chaotic. I recently discovered that the app also has a mode where you can play scripture audibly. So now I can listen to the Word while I’m doing my makeup, in the shower, you name it. Also, if it’s hard for you to sit and read and you like listening to conversations, podcasts are perfect. I listen to podcasts in the background while I workout or drive. They’re entertaining, and there’s always sermons available on iTunes and Spotify.
- Keep post-its or index cards ready: If I am trying to memorize scripture, I will write it down on a post-it and put it on my mirror. I’ll also write down that same verse over and over until it’s sealed in my brain. I want it to be made known it my mind so it written on my heart. I also like to take sermon notes on post-its and keep them in my Bible. Sometimes I will go back and read that section again to refresh my memory.
Once you are in a Bible study routine, it becomes something to look forward to every day. I love curling up with coffee, a warm blanket, and my Bible. Let me know what your Bible study hacks are!