I wonder if some of you are like me? You spend time reading your bible. You read a devotional a few times a week. You listen to podcasts from favorite well-known christian speakers or from your own church services throughout the week. All of these methods feed you. You hear something in a new way and you’re convicted about something in your life through your reading and listening.
This is all good.
However, you wish that you knew how to study the bible more in-depth. You desire to dig deep and get at the meat of the word. You thirst to hide His word in your heart, so that you can renew your mind and immediately recall truth in times of temptation, discouragement, and anguish.
I have been on a quest over the last several months to learn more about who God says He is, who He says I am, His love, to hide His words in my heart, and to renew my mind with His truths. You can learn more about how my quest is going by following my Living Loved series.
During my search to find verses about God’s love, I have discovered a few effective ways to study the bible, and I feel sure they will be helpful to you, as well.
4 Ways to Dig Deep Into God’s Word
I have kept some sort of journal off and on since I was a tween. Mostly I simply wrote down my thoughts……hurts, joys, ponderings. As I got older, I would write down prayers, add bible verses I wanted to refer back to, and I even sometimes created poetry. After I married there was a long period of time when I did not write in a journal. I guess working full time and then raising our little ones took up all of my time. Once we found our amazing church upon moving to Florida as young marrieds, I began to take notes during service each week. This is when I truly began to grow closer to the Lord. Eventually, when I began my first blog, I rediscovered my love for writing and have dabbled in journaling again ever since then. Journaling is a simple way to study the bible and you can probably do it any one of a hundred different ways. For me, I simply jot down a verse or two that I read that morning, document what the verse says to me, where and how it applies to my life, and include a prayer asking God to help me to yield to His leading in that specific area.
Bible journaling is similar to journaling, though you may not have a much room to write down your thoughts as you do in a typical journal. I am new to bible journaling, but one of the things I love about it is that you can write down your thoughts directly in your bible, next to the verse you’ve read. You can use highlighters to make sure specific verses or passages of scripture stand out, there are wide margins upon which to write, and you can even draw in a journaling bible, renderings as simplistic or elaborate as you like and your skills allow. My husband bought me a lovely leather journaling bible as a gift and I have been enjoying making it mine with my thoughts, through highlighting scripture, and simple drawings as I feel led. The gorgeous Inspire journaling bible is also now, which includes some pre-drawn art for those of you (like me!) who are not quite as gifted in the arts. You can still put your coloring skills to work and hide God’s word in your heart at the same time.
This method is one I had heard of before but had never delved into myself. Recently I attended a women’s conference at my church and one of the sessions was spent teaching us how to use the SOAP bible study method. I LOVE it. Each letter that spells out SOAP stands for something different: Scripture, Observation, Application, and Prayer. The speaker led us through a passage of scripture using this method for 10 minutes and I was so heavily involved in what I was doing that I only got through the first two letters! I am excited to use this method more. Rather than try to explain in-depth how this method works, I will link you to a few blog posts that do a great job explaining.
One devotional that I am loving this year comes to me through an app that I discovered late last fall. The First 5 App was created by Proverbs 31 Ministries and provides a brand new devotional each day. The idea is to set your alarm directly in the app so that when you awake each day you spend your first 5 minutes of each day in the Word, rather than scrolling Facebook, checking email, or looking through recipes on Pinterest. On the days that I remember to do this, I set my feet on the floor with a renewed mindset and a right attitude, ruminating on God’s truths as I begin my day. You can also access the app anytime simply by clicking the app on your phone. Using the alarm feature is simply a convenient and immediate way to dig into God’s word first thing every morning. There are may other devotionals available both online and in your local bible bookstore, so go ahead and browse until you find what you need in this season!
Do you have a favorite way to dig deep into God’s word? An app, a devotional book, a method? Leave a comment below to tell me what it is. I love to hear from my readers and learn about new resources for bible study any time!
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