Reading the Bible with Purpose

People always ask me the following: “How do you find such great verses?” “Why do you always have so many notes?” “How did you understand what they were saying in that passage?” “How do you make time to study the Bible?”

And the answer is that I don’t just stumble upon such great verses {okay, maybe sometimes that happens}, I look for them. I look for what I am going through in the Bible, I pray that God would reveal what He is trying to tell me while I am reading.

There is no right or wrong way to read the Bible, but I am going to share a few things that I do every day that can make it easier or not as complicated or “hard” to read, especially when you don’t know where to begin.

My Bible Study Essentials:

  • Journaling Bible {it can be any Bible, but I LOVE my Crossway Journaling Bible}
  • Journal {mine is specifically for studying the Bible and for taking notes during church}
  • Sharpie Pens
  • Thin Highlighters
  • Worship Playlist
  • Bible App
  • Quiet Room

I wake up 10-20 minutes early, so that I can spend time in the Word. I think that reading the Bible, first thing in the morning is the best way to give your day a boost of Jesus. You are left feeling encouraged and excited for your day!

Okay, so you’re probably wondering, “why do I need the Bible app and a physical Bible, aren’t they the same thing?”

The answer is yes, but it’s also no. I rarely use my Bible app for reading, shocker right? I use it because it has SO many FREE resources for studying! There are hundreds of plans, and they are all amazing. They are all super easy to find and you can even search for a certain topic to find a plan that matches what you’re going through or what you want to study.

Here is a small example of my morning Bible study routine:

1) P R A Y  Pray that God will show you exactly what you need from the devotion, and that He would show you what you need for your day.

2) W O R S H I P – I absolutely hate silence, I can’t sleep without a fan or a noise machine and I absolutely hate awkward silence in conversations. This is a big part of my morning because I want to start the day in a positive mood. I almost always listen to this playlist. 

3) R E A D Start with the first part of your plan, which is usually a few paragraphs, which is the main part of the devotion, aside from the actual verses and passages that you will read.

4) J O U R N A L If you have OCD like me, you know that everything needs to have the date on it. Every birthday card, every Instagram post and most importantly, every time that I write anything. Write the date, the name & day of the study. Start journaling by writing down any key points that stick out to you in the devotion.

5) R E A D Go back to your Bible app, look at the verses and scriptures in your plan; now open up your actual Bible to any of the verses that stick out to you and go to town with your highlighters. Add any necessary notes or information about the verse that you just highlighted. Feel free to add the date, to any of the notes that you take, I do this so that when I am flipping through and see a certain verse with notes & a date, I can see what that verse meant to me in that time and I can compare it to what it means now.

6) J O U R N A L Write down some of the key verses in the devotional, anything that applies to your life and even verses that you don’t necessarily understand, so that you can talk to a mentor about it, later. Once you have finished writing down notes, verses and anything else, write down 3 things that you are thankful for and 3 things that you need prayer for.

7) P R A Y Go back to what you wrote down in your journal, pray those positive things over your life, thank God for the 3 things that you wrote down and ask for help or guidance for the 3 things that you wrote down. This is a good technique to start to establish a verbal relationship with God. We should be talking to Him every day, multiple times a day. At a red light, in the shower, in a crisis and in a time of thankfulness and celebration.

I hope that these are a good example of how I study the Bible and reading to get something out of it. Like I said earlier, there is no right or wrong way to study the Bible, just preferences!!



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