Diving Into the Word of God Using 6 Easy Steps

Diving Into the Word of God Using 6 Easy Steps | What Joy Is Mine

It’s a new year with new opportunities to grow in our faith. Although we can start at any time, there is something motivating about doing it at the beginning of the year. It’s a like a new start. We, sometimes, need new starts, right? Well, let’s discuss how we can take our new year and grow in the knowledge of God’s commandments by diving into His Word in 6 easy steps.

Diving into the Word of God encourages us to love it all the more. We are reminded it is the inerrant and infallible words spoken by our Father. Reading it daily and digging deep gives us a better understanding of God, who He is and what’s expected of us by Him.

Diving into the Word, or studying the Bible, is not something we do just because. We do it with intentional purpose. We plunge into the words written by our supreme Lord intending to come away with wisdom only He can give that will help us live for His glory and for our greater good. “My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you.(Proverbs 3:1-2)

Here are six ways we can dive into the Word of God intentionally

1. Make the appointment. We need to pray and ask the Lord to show us when to meet with Him. It may not be the same for you as for another person. Once we know when, we make that appointment and stick to it daily.

2. Bring your supplies. That would be our Bible, a notebook, pen and receptive heart. Simple and sweet. We won’t need more than that to begin this diving in of God’s Word.

3. Pray for wisdom and understanding. Before we begin reading, we need to ask for discernment of what He has led us to read. He is faithful and we need to seek Him in all things, especially when we read the Bible and study it.

4. Read thoroughly and completely. Make it a habit to read through the entire section completely. It would benefit us even more to read the before and after sections as well. This will give us a bigger and better picture of what is being taught.

5. Take notes and make notes. After we have read it through once, we go back through and read it again, this time taking notes as we are moved. After we have written those down, we need to go back and make notes on what we have read. This may include definitions of certain words, researching commentaries, and logging other scripture references.

6. Express thankfulness. After we have finished, we need to go to the Lord and thank Him for that time with Him and His Word. Thank Him for wisdom gained and for meeting with us.

These 6 simple steps will help us have a deeper and more intimate time with our Lord. It is the approach I personally take when doing a study in God’s Word. I do come away with greater understanding for God is faithful.

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How I Journal When I Study the Word

How I Journal When I Study the Word | What Joy Is Mine

Journaling the Bible has really taken off. People don’t just highlight verses in their bible now they draw pictures and create art in them, too. Okay…call me old fashioned but I can’t bring myself to color in my bible. I do underline verses with pencil and that’s it. However, I do like the idea of journaling what I study and learn. So, let me share with you what I do.

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My supplies include a regular notebook, a bag with a few different pens, markers and colored pencils, my Bible, Matthew Henry Commentary and Blue Letter Bible (an online bible help). The BLB help I pull up on my phone so I have it handy.

I usually do my study in my reading corner. It’s also the space where I pray as well. It’s a quiet corner with a chaise chair in our home. Perfect for laying out all my stuff while I study.

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Now my journaling is done in this way:

~ I pray for wisdom and understanding and that God blesses my time in His Word. Always I seek Him first.

~ Next, I read the chapter I’m in. At the moment I am working through the book of Acts. Specifically, I’m in chapter 19 so I read the entire chapter before writing down anything.

~ After reading through the chapter, I break down the chapter. Sometimes, it’s verse by verse and other times it’s a section as a whole. Really depends on what is happening in the chapter and what the Lord is saying.

~ When I know what I am focusing on, I use my Matthew Henry Commentary to help dig deeper into the section. I also break down specific words that stand out to me and look up definitions. I can find even more info in the Blue Letter Bible from other commentaries, definitions from Vine’s Expository & Strong’s Concordance, biblical usage of words/phrases, and cross references. Truly, how much I dig in and learn changes each time I sit to study.

~ Lastly, I use one color ink pen for all my personal observations, applications and prayer. Pink is that color. No matter what other colors I use, pink signifies my lessons learned and closing prayer which I write down. Choosing a consistent color throughout my notebook helps me find those teachings easily when I look back.

My Bible study journaling does take time. My aim is to spend at least thirty minutes in my study yet sometimes I go over that. It just depends. The benefit of journaling this way is I can write down as much as I desire since I am journaling in a notebook and not my Bible. Let me share a few more pages with you from my journaling notebooks.

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Well, that’s how I journal when I study the Word of God. How do you dig in and study the Word?

 

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Monday’s Musings #212 & 3 Purposes of Bible Study

Monday's Musings #212 & 3 Purposes of Bible Study | What Joy Is Mine

Let me be the first to admit it. Sometimes, I don’t get around to my Bible study. I go to bed with good intentions but then I wake up the next morning and it doesn’t get done. Sometimes that’s my own doing. Other times life happens unexpectedly. No matter how, missing my time with the Lord leaves me feeling like I missed something.

You know how you feel when you’ve missed something? You are disappointed. Well, let me share with you why we should honestly try not to miss our time with the Lord.

Bible study is a threefold blessing: Upward, Inward and Outward. A blessing to us, not God. He doesn’t need us, we need Him. And our time with Him blesses us in three specific ways.

First, we experience an upward blessing. By upward, our aim is to focus our heart on God and nothing else when we read the Word of God. When we open our Bible to read it, we get to see for ourselves a good God, a gracious and merciful God and a loving Father. It is in knowing this, we praise His holy Name. We can’t help but Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness” when we spend time with Him. (Psalm 150:1,2) 

We learn that He is so deserving of unending praise and devotion from us–the broken sinner in need of a faithful and sovereign God. It’s in His presence we enjoy Him and bask in His steadfast love towards us. This upward emphasis brought about when we dig into the Word for study, encourages the foundation of who we are in Christ.

Secondly, we experience inward blessing. Opening the Word of God and really digging in allows us to embrace the truth of scripture which points in every way to Jesus, the cross and our need of Him.  Reading and studying the Bible will purposely embed in our hearts biblical wisdom and knowledge for life and for every situation we endure. We can always count on God’s words to guide, teach, reproof and train the believer in righteousness. (2 Timothy 3:16) We will never walk away hungry because the Bread of life will fill us up to overflowing. Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” (John 6:35)

When we spend time in the Word of God, we must have a receptive heart ready to receive what the Lord wants us to know. This inward blessing of daily Bible study will grow us up in Him and give us the tools to live godly lives unto His glory and our good.Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation.” (1 Peter 2:2)

This leads me to the third blessing of daily Bible reading and studying: outward blessing. This is the desire to live outwardly what God teaches us inwardly. We ought to be overjoyed to go out into the world and apply what we are gleaning. It is exciting to put the teachings of God to work in our lives and in the lives of others, taking it beyond the pages and putting it into action.

This includes how we speak as much as how we act. It encompasses what we do for another. Most importantly, this outward blessing can give us the opportunity, when God designs it, to share the Gospel with others whether verbally or actively living it out. Simply put, we are applying the Word of God in the world. “And he [Jesus] said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.(Mark 16:15)

We pass up so much when we miss our time with the Lord. Thankfully, there is grace when it can’t be helped. Yet let’s keep in mind that even five minutes grows our faith when we can’t fit in our regular time. The Lord is always available. Remember He tells us, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. (Revelation 3:20) Let’s make every effort to come into His presence and embrace His grace, mercy and love for us.

Today, how will you make sure you don’t miss your time with God and His Word?

Now, it’s time to share your posts and I’m looking forward to some good reading.

Monday's Musings #212 & 3 Purposes For Bible Study | What Joy Is MIne

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Monday’s Musings #145 & Looking Ahead

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Can you believe we are about to embark on a new year? 2015 is just around the corner. When a new year approaches, it seems to roll in with much hope. Hope for a better year if we have endure trials and tribulations. Hope to start anew if we have lost steam. Hope in the sovereign plan of God and the purpose he has for us this year. A new year, also, comes with the new opportunity to change, update or get back on track with our Bible studies.

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This year I am excited to be a part of a group of ladies who are undertaking the wonderful task of reading through the Bible in a year. I have done this on my own but its been a couple years so I am ready to go through it again. I am really looking forward to digging deep and gleaning much. It’s going to take lots of prayer and diligence but I’m ready to dive in. Well, I want to invite you to join us. You can read more about this awesome challenge at T2 Women, where I will be posting from time to time as we work through the Bible. Look HERE as well for more information. This challenge begins January 1st! If you choose to, along with subscribing at T2 Women site, be sure to join our Facebook page where we will be sharing what we are learning as we read through the Word of God. We are calling this challenge “Jubilee Journey” because on the Jewish calendar this is a jubilee year. If you already know this is something you want to do then go HERE to get started. I look forward to going on this journey with you.

I also want to remind you that only today (12-29) and tomorrow (12/30) the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle will be available (one more time) to motivate you to healthier lifestyle for 2015. Be sure to read why I believe this one of the best bundles you can have. If you missed it the first time around, you can grab your bundle today! Let 2015 be the year you most certainly make those changes for a better you. The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle has so many resources to help you accomplish that healthier lifestyle. (Thank you for purchasing through our link.)

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Now, it’s time to share favorite posts. I pray you all had a JOY-filled Christmas as you celebrated the birth of our Savior. Ours was truly wonderful and went by so fast. We are thankful for time with family. 

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 Monday’s Musings Purpose: I would LOVE! to have you share encouragement about being a child of God, being a wife, mothering, homemaking, homeschooling, recipes, etc. Truly anything that would encourage another is acceptable. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.) Please link directly to the post you’re sharing. Be sure to link back here by using a text link or the logo below. This link up party stays open until Wednesday evening and I invite you to share the love by visiting another blog and encouraging them. Oh, and sometimes I share your posts on Pinterest, Twitter and/or Facebook because I desire for others to be blessed as I was. Thank you for stopping by and linking up. Now, let’s get to sharing. Link following this post. Grab my button and place on your blog so others can join in.

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Monday’s Musings #121 & Creatively Studying the Word

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Over the years my lessons learned from the Lord have become creative in design when note taking. I used to just write but now I write, draw and use color. I like that the Lord has moved me to be more visual in my lessons. Here is how I creatively study the Word.

1. Drawing pad/Unlined notebook. An unlined notebook works well. A drawing pad would work, too. Or just plain paper in a binder. You just need space to work with.

2.  Colored Pens. I use these for words I want to highlight in writing scripture. I write the rest in pencil or black ink.

3. Colored Pencils. I use these to highlight points or to color in spaces. I also use them to draw pictures that help me visualize what I am learning.

4. Word Pictures. As I am working through a passage in the Bible, I think about how I can add more to depth to the Word by adding visuals. I love seeing how these comes together as I begin to study the Word. God’s Word just becomes more alive and tangible.

I’ve taken a photo of one of my study sheets to show you what I do. (Click on it to enlarge it if you like.) I am working through a study of Psalms with a group of ladies online this summer and this a page from my Psalm 16  study.

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 I hope you will try this way of studying God’s Word. You don’t have to be a great artist just have a love for the Scriptures. It can be enlightening and rewarding. (My note: This does take time to do so be mindful of that. Maybe do just one scripture at a time.) now onto sharing your favorite posts!

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Monday’s Musings Purpose: I would LOVE! to have you share encouragement about being a child of God, being a wife, mothering, homemaking, homeschooling, recipes, etc. Truly anything that would encourage another is acceptable. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.) Please link directly to the post you’re sharing. Be sure to link back here by using a text link or the logo below. This link up party stays open until Wednesday evening and I ask you to share the love by visiting another blog and encouraging them. Oh, and sometimes I share your posts on Pinterest, Twitter and/or Facebook because I desire for others to be blessed as I was. Thank you for stopping by and linking up. Now, let’s get to sharing. Link following this post. Grab my button and place on your blog so others can join in.

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