For those of you who follow me on Instagram, you may have seen my Instagram stories talking about different ways to spend time in the word. I have had a lot of questions and some people who wanted to see the videos again, so I am just mapping out those same techniques in a forever and permanent blog post so you can come back to look at it anytime you need 🙂
SO. Studying the Word! Yay!
- First things first, I choose a book of the Bible to go through. It can be Old or New, short or long. Changing up reading in Old and New is a good thing. (I know a lot of us tend to shy away from the Old Testament, but it is just as important and has a lot to be learned from it)
- Next, I usually choose to just read one chapter each day.
- I start my daily time in the word with prayer asking the Lord to speak to me, to give me wisdom and understanding for what I am about to read and thanking Him for meeting with me.
- Then, I read through the chapter one time to get a feel of what I am reading and ask the Lord again to give me understanding.
- After that, I then read through it a second time and use the highlighting system shown below. This system is by no means the only way to use a highlighting system. It is just the one I have come up with and like to use. If you want to add or change a category, go for it! So, as I am reading through the second time, I am using this system:
- After reading through and highlighting, I then read through a THIRD time and am taking notes in my Bible, underlining passages, and starring things that have really stuck out. During this third time through, I am using a Study Bible and commentaries to help me better understand the context, culture, and meaning of the passage. There can be some things that are just confusing to read, and commentaries and my study Bible have really helped clarify a lot (not all) of those things. So as I learn new things from those tools, I am writing notes in my Bible next to the verses it pertains to.
- Next, I move on to journaling. In the videos I talked about an acronym I had learned called C.O.M.A. (C=Context, O=Observation, M=Message, A=Application). So, I use the Study Bible & note taking step above as my context. I then journal my Observations/Notes. After that, I somewhat combine my M&A. Message is “what does this passage mean/what can I take away from it?”, while Application is the practical and tangible way that you can apply it to your life. For example, if you think that a passage of scripture is saying to “love others”, how can you practically do that? Love others is the message, while maybe serving, calling, praying for them is the practical application. Make sense?
- After I journal my observations and applications, I like to write out my prayer. You don’t have to write out your prayer, but I love to write and I love to go back and be able to look at the prayers that I have prayed.
- Lastly, I scribble a little saying below my prayer “Be Still and Listen”. I feel like so often we are just talking and talking to God but we are never actually taking the time to just sit, be still, and listen to what He wants to tell us. This is one of my favorite and most challenging parts of my time with the Lord.
So, there you have it. Those are the techniques that I use when trying to study and dig into the word. These techniques by no means are the “right” way to study the word, but I do hope that they can help you. I think one of the hardest things about studying the word is just doing it and being consistent. Pick a book, pick some friends, and do it! Find accountability that can go through and study it with you. Make a scripture reading plan. Set your alarm for 30 minutes earlier. Whatever it takes, let’s be disciplined and seek the Lord. I pray that we would be women warriors whose souls long for the Word of the Lord, and whose hearts are set ablaze for His Kingdom’s work. Love you, sisters!!!!