A SIMPLE WAY TO READ GOD'S WORD

As we read God's words we begin to see how God responds. His Word helps us re-pattern the way we think and respond to life as Jesus did. Journaling is an excellent way to both record and process what God has spoken to us. While journaling might be personal, you may want to share some of your lessons with your small group or mentors. You may be able to gain new insight and even encourage others.

 

Scripture

Open your Bible to read that day's section. take time reading. Let God speak to you. Look for one verse that particularly spoke to you that day, and copy it into your journal.

Observation

What do you think God is saying to you in this scripture? Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and reveal Jesus to you. Write this Scripture down in your own words.

Application

Personalize your reading by asking, "How does this apply to my life today?" It can be an instruction, a new promise, encouragement, or correction. Write how this applies to you.

Prayer

This step is asking God to help you use this Scripture. It may be a greater insight on what He may be already saying to you. Remember, prayer is a two-way conversation, so be sure to listen to what God has to say. Now, write it down.

Let's get started.

You'll need three items: a Bible, a pen/pencil, and a journal.

When is the best time to journal?

Everybody's time is different. Mornings usually work best. Find what time works for you. Find a quiet place where you won't be distracted. Take it slow at first and keep it simple. Remember: just show up for your daily appointment because God is always waiting for you.