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I really didn’t want to share this story with you–it’s so embarrassing! But I know that God can use even the stories we would rather keep to ourselves to make a point and draw us closer to Him, so here goes.
A couple weeks ago I ran into a door. Seriously, I totally ran right into a door and planted my face in the glass, breaking my glasses, cutting my eyebrow, and bruising my face. Talk about a great Windex commercial.
I was at a revival at a small church and decided to use the bathroom before the service began. The bathroom is in their fellowship hall, which I wasn’t really familiar with. As I was jogging out to the building to quickly go before the service started, I noticed their door was open. I was looking inside the building, kind of wondering in the back of my mind how they were keeping the mosquitoes out.
Until I got my answer.
When my face made contact with the glass storm door, it was pretty obvious. Unfortunately, I couldn’t see the door right in front of me because I was looking past it into the building.
How to Study the Word and Enjoy It
Sometimes we do that in our time with God. I talked on the blog a couple weeks ago about God renewing my desire for His Word, reminding me of the hidden treasures waiting for us if we are willing to spend time studying and looking for understanding in the Bible. You can read that post here.
As God has been renewing my love for Him and my passion for His Word, I thought about how we can get in a routine in our quiet time that keeps us from seeing what God wants us to see in His Word. We are so focused on what we think we already know or the way we always study that we fail to see simple truths right in front of us.
“The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul” (Psalm 19:7, ESV).
Sometimes a fresh perspective, a new Bible study tool, or a new spot for our quiet time can breathe a little fresh air into our study. For me, I needed a new Bible with a new translation, just to give me a little different perspective from what I have been reading for years.
Love the Word Bible Study Binder
Another thing that has brought fresh wonder and excitement into my study time is Arabah Joy’s Love the Word Bible Study Binder. You’ve heard me mention her on here before. She is a blogger friend of mine who develops wonderful Bible study tools to build up the body and encourage time in the Word.
I ordered her Bible Study Binder because (Well, for one thing, it’s really pretty!) I wanted to try some different methods of Bible study to bring a little new life to my time in the Word. I was definitely not disappointed. It’s a downloadable and printable notebook, so I got a new binder and fresh ink and printed it all out.
There is so much in this notebook! But I’ll share two of my favorite parts.
The P.R.O.S.P.E.R. Bible Study Method
First, I love the P.R.O.S.P.E.R. Bible study method. It has really helped me to look at context, dig deep into a passage, and pull out keywords, themes, background, and application through the steps of Pray, Read, Observe, Study, Ponder, Engage, and Repetitive Action. She goes into each of these steps in detail and provides pages for journaling your finds.
“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.
“He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers” (Psalm 1:1-3).
The Bible Color Coding System
The second thing I love is the Bible Color Coding System. Since I have a new Bible, I ordered some Bible highlighters that don’t bleed through and started color coding my new Bible by topics, such as attributes of God and His character, commands or principles for life, sin and spiritual warfare, etc.
The notebook also contains pages for your quiet time reading, prayer requests, praises, sermon notes, journaling the Word (which I strongly believe in), and twelve lists of Scriptures to journal every day for a month on topics such as the names of God, the power of prayer, joy, rest, hope, finances, and so much more!
“I will put my law within them and write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people” (Jeremiah 31:33).
I can’t express enough how much this notebook, along with my new study Bible, has stirred up a new joy in me for the Word of God.
If you want to check out Arabah Joy’s Love the Word Bible Study Binder, you can click here to see the details. You don’t have to purchase when you click, you can just see what it contains.
I pray as we enter into this busy season of the year, that we won’t let our time in God’s Word get pushed to the back of our schedules, but instead we will have a fresh desire to study and grow. Let us all seek Him daily for both the hidden treasures and the plain truths of His Word that are right in front of us.