Its 6:00am. I sneak past the kids’ rooms (is it just me or are your kids extremely light sleepers when you try and get up early before them?). I’m wearing my favorite slippers and t-shirt robe. The light is blue and foggy in the living room. My favorite time of day. The coffee maker is on; my husband makes a pot before leaving for work. So I pour myself a cup and shuffle back to my bedroom. I have a chair in my room where I can sit, pray, and just be in the quiet. Its right by a window and is just the perfect spot.
When it comes to my time with Jesus, I have some things I always use. Over time, I’ve found my favorites…those things that make my Bible time more creative, deeper, and more sweet. I find that when I have those tools, what I learn from Jesus and the Word sinks in a little deeper. I interact with it a bit more. And I love that. So I thought I’d share with you my favorites in hopes that a few of them will help you too. 🙂
This is a given, of course! But I wanted to share with you which Bible I use. I have the ESV journaling bible found here. I love this Bible because it has margins on the side to take notes or be a little more creative 😉 (more on that in a second!) It also has a stretchy band around it to hold it all together. If you have tons of bookmarks and papers in your Bible like me, this will be super helpful! I also recently found this gorgeous ESV journaling bible with a floral design. If I didn’t already have my Bible, I’d totally get it! 🙂
Of course, a Bible is necessary for Bible time, but make sure you have a Bible and version you’re comfortable with. Hopefully this book will become a necessity in your life and you want something you like if you’re going to it daily. 🙂
2. A journal
This is an easy one for me because I am addicted to journals. Its so easy to find cute ones at Target, Barnes and Noble, or even on Amazon. Anyone else?? I seriously cannot shop Target without coming home with new office supplies. And I don’t really have an office! lol – A good journal is essential to my Bible time. I write my thoughts, verses that stick out, prayers, etc. in my journal. Something like this one or this one. Recently, I got the Be Still journal from Kristin Schmucker’s shop. Its a journal that has a section to write the scripture you’re reading that day, your journal response, and a couple questions to help you to interact with the passage a bit deeper.
3. Writing utensils
Of course, if you’re writing in a journal, you might want a comfortable pen. You may even want to make it pretty. I really like the Inkjoy pens…funny story, I accidentally purchased a box of 25 thinking it was a box of 5. Whoops! Good thing I love them! I also love Le Pen pens and Staedtler pens (I have a black one for lettering). I always use highlighters when studying as well. And I always make sure to have a good pencil in case I decide to get creative and draw a bit.
4. Creative tools
Speaking of getting creative 😉 I participate in a group of women who illustrate in their Bibles, specifically, Illustrated Faith. When I am trying to meditate on a verse or memorize a verse, I love to illustrate it. It slows my brain down a bit (which is a very good thing) and allows me to concentrate on the specific scripture and what it is saying.
I use so many different things for getting creative (not an exhaustive list, just anything that could add to the experience):
- paint brushes
- watercolor paints – I paint in the margins of my Bible!
- Gelatos – which are like watercolor crayons…you color with them and smudge them with your fingers or add water or stamp with them…options are endless
- a black Staedtler pen
- a pencil
Anyone else participate in Illustrated Faith??
5. A study guide
This isn’t necessary, but for me, I find that having a study available (or my favorite devotionals) helps when I don’t have a specific direction to start with. Often, I am inspired by the words of specific women I follow on Instagram or different groups on Facebook. Right now, we’re doing a study on Psalm 119, and I’d love for you to join! Its not too late! Hop over here for more information.
I hope these few things helped you! Tell me, what are your favorite Bible study tools??
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