Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Intimacy With God - A Different Bible Study Method

Digging deeper into God's Word is something that I really want to do more of on a daily basis. My pastors wife and I were discussing this one day and she gave me a great idea of how to draw more out of verses that I love!

We all know about 'thought bubbles' when it comes to writing, but she suggested using this same method for learning more about scripture too! I immediately loved the idea, because, as you know, I love anything and everything to do with writing (even using a dictionary and thesaurus!)

It may seem like a less personal way to study the precious word of God, but I've found that it adds more depth of meaning to the verses and more of a handle on how to apply it to my life. Which is what we all need to do more of, I'm sure!

So, here's the process ...

  • find a favourite Bible verse that you want to memorise and dig deeper into
  • write this verse in the middle of your page with a circle around it
  • circle/highlight/underline the most significant words of the verse for you
  • using a dictionary and thesaurus find meanings of selected words and write them branching off each word
  • find other Bible verses that are about chosen words and write them branching off definitions
Easy to understand? I'll show you ...

 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, 
but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 
2 Timothy 1:7

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
Philippians 4:8

This is definitely something that I will continue to do as a part of how I study God's Word. I desire to be a women who pours out the word of God; living words that refresh, guide, encourage, correct. I know that I can't live this life and fulfil all that God has given me to do at each stage, without the guidance that comes from His Word. God's Word is life to us; it should be our priority. 

Our most valuable possession in this life is our intimacy with God. 
We have to determine how intimate we are going to be with Him. 

Your word is a lamp for my feet,
    a light on my path.
Psalm 119:105

Enjoy being intimate with God this week!


  1. Elisha, I LOVE this!!! And I'm going to do it! And I'm sharing it on G+ and my FB page (SonRiseInsights). This is a very innovative and new thing for me.

    1. Hi Mary! It's nice to meet you! I'm so glad you found this inspiring, and I would love to see your finished pages. Thank you so much for sharing this post around and for taking the time to comment. I hope you have a fantastic day! :)

  2. What a great way to think more deeply about God and His Word. I usually journal using my laptop, but I always love handwritten journals of any kind that help in the study of God's Word and prayer. Blessings!

    1. Hi Donna, it's nice to meet someone else who enjoys the 'old-fashioned' way of journaling with paper and pen as well! I'm glad you enjoyed this post, thank you for visiting. Have a great day!

  3. Elisha, I hope you don't mind that I used your picture in my blog...I mentioned your method and linked back to this page. THANK YOU!!!

    1. No that's fine if you've linked back here Mary! I'll pop over and have a look at your blog now! :)


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