Well, the cat’s out of the bag. These last 3 years have been hard. I don’t know how I’d make it through if it weren’t for the years of Bible study and prayer. I wouldn’t be able to call it “good infertility” if I didn’t trust His ways. I cannot trust His ways if I don’t know Him; I know Him by learning about Him through the Bible. And occasionally through the Jesus Storybook Bible–always a tear jerker illustration in there.
I have journaled almost my whole life. My earliest journal is from fifth grade. I was recently re-reading through them and my little legalistic heart was as clear as the coffee spills on the pages. I was always chastising myself for not reading the Bible or praying every day. Somewhere between 2006 and now, grace started billowing in like a smoke cloud, almost unrecognizable until hindsight. I think God used my husband to teach me what it means to be constant in prayer, to be gracious with my own time in the Bible, and a dependence on God’s words as if I needed them like food. As opposed to the strict rules and critical spirit I implemented toward myself, and likely others (face palm). Grace upon grace…
That leads me to where I am today in my personal Bible study time. I still struggle with not making it seem all scholastic versus letting it settle into my heart. I still have difficulty giving God my undivided attention. And if I have an opportunity to sleep in (not often thanks to #StantheManPup), I will take it. Yet, when I’m able to have those early morning hours alone with Jesus, whether it’s a deep study or a quick skim of a verse, it is like a little sneak peak, a movie trailer, of the real thing that is coming. That is, heaven coming down to earth.
I wanted to share my favorite Bible study tools because it has taken me a lonnnngggg time to find what I really love. I’m also sharing some resources that have really helped me hone in on studying. There are so many different ways to study the Bible, you’ve got to find what works for you. The most important thing I learned is that studying the Bible is not about me. I needed to find a way to study God’s word that really made it about Him and seeing the greatness of His glory page by page. Not just studying whatever tickled my fancy that day. That’s a phrase, right?
Bible Study Resources
Bible Study Tools
I absolutely love the 5.5 x 8.5″ because it’s about the size of my Bible, it doesn’t have lines so I can write in lines if I want to, or not, and it’s thick so it lasts me a while. Also, spiral bound is my preference.
You’ll see that I cover up the front with whatever beautiful prints I have laying around. The first journal I covered it with 2 sweet cards I had received from friends. The second I covered with a used prayer journal (see below) and a sweet print I received from a Lulie Wallace order.
This is a single-collum ESV journal Bible. It gives me lots of space to write, and there’s no commentary, just Bible.
I really love this as a reference for after I’m done studying a passage. It gives another perspective, shows me if I studied it accurately, and there are great quotes all throughout it.
I’ve got issues, I know. But I love these pens. Joey usually gives them to me for Christmas. They’re thick and last a long time.
A small note pad/stick note
This is for my mind list, a to-do list. As I’m siting down to study or pray, a bajillion things come to my mind that I need to do. Instead of worrying I’ll forget them or feel an urgency to get it done NOW, I write it down and know I can do it when I’m done.
Prayer Journal by Val Marie Paper
Write the Word Journal by Lara Casey
That’s all folks! I hope you find great joy in getting to know our Savior through His word. You never know, He may just be preparing you, like He was preparing me, for dark days ahead. These are dark times there is no denying.