As I stated in the last blog post, bible journaling is a powerful way to memorize scripture.  Depending upon your learning style, it can actually assist you in following the scripture, “faith by hearing and hearing the word of God”.  In the book of Joshua, it states:

8 This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may [be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.
Joshua 1:8 New American Standard Bible


In order to do this, some of us learn better by bible journaling and annotation.  When we jot cross-references, underline and highlight, we are meditating in such a way that certain colors imprint in our minds, perhaps a certain king and his words, verses highlighting what God has said and an action he is taking.  Perhaps a certain book of the bible is in a certain color, more than others because at that time and season, we had a limited supply of tools on hand, or perhaps some of us prefer to use a color-coding system, where certain colors mean certain things as we study scripture.  Perhaps certain colored tabs, all refer to the same subject, or one marking assists in cross-referencing another. Whatever our system may be, we all must do what is best for us in order to meditate upon scripture. Working “a system” helps us slow down, and not rush through passages, just to say “we’ve read it”, or pat ourselves on the back for finishing our reading for the day.  But working “a system” helps us think about what we read, draw inferences, observations and conclusions. We look for repetition, transitional words, words like “therefore” or “as is”, to connect the dots for us. Because in the end our goal is to know God, learn His Word, and hopefully rightly divide it (2 Tim. 2:15) so that we can share it with others. It’s also used to divide our souls and from the spirit (Heb 4:12), to be cut, though at times painful, to be more like Christ.

Feb. 5, 2020/Tiffany Parr

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