Today, I wanted to share some of the tools and study guides I use when studying the Bible.
I do have several Bibles, from Crossways ESV edition, Inspire Praise NLT Edition (shown here), the My Creative KJV edition and the Rainbow Study Bible NIV edition. The two I use the most are the Crossways ESV and the Inspire Praise (I just retired the original Inspire bible this month).
Every morning, to do some form of Bible studying. I spend about an hour and work through a daily devotional entry as well as a day in the 100 Days of Promise by Illustrated Faith and DaySpring.
Every morning, I use the 100 days of Promise Journal and my Crossways ESV edition and read all the scriptures that are listed for the day. I use a color coded method for my scriptures when I read them.
I use the color code developed by the Good Morning Girls. I have a cheat sheet that I keep with me when I study so that I can use it for easy referencing.
I read the verses and look to determine the meaning in each. Once I have that worked out, I outline the verse in the corresponding color based on the subject matter.
I use Staedtler colored pencils that I keep in a pencil jar as well as a ruler to outline the verses. Any brand of color pencils works well with this method. If using highlighters, I would recommend using the ones that are Bible safe. They don't have all the colors, so that is why I use colored pencils.
Once I have completed the day in the 100 days of Promise, I work on one day in one of the devotionals that I have.
There are several companies that have Bible devotional kits. Currently, I used the devotional kits from By The Well 4 GOD (BTW4G) and Illustrated Faith, with BTW4G being my favorite.
Because of the journaling aspect, or scrapbooking aspect, I like to use my Inspire Praise Bible with these devotional kits. I add stickers and die cuts to the pages. Occasionally I may water color on the page but I lean more towards a clean and simple approach. I use the color code method in this Bible as well.
I use Bible tabs in all my Bibles. It adds a nice touch and makes it easier to find the correct book. I purchase my tabs from various Etsy stores that sell them.
Finally, when I have more time, I have a Bible Study Correspondence course for a more in depth studying of the word. There are lots of scriptures to read and think upon. There are many to choose from but I use the study guides from Herbert W. Armstrong College. There are many scripture references for every subject and a quiz after each guide that one must pass before moving on to the next lesson.
I also use a journaling notebook at times. In my next post, I will share some of my journaling notebook and some of my Bible entries.