I find myself allowing myself to get busy and not following through with my quiet time and Bible study. This time is important to me because I believe that being a Christian is more about a relationship with Jesus then knowledge of him. As with any relationship you need to invest time. That is where quiet time comes in, it is time spent with Jesus.
Now that we know why spending time studying is important, what is next. We need to decide how we should proceed? My sister introduced me and our youth group to the idea of a scripture journal. The idea behind this journal is two fold.
First, you use a scripture journal to help yourself grow and to allow you to track and see the growth that is taking place. Yes, spending time with the Lord should help you to grow not only in knowledge but also in how you live your life.
Second, a scripture journal can be passed down. I know this may seem odd, but I can tell you it can be a keepsake. My grandma, whom I was named after, was the church secretary and treasure for her church. Each one of her children recently received a copy one of her church books. I was so excited to be able to look through it. See I never got to meet my grandma as she passed away before I was born, but this connected me to her, and made me oh so proud. A scripture journal can do the same for your children and grandchildren. Not only that but they may be able to see your growth and may be able to learn lessons from what you have written.
That you know why I feel a scripture journal is a good idea, I'm going to tellyou that when I started looking around for information on it I found a lot of printables. That is fine, but I'm not a printer person. In fact I started a bullet journal and am currently using a composition graph notebook. So I bought a second one to be used for my Scripture journal.
Getting started...What do you need!
1. Your Bible! This is the most important because it is what you are going to study!
2. Notebook. A notebook, someplace to note what you are learning.
3. Pens & highlighters. This will be used to write, highlight and even draw to show what your learning.
4. Time! You really need to set time aside to work on your journal.
5. Place. You need to find a place that is minimal in distractions because Jesus deserves this time without distractions.
As you gather what you need, go ahead and make a plan and get started. Still need some inspiration. I will be writing more on scripture journaling.
Do you have a journal to record or note what your learning in your quiet time? If so how does it help you? If not do you think you would be open to trying out a scripture journal?