Bible Study Tips and Tricks

You sit down, with your coffee, bible and slew of highlighters and your ready to read your bible! But then you open it and you have no idea what you just read.

Can I just say that I have been there and I’ve done that? The Bible, especially the old testament, can feel so overwhelming. I’ve some practical steps in setting myself up for success and found some pretty great tips and resources along the way that I can’t wait to share with you.

  1. My bibles

Yes, bibles. I have and use multiple. My number one tip is read from different versions! My main bible is an ESV Journaling bible, but I also read from NIV, CSB and sometimes NLT. If a verse in the ESV version doesn’t really make sense, I check it out in a different version to get a better understanding.

Take James 1:2-3 for example. When you read from different versions, you get a better understanding of wheat exactly is being said. 

ESV: “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness” 

NIV: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance” 

NLT: “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow”

** One thing I want to clarify- in my opinion, the NLT version is more paraphrase than word for word. I do not solely read from NLT. I use it for extra clarification.

  1. Women in the Word by Jen Wilkin

I cannot tell you how much this book changed the way I study the bible! She not only tells you that you need to study the bible, but she gives you practical steps and shows you how.

  1. Give me Jesus Journal by Well Watered Women

This journal was a game changer for my study time. There are specific sections for study, prayer, and working through what God is teaching you and how that changes your life. My favorite part of the journal is the heart check section in the front with questions that make you do some soul searching- it’s so good. There is also a note section that you can use for sermon or podcast notes and a prayer and praise section as well! Gretchen with Well Watered Women did such a great job in creating this journal!

  1. Having a plan and a place

This sounds so silly but it helps TREMEDOUSLY. If you know exactly what you’re going to read and where you’re going to do it, it makes staying on track and focused so much easier.

And you don’t have to create your own plan. There are tons of plans online! Some of my favorite are from She Reads Truth and Proverbs 31 Ministry. You can also find thousands of plans on the YouVersion Bible App!

Having a place where you will go every day to spend time with God is also super helpful! I rearranged my office to create my place- a chair next to window. This is where I keep my favorite white fluffy blanket and my box of bible study essentials like my Give me Jesus Journal, highlighters and all my bibles. Not having to move stuff from location to location and hunt it all down every time I want to read my bibles makes getting up early in the morning and spending time with God so much easier! I grab my coffee and settle in to start my day.

This list is incomplete I know, but they are the practical tips and resources I use on a daily basis. If you want to find additional information on anything of this here are a few Christian women that I trust to get information from:

Phylicia Masonheimer from Driven Women- this gal is SO WISE and her free resources and blogs are AMAZING. I cannot recommend her enough.

Alexandra Hoover from Hoover and Grace

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