Stories, thoughts and reflections on the Bible from the WSFC Staff.
This month we are dedicating ourselves to the reading of and interaction with the WORD OF GOD. For 31 days let’s read the Bible together. Visit our website at wsfc.org for the daily reading portions of Scripture. Every weekday in January the WSFC Ministry Center is open THREE-TIMES A DAY for 20/20/20 Groups:
20 Minutes of journaling on a passage
20 Minutes of sharing gems you’ve gleaned
The following is a good and helpful explanation of how to Journal your discoveries in Scripture.
“All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16
As we read God’s words, we begin to see how God responds to things. Doing regular devotions re-patterns our mind and transforms our spirit. Then when we face situations like Jesus did, we begin to respond in the same way. We begin to understand that His words always build, strengthen, affirm, and give life.
Journaling is an excellent way to both record and process what God has spoken to us. It’s also a useful tool to use at a later time, to reflect on and review some of the ‘gems’ that you have received. Without writing them down, you may forget those blessings and some very important lessons! And while journaling is a very personal time with the Lord, you may want to share some of your daily journaling with your small group. Through discussion, you may be able to look deeper into what God is speaking to you, gain new insight and even encourage others.
You’ll need three items: a Bible, a pen/pencil and a journal. There are many journals you can purchase at a bookstore or a plain notebook will do. The Life Journal is handy because it offers “how to” instructions to help you get the most out of your scripture readings and devotions. There’s a section for special prayer requests where you can record the day you began praying and the day God answered your prayer. It also has a Through-the-Bible Reading Plan, using daily scripture readings from the Old and New Testaments to guide you through the entire Bible in just one year. Life Journals may be purchased from Welcome Center or you can also use our online daily devotional at wsfc.org.
Next, set aside a certain time in your schedule each day and find a quite place where you’re not likely to be distracted. Many find peaceful meditation sites in nature, by the beach, in the back yard, or in a favorite lawn chair. It’s not important when you do your devotions, but that you make it a very important part of your day. Give God the best part of our day, whatever time that is. For morning people, it’s a great way to start your day. For others, it’s 20-minute lunchtime appointments with Jesus. For the night owls, it’s the final act of the day, the time to quiet their hearts and hear God’s voice.
Now what? One way to do your devotions is to follow the simple acronym, S.O.A.P. which stands for Scripture, Observation, Application & Prayer.
Open your Bible to the reading found under today’s date. Take time reading and allow God to speak to you. Highlight, underline or place a mark in the margin of your Bible, next to the scriptures that stand out. When you are done, reread the passage you marked, look for one that particularly spoke to you that day, and write it in your journal.
What do you think God is saying to you in this scripture? Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and reveal Jesus to you. Paraphrase and write this scripture down in your own words, in your journal.
Personalize what you have read, by asking yourself how it applies to your life right now. Perhaps it is instruction, encouragement, revelation of a new promise, or corrections for a particular area of your life. Write out how this scripture can apply to you today.
This can be as simple as asking God to help you use this scripture, or it may be a greater insight on what He may be revealing to you. Remember, prayer is a two-way conversation, so be sure to listen to what God has to say! Now, write it out.