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There are several steps to a deeper Bible study that will help you not only develop a good routine but allow you to learn and process what you read. So many people do not know how to study on their own but are craving a closer relationship to God. It helps to be organized. Our Ultimate Christian Planner is designed to help you with all the things! It will help organize your day, week, month, as well as set goals and plan your life.
3 Keys to a Meaningful Bible Study
1. Establish a routine
We all want to get the most out of our study time. Bringing structure to your quiet time is the first step. Often, when we sit down to study our mind wonders in a million different directions. Staying focused is a must in order to get what you want accomplished.
The GRASP routine will help you stay on track. Print it out and hang it up in your office or place it in your Bible so you can refer back to it as often as needed.
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GRASP Bible Study Method
Gather your supplies and your thoughts as you put everything else out of your mind.
R-read and record
Read the scriptures, make observations as you go, write the scripture.
Ask yourself how does this text apply to my life?
Write a brief summary in a notebook of what you read today.
Pray for understanding of what you read, and that the Word will change you and help you grow in your walk with God.
“This is great! Very clear and organized! Love the suggestions on note taking and reflection!” Amy Rickman
One important factor when you start to study is to have all of your supplies in one place, ready to go. If you have a specific area for study, place your Bible, notebook, journal, pencils, and colored pencils in a basket so you won't have to spend ten minutes gathering your things. If you have to walk around the house and find your materials, not only will it take up precious time, but you may see something that needs your attention (picking up an area), which will eat away at even more of your time.
2. Get alone with God.
Our time with God should be considered sacred time. We do not want to be distracted by household chores, phones, or anything else.
“But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly." Matthew 6:6
Jesus spoke to us in this scripture in Matthew telling us to shut the door. He is telling us to shut the world out. It seems that often we will plan a time to pray and study, but our mind will constantly drift away to other things. We have to be determined to push everything else to the side for a few minutes.
A few suggestions to help you focus:
put your phone where you will not be distracted by it
place a small notepad close by to jot down things that come to your mind so you can put them out of your mind
tell your family not to interrupt your study time except for an emergency
3. Get Organized
When I say, 'get organized', I am talking about organizing what you are going to focus on during your study time. Decide what and where you are going to study in the Bible.
There are multiple ways to study. Here are a few ideas:
Bible study is a personal effort. You need to decide what works best for you. Perhaps you do not know the way you want to study. Just take a few weeks and try out several different ways. You may enjoy all of the ways. That works as well.
And when you start to dig in, do not give up. There will be days when you miss your study time and that's ok! The important thing is to return and keep going.
And then ... pray for wisdom, knowledge, and understanding.
For as you pray and seek God with your whole heart and --