When I was in elementary school, my parents taught (okay, forced) me to write the Bible. Like literally, write a few chapters each day from Genesis to Revelation. Somewhere in the boxes of my childhood are dozens of notebooks that make up my handwritten Bible. At the time, all I did was copy. And the only reason I was able to do that and not go insane was because there was a prize for finishing a book of the Bible. Come on, I was in elementary school. Everything is about rewards!
Now that I’m older, I’m so glad my parents taught me this habit, and I’m so thankful for what I’m learning from it. If you haven’t tried writing out the Bible yourself, I would recommend it for one key reason: To help us to slow down and reflect on each word of the Bible. I admit that from time to time I’m guilty of turning on the ESV Bible app on my phone, and quickly skimming verses just so that I get some “God” in my day. But what does it say about the value I hold of the Bible? Do I truly believe that God’s words are life to me?
I started my bullet journal almost two months ago, and I’ve started to incorporate daily writing of the Bible. The actual writing of the Bible verses takes about 5-10 minutes, but I spend about another 20-30 minutes reflecting on it, trying to memorize key phrases or a verse, creating real-life application(s), and praying about it. I don’t beat myself up if I miss a day, and neither should you. Just jump back in as soon as you can. My favorite time of the day is in the morning. But sometimes I just don’t have time! So I end up doing it during my lunch break at work. Or at night when the house is quiet. Try to be consistent about when you do it. And it’ll soon become a regular habit.
If your goal is to be a scribe and write out the entire Bible, then all the power to you. I don’t plan on creating plans where the goal is to write the entire Bible. At least not now. But if you do aspire to write out the entire Bible, I would recommend doing a chronological plan. That way you see the Bible and how certain events and characters are intertwined.
There are some Bible writing plans out there. Some are topical, some are chronological. In the past few months, I’ve been developing my own set of monthly plans. Coming this November, I’ll present my first one! I hope we can end the year on a high note as we dive into God’s Word together.
What kind of plan would you be interested in? A topical plan? A focused book of the Bible plan? Share in the comments as I continue to plan in 2017!