Scripture Writing is a fairly new discipline that’s been added to my journey with Jesus. It was a few years ago when I discovered that there were people who combined their creativity with intention to produce countless options of monthly guides to writing the holy scripture.
It’s July 1st and half the year is gone. What a great time to start a new habit, a spiritual one that will yield instant results. You have half the year left to put a profound habit into your life. Why not start in the morning?
Here’s 8 reasons why you will love scripture writing:
Interacting and writing God’s Word is supernatural and transformative
Writing God’s Word gives your brain time to capture the meaning
Writing God’s word is inspiring and encouraging
Reproducing the scripture in your own handwriting gives a personal sense to it, helping you own the scripture(s)
Focus is put on God at the beginning of the day and you sense His presence
Peace comes as writing slows you down to think and ponder your life
Order and focus are added to your quiet time as you write that day’s scripture
Anticipating the next set of scriptures each morning keeps you coming back for more
Before you begin you will want to find a notebook and pens just for this spiritual practice. Find a scripture writing for the month here. Print it. Find a favorite spot in your home where you can practice this uninterrupted.
Now you are ready to begin:
- Set your alarm to add this into your schedule
- Get your coffee or tea or breakfast
- Go to your special place
- Locate the passage in the Bible
- Look at the passage for that day
- Read it silently
- Write it
- Read aloud(your quiet voice is fine)
- Diagram the passage
- Ponder what God is saying and begin your prayer time
By the time those steps are taken, insight comes. Then below the scriptures you can write thoughts, questions, or a prayer of thanks, confession, or a commitment to do whatever was in the scripture.
- Capitalize the pronouns related to God or Jesus. Sometimes I place my name in the verses where there are personal pronouns. Look for action words or commands, promises. Other help for diagramming the scriptures can be found here.
- Minimize phone usage. What’s the point of a quiet time? This is your time with your Savior, the Lover of your Soul. Make your adjustments and make your time with Jesus a priority.
If you haven’t had a very intentional quiet time with Jesus, expect obstacles and opposition, but don’t allow those to discourage you. Hearing from the Lord and praying to Him are the most important things a Christian can do. It is the essence of who we are as His people. It develops us into who we can be for His Kingdom use. Don’t give up.
You will feel so good putting this practice in your life. Interacting with God’s Word is a positive. Even if He convicts you of sin, confess it and ask Him to help you be more like Him and move on. Jim Elliot, said, “Why do you need a voice when you have a verse.”
“the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
If you have a Bible that’s falling apart, you’ll have a life that’s not. Adrian Rogers