I have noticed that the more organized my Bible Study space the easier it is for me to crawl out of bed, pour my coffee, sit down and drag my cart over (light my candle) and start reading.
I use Precept Upon Precept by Kay Arthur to study a book of the Bible in my quiet time.
I destroy composition notebooks with tons lists of what I am learning.
Colossians is the book that I am currently and one of my lists is: What I’m Learning About Jesus.
WHAT. A. LIST.
I also keep pens (tons of them), all sizes of sticky notes and notecards. Candles are a must for me!
I like to have different versions of the Bible to help me understand it better. I am typically an ESV girl and require cross references in all my Bibles. I firmly believe we must learn to use cross references to help us understand how Scripture interprets Scripture.
However, I am using the She Reads Truth Bible as a way to understand Scripture from a different version. This version doesn’t have cross references so I like it but I don’t love it. I am jumping off my soap box now.
The Logos Bible software is an excellent tool for studying words and for the commentaries that it has. There some great free options available as well.
I recommend Lifeway’s Word Search . They also have one that you can purchase for pretty a reasonable price.
Notecards are a great way to memorize Scripture.
A lot of times when I study . . .
1) I write out the Scripture in my own words so I am sure that I understand it
2) If I am reading a narrative I practice telling the story to someone else.
3) I look up the English word in the dictionary – there is a reason that the English word was chosen. A good example is the word steadfast. Look it up in the dictionary. Now read a few of the Psalms with steadfast in the text. Knowing the definition of the word – game changer!
4) I go slowly and devour the text – not only do I look up words but I look at the cross references. For those of you that are new to this type of study, the cross references are those tiny letters by words in your Bible. They have a corresponding verse in the margin to the side of the page – sometimes these references are at the bottom of the page. I use those other Scriptures to gain a greater understanding of the text.
5) I pray the Scripture that I am reading. “That (mine, Kasey’s) hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Give me your full wisdom and knowledge Lord.
Colossians 2:2-3 ESV
And I always have a bag ready to pack for on the go. A must is my pen pouch filled with pens!