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    7 New Ways to Fall in Love with God’s Word

    Let’s just admit it: Sometimes reading the Bible can feel like a chore. It’s supposed to be exciting and fun, but getting into the habit can really feel like work. Get past the guilt and put new life into your reading with these seven ways to fall in love with God’s Word.

     

    1. Buy some highlighters. Grab some pretty colors and go to work highlighting verses that speak to you each day. You can even color-code verses by theme or the key words they contain.
    2. Get a new Bible cover. This one may seem a bit silly, but a new Bible cover can catch your eye and make the Bible seem more inviting. There are rich leather covers, whimsical patterned ones and practical ones with pockets for pens and notes. Pick the one that matches your personality and see how it makes Bible reading more appealing.
    3. Choose a new translation or version. If you’re still reading the King James Version or even the New International Version, try branching out a little and read another translation such as the New Living Translation, New Century Version or The Message. You can even compare different passages side by side online through sites like BibleHub.com and BibleGateway.com.
    4. Read verses with a common theme and see what God has to say about that subject throughout His Word. For example, use a Bible concordance to find verses on “love” or “creation” and see what the Bible has to say on these topics.
    5. Make fun postcards or a Bible scrapbook. Grab some calligraphy pens, colored pencils or your favorite art supplies and turn 3×5 cards into pretty postcards with some of your favorite verses. Tuck them into your Bible and other books, post them around your room or even hang them from your rearview mirror as constant reminders of God’s love for you.
    6. Write in the margins. Yes, we think it’s okay for you to write in your Bible. In fact, there’s nothing more precious than the well-worn, marked-up Bible of a longtime Christ follower. It shows how often the Word was read and used. So write your thoughts, whatever God is teaching you, notes from your pastor or even your prayer requests in the margins. Over time, these are great reminders of lessons learned and prayers answered.
    7. Read it with a friend. Studying God’s Word alone is great, but talking it through with a friend can take you to a deeper level. Pay close attention to each other’s insights. Grab some study tools and challenge each other to learn even more.

     

    Bible reading doesn’t have to be boring. With these simple techniques, it can become the best part of your day.

    What are some ways you can think of to make studying God’s Word more exciting?

    Natalie Gillespie
    Natalie Gillespie is the mom, stepmom and adoptive mom of nine kids, as well as a best-selling author, editor, and speaker. She is the co-author of "Into the Light: My Journey from the Glare of Hollywood to the Glow of God's Love" with Nicole Weider.

    9 COMMENTS

    1. Some of these are great! However, I could never write in or highlight my Bible. I’m a bookworm at heart, and can’t stand writing/highlighting normal books. To do that in my Bible would feel like doing graffiti on my church. Ugh!
      I do realize that it is helpful to some people, that’s just my opinion. 🙂

    2. Yes! I love highlighting and marking in my bible 🙂 I’ve had it since I was 5 and a half and I got kinda tired of it recently but I didn’t want to get rid of it so I drew a new cover for it just using markers, cardstock and packing tape 😀 it makes it so much more personal and i love it. My favorite tip is to use a ton of different colors and types of writing utensils- like I’ve found that besides highlighters, gel pens work great. They make it easier to differentiate between passages that spoke out to you, too. 🙂

    3. One thing I would say for the “get a new translation” tip: If you don’t read the KJV, maybe try to read it. If you find it hard to translate back to old English, use the NKJV as a jump start. Personally, I began using Youversion (their Bible app) a few months ago (December) and latched onto their Bible plan feature. Despite failing in the reading portion, at first, because the plan I started with was much too difficult for a “novice” reader like myself, it’s really helped me get into the word. I would suggest finding a short plan,at first, that works for you. They have devotionals, partial Bible reading plans, full Bible reading plans, topical studies, and so much else.

    4. Look up the hashtag “Faithillustrated” on instagram! I have done a few bible-journal entries over the entire page of my bible. (I don’t have large margins). It allows me to spend time with God doing something I love! (I make sure I can still read it all too :P)

      Also, I recently bought a smaller bible. Being able to take it everywhere has really helped!

    5. How sad this is. Are we to fall in love with the pages of a book?? Of course not. We are to fall in love with the Word of God. Study up, girls, Scripture defines the Word of God to be JESUS not the Bible. Yes, we should use the Bible as a tool for learning and seeking knowledge of God but our true rock should be Christ. Not the pages of a book.

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