As a strong Christian woman, one of the things I love to do is study my Bible.
But I’m not into boring.
I can read a lot in a short period of time. I love speed reading.
However, I don’t like the idea of things going in one ear and out the other.
Creativity is key.
Especially if I’m going to remember things that I’m learning.
One of the ways I add creativity to my studies is Bible Mapping.
If you’ve never heard of it, it’s a creative visual of what you are learning. It can be hand-drawn or mastered digitally.
Here is the process I use when I do Bible Mapping.
The title I use is almost always the Scripture reference I’m picking apart. There’s nothing overly complicated with this, but I like to doodle it in a creative way.
If you’re going to study a certain passage of Scripture, you might want to know what it says. I usually write my favourite version big in the middle (ish) of the page. I like to leave enough space around each word for further study.
Re-write Multiple Versions
I’m a KJV girl, through and through. However, there are sometimes that it’s understood just a little easier with multiple versions of the Bible. I like to write a good 3 or 4 versions along the side of my page.
This is where the fun begins. I look up all the words in the concordance and I start writing down my findings. I like to include the concordance reference, plus the meaning. That way, if I have any questions when I’m re-reading it in the future, I can easily pull up the word in the Greek/Hebrew.
Sometimes it’s a good idea to look up what those words mean in the dictionary. My favourite dictionary is Websters 1828 Dictionary. Noah Webster was a Christian and the definitions often have Scripture references contained within them.
At this point, I like to jot down what I feel the general overall key points are within the passage I’m studying. There are usually themes that pop out when we begin to dive a bit deeper than the surface level of the Scriptures.
Once I’ve finished all of that, I like to re-write the Scripture with a personal touch. I like to include tidbits from the concordance and dictionary that stood out to me. This really makes the Scriptures step out off the page and hit me on a personal level where it’s all about me and God.
That’s a wrap. When I do these, it usually takes me a good chunk of time because I tear every part of the Scripture apart.