7 Tips for Writing the Word
This month we’ve been talking about writing the Bible! If you want to check out Four Bible Journaling Methods. You can lots of ideas for how to use a journal with your Bible reading in this post. If you are looking for a Bible Journaling book to buy, make sure to click here. I even shared a video on the benefits of writing out the Bible! Watch it here. As you move forward writing verses each day I wanted to give you a few tips for writing the word and to inspire you to keep going!
My biggest struggle isn’t that I don’t enjoy it or even that my hand gets tired, but I find consistency is the one thing I need more of in my life. What about you? Do you need help with focus and consistency with writing the word? If so, you might want to try one of these 7 tips for writing the Word (or all of them).
1. Get a plan! I know I sound like a broken record, but getting a plan is key to staying on track! If you know what you will be waking up and reading in the Bible (and writing) you are way more likely to do it. Remember to find a plan that matches your ability. Don’t choose a writing plan that has you write long passages if this is your first time. My Write the Word plan only encourages you to write one or two verses. Which if you write at a normal speed will take you 5-10 minutes a day. Maybe you are already doing a Bible reading plan already. Great! Choose one of the verses (or a few) to write out. Maybe pick one that spoke to you today. Either way – get a plan!
2. Do it at the same time everyday. I find that if I consistently do it at the same time, my body and mind will remember to do something. Maybe you will pick a specific time, like 8:00am. Or, you can be like me, a time of day. I write out my scripture after breakfast. After I do breakfast for my kiddos, I start them on their independent school work (we homeschool) and then I go upstairs to my desk and write and read my Bible. Sometimes I get 30 minutes sometimes I get 10 minutes. Either way, it is the same time of day. So pick a time (or time of day) and get started!
3. Find a friend. Doing something together is always better! the Bible says, “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor” (Ecc. 4:9) Text someone today and ask them: do you want to write out God’s word together with me? There is no pressure, just a simple, let’s do this together! I talk about having a Bible mentor in this post. Having a friend to help keep you accountably will definitely keep you on track!
4. Start fresh everyday. Have you missed a few days with your Bible reading or write the word plan? That’s ok! Each day is a new day so you can start fresh. Today it had been six days since I had written in my Bible journal. But today, I took up the pen and wrote out five verses. I started fresh again. You can too. Don’t let doubt or shame keep you away from spending time in God’s word. Writing God’s word is not about how much you do it but how God is speaking to your heart.
5. Get a good pen. It might seem simple, but I’ve found I am much more productive if I have a good pen. If it is a pen that keeps running out of ink or smears, I’m much too OCD to even focus on the words I am writing. It is worth it to invest in good pens. You aren’t paying that much more, so I would encourage you to find some that would work great. These are my favorite.*
6. Keep it organized. Since we are talking about keeping it consistent, it is important to keep all of your writings in one place. I encourage you to buy a journal (link to that post) but if you want to, I’ve created this free page for you to print off and use again and again. Print it and put it in a three-ring binder and keep all of it in one place. It will be a nice way to keep track of what you’ve done and where you want to go.
7. Use a variety of translations. I’m a big proponent of using different translations, but I’m also very picky about which translations I use for Bible reading and Bible study. If you would search”which Bible version is the best” you will get a hundred different response. My recommendations are: English Standard Version, New King James Version, King James Version, and Holman Christian Standard Bible. These are literal translations and those are the best!
Those are just some things I’ve learned along the way. I hope you find a few of these 7 tips for writing the Word helpful. If you have any tips let me know in the comments!
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