Realistically, the only thing you need in order to have a great bible study is your bible. God has given us all the tools we need just by providing that alone! I, however, have found that with a few simple and fun tools that I learn more and I spend more time in the Word. It may seem silly, but it helps ME!
- A Bible – I have two bibles that I would like to purchase for myself soon. The first one is the Home School Mom’s Bible and the Inspire Bible (Coloring Bible). I’ve always enjoyed having multiple styles and kinds of bibles, I even had magazine bibles for teens when I was in high school. It’s not necessary, but it’s something I love! My current bible is this Real Life Devotional Bible for Women (except mine is in a raspberry pink color!) I love the devotions in this Bible, they have been spot on for me every time I use it as my devotion for the day!
- A Journal – You can’t go wrong by keeping a journal. You can do this any way you wish, and you can even purchase a bible that space to journal in like THIS one. I have chosen to start journaling for my children, I have a composition notebook for each of them. I choose a verse to copy into the journal, I write them a note about the verse I chose for them and then I doodle, color and decorate it however I’m inspired too. I’ve really enjoyed doing this for my babies, and not only do I think it will help them someday, but it’s really helped me to learn more about what I’m studying!
- Pens and Colored Pencils -If you’re going to be doodling and journaling like me, then you need some great pens and colored pencils to help inspire you. I try to pick pens that I can use in my bible and in the journals, I hate for things to bleed through the pages of my journal but you’ll have a hard time finding pens that do a great job of that. THESE pens are my favorite for writing and underlining in my bible. They have a super fine tip and while they do bleed a little, it’s not enough to bother me. The colors are fantastic and I’ve been using these for a year now and haven’t had any issues with the ink drying up. These are great for journaling and doodling as well, but for that I prefer THESE PaperMate pens. They have a slightly thicker tip and the ink flows more quickly, these are definitely not recommended for use in your bible, but I love them for journaling. The colors in these are also vibrant. As for colored pencils, some people like the soft flow of a watercolor pencil, I on the other hand am a devoted fan of Crayola colored pencils!
- Devotional Book – A great way to know exactly what to study is by picking a great devotional book to guide you. I’ve seen so many great bible study books out there, I could recommend so many to you but truly the best way to choose one is by picking something that speaks to you. What I need to study isn’t necessarily going to be what you should be studying. However, if you’re a little stuck, this 365 pocket prayer book found HERE is a great place to start. This particular one is for mom’s but they have more for dads, women, men, etc. I did a review on this a while back as well, you can find that post HERE.
That’s it! I gather these four things every time I hunker down for a meeting with my Father… He hasn’t failed me yet when it comes to getting on top of the things I NEED to learn about.
Is there a bible study tool you enjoy using that I haven’t listed here? Feel free to post a comment below and let me know!