Have you taken a scripture writing challenge yet?
Alright. So, let’s take a walk down memory lane, shall we? (Or, if you’ve been hanging around the Wilson’s, let’s open up those filing cabinets and dig deeeep into the memories.)
Remember back in the day when you had weekly spelling tests? Wait… do kids even have spelling tests now? Anyway, spelling tests. How did you prepare for them? Did you just look at the list of words and commit it to memory? Or did you do like I did and write the word over and over until you learned it?
Writing the word over and over has been my preferred method of memorization for as long as I can remember. When I was learning Spanish in college, I’d write the Spanish word next to the English word five times in a row.
Beber- to drink. 5 times.
Gato- cat. 5 times.
Coquetear- to flirt. You betcha, 5 times.
And if I didn’t know the word or the spelling after writing it down five times, what would I do? Yep, I’d write it down another five or fifty times until I could tell you the definition and correctly spell the word or phrase.
Looking for ways to Study the Bible?
Lately, I’ve been wanting to dig deep into the Scriptures and 1. work on scripture memorization and 2. expand my comprehension of the text. I’ve kind of been putting off doing it, because I wasn’t real sure how to tackle it. The Bible is a big book, ya know. It might not be entirely feasible for me to write scriptures five times in a row until I can recite it by heart. (Although, give me time, I might try it.)
One of my favorite things about blogging is connecting with others. I love connecting with you, dear reader, and I welcome your comments and your thoughts—any and all!. But, I also love connecting with other bloggers and keeping up with the happenings on their blogs and Facebook pages.
Enter, Cindy over at Go-Gather-Grow.
Now, if you haven’t “met” Cindy yet, let me tell you one thing. Cindy is alllll about some Bible study. So much so, that she has her own Facebook group, Deeper in God Bible Studies, dedicated to teaching others effective ways to study the Bible. (Click this link to go to Cindy’s Facebook page. Once you like her page, head on over to her group and join!)
Not only that, but she also leads group studies. And in those group studies, she provides you with study guides and other amazing resources to help you learn the word. I HIGHLY encourage you to go check it out. Consider this your official invitation to join Cindy’s Bible study group. She’d love to have you!
Cindy is the one that introduced me to the scripture writing challenge.
The Scripture Writing Challenge
I’ll be honest, this isn’t something I had heard of until Cindy invited me to join. And I know, I can hear what you’re saying, “But, Cassie! Scripture writing is all over Pinterest. How did you miss it?”
Truthfully, I don’t know. But, somehow I missed it.
About a month ago, Cindy challenged us, her groupies, to write out the entire book of Habbakuh. An entire book seems like a lot, but that particular book is really super short.
Now, I admit, I got off schedule a couple of days and didn’t finish the challenge in the time frame Cindy set for the group. But, I really enjoyed writing out the scriptures in my handy, dandy composition notebook. Yeah, the old school ones. You know the kind, right? Black with white speckles?
Any guess as to why I liked the scripture writing challenge?
Because as I was writing out the scriptures, I felt like I could put myself right in Habbukah’s shoes and it was easier to “see” what was going on during that time.
Study the Scriptures to Learn
Writing things down on paper helps things, whatever it is, make sense to me. I have to be able to see things in order to understand them. It’s one of the ways I learn and it’s how I remember things. (Honestly, you should see the mountain of sticky notes on my desk with things I need to remember. The amount of sticky notes I have at any given time should almost be a sin. Not kidding.)
So, why not spend time writing out the scriptures?
The Bible instructs us in 2 Timothy 2:15 to study to show ourselves approved. That way, if someone starts questioning us about our faith, we have the right answer for them. We are to know and live out the scriptures so that others can see the change in us. We need to know what the Word says so we can explain, with biblical scripture to back it up, why we no longer do as the World does.
If we don’t spend time studying the Bible, how are we to know the scriptures?
If studying the Bible means you need to write out the scriptures, then do it. Maybe you’re not a visual learner, but one who learns by hearing. If this is you, why not consider listening to an audio version of the Word in the car or in the kitchen while you’re cooking? Whatever you have to do to better learn the scriptures, do that thing.
Learning the scriptures and understanding them is one of the most important things you could ever do.
If writing things down is how you learn, too (or, even if it isn’t!), won’t you consider joining me in Cindy’s group and participating in her next scripture writing challenge? Her next scripture writing challenge starts on June 18th and will be from the book of Nahum.
What are you waiting for? Join us!
P.S. Are you reading this post a day, a week, or a couple months too late? No worries! You can join Cindy in Deeper in God Bible Studies any time. Yep, even today!
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