Creating a personal history with your Bible is a great way to keep track of your faith journey and connect yourself more deeply with God and His word!
Creating a personal history with your Bible is like having a personal time machine. If you're looking for a way to reflect on your spiritual development and get closer to God, this is it! Keeping track of your faith journey through a personalized Bible will help deepen your connection with the Lord and His word. Here are five tips to help you get started:
1) Find a translation you enjoy. The Bible should be one that resonates with you and speaks to your heart. One of the main reasons for different translations is to provide options for different reading levels and styles.Try different versions, this could be the New King James version (NKJV), New International Version (NIV) or it could be an updated version like The Message Bible (TMS) or New Living Translation (NLT) – whichever one works best for you and your reading preference. Sometimes I will use a paraphrase (like The Message) for some of the Old Testament books that are harder for me to stay engaged with.
2) Read the Bible daily. Once you find the Bible that’s perfect for you, make it part of your daily routine! Schedule time in each day to read passages from the Bible and meditate on them. Don’t over complicate it, It can be 10 mins, or if you have longer that is great as well. Maybe you have a car ride each day and listening to the scriptures is better for you, do it. This will help you gain a deeper understanding of God’s Word and open your eyes to new truths about faith.
3) Write in your Bible. As you read your Bible, write down your thoughts, questions, sermons notes, and reactions in the margins. CIrcle, underline, highlight, draw arrows, draw pictures. Writing notes in the Bible can be a great way to keep track of insights that you pick up from reading it! Make sure to write down dates, topics or Bible verses that stand out to you – this will come in handy when trying to remember back on specific moments in your faith journey.
4) Share With Others. Faith doesn’t have to be something you go through alone – by talking about the Bible with friends, you can get different perspectives and understandings of what each verse means! Plus, having people to share Bible stories with is always a fun way to keep your faith journey lively. Maybe they share a new insight, write that down in your Bible as well.
5) Travel with it. Don’t forget about taking your Bible on road trips, vacations, missions trips, and other places you go! Having the Bible with you gives you access to reading your personalized version of Gods word. When you travel with you Bible, your Bible becomes a journal recording significant life events and how your faith impacted those experiences. This will create a personal history of how your faith has grown and evolved over time. When you look back at your notes, re-read passages, you will be remined of what God was speaking to you while on that trip, or how God used you.
So what are you waiting for? Get started creating your personal history today! As Joshua 1:8 says, “Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night…then you will be prosperous and successful." With these five tips in hand, you’ll be well on your way to creating a meaningful Bible experience that lasts a lifetime!