The Write-It-Out Method
September 21, 2020
If writing things down or physically doing something helps you remember and learn, this method may work really well for you!
Do you remember in school when teachers would have you actually write by hand sentences, words, or notes because they said it would help you recall the information? Well, it turns out they may have been on to something ;) Research actually suggests that “if you write something by hand, all that complex sensory information increases the chances the knowledge will be stored for later. In short, writing by hand forces your brain to process information in a more detailed way, which helps you successfully load that information into your memory.” (https://www.lifesavvy.com/19204/why-you-remember-things-better-when-you-write-them-down/)
Because the Bible is so important to read and learn from, I want to share as many study methods with you that will aid you in staying consistent, understanding the words you’re reading, and connecting it all so that you can recall it easily. I wholeheartedly believe that God gives wisdom and leads us to understanding. I believe that without Him intimately intervening into our study, we have no chance of getting any value from it. But I also believe that utilizing these methods is wise in itself and that God has given us unique minds that learn and understand in unique ways. We should explore and discover any and every way to study the Bible in depth and with consistency for it is the foundation of the world and our lives.
On my YouTube Channel and my website, I plan to post as many videos and blog posts as I can on various Bible study methods. I’ll research them, try them out for myself, and then create a video (explaining the method and showing an example of how it works) and/or create a blog post (explaining how it works). There are many, many ways to study the Bible and some will click with you more than others. What's most important is that you do it!...that you're reading His magnificent, breathed out words and that you're doing all that you can to understand it, learn it, live it, and not stray from it.
I hope y'all try this study method out on your own or with others and find it useful. Look out for more blog posts and videos to come on Bible study methods. I want you to discover different ways to study the Bible that work for you and for you to continually be encouraged to open that beautiful Bible each and every day!!
May your studies be fruitful and your life be centered on God…
Write It Out Method
**I believe a quiet, calm environment will aid in deep and enriching study of the Bible. This applies to all types of study methods but this one in particular works best in an area that you can focus well in.
1. The write-it-out method begins with selecting the verse (or set of verses) you’d like to write down. You can choose any that you’d like but here are some ideas for choosing…
verse(s) that confuses you or is hard to grasp
verse(s) that convicts you
verse(s) that encourages you
verse(s) that reminds you of something you’re working on
verse(s) that reminds you of who God is or who you are in relation to Him
verse(s) that revealed something to you
It’s important to make sure that you’re aware of the context for the verse(s) you choose. While you may not be focusing in on the surrounding verses, it’s critical to have a sense of what’s going on so that you can form the most accurate conclusions and stay true to the Word.
2. Once you’ve chosen the verse(s) you intend to use, write it down in a notebook or on some type of paper. Write it slowly, paying attention to each word. (You can get creative here with penmanship and colors or stick to simply writing in pen/pencil.)
It is not a guarantee that by writing the verse(s) down, you will have some sort or realization, revelation, or new recognition, so don’t put pressure on yourself to “feel” something but it is possible to discover things while writing it out, so try to be open-minded.
3. Once you’ve written the verse(s) down, read over it a few times, gathering as much as you can from it. You can also read it out loud which I find quite helpful.
4. Pray. Pray about the verse(s) you just read and wrote down. Pray about how you want them to affect and influence you. Pray for wisdom, understanding, and discernment. Pray as long as you can.
5. Lastly, carry the written verse(s) with you throughout your day, if you’re able. You could use something small such as a sticky note or just keep a notebook nearby. This will keep it on your mind throughout the day.
Give this study method a try and let me know how it goes!!