Hey mini-women! Hannah here! I love this series on ways to get into the Bible and stay focused. I know I need help with that a lot, and I am loving reading along with these posts.
This week I want to talk about a different way to read your Bible. I’m sure there’s an official name for it somewhere, but I’m calling it the Post-It Note method.
Here’s what it is, plain and simple. Get your Bible, get your post-it notes, and find the section you want to read today. Now every time you have a thought like, “Wow, God is so cool! That verse was perfect for what I’m going through right now,” or maybe “This verse makes no sense. Why would this character say that?” – you write that thought on a post-it note and stick it on the page!
Some Bibles already have a built-in system for this. They have really wide margins where you can write all your thoughts on the side of the page. They’re called journaling Bibles (which is why this method could be called Journaling, if you want to get official) and I think they’re a great idea.
I know when I read any book, whether it’s the Bible or not, I have a million thoughts throughout! Things that make me laugh, things that make me go “Huh?” and sometimes, when it comes to the Bible, just an amazing verse that I really want to appreciate and remember.
If you find a verse that you love, put it on your post-it note and keep it there on the page to remind you every time you open up to that section!
But if you have a question about a verse, or a story, and you write that down (maybe use a different color note), then that’s a reminder to yourself that you need to look at this more.
Maybe all you need to do is re-read the verse. Maybe a little slower this time. Or you need to take your Bible to Mom and Dad and ask them what it means. Or your pastor! Sometimes, if it’s a really tricky one, it’s going to mean you need to dive into what Jewish culture was back then, to really understand it. I know that seems like a lot, but I also know that you mini-women are plenty smart, and when you put your mind to finding an answer to something – you WILL find it!
I know my Bible always has post-it notes sticking out of it. Things I want to remember, and things I want to discuss later with a friend or family member. I really love getting other people’s ideas for what a verse means, but the KEY to this, girls, is to pray and ask God what He Himself (and no one else) is trying to say to you in what you’re reading.
In your Talking to God journals, ask for wisdom this week. That God will help you to understand the verses you read.
And in your comments below, tell us about a verse that always trips you up – and what you’re going to do to understand it once and for all!
Calling All Mini Makers!
That’s right, we’ve got a Mini Makers post coming up next week! Send us a story you’ve written (150 words or less), some pictures you’ve taken, or art that you’ve created!
We’ll need them by the end of the day, Saturday March 3rd. Sound good?
Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org and make sure to put March Mini Makers in the subject line, so we know to go grab it! We can’t wait to see what you come up with!
~Hannah, Leslie and Asher