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Link for instant download at my Bible Study Printables page.
No matter the reason you've found this post, I'm glad you're here! I spent some time thinking over this past Resurrection Sunday about how I can grow closer to God on a daily basis once again - something I've been struggling with. I've missed His presence in my head during the day...stay tuned for a new post soon about how to incorporate Christian music into your day - my go-to method of worship.
Thinking about what would help me, and what I would actually use, I developed these printables for a bible notebook of my own. I simply printed these off and glued them into a lined notebook I had on hand. Plus, the black-and-white lends itself nicely to any color additions you may decide to add, depending on your day!
Update: I now keep my printouts in a 1/2 inch binder that I can write in. Much less bulky and time consuming than gluing each page on.
I typically take notes during a sermon in a separate notebook (that looks like a chicken scratched in it) and like to reorganize my thoughts into the sermon printable, organizing key themes with supporting scripture. It's also a way to pull out themes from that Sunday to apply to your week.
The bible study printable was developed for book & chapter study. I like to devote an evening to this on Wednesdays, and dive in.
Do you ever get some of the people mixed up when reading His Word? It can happen, both in the Old and the New Testament. And don't get me started on lineages! Work it out on paper, instead of chasing your tail in your head, and try the character analysis printable where you dive deeper into one character. I encourage you to utilize any other books you may have or online resources to direct you to additional books they may show up in. Alternatively, you could keep these pages as a "running list" and when you run across this character in the Book, jot down that scripture. Once you have enough, you can start to look it over and ask "What was this person like?" and "What can I learn from them?" and "What is God teaching me through them?".
On a similar page, and especially in the Old Testament, it's nice to have a historical background on many of the stories that happen. My pastor often prefaces sermons based on Old Testament scripture with a summary of what was going on at the time because context can help us understand so much more than we would've before. The biblical historical analysis printable is for just that - track Moses' life, track Adam and Eve through the Garden, track the days leading up to Jesus Christ's death on the cross.
The topic analysis printable is a running list for you to keep. When you are doing bible study or sermon notes, and there was a theme of pride, forgiveness, trust, etc. start a topic page and add scripture to it. Review it periodically, and/or when you feel like it applies to you or someone close to you. Keep track of these pages on the Table of Contents page.
And now to my favorite: the daily reflection printable. This is what started me making all of these because it was truly what I needed to come full circle and see God again. It makes me summarize my day in a small box, and from there I am thinking about all the positives, and what I can work on - looking for the joy in life, looking for where I can practice patience, and apply my prayer requests from the night before. And it ends your day on this positivity, right before you lay down to sleep. Then for scripture & thoughts, I let my Bible fall open on its own, and my eyes choose a chapter, and from there, I read a small section (4-5 verses, those that are grouped). The verses that stand out to me most, I wrote down/summarize, and then pen my thoughts. And lastly, prayer requests, to keep you thinking of others. Love God, love people!