Scripture Writing: The How To’s

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Scripture Writing: The How To’s

Many people find solace and peace in scripture writing but don’t know how to start. Writing Scripture can be a powerful tool for deepening one’s relationship with God and studying the teachings of the Bible. 

It does not have to be intimidating; even if you’re unfamiliar with the scriptures, it can be learned with practice. What is Scripture Writing?

Scripture Writing is precisely what you might think! It is the actual handwriting out the Word of the Lord so that you may meditate on each word carefully. 

When we read a book or even this blog post, our eyes pick up certain words. Your mind skims over other words automatically. It is said that the first few words and the last few words in a sentence are the most important. 

This is NOT true with God’s Word. Each word is selected to be there and is equally important. One missed word can change the meaning of a verse or even the entire thought of the passage. 

Writing out each word carefully forces your mind to grasp them all as equally important as the spoken word of the Lord. You may gain a greater understanding of what is being spoken. 

Benefits of Scripture Writing

Scripture writing is one of the oldest and most effective forms of Christian spiritual practice. It can be a powerful way to engage with the Bible, deepen your faith, and allow God’s Word to transform your life. 

But if you’re new to Scripture writing, you might wonder where to begin. This article will provide a helpful introduction to Scripture writing, exploring what it is, why it can be beneficial, and how you can get started. 

As stated above, writing the words focuses your mind on God’s word. I can speak for myself. I can understand God’s word better when I slow down and really look at it. 

I do realize that you can read the Bible as you would a novel, But the Word says to meditate on it. 

2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.

3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.

Psalm 1:2-3
New International Version *Emphasis mine

I have participated in a study on the book of Psalm, and these verses I hid in my heart. The study talks about the region where the person who wrote this might live.

The book said that it was most likely a desert area with sparse trees AND hardly any streams. Think about what a blessing to be in the desert….and you find a tree WITH fruit AND by a stream! It would be so rare and wonderful!

If I had not studied these verses, I would not have seen how important that was in my mind. It is just an example of when you ponder on God’s word. You become knowledgeable about what God is trying to teach you.

Another verse that tells us to meditate on God’s word is:

8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

Joshua 1:8
Preparing to Write 

Writing Scripture is a powerful way to meditate on the Word of God and cultivate a deeper understanding of its truths. But, to get the most out of this practice, it’s important to invest time into proper preparations. The following outlines some tips for getting ready to write scriptures. 

Set aside time for scripture writing

Just like an activity you want to participate in, you need a set time to do scripture writing. Some people like devotion and Bible reading in the morning, and others like doing so at night. You know your schedule best! 

Pick a quiet time where you can be alone with God. I understand that to some people, that might be like saying, win the lotto. Especially busy Mommas. 

Here is my advice in that situation. Pick a time when your kiddos are not at the hype of the day, print them out some Bible coloring pages, and give them special crayons or markers that are only used during Bible study. Make it very special because it is! 

It is a beautiful time to grow your children closer to God as well! While you are writing on Scripture, your littles can be working on wonderful stories of God’s word! 

What are you going to write on?

You need some paper! You can get as fancy with this as you want! As I write this, I plan on making a printable that you can use for your Scripture writing. There are so many beautiful pages that you can find online and print out. 

EDIT: I spent some time creating that printable! Connect with me to download that free Scripture Writing Printable 

Here is a sample of what it looks like:

No Printer? That is OK! I came across a few beautiful books that you can purchase off Amazon.

These are just two examples of what I found there, but the neat thing about them is they have the Bible verses to work off. If you are brand new to Scripture writing, you may feel more guided by the verses being selected already. 

You do not need to have these if you choose not to. A notepad or even notebook paper will work just fine! You do what you like best! 

Prepare your heart

Before starting any scripture writing session, Pray! Ask Jesus to fill your mind and heart and open them so that you may see what He wishes you to learn.  

Take a few moments to read the verses you plan to write down several times. This will help your brain become more familiar with the text and make it easier for you to access it during your writing session. 

As an additional measure, consider looking up commentaries or reviews from bible scholars who have studied and analyzed the passage thoroughly; this can be beneficial in helping you gain further insight into what Scripture truly means. 

If you have a study Bible, I would suggest using that. You will understand the verses better if you know more about them, for example: 

Who wrote it?

Who was it written to? 

What is the story around these verses? 

There is a study Bible that I have had my eye on for some time! I am being transparent, I have not read this yet, but I genuinely want this Bible and wish to show it to you. 

It is The NKJV, Charles F. Stanley Life Principles Bible, 2nd Edition, Hardcover, Comfort Print: Growing in Knowledge and Understanding of God Through His Word

If you follow my blog, you will know that I admire Dr. Charels Stanley. I wrote an article about him titled Christian Leadership: A Look at Dr. Charles Stanley

Finding Your Passage 

Finding Your Passage is the next step in Scripture writing and involves reading and meditating upon a passage of Scripture. This practice can be significant for those seeking to deepen their relationship with God and understand His Word better. 

You may be going through something specific in your life at this time. You might want to find verses related to that event or situation. 

For those who do not know me, my blog is about how I use my faith and hobbies to cope with the mental illness and trauma I have endured. You can read more about my story here.

When I think about what I want to Bible Journal or Scripture write, it is usually about anxiety or how God is my refuge. I find great strength in finding these verses to encourage me. 

More options

One place that I ALWAYS end up is BibleGateway. I use this site SO much! If you have yet to go, I highly recommend it. You can search by topic. You can explore by verse. You can change the translation to see the same verse in many translations. 

You can also choose a passage from a book of the Bible that you like or a story you are familiar with and plan to write more than one verse around those.  

Choosing a method

Choosing a method of Scripture Writing can be daunting at first. Some may want to start slow with a small commitment, while others are ready to dive right in and commit to an entire year of Scripture Writing. No matter what you choose, there are several methods you can use as guidelines for your writing journey. 

To begin, it is helpful to establish a goal for yourself and decide how much time you’re willing to dedicate each day or week. The amount of time will determine the length of the passages you select for writing out by hand. 

You may also want to consider if your focus should be on one book at a time or multiple books from different categories such as Gospels, Epistles, Prophets, etc. This will help you decide what types of passages would best fit your schedule and lifestyle. 

Writing Out the Passage 

Writing out the passage is an excellent way to bring Scripture into your daily life. Whether you write out a Bible verse, a few passages, or an entire book, scripture writing can be a helpful tool for meditating on God’s word and connecting with Him each day. 

The process of scripture writing is simple: pick one verse (or multiple verses) that speaks to you and begin writing it out. 

As you do this, reflect on what God is saying in His word and how He may be speaking to you through it. Taking the time to think about what He is communicating will lead to a deeper understanding of His message and help you apply it more clearly. 

SOAP Method 

You may have heard of the SOAP Bible study method before, but if you have not, please let me explain. It is easier if I break it down. 

Scripture – reading a verse or passage of verses, in our case, writing them down. 

Observation – what are your observations of the verses? What are your initial thoughts?

Application – How is this verse applicable to your daily life, or how can you apply what you learned? 

Prayer – Pray about it by writing it down or just talking to the Lord. Ask Him to open your eyes to what you should learn. 

This method is used in Bible study but can easily be used for Scripture writing as well. It is something to get you thinking about what you read, in this case, write. 

Prayerful Reflection 

Prayerful reflection is an essential part of the Christian faith. It involves praying and meditating on Scripture as part of a daily devotional practice. Writing out passages from the Bible can be a powerful way to connect with God, allowing us to reflect on His Word and how it relates to our lives. 

Scripture writing, or “scripture journaling” as it is sometimes called, is becoming increasingly popular among Christians looking for ways to deepen their prayer life. 

Because of my mental disabilities, I sometimes have difficulty staying focused. I find it challenging to pray in my mind, so I either pray out loud or write them down. 

Prayer is so important and is such an honor that God wants to hear from us. 

Conclusion of Scripture Writing: The How To’s

The article “Scripture Writing: The How To’s” was intended to provide readers with the necessary tools to begin a scripture writing practice, emphasizing developing a deep and meaningful relationship with God. As we conclude this article, reflecting on what has been discussed and how you can apply it in your spiritual journey is essential. 

First, take time to meditate on the scriptures you’ve written down. Consider what they mean for your life now and how they can transform you in the future. 

Ask yourself questions like: What do these scriptures bring up inside me? What emotions do I feel when I read them? How did these verses help me grow closer to God? 

Then, remember that scripture writing is not just a one-time practice; you should engage regularly based on your needs and desires. 

I immensely enjoyed writing this article. I hope that it helps you to begin your scripture-writing journey! 

Please leave me any questions or thoughts in the comments! I will be happy to connect with you! 

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