How to Start a Bible Study Journal! (Bible Note Taking)

How to Start a Bible Study Journal! (Bible Note Taking)


Hey everyone I’m Lisa and today I have a highly requested video and that is all about my Bible journal a little while back my husband and I did a video on Tips and essentials for Bible study if you guys want to check that out I’ll have it linked in the card above and in the description below but in that video one of my essentials was Bible journaling, basically, I just have a little notebook You can take any notebook you want and I have a little formula I’ve come up with for how I take notes and what I’ve really found is that this helps me to actually Remember what I read that day? It helps me to Pick out the points that really stick out to me that I feel like God is trying to speak to me It also helps me to find the life application in what I’m studying Which is really what? We should all be trying to get at when we’re studying the Word of God is how does this apply to my life and how? Is this gonna change me to be more like Jesus? I keep my little journal really simple and concise that way it’s easy to do everyday if it’s something that you would like to do every day Personally, I don’t do this every single day but on the days that I do again I am able to recall what I read and what I studied that day and What I felt like God was trying to speak to me, which I think is just such an awesome tool I know sometimes it’s easy when we’re reading the word to get a little bit Distracted and off focus and then you can kind of come away reading it be like wait What did I even just read like should I read it again? What was the point of that so this can help with that before? I show you how I do my Bible journal Make sure to hit that subscribe button below if you haven’t already Subscribed to our channel my husband and I post all different kinds of videos like this faith related content We do vlogs lifestyle videos a lot of different stuff So be sure to hit that subscribe button so you can see our other videos that we post and if you’d like to stay Updated with me throughout the week. Be sure to follow me on instagram at Lisa M Riggs Okay, so onto my Bible journal again, I recommend a thin journal, but you can really use whatever Journal you want I just like the smaller ones because they’re easy bring to church with me as well To carry along with my Bible. Another thing you could use is for example I actually have a journaling Bible where I can take notes on the sides if you have one of these You could do this same format of journaling on the side of your Bible. If you guys are curious about what Bible this is I’ll have it linked below my favorite Bible ever by the way So all I do for my Bible journal is first, I write the date at the top just so I know when I read that scripture and what this journal was from and then I put Reading and I say what scripture I am reading what passage I’m reading for example on this one this was April 2nd and I read mark 1 so mark chapter 1 so I put that right there and then next I have a summary so this is just like a one to Two-sentence summary of that whole scripture that you read and really try to make it concise It does not need to be detailed. It’s literally just like okay if I can sum up this whole passage I read if you’re doing a paragraph it’s a little bit easier but on a whole chapter, it can be a little bit tough But if I had to sum up this whole chapter or however much you read How could I do that in two to three sentences? And that’s what’s really gonna help you. Remember the overall summary and purpose of what you were reading So for example on this one I said John the Baptist is the fulfillment of prophecy and baptizes Jesus Jesus is tempted in the wilderness and then begins his ministry of casting out demons preaching and healing Kept it really short and concise even though a lot happens in Mark chapter one Next I put a verse that stands out to me. This could just be like a verse that That I really felt like God was pressing on my heart. It could be a verse that feels convicting Just a verse that I would like to memorize and this particular verse. I actually highlighted I’ll use my One of my little Bible highlighters. I got this set from The Daily Grace company. I’m gonna fill it with them So if you guys want to check them out, I have a link below They have like a bunch of really cute Bible study tools and everything. So check that out But when I highlight a verse it means that it’s something that I actually want to try to memorize So this particular one I did and it was mark 135 it says in Rising very and rising very early in the morning while it was still dark He departed and went out to a desolate place and there he prayed that’s talking about Jesus and that verse doesn’t really stood out to me because He Jesus rises up early in the morning before the sun’s even up and he goes out in praise and has just this time of Communion with the father and that’s just what my desire is and I want to try to get better at is You know waking up early in the morning Maybe for everybody it’s not early in the morning when you do your study time But just having a daily quiet time with the Lord For me that is best in the morning. That’s what I prefer to do but just having that time to go be with the Lord and pray and being his word and it’s really It’s not just about reading the word and being done for the day like that. It’s a checkoff It’s about actually spending that time with God and and just being with him Okay, and then the next section I do is the takeaway. So this is the part Where you’re gonna write kind of your life application part or just what you feel like God was really telling you to take From that scripture. So on this particular one I said Jesus woke up early to find a quiet place alone to pray and spend time with his father How much more do we need to do this if our Savior and Lord did this and then I wrote like a little like 1 2 3 point on how I can like act out this scripture So I said number 1 early while while it was still early and dark a quiet place before the chaos and the distractions of the day Number 2 a desolate place alone and shut off again that kind of goes with the first one But just a quiet place you’re not being distracted number three pray spend time with God so those that’s what I took away from that little passage and the very last thing I do in my journal is a prayer and this is a very specific prayer about What you read in applying? Your takeaway to your life. So you’re actually like asking God to help you apply that to your life So for example this prayer said Lord, would you help me to live out these principles? Give me the strength and wisdom to always prioritize these Help me to make time for you to just talk with you and be with you. Amen So it was just a really really short prayer again. That is how I do my Bible journal again It’s very short concise easy It just helps you to remember what you were reading your word help you to take something away and help you to pray that what you’re gonna take away so that you can actually Do that in you know? Your life can change a little bit each and every day for those of you that do better with like an actual visual And like having this already written out for you. I did create a printable So I’m going to have that linked below on Etsy. It only costs two dollars. I wanted to make it very inexpensive So all you do is you purchase it You have the printable downloaded to your computer and you can print it out whenever you want as much as you need and You can put these little printouts in a binder to collect them all if you want or just have the one As an outline for doing in your own journal So again that will be linked below for any of you that are interested in that but I hope you all found this video helpful if you did Please give it a thumbs up and let me know in the comments below if you are currently Keeping a Bible journal and if you do what kinds of things do you like to journal about? Is it just kind of freehand everyday? Or do you have a structure for what you do? And if you’re new to Bible journaling tell me what you think. If you’re gonna try this out and how it works for you I just want to be able to hear your guys’s feedback and talk with you in the comments But I love you O so much and I’ll you in our next video Is in a stream The ocean call for you

66 thoughts on “How to Start a Bible Study Journal! (Bible Note Taking)

  1. Hey great video I am using the good news bible and hope you can review about the good new bible. Have a great day and God Bless

  2. Nice video! I use the SOAP method for various passages or I'll do a word study where I research specific words and where they appear in scripture!😊

  3. What a crown you are to your husband! (Proverbs 12:4) Praise God for your channel in these perilous times. You are another great example of a woman of God.

    "Blessed is he that readeth."

    Our women need more spirits of Abigail and Ruth type characteristics. Thank you for your courage, submission, humility and love.

    To God be all the glory!

  4. This was interesting to hear how you journal! You have some great ideas on doing this! I love the prayer you incorporate at the end! You look amazing with your new hairstyle!

  5. Thank God for this video!!! ♥️ i recently got a new journal for Bible study, but didn't have a clue of how to start. I like structure, so this will help so much!!! Thank you, Lisa!!! 😀

  6. Love this video!! I loved journaling, and it is so fun to go back and read old journals, and see how God has worked! So fun to see what you do! – Est X

  7. I love your ideas for Bible study journaling. How do you decide which books of the Bible to read?or is it random?
    Thank you!

  8. Love your hair, girl ♡ I love these tips. I will definitely be applying them.
    Just recently my darling bought me a creative journaling bible where I can take notes and even color! It's beautiful.
    Much love from Ontario Canada!! God Bless xx

  9. I love your way of Bible journaling, I usually read the Bible and than outline what the major points are and apply to my life. Thank you for all your Bible tips. Have a bless day.

  10. This is awesome. I took notes while watching the video. I also love the highlighters. I got them last week!

  11. We have similar way of journaling when it comes to bible study. For some reason I cant follow thru other methods like the soap method. I just love it when you share anything about your bible, quiet time and journals!

  12. Very informative video! I take notes but, nothing like what you explained. I will be using your method from now on. Thank you so much!

  13. Love this! I’d really like to start bible journaling. I struggle a lot with knowing how to pray and what to say, so I hope this will help me direct my prayers a bit more as well as remember the Word and apply it to my own life.

  14. Great tips on on starting and keeping a Bible study journal….very helpful! Your hair looks great, Lisa, and so cute on you! TFS! Blessings! 💜💐✝️

  15. Thank you for sharing. I use to do the SOAP method .Now I just go by what God puts in front of me and journal it. Or also do art and craft journal on a chapter or a verse. Also I would look up bible verse on how I would feel that day. It would help me through the day. Thank you again for sharing. God bless!

  16. Your face really lights-up when you talk about spending time with God! Your love for that is precious!

  17. It's been a while since I've commented, thought I should pop in. I did not taking for Bible study awhile and it was fun with different colors and things. It wasn't very structured, just things I got out of the passages. 🙂

  18. Hi Lisa… thanks for doing this – I love how you broke everything down – I can't remember the last time I saw someone do this and I needed to be reminded about how to actually 'study' the Bible instead of just reading it. I do a lot of journaling… what I love doing is talking to God through journaling and then sitting there quietly and waiting for Him to speak to me. I then write down what He is saying. Sometimes He gives me a specific scripture and sometimes it's just a simple "I love you"… He's so good! 🙂

  19. Lisa, nice info. I journal quite a bit and to recall scripture has always been difficult for me. I do agree that picking individual words and expanding on the meaning helps me. Just for one example: Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ…. the word can: able to, be permitted, inherently able, designed to, permission, accomplish, but also can is a receptacle, vessel , container. when I research and expand each word I feel the Holy Spirit filling me with such understanding, comfort and love. Blessings!

  20. I am not a christian, but I just wanted to let you that you both truly do radiate a special light, and it reaches far beyond the edges of your community. The devotion you have to your faith is admirable. God bless your family moving forward ❤

  21. Great Video. This is helpful. Wanted to start a bible journal. Your hair looks great !! Look beautiful

  22. Really loved this! Have you seen InArtPlanner on Etsy? They have a prayer journal that has a similar structure!

  23. im trying to learn how to take good notes. I just got back from a church camp and I feel like the Lord is calling me to be closer with him. and I think he was trying to tell me that this may help me a little bit.

  24. Thank you for sharing your Bible journaling method. I read the Jesus Calling Devotional where I (1) summarize the devotion of the day in 2-3 sentences, (2) look for action words from God (an instruction or command), (3) write how I can apply the instruction to my life (I will…) and then (4) write a prayer. I like your take-away part. Currently I’m writing on 8 1/2 x 11 paper, but thinking about putting it in a smaller notebook so I can take it with me. Thanks again.

  25. I just recently purchased a bible and started reading the word of God. Your videos I share with my fiancé and they are helping us to get our daily readings started. Just today I read the book of Job and took some powerful things from it. Thank you for the videos and may God bless you

  26. Great advice. I'm in my first pastorate and you guys did awesome with showing how to make Bible study work in everyday life. God bless your ministry on here.

  27. Thank you. I recently got a good template from a friend but I like your method and will incorporate it, too. God's peace to you.

  28. I love the personal approach. When I was working on translating my book, I'd often feel a certain message coming through. I like the tip, "so I can bring it with me." Great to think about usability too. Peace.

  29. Thank you. I take notes but you have given me ideas on a much more organized way to journal. Thank you so much. 🦋🌹💙

  30. Ur study is simple n truthful. I feel thats who i am n how i would like to study. I like to remind myself to spend time with the lord he is ur best friend n just have fun. Color, watch movies, write letters n more.

  31. Thank you! I’m a rededicated Christian, and I look forward to using this method to better apply God’s Word to my life. A well-rounded, but simple tool.

  32. I'm new in all of these, reading the Bible, how to say it, believing so I was looking for a way to start and this seems like a good one, thanks for sharing this video.

  33. Im not currently keeping a Bible journal. I was doing theS.O.A.P Method Bible Study. But got bored with it and am lookin for a Bible Study plan.

  34. Thank you for your video's I want to buy my first bible , Becouse Im in a dark place for a long time and sometimes god comes in my mind and heart and that is very special for me. Do you have any idea for a first bible ? Im thinking to Buy one of this books -Spiritled Woman Bible -CSB (In)Courage Devotional Bible -She reads truth Bible Thank you for reading Have a good day🌻

  35. Lisa I just love you and your husband..Also your video's are so awesome!! But I'm so new at this and I just can't understand how to journal or what passage I should read for beginning how to journal:(..Can you PLEASE help me with this..God Bless you and your hubby….

  36. Thank you Lisa for sharing your technique for bible journalling. I'm a Catholic returning to regular reading of scripture after years of being a bit slack, and I really resonated with your simple suggestions. My God continue to bless you in your ministry!

  37. New subscriber here! I am following fellow Christian YouTubers and found your channel. Thanks for sharing. I will be doing more Bible study videos, myself. I have a similar method for Bible study. I have been making sure I read my Bible and take notes every day. If I miss a day, I will read devotionals to get some scripture in me and meditate. BTW, I'd appreciate it if you checked out my channel as well. Thanks!

  38. Thank you for this video. I'm on the edge of my faith.

    After some events in my life, I want to relearn about my God.

    I really want to know how the scriptures of the bible were found and united.

    Can you make a video about it or recommend a youtube channel which make that video?

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