The first official day of spring is March 20, but residents at Park Regency assisted living community in Thornton may still experience some brisk winter days as the warmer season moves in. On days when it's too cold to venture outside and you want to spend your time bundled up in a favorite chair with a cup of hot chocolate, consider working these fun and creative Bible study tips into your routine.
God speaks in all kinds of ways, and while his Word is our final word on the matter, we can find his messages in other formats, including other books. Settle in with a favorite read and your Bible and try to find some lessons and stories that are backed up by scripture. What is God trying to say to you in a current novel or nonfiction bio?
Not a big reader? You can also discover God's message in movies or other stories.
Writing can be cathartic and it also helps your mind consider information in different ways than when you simply read it. Consider investing in a journal Bible, which provides areas on each page for you to jot notes, doodle or copy out favorite verses.
Alternatively, pair your favorite Bible with a notebook or journal that makes you happy, and copy out entire chapters as you meditate on God's Word. Hand copying Scripture is a timeless way to engage more with the message.
Coloring, sketching or even painting in your Bible can be a great way to reflect on God's Word while kicking your creative brain into action. Choose a Bible with sturdy pages and color designs directly over the Scripture in see-through paint, markers or colored pencils. You can read and study the words while you're creating art to go along with them.
Coloring in your Bible may sound like defacing it, but when you do it in the right Spirit, you're actually illuminating it.
You don't need a formal Bible study group or guide book from a famous author to unpack God's Word with others. Simply settle into a cozy nook with some friends, grab a few snacks and beverages and choose a chapter or even just one verse. Talk about what it means to each of you, memories of the verse from former church services or Sunday schools or how you've seen the verse in action in your lives. Sometimes, the best way to dig deeper into God's Word is to talk about it and share stories with others.