Studying the Bible

Happy Friday, all!
So recently I felt like I needed to dive in to the word more. Granted on a regular basis I don’t read my bible. I subscribe to a daily verse email from Joel Osteen, and I read that everyday but embarrassed, I must tell you thats the max I read the Bible. I just confess I don’t even go to church anymore. Thats a story for another time. Anyway, I don’t know where this thirst for the word is coming from but it’s there and I wanna quench it. The question is, how do I do that?

Now, I must tell you I have a supremely busy life with law school. Time is of the essence. So for me daily studying needs to be quick and painless. Naturally, I started my search with Pinterest. Searching Bible Journaling, Bible Studying and Prayer Journal. None of that seemed to be what I wanted; it didn’t satisfy my curiosity. What did intrigue me was two fold.

What I Found:
1. First thing was the SOAP method where (as I understand it) you read a portion of the bible write down the things that stick out to you (Scripture), then write out (Observations) then (Analysis) and finally (Prayer).

2. Second was verse mapping. Where you take a single verse and decode it, with definitions and meanings to you and such. Here is a picture of what I am talking about.

I think my next step is to ask an expert how to study the bible and see what they say. I follow a few inspirational christians on Facebook, I also have a pastor cousin and some paster family friends. 
What I’m Looking For:
I wanna understand better. I always felt like everyone knew the bible better than me. For a long time I thought they knew God better than I did and I had to be formal with him, or that I had to be perfect to talk to him. But God is not like that. You can talk to him as you are. Imperfections and all. 
With the world drawing away from the Lord I wanna draw nearer to him. I wanna understand. In my mind what better way to understand that to go to the source it’s self. 
So until I get a study plan underway feet I’m just reading 4 chapters a day and taking notes in a notebook. Like it’s a class I’m studying for, since that’s all I know. 
Thoughts? Ideas? Suggestions? Lemme know I wanna hear them. 


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