Over the years, my faith has grown and it’s become something that I hold very close to my heart. While I’m not always able to actually attend church, I try to crack open the bible and dive deep into studying the Word every day. It’s personally something that keeps me grounded, calm and focused on my future – especially when things get rough.
In the past, I had been a part of an incredible bible study group and I loved it! We met weekly to talk about Sunday’s sermon, we did bible studies together, watched biblical movies and had lots of potlucks (one of my favorite parts, while we’re being honest! 😉) I have also been a part of a bible study at work, which was the biggest blessing. Myself, my boss and two of my coworkers met at lunch to cover bible studies. It was so heart-warming to be able to share my faith in the workplace, and that’s something I’ll always cherish. I’ve also had bible studies with friends, and it’s been the greatest experience to share faith with close friends.
While being a part of a group is a great way to dive deep into the Word, you don’t have to! I have found that doing my own solo bible studies and having quiet Jesus time every day to myself, is amazing too!
Here is everything I do to study the Bible on my own, I hope it helps you get started too!
1. Use an app!
I have used the YouVersion Bible app for years. I was traveling and needed something that was easy to use, so I downloaded it. Little did I know, it would help open up the Bible for me in ways I never thought imaginable.
There are tons and tons of Bible study plans available on this app for FREE, and they’re all so good. (I’ve completed over 200 of them already!)
You can either choose to study by Book, seasons (Christmas, Easter, etc), a life event you’re facing, or your current emotions/struggles.
I’ll be posting a blog soon on the current Bible Studies I’m doing, but in the meantime I highly suggest you download it if you aren’t already using it. It’s so, so helpful.
2. Find a good, seasoned mentor
When I was living in Canada, my faith deepened and strengthened and that is all thanks to the incredible mentors in faith I had! I am thankful for my last relationship, because we both helped each other grow in our faith. Through him, I also joined an amazing church community that opened my eyes to what faith and religion means.
I met so many people who have walked in their faith for so long, I listened to their stories, they prayed over me, and I learned so much about God and myself that I simply could not have learned on my own.
Reach out to your church community, find a solid mentor to learn from, find someone who can show you God in a different light that makes sense to you.
3. Buy a journaling Bible
I should preface this with: Buy a bible you will actually understand. I use the NLT (New Living Translation) because it’s written in common english, so it’s easily relatable. But, if you’re fine with the King James Version, go for it!
I’ve seen many people using journaling Bibles, but it wasn’t until just a few months ago that I got one myself. It was a gift from my mother, and it’s one of my most cherished possessions! I open it every day, it’s highlighted, scribbled in, loved. There are huge margins to write notes in, the pages are a little thicker so pens/highlighters don’t bleed through the pages (but I also use these Bible highlighters!)
4. Crank the worship tunes
One of the many things I love about church is the worship music. It’s uplifting, motivating, calming, exhilarating – all at once.
While you’re doing your own Bible study, bust out a good worship playlist! (Or my Spotify playlist 😉)
Do you do Bible studies on your own? If you have tips, leave them below! ❤