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Do you often get tired of reading the Bible without really feeling like you’re understanding and receiving the Scriptures? Are there times where you think and wish there was a way of reading God’s Word without getting, well, bored? It’s sad to admit but it’s the truth for many. You are not alone! Fortunately, there are ways to relieve this feeling of boredom. God created us not to be hearers but to be doers ( James 1:22); He created us with the capacity of being creative, and with that creativity we can transform our way of spending time in the Word. I’m going to share a few study methods of growing your relationship with God that have personally helped me. PRAY FOR THE RIGHT ATTITUDE

Often times we forget, if not, don’t know how to approach the Bible properly. We’ll usually dive right into a book or verse without really preparing ourselves; this is a very common mistake, I suffer from it a lot. If we don’t carry the right attitude needed to read Scripture, we won’t be able to understand and receive the message God has for us. It’s important to do this because God surely wants us to hear from Him!

To have a good reading of the Word God intended for us to have, we should have the right attitude and pray. Humbly ask God for guidance when you read the message He has for you. Pray for a submissive, teachable attitude, so you can embrace the Word and follow it accordingly.

“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it— he will be blessed in what he does. ” James 1:22-25 READ WITH FRIENDS

Another way to read the Bible is with friends. In doing this you can learn with them, or from them, maybe they have wisdom to pass on from what they’ve received in their own time with God. If you want to read with friends, be sure to plan out the location and time of day to do so and figure out which topic/theme to touch on. “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them. ” Matthew 18:20. Being in fellowship can blossom your friendships, but most importantly form a closer relationship with God.

Reading the Bible is a privilege and something we should never take for granted, even if it sometimes can be tricky to grasp. But why is it tricky to grasp for us? Each of us were born with uniqueness, which can also mean we all have different ways of learning. There are three basic types of learners: auditory, visual, and kinesthetic. I’m a visual learner, meaning the way of learning most comfortable to me is to read and write. If you’re not sure what style of learner you are you can take this quirky quiz to guide you! PERSONALIZE SCRIPTURE

A couple of visual ways I try to grow my relationship with God is by personalizing scripture and keeping a prayer journal. Personalizing scripture is a great way to enhance meaning and memory, and it’s quite simple to do! Take Colossians 3:23for example, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters. ” To personalize it, turn the key pronouns to personal pronouns, or even your name, and you’ll get, “Whatever I do, I work at it with all my heart, as working for the Lord and not for men. ” In doing this we can truly connect with what we’re reading and not feel distant from God, and the verse becomes a personal affirmation. As you read you can also highlight key words that stick out to you, keep a color-coded legend so you know what you’re reading in future quiet times, or maybe write in your own words what you read to clarify the meaning (I don’t mean rewriting the Scripture’s message, just breaking down what you learned that still keep the meaning and purpose of the text simpler to you, i,g., S.O.A.P). KEEP A PRAYER JOURNAL

Keeping a prayer journal is also a great way to keep close to God and form the habit of talking to Him without it feeling like a chore. To do this, all you need is an empty notebook. Date your entries as if you would a test, write down your praises at the top, then below them write down your prayer requests. Once you see a prayer answered, you can write down the date it was answered next to it. By writing down what you’re grateful for and your requests, it can visually help you see how God is working in your life–it’s an incredible reminder of how God honestly does care and watch out for us.

Overall, it may be said that these study methods: praying for the right attitude before reading the Bible, studying the Bible with friends, personalizing scripture and keeping a prayer journal, are just a few easy ways of enhancing your relationship with God.

I highly recommend you try out any of these study methods and even explore your own creative ways of growing your relationship with the Creator. If you have other study methods that have helped you and have transformed your relationship, comment them down below! I’d love to read them and maybe you can help someone out there, too.

With all my heart I hope and pray that you all understand just how important of tending your relationship with God is. Reading the Bible doesn’t have to be boring because we don’t have a boring God, on the contrary, our God is awesome, mind-blowing! He created the earth and everything on it in just seven days. Imagine what He could do through you to spread the Good News of Jesus to others!