20 Ways to Engage with Scripture: 11-15

We are currently in our series, 20 Ways to Engage with Scripture.  In each of the two previous posts we considered 5 different ways for engaging with the Bible.


This week, ideas #11-15!

Ways to Engage with Scripture 


#11  Write your thoughts and observations.

The physical act of hand-writing helps with focus and retention.  Recording your thoughts and observations helps with processing and provides a record of your journey with God.



#12  Draw a picture.

Let’s be honest.  Some of us find note-taking to be a laborious task.  We don’t get even a little excited about the thought of writing out long-hand all that we notice in a passage.  The effort required, even the thought of it, is simply too much.  Therefore… we don’t take notes at all, and we miss out!  If this is you, have you considered drawing your sketching your notes?  About a system of symbols for your Bible note-taking?




#13  Create timelines.

Place the events from your passage into a timeline.  Of course, if you are a detail person the timeline can be elaborate and involved.  Otherwise, it can simply be an outline or chronological list.



#14  Pray Scripture.

“To pray the Scriptures is to order one’s time of prayer around a particular text in the Bible.”

Evan Howard, Praying the Scriptures


There’s no one RIGHT way to pray Scripture:

  • Pray the very words of Scripture.
  • Pray in response to Scripture.
  • Personalize passages of Scripture as you pray – Substitute your name, claim the promises, ask for help, confess.


#15  Memorize verses and passages.

“Bible memorization is absolutely fundamental to spiritual formation.  If I had to choose between all the disciplines of the spiritual life, I would choose Bible memorization, because it is a fundamental way of filling our minds with what it needs.  This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth.  That’s where you need it!  How does it get in your mouth?  Memorization.”

Dallas Willard, professor and author


Memorizing Scripture helps us grow to be more like Jesus, guards against sin, and is one of the most effective ways to meditate upon Scripture.




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9 comments on “20 Ways to Engage with Scripture: 11-15

  1. These are great ideas to help us engage with God’s word – and to root it within our hearts. Thanks for sharing your post on Grace & Truth.

  2. Love the Willard quote (and Willard!) I love reading Face to Face – scripture in the first person. And memorizing short passages helps me in all of life!

  3. These are some great practical tips, Thanks so much!

  4. Love this series, Deborah! Great ideas for connecting with God’s Word.

    • Thank you, Crystal. So glad you stopped by.
      Were there any particular ideas shared here that resonated with you (or ones you use that aren’t listed here)? I’d love to know what works for you!!

      • I think I do all of them in some form, Deborah. But memorizing large chunks of Scripture (small books of the Bible) is one that helps me engage. It will take me years to memorize a whole book, but daily meditating and working on memorizing those passages softens my heart and transforms my thoughts.

        • Thank you, Crystal, for the reminder that memorizing large portions of Scripture takes time, lots of it, but that the benefits are huge!

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