The other day I had a friend ask about HOW to study the Word because she was really struggling with focus and depth and applying the Word to her life.
I was thinking:
- How do I study the Word?
- How do I teach my students to focus and break apart texts in our classroom so that they understand what they are reading?
- How do I share literature so that my students connect to what they read?
I wanted to create a tool that could help anyone of any age or maturity deepen their walk with the Creator by breaking apart texts and focusing on what they need from the Word at any specific time in their lives.
The Focus Questions
After praying over what to share with others, I realized that there are three basic questions that I ask myself while reading scripture. I recognize that these are not the only questions or tools that can be used, but that these are the essentials for my intentional study time in the mornings. I have found that these are truly helpful for me no matter which passage I am working through each day or where I am in my journey.
After reading a passage, we can answer these questions to help us focus in Reflection:
1. What do I learn about God and who He says He is in this passage?
2. What blessings/promises are for me in this passage?
3. How could I bless someone or speak life into them based on what I’ve learned?
Why These 3 Questions?
So HOW did I decide on these questions for reflection? After all, there are literally millions of questions we can ask while reading. After praying for clarity, I kept hearing the words of Christ replaying in my mind when asked, “Which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
*Matthew 22:36-40 New International Version (NIV)
The words of the Prophet Micah (6:8) kept coming back to me as well:
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.
After meditating on these verses, it makes sense that these questions on a study guide should reflect the ESSENTIAL questions for seeking God, His promises for us (so we can affirm our identity in Christ to combat the Enemy’s lies), and how we use the passages we read to serve others.
I love bullet journal styles: the simplicity, the lines, the streamlined look without frivolity. Oh, goodness Sister, this is MY heart in a nutshell.
While there are some basic bullet journals out there, I needed something that I can use repeatedly without having to draw boxes or write questions daily. I need my morning plan to be purposeful, efficient, and intentional starting with my study time.
I want to spend my time “in the Word” not creating lines. And, sister, I thought as an intentional woman of God you would too. So I decided to create a simple PDF that we could download and print would merge all of this goodness into one document.
A printable PDF bullet journal to save me time (bc this momma is not artistic & I’m all about efficient!)
A Better Devotional Page
Since I’m going to be using this page as a place for my daily devotional, I decided that it needed to have more ways for me to focus on other aspects of my spiritual walk. I mean, if we’re going to have something that’s printable, why not dream big?!)
- I wanted a place to record my daily gratitude to the Creator so I could see my blessings so of course, I added a simple place to write this.
- I wanted a place to be intentional in serving others through prayer and actions. I have found when I write this out in my morning devotional time that I am setting my intentions for the day to seek ways to serve others. It also helps remind me that I am His servant and every small act will glorify Him. *I will be writing a post on this one soon!*
- Oh, counting our victories! Aren’t they sweet to see? I’ve learned through other printable tools that I created for myself for Overhauling the Overwhelm (I can’t wait to share more of this one with you!) that I need to write out daily victories. I need to physically write out HOW I combatted the Enemy and came out the Victor through Christ. Sister, if you’ve never done this, be prepared to have your eyes opened to building your confidence THROUGH Christ! (EEEKKK!!! This part makes me sooo giddy!!!)
I write daily a Godly Affirmation to remind me who I am so that I stay grounded. This has been a pivotal shift in my mindset transformation (Romans 12:1-2). So, sister, I had to include that for you too! This transformation is so much more than just physical.
I also developed an e-course called UNLABELED to help others learn to develop Godly Affirmations.
A FREE DOWNLOAD
As sisters in Christ, we are on the battlefield together. So, I want to share this free tool with you!
But, sis, I don’t want to just give you this tool, I want to give you several of my favorite resources to help you create a simple, but intentional, time with the Lord.
I put together a PDF that has 3 of my favorite tools to use to really get focused and start each day with intention to fill your cup and in turn serve and bless others!
1.| “In the Word”
2.|Pages of Godly Affirmations
3.| the MAP (Morning Action Plan)
I purposefully chose these 3 tools because they truly helped me simplify my mornings to focus on living intentionally for the Creator.
I started writing and practicing Godly Affirmations and it transformed my thinking just as Paul talked about in Romans 12:1-2. I became UNLABELED from the world’s ideas of who I was and focused on who God says that I am as His daughter.
I also wrote a while back how I am LIVING IN ABUNDANCE IN A SEASON OF FLAT BROKE. One way I’ve learned to do this is seeking God’s words and His provision over my life. Godly affirmations are what carry me through most days! So, I added in Godly Affirmations over your finances in this download as well!
The MAP (Morning Action Plan)
The morning action plan helped me to create a routine and a rhythm in the mornings to wake up each day with intention. It took me a long time to realize that the reason I didn’t want to wake up early is that I didn’t want to face my life and what each day brought.
If you keep saying “I’m not a morning person!” then I challenge you to read this post here.
MORE HELPFUL TOOLS
Sister, the aim of A Simply Dunn Life is to help you simplify areas of your life to live. I would love to share with you more tools that I have to help you do this!