Life Journaling

Reading the Bible Together

Storyline has committed to studying the Bible and applying it to our own individual lives. We recommend using the Life Journal Bible reading plan. Below is an explanation of how to follow the Life Journaling plan.

Daily Reading Plan

Want to read along with the plan online or on your smart phone? Click the link below to access the daily reading from LifeJournal.cc and BibleGateway.com.

Click here for daily reading.
Click here for a PDF download.
Read-at-your-own-pace Plan
Life Journaling FAQs

As we read God’s words, we begin to see how God responds to things.

Doing daily devotions re-patterns the way we think and transforms the spirit of the mind. Then, when we face similar situations as Jesus did, we begin to respond in the same way.

 

Journaling is an excellent way to both record and process what God has spoken to us. It’s also a useful tool to use at a later time to reflect on and review some of the “gems” that you have received. Without writing these down, you may forget those blessings and some very important lessons! While journaling is a very personal time with the Lord, you may want to share some of your daily devotions with your small group or mentors. Through discussion, you may be able to look deeper into what God is speaking to you, gain new insights and even encourage others.

 

S for Scripture

Open your Bible to the reading found under today’s date of your Bible bookmark. Take time reading and allow God to speak to you. When you are done, look for a verse that particularly spoke to you that day, and write it in your journal.

 

O for Observation

What do you think God is saying to you in this scripture? Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and reveal Jesus to you. Paraphrase and write this Scripture down in your own words in your journal.

 

A for Application

Personalize what you have read, by asking yourself how it applies to your life right now. Perhaps it is instruction, encouragement, revelation of a new promise, or corrections for a particular area of your life. Write how this Scripture can apply to you today.

 

P for Prayer

This can be as simple as asking God to help you use this Scripture, or it may be a greater insight on what He may be revealing to you. Remember, prayer is a two-way conversation, so be sure to listen to what God has to say! Now, write it out.

 

(Some content adapted from http://www.enewhope.org/nextsteps/journaling/)

"Oh how I love your law!
It is my meditation all the day."

Psalm 119:97

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