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I am so excited to bring you this post! I asked Jenn from Feasting On Joy to share with you how she intentionally builds her faith by writing Scripture. What she shares is amazing! I found Jenn’s website when I was searching for ways to build my faith and I couldn’t have been more blessed. I know you’ll be just as blessed as I was!
Do you feel like your faith is struggling lately or that you are not as close to God as you once were? The struggle is very real in the time it takes to be a mom and do life. Although these are fruitful things to spend time doing, the sheer magnitude of responsibility can steal away those quiet moments you desire to get back to soaking up the truth of Scripture and growing in your faith.
In your struggle I know how you feel. There was a time in my life that I was so overwhelmed with healing from my autoimmune condition, Hashimotos, which included overhauling my entire diet and lifestyle, homeschooling, taking care of my kids, being a wife and the general administrative tasks to run a family. I felt like my faith was on the back burner. Time in the Word was the thing I wanted most but it never seemed to happen. Furthermore, when I did get time, it was harried and felt empty since my mind was often elsewhere. In some ways my life and faith felt futile.
I really love this penetrating quote by this German writer named Johann Van Goethe. He says, “The things that matter most must never be at the mercy of the things that matter the least.”
Certainly, health, kids, family, education and the things of life don’t matter least but there is truly an order to prioritize your life. The thing that should matter most to grow your faith is spending time with God. Even if it’s only in ten minute increments throughout your day. Putting Him first because He matters most, and is Who gives you life, is vital for how we feel throughout our life and our days.
Writing Scripture Can Become the Answer
When my life was overwhelming and I was exhausted with wheels spinning in all directions, I turned to writing God’s Word instead of just reading it in haste. Doing this intentional act was a way that I could make the most of my time with God, grow in my faith, and really soak in what I was reading in the short time I had. I know it will do the same for you!
Tsh Oxenreider in her book, (affiliate) Notes from a Blue Bike summed it up perfectly when she said, “…to live with intention means to make little daily choices that resonate deeply in our souls – that make sense deep in our being and ring true.”
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As I purposed to carve out ten minute increments of time with my pen in hand, my Bible by my side and my Scripture journal in my lap, I experienced God in my innermost being.
Sure, I was still busy and exhausted but through this simple act, God met me where I was and shared with me with his most profound truths.
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Five Specific Reasons Scripture Writing Can Build Your Faith
1. Writing Scripture Influences Your Mind
There is actual science that backs up the power and compelling force that writing has on our minds. When we participate in the act of writing, our (RAS) Reticular Activity System is activated. This system is comprised of the cells at the base of the brain that filter all the information that our brain needs to process.
My favorite virtual mentor, Michael Hyatt quoted some research about the effect writing has on the brain that was done by two prominent universities. He quotes, “New research from Princeton University and the University of California show that students who take notes on paper actually learn and retain more that those who use laptops. The reason is that handwriting engages different paths of your brain, forces you to more fully process your thinking, creates more and better memory cues for later recall and gives you an edge in understanding and remembering concepts.”
Even though that research was done in relation to college students, it applies to us because we are students of the Word. The act of writing will affect us just the same.
It’s important to understand that when we write out something, that information is brought to the forefront of the brain triggering it to pay focused attention to what is being written.
2. Writing Scripture Allows Rest
This may seem counterintuitive because writing takes some focused energy and physical movement within our body. However, when we sit down to pen words on paper, especially powerful passages from the Bible, our minds can genuinely find rest.
Jesus says in Matthew 11:28, “Come to me, all you who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest.”
Just as writing our personal thoughts out on paper can be therapeutic, writing out God’s Truth can have a profound effect on our consciousness. When God takes our burdens as we meditate on the Word, with pen to paper, our bodies release and relax.
3. Writing Scripture Leads to Intimacy with Christ
God knows us better than we know ourselves. He tells us this in one of my favorite books in the Bible: Psalm 139:1-6
O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.
You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is high; I cannot attain it.
Reading this makes me want to acquaint myself more to my Lord. He knows me so well and I want to know Him too.
When we spend even ten minutes writing out the meaningful words God gives us in the passages of Scripture, our brain processes the words we are writing differently that when we just read them. Remember the important research I shared above? The words become sharper in our minds. They become more than just words. They become ways, instructions and are life-giving. Being intimate with Christ requires us to be present and fully focused on Him and the mere act of writing Scripture allows this to happen.
4. Writing Scripture Causes You To Slow Down
When we make the intentional choice to take 10 minutes out of our day, during various parts of it, to write out the Bible passages we’re reading, we are putting God first. We are saying, “I choose You.” We are showing God that those to-do’s or how we’re feeling or the proverbial fire we feel like we have to put out is not more important than our moments with Him. We are taking action and choosing to slow down – even if it’s only for a few moments.
There were so many blessings that came for me when I purposed to put the best things first and slow down. Savoring the moments I had as I wrote out the words of David in the Psalms caused my breathing to slow, my brain to focus and concentrate and my soul to quiet. It made me not feel so alone in my struggle. It was amazing and just what I needed.
In fact, as I started implementing this practice in my life, I started craving it more and more and trying to fit it in more and more. I wanted to drink in my time with the Lord. In the busy and chaotic life we live, slowing down is a must in order to see the blessings God has for us and develop a legitimate holistic life – the type that will nourish our soul forever.
5. Writing Scripture Allows it to Resonate in Your Soul
I believe that each and every human soul longs for a void to be filled and craves the comfort and peace that only our sweet Heavenly Father, Jesus can give. When you purpose and even schedule your time to write Scripture and bring those powerful words to the forefront of your brain you are amplifying 10x (or more) what God has to show you for that day or that time. As you mull over the words your pen is scrawling, a deeper meaning appears and your soul finds that nourishment that only those truths can give.
In Philippians Paul talks about the things we should focus on. In chapter 4 verse 8 he says, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
During those harried and chaotic days (which I still sometimes have), writing out the refreshing words of Scripture have sustained me. They have kept me afloat. They have given me strength and the beauty that I often miss in those overloaded times. Thinking and focusing on Truth is just what we have been instructed to do and writing those Truths causes them to be remembered and retained better.
Before you go, be sure to check out other helpful posts.
You might also be interested in The Quiet Time Kit. In it you’ll find several creative ways to enhance your walk with the Lord. Be sure to check it out!
Have you ever tried writing Scripture as a means to authentically and intentionally build your faith? I love Jenn’s suggestions and I can’t wait for you to try them! I have enjoyed the Scripture writing journals, called (affiliate) Journables. Jenn introduced them to me and I couldn’t be happier! They are a really neat way to write Scripture and have an heirloom keepsake when you’re done. This is (affiliate) my favorite set of pens and I use them for Bible Journaling as well. (Another amazing way to build your faith!)
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