Stone Soup for Five: 6 steps to a Streamlined Bible Study you can do anywhere--and a GIVEAWAY!

6 steps to a Streamlined Bible Study you can do anywhere--and a GIVEAWAY!


I love office supplies! All the office supplies!!

And sticky notes!  Name brand and generic!!

And tabs!  Binders!  Paper clips!  Pens!

And lots and lots of books!
And Bibles!
And commentaries!

And I love schedules... and plans... and goals... and plotting BIG achievements.

And then I mess up one day.


And I need chocolate.
Coffee.
A blanket.
and all the plans, hopes, and dreams fizzle into a smoldering pile on my stained carpet and I'm left feeling dejected and exhausted.

I've tried Bible study plans and succeeded at some--bombed others.  I've tried books.  Devotionals.  Different methods etc, etc, etc.

But today I'm going to show you my streamlined, tried and true setup for a great Bible study time.  It's pretty simple.  Here are your ingredients:

Your favorite pen(s).  
Go ahead.  Buy a bunch. Write with them. Give what you hate to your kids and keep the good ones locked up tight!



A favorite journal.
One you can take to church and write in at home.  A composition notebook or a fancy-schmancy sketchbook. Whatever you will actually use and write in.  Don't go buy a fancy one if writing in it scares you.  Go cheap or go home!

YOUR BIBLE.  Not just a Bible.  But YOUR BIBLE.
Not a nice new one. Not the new translation you just picked up.  But YOUR Bible.  The one that you have used for years and years. The one with the gold worn off the edges and the cover fraying.  That Bible.  LOVE that Bible.

A Bible tote bag.
Now this is crucial.  I've used reusable grocery bags, the soft sided ones that don't stand up and flop over.  I've used cute bags with lots of cool pockets inside that hold lots of stuff--and the lots of stuff is the problem--my bags form an identity crisis and morph into a second or third purse.  I've even gone without a bag and just carried my Bible and misplaced it, or laid it in glue-like syrup drips on the table.  But, about a year ago, I found my PERFECT bag on Etsy through Penny Bennett.  And it is really perfect!  Big enough to hold my Bible and journal and pen bag, and small enough that it pretty much just has room for those things.  Which is awesome.  No junk.  Streamlined. Efficient. Dedicated.

So with those ingredients, here's your steps to a streamlined Bible study:


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6 Steps to a Streamlined Bible Study Time

1.  Pull out your Bible and pen and read the first page in whatever book of the Bible you choose.  Figure out how long you have for reading and set a timer. Read just to the end of that page.

2.  Ask yourself: What did I just read?  Re-read if you can't remember.

3.  Write a brief heading at the top of your page about what the verses on that page were mainly about and repeat for the next page. Keep going for as long as you have on your timer.

4.  For bonus credit, write a brief devotional thought at the bottom of the page.  Or a sentence about how these verses directly apply to your life today.

5.  After the timer goes off, reset it for 5 or 10 more minutes and journal about what you have learned and how to apply it.  Note or copy out any verses that really stood out to you.

6.  When you are out of time, put the Bible, pen, and journal back in your bag and place it where you can repeat again tomorrow.


That's it!

You don't need a desk or a library of reference materials to have a great Bible study time.







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Now for the awesome giveaway!


I found Penny Bennett on Etsy about a year ago and ordered one of her awesome Bible totes because I was so sick of not having SOMETHING to keep it all in.  And I have used that tote DAILY ever since it came to me all beautiful and ready to use.


What's awesome is that Penny has generously offered to give a tote to one of YOU!  There are a few ways for you to win the tote, and I hope you do, because they are AWESOME!


**PLEASE NOTE: Because of shipping cost, the Bible Tote can ONLY be shipped within the US.  Sorry for any inconvenience.**

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1.  Leave a comment here about how you most enjoy studying your Bible.

2.  Visit Penny Bennett's Etsy store and comment below about which Bible tote you like best.

3.  Visit my Bible Study store and comment below about which Bible Study you'd most like to do.

After you've done each item be sure to enter it into the Rafflecopter box below or you won't be entered.  All the links are also in the Rafflecopter box below and automatically enter you into the drawing!

THANK YOU!!!





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52 comments:

  1. I love studying my bible in a group environment. Right now I am in a 24 week study of the gospel of Matthew.....LOVE IT!!

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  2. I use a Bible app on my Kindle, but I like the idea of using the page headings in my journal. Thanks for the suggestions!

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  3. I love the modern green floral tote!

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  4. I am studying the Bible with Good Morning Girls reading one chapter per day Mon-Fri then discussing it on FB with some very close spiritual mentors whenever I have the time. MY BIBLE is a journaling Bible with wide margins so I write a lot in it.

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  5. I use Logos and The Faithlife Study Bible as my favorite tools. I read in my trusty, rusty Bible and write all over it - and then I can look up the facts and tidbits I want to know more about. Nerd girl - but I LOVE THE WORD!

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  6. I am torn between the green black floral tote (more classic) & the purple floral print with purple canvas (purple is my fave color)... I would've a hard time deciding.

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  7. I think I would be most interested in doing your study on Philippians... it is just the one that jumped out at me.

    BTW, I think you & I are so much alike. I can identify with a lot of what you post. Today it's a love of office supplies, being an over-planner, & being easily thrown off track. Thank you for your openness. Best wishes

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  8. I love to allow my reading to speak to me through doodling, drawing, scribbling what the text means to me personally. I have even doodled a scripture/prayer that might touch and encourage a friend.

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  9. I am teaching a Bible study to a few ladies from our church. We are studying Titus. I especially love doing research, using maps and other background information

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  10. I would like to study Romans. Our pastor is preaching on Romans, now, and it might be nice to follow along with your study.

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  11. I would like to study Philippians. Paul's letter that teaches us about being a Christian and what it means to be Christlike.

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  12. The totes are exquisite! I was drawn to the Charcoal Grey Damask.

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  13. I really enjoy inductive Bible study. My favorite tote is the modern geometric, but it was a hard choice--Penny has great taste.

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  14. I love the red plaid tote and any of the journal studies! (Except Ephesians because I'm doing that now( :)

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  15. I do a daily Bible reading plan that takes me through the entire Bible in a year. I'm currently using a thematic plan where all the chapters I read each day are related. I then pick a verse each day from my reading and journal about it. Reading through the Bible each year has transformed my quiet times!

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    1. If you don't mind me asking, where did you find a one yearBible reading plan that is thematic... that sounds like an interesting way to read the Bible.

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    2. Sure! Here is the link: http://fairlyspiritual.org/2014/12/21/craig-desjardins-thematic-bible-reading-plan-2015/. Just click on the link for printing out a calendar on this site.

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  16. I enjoy reading/studying my bible by looking for things I can list or put into a chart which helps me to see/understand everything more clearly. From there, if I have time that day, I will look up cross references for certain words, topics or a particular verse to get some more depth of meaning. If I don't finish that day, I will continue on another day. Then I like to take what I've learned and write how it applies to my life. I'm very big on highlighting, writing and marking in my bible and and my notes too, to make them stand out more. The bible study I would be interested in is Colossians/Philemon and the tote would be the Limited Edition Grey Plaid with sheer ruffle trim and black accents. Great post and great give a way. Thanks for the opportunity to enter..Linda E.

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  17. I love to read my Bible early in the morning, before the rest of the house (aka my 3 kids) get up. This way I can take my time, journal about my thoughts as I read and prepare to face my day in the best way possible!!!!

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  18. Oh my goodness, those Bible totes are adorable!!! I think my favorite is the grey chevron with the hot pink!!!! She has some beautiful items!

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  19. I looked and I think Romans would be what I would chose. I am in a course right now studying Romans for my Bachelor of Religion degree and I think a devotional look at it while I am looking at it in such an in depth way would help keep the clear that this is God's Word for us to learn from and feel from!!!!

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  20. I love using your journaling through the Bible studies. I am in Ephesians right now, and am going to do Matthew next. I have never been so excited about studying my bible

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  21. I meant to have an exclamation at the end of my entry above, but I couldn't edit it. ;) Thank you also for not making twitter and Facebook a part of this giveaway....I don't do either! ;)

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  22. I enjoy my Bible study time in the morning when the kids are asleep and the house is quiet. I read a chapter then reread it using the Amplified version to add to my understanding. I need to start journaling so I retain more.

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  23. Charcoal gray damask or modern geometric print are my two favorites.

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  24. I try to study my Bible in the morning before my girls are awake. I have been following Professor Horner's reading plan and love it.

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  25. I like to curl up on the couch with my Bible and pens and a notebook/journal with a warm cup of tea and a lap blanket my grandma made me.

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  26. I'd like to do a Bible study on Matthew.

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  27. There are two that I really like but if I had to choose on it's the Purple Floral Print with Purple Canvas. Optional rickrack trim (the other is the Modern Green Floral)

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  28. I love office supplies too!!!!!!! My fav is my handmade owl bible cover. It's so stinkin fun!!!

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  29. I most enjoy studying my Bible a little section at a time in the early mornings before my kids wake up. Right now, I'm doing a Colossians study with Hello Mornings, and I have an Instagram group I am working with. It's a lot of fun.

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  30. The Modern Green Floral tote is my fav, but they are all beautiful.

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  31. As for which Bible study I would like to do, I'd pick Colossians. I'm doing another Colossians study, and I would love to do this as a companion to that one-- especially with the doodles.

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  32. EEK! This is very exciting! I have been using a bag that came with some free makeup from clinique a billion years ago, and it gets the job done, but I would *love* a green chevron one just like yours! What a fantastic giveaway!

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  33. And I would probably choose Ephesians or 1 Corinthians for a Bible study. Also, I'm stoked to see that you are planning to make some kids' Bible studies because I will do it with my kids.

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  34. I most enjoy studying my Bible inductively, but I frequently get stuck and don't do it because I feel like I don't have time to do it properly. I love your timer idea. I'm also reading through Daniel so I was excited to see how you did the title for that page. That's exactly what I needed to see. Great post as always, Kari!

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  35. I've always enjoyed inductive study. And recently started using SOAP with Good Morning Girls. I could go for a nice Beth Moore study, too.

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  36. I like Penney's purple tote with floral print.

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  37. I would probably like to do the Colossians and Philemon study because those are two books I haven't quite read thoroughly.

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  38. I like to study in a grp and hear how others include the lesson into their lives.

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  39. I would like to do a bible study of Matthew or Luke.

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  40. I think I like the green chevron the best.

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  41. I love in depth Bible study but lately I've been doing a short devotional and looking up the associated verses.

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  42. All of her totes are beautiful. I espeically love the hot pink and gray chevron and the hot pink with the multi-colored circles. Would love one!

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  43. I would like to do your journal through Romans. It is a book that often intimidates me but I would love to study it more in-depth.

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  44. I not enjoy my quiet time with God and His word but also with all my girls in my Bible Study group.
    Btw I also love office supplies too. It makes studying that much more fun!!!

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  45. I not only enjoy my quiet time with God and His word but also with all my girls in my Bible Study group.
    Btw I also love office supplies too. It makes studying that much more fun!!!

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  46. I would love to study Luke or Phillipians. Thank you

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  47. I love to do my quiet time/bible study early in the am. I keep on hand my bible, a pencil and a spiral notebook. I usually study at my kitchen table. It's a cue for me to remember all the blessings, prayers, concerns that are shared around the table.

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  48. I think I like the grey/pink chevron or the damask one the best. Such a great design and fabric choice.

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