I’ve always said that studying the Bible is so much easier for me than praying. Does anybody else relate? Maybe it’s because I’m an introvert and I just enjoy reading more than communicating. But I’ve learned how vital both studying the Bible and praying are in my quiet time, and I’ve begun enjoying to pray more lately as well! Today I wanted to share with you 6 Bible study tools for every Christian teen girl; tools that have shaped my quiet time and changed my life!
But first, I wanted to tell you about a free resource that I have created for you. This post outlines which Bible study tools to use, but the resource tells you more about how to actually study the Bible! It’s called “5 Ways to Dig Deeper into the Bible.” If you click the image below, you can sign up for my newsletter to get access to my free resource library, where this guide is located. I pray it is a blessing to you!
And just a little disclaimer: I’m not getting paid to recommend any of these Bible study tools. I just use them and genuinely love them!
Bible Study Tools for Christian Girls
I’d say the Bible is probably a pretty important Bible study tool 😉 But seriously, I love my journaling Bible so much! I got it for my 16th birthday, and it’s been a game changer.
I’m not saying you have to use a journaling Bible to have a meaningful quiet time. Not at all! Instead, I’m just telling you how much it has enhanced my quiet time.
I love being able to take notes and doodle verses in the margins! One of my all time favorite things is when I study a book of the Bible, and truly fill up all of the white spots with notes on history, context, what I’ve learned, applications, and anything I found interesting. Later when I read that same book, my notes are right there for me to reference and look back on. It’s special!
I think my journaling Bible has also helped me to actually study the Bible and take notes because I know that next time I read the Bible everything will be right there. I don’t have to search for the notebook page I used for the passage. I definitely still love notebooks, as I’ll talk about later, but I just love having the most important notes right there with the passage!
Pens & Highlighters
This one is super basic, but I wanted to share with you some of my favorite pens and highlighters for my Bible!
I think that it is important to find the ways that help you fall in love with studying the Bible, and if different colored highlighters do just that, they are amazing little tools! In my free resource I mentioned above, I included some highlighter color coding systems that you may like!
So, for what I use. To take notes in my Bible, I use the Sakura Pigma Micron pens. They don’t bleed through, but you can see whats called “ghosting” from the other page. Pretty much all pens do that, especially on thin Bible pages. I love them though!
For highlighting, I use the very light pinks from the Crayola Supertip markers pack. Super fancy, I know. But I LOVE them!
The Daily Grace Co. also has some very popular highlighters, but I’ve used some similar to them and wasn’t a huge fan. They definitely don’t bleed though. You may love them! They have a 5-star rating with over 300 reviews. Like I said, I haven’t used these particular ones.
Prayer journaling has been a game changer for me! Although I don’t do it everyday, it’s enhanced my prayers and helped them to be more focused.
Of course, you could just write out prayers on a plain sheet of paper, but I purchased The Daily Grace Co.’s prayer journal. I love it! There are different sections for you to write about certain things, such as Adoration and Confession. Great for praying intentionally!
Prayer journaling is an awesome way to record prayers! You can look back at different prayers in various seasons of your life, noting God’s goodness and the way He helped and encouraged you through something. Recalling God’s past faithfulness is vital to trusting Him in the future!
Journal for Notes
Like I mentioned earlier, I love taking notes in my journaling Bible! But sometimes there just isn’t enough room in the margins, and a notebook is the perfect overflow space.
In my free resource mentioned above, I include some awesome note-taking systems. I also mention how helpful it is to summarize a passage in your own words, to be sure you understand it. If you can summarize it correctly, you get it! An extra notebook is perfect for these types of notes.
Daily Grace Co. Bible Studies
Daily Grace Co. devotionals are one of the BEST Bible study tools. You guys, I cannot recommend them enough. The author of them all, Kristin Schmucker, has gone to seminary, so they are very credible. She writes in such an easy to understand manner, and it helps so much when studying a book of the Bible.
She has devotionals for many books of the Bible, sort of like commentaries, and there are also some for how to study the Bible, etc. They are not too expensive, and the shop has frequent sales. One that they have often is $10 devotionals, so that would be the perfect time to snag a couple!
Of course, there are many great devotional books out there! Find one that you love, that agrees with the Bible, and it can enhance your Bible study (notice I said enhance, not replace).
Good Christian Books
Good Christian books are so helpful and encouraging! Reading them can bring more light onto a certain topic. There are so many wise Christians that we can learn from!
Right now I am reading Wild and Free by Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan. It is life-changing y’all! It is “A Hope-Filled Anthem for the Woman Who Feels She is Both Too Much and Never Enough.” So good!
I recently wrote a post on 5 Books Every Christian Single Girl Should Read, and last year I compiled My Summer Reading Books. You can even check out my Goodreads account for recommendations. I hope that you find some that you love!
I hope that this helped you out and gave you some Bible study tools for your quiet time! Remember, your quiet time does not have to be perfect. Just show up. Everything in this life is for God’s glory and not about us, so don’t focus so much on how you feel! Praise Jesus and learn more about Him. And remember, it’s quality over quantity! 5 minutes is better than nothing.
With all my love,