God's Masterpiece
by Jana Kennedy-Spicer on April 1st, 2016

#GodsMasterpiece - this month's #SoulDeep Daily Scripture Reading topic.  In our current series, we will reach deep into the scriptures daily to discover our true value in God.

​The dictionary says a masterpiece is:  the most outstanding piece of work of a creative artist

WOW!  Is there a more creative artist than God? 

He created the heavens and the earth; the moon and stars; all the beasts on the land and the fowls in the air and the fish in the seas; He created every petal of every flower, every leaf on every tree; and from the dust of the Earth He created every man and every woman.  He spoke our world into existence and filled every horizon with beauty. (Genesis 1)

Yet of everything God has created, He calls YOU His Masterpiece!  YOU are His most outstanding piece of work!  Most precious, most beautiful, most cherished, most loved! 

Yes, out of everything that God has created, He loves YOU most! 
 



​The Reading List

​Teachings of value are woven all throughout the Bible, the 31 scriptures we've included for our daily reading are just a few on the topic. But our prayer is that examining these 31 scriptures in context, will give us all a deeper, more real and relatable understanding of our true value in God's eyes.
​(CLICK ON IMAGE BELOW TO DOWNLOAD READING LIST​)



​My Study Process

​When I get into my Bible to study, I am a digger. I really enjoy diving in and searching for other scriptures on the same topic and cross-referenced scriptures that give more insight. 

My most important tools are my everyday Bible (ESV), my ESV study Bible and my phone. Yes, my phone. 
1. First, I begin with prayer seeking God's guidance for discernment and understand of the scriptures. I ask for His enlightenment of the particular teaching He has for me in His words. 
 
2. I look up the days scripture in my everyday Bible and read the verse in context; meaning, I read the scriptures preceding and following the days verse. This may even include the full chapter depending on the setting or situation. 
 
3. Then I look up the days scripture in my study Bible and read the commentary offered for the specific verse as well as the surrounding scriptures. If I am not familiar with the particular book of the Bible, I even refer to the general commentary and notes about that particular book of the Bible. 
 
4. If cross-referenced scriptures are given in the footnotes, I go through these two steps with each of these scriptures as well; reading the scripture, reading the scriptures in context and reading the commentary for each scripture. 
 
5. Then I go to my phone. I could use my laptop computer for this step, but I find it actually distracting. I like the smallness of my phone because I can keep my main focus on my Bible. So on my phone, I look up the days scripture in other translations. I love BibleHub.com for this as it will list several translations on the same page. They also offer additional commentary notes following the scriptures. I may also do a general internet search on the scripture or topic to find blogs or articles which have been written using the scripture. 
 
6. Next comes I think my favorite part, this is where all of the digging becomes personal.  In every scripture I read, there always seems to be a word or phrase that just jumps out at me. So when that word appears, I look up the definition and see which additional words or phrases really speak to me.
 
All of theses steps led me to create the specific sections included on the #souldeep Scripture Journal pages. Two full pages to journal our learnings from each days scripture.



​The Scripture Journal

​(CLICK ON IMAGE ABOVE TO DOWNLOAD BLANK JOURNAL PAGES)
The #souldeep Scripture page includes 5 sections:
  • Read: today’s scripture
  • Reflect: what does this scripture mean (use the verse mapping exercise)
  • Relate: how do I apply this scripture to my life
  • Pray: talk to God about today’s scripture and topic
  • Remember: what is today’s key take-a-way

The Verse Mapping page allows you room write out the day's scripture and really make it personal.​
  • Read the verse.
  • Write out your verse. (in this box, leave plenty of space around it, between the lines and between the words.)
  • Personalize it:  replace words like “you”, “we”, “us”, “them” with your name.
  • Mark, circle, underline, highlight words and phrases that stand out to you. Any words make you want to dig deeper? Look up and define any words that need clarification.
  • Read the verse in context: read the preceding and following verses or whole chapter. See how it ties in to the verses before and after it.
  • Read the verse in other translations: note which words or phrases help you understand or apply the verse.
  • Cross-reference the verse: find, list and read other verses which speak about the same topic.

​I am by no means an expert in Bible Study, in fact, I have found myself surfing on the surface more than diving deep. But I've been praying for God to give me a desire for His Word.  

I would love to hear about your journey through God's Word. What are some of your study practices? Do you have some favorite resources?

 ​Let's jump in the Bible together this year, and dive #souldeep. 


Blessings Soul Friends,
Today's blog is part of our #SoulDeep Scripture Reading series - #GodsMasterpiece
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​Our God's Masterpiece - Soul Deep Scripture Journal, is now available in the SweetToTheSoulShoppe on Etsy.

It is a .pdf file for you to download and print. Included is the Daily Reading List and 62 journal pages preprinted with each day's scripture.

Also included is a separate FREE download of 31 printable scripture cards. 

    
​Jana Kennedy-Spicer is a wife, mom and Nana who is passionate about inspiring and encouraging women on their daily walk with Christ. A woman rescued and repaired by the grace of God, she loves to share about the realness of God's love, redemption and faithfulness. Embarking on a new life journey, she is dedicated to using her blogging, Bible teaching, writing, photography, drawing, painting and graphic designs to bring glory to the Lord.


Posted in Soul Deep Scripture    Tagged with #GodsMasterpiece, Bible Study, Ephesians


3 Comments

Betsy de Cruz - April 3rd, 2016 at 6:21 PM
Jana, I love these scriptures and this theme that you've chosen for the month. Such an important topic! I look forward to all your graphics! :-) You're a sunny spot on the web!
jANA - April 3rd, 2016 at 8:14 PM
Thank you so much for your beautiful encouragement Betsy!!
RuthieDenise - May 24th, 2016 at 12:00 PM
Thank you. I love the way you dig into the Bible.
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