Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Scripture Writing Plans FAQ

I get emails often about my scripture writing plans (which I love!)
and many times the person writing asks questions.
I thought I'd post those answers here in case anyone else had those 
same questions and so that I can reference it in my replies to those sweet writers!


What is the benefit to writing down Scripture?

​I wrote my first scripture writing plan (and all the ones since) for several reasons. For one, it helps me memorize scripture which I so desperately want to do. In Sept 2013 I had brain surgery. ​In the days before and directly after my surgery ​I was so thankful for the scriptures I had memorized because they are what I repeated over and over and over again t​o myself during those scary pre-surgery​ and post-surgery ​pain-filled days. ​For a while after surgery I couldn't read or do anything on a computer or ipad {because it really hurt my head} and so those scriptures I had memorized ​comforted me. Since then I've really worked on memorizing more scripture (because you never know when the ability to open and read your Bible could be taken away)​ and I've found that writing them down really helps me to memorize them. Secondly, I love writing the verses down because it really helps me to think about and specifically focus on a set of scriptures. It's a great time to listen to God's voice and truly only takes a few minutes a day. ​ He never fails to show me exactly what He has for me to learn when I'm writing scriptures and I love finding new bits of truth from a verse I may have read hundreds of times before! ​A sweet reader shared this quote with me and it sums up perfectly how I feel about writing scripture:
“To me, the Word of God is like music. You can listen to the same piece several times and get the melody of it. But to hear the whole sound of it, every instrument, each line, you have to listen several times and pay a lot of attention...the word of God is so beautiful, the more time you spend in it, the more you appreciate it.”
​I did some research and found the quote is from ​​Marek Kaminski​ and is in the book A Year in the Psalms by Brenton Cox. (and Marek's story is pretty neat too!)


How do you develop the plan of which verses are for each day?
​Since I started doing the plans just for myself- and then shared them with others- my approach is different depending on the month. Some months I have a specific theme (Feb. is love, November is Thanksgiving, December is Christmas) that the verses follow. Other months the verses might come from a Bible study I'm doing​ or a loosely based theme (like January is about beginnings and new starts). Other months are just filled with verses God put on my heart to use. I really like the theme months so I've alternated a few months between general and topical plans. I'm also working on adding more topical plans soon!

Why are some verses repeated? 
I simply use the verses that God brings me to. Believe it or not I actually keep a spreadsheet of the verses that I use each month so that I do not repeat too many, too often. But because I've started doing months that are topical- there are definitely some repeats since some verses are perfect for more than one topic. Just know if you see a repeat that it's because they were PERFECT for the topic and that I felt led to use. Please feel free if you see verses that are repeated to substitute with any other verses.

How does scripture writing work? 
There is no right or wrong way to write scripture. You simply copy the verses down in whatever version you prefer. I typically write mine in a notebook in two versions (NIV and the Message) since those are the two that I love. There is just something about writing the verses down that helps us to see them in a new way. I often speak the verses outloud as I write them. 

If you have any other questions please leave them below and I'll be happy to answer them!  

7 comments:

  1. I enjoyed reading this, Shannon! I love that you create and post the monthly plans--and I love that you make them cute. :) Thanks so much! Blessings on you!

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  2. I have been following your Scripture writing plans for almost a year and it has been a huge blessing to me. I recently started a ladies' Bible study at our church and really struggled with what material to use. I decided a at least for now to give each of the ladies a copy of your schedule and a copy of a short question sheet to answer after doing each writing. Last evening I had a lady tell me that writing scripture has made a huge difference in her walk with the Lord. Thank you for the time you spend to put this together. God bless.

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  3. I love these plans, especially the topical ones. I'm going to start using them with my granddaughters as a study we share. 😊 Thank you so much!

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  5. So thankful for your Scripture Writing- it is exactly what I was looking for this homeschool year, to get my kiddos using their Bibles in a simple and effective way! Plus, no planning for me! Can't wait for November!

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  6. Shannon, what a "Sweet Blessing" your scripture writing plans have been to me!! I have been doing them for 13 mo's now and can count on one hand the times I've missed doing the daily assignment during that time. I find that I now hunger for the Word of God in a new and fresh way like I never have before, in spite of being a Christian for almost 35 years! I have begun printing the plans and giving them away to people when the Lord prompts my heart. As a pastor's wife of a small church, my Christmas gift to all our church member's this year is going to be a folder with all the plans in it, a notebook and pen. I can't imagine how our church body will grow (spiritually) if we all begin our day writing the Word!!!! Additionally, the FaceBook group my friend and I started surrounding the plans has been a blessing! I hope you don't mind if I share it here in case anyone else would like to join...all are welcome!! Much love and blessings to you! https://www.facebook.com/groups/798001910346230/

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  7. I chose the Kindness plan for November and have really liked it. Besides the focus on Scripture, it has caused me to focus on a character trait as well, in others and in myself. I would love to see more plans like this focused on traits such as Joy, Love, or faithfulness. Thank you!

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