A number of my posts begin with a Bible verse or verses. I didn’t start out blogging with the intent of writing about what I have been learning each time I read through the Bible but I find it interesting and I’ve discovered a new passion about it.
For most of my posts I write my first draft by hand in my journals, which are the standard college composition books you find at the grocery store.
When I’m writing about a Bible verse I write it out by hand even though I could just make a note to copy and paste the verse when it’s time to make the post digital. Writing it out by hand serves two purposes.
- Better comprehension and retention of the verse.
I find with all subjects that when I write it out word for word, I gain a better understanding of what I have just written. Using my hands to write the verse forces me to pay attention to every word and thus helps me to understand what it is that I am writing. It helps me to stay focused on the subject and to focus my thoughts.
- Writing the verse is a warm up process for writing the balance of the post.
As I write I get the feel and the pleasure of writing which creates the flow.
Some days as I force myself to write, those days when I feel I am out of ideas, I pick up a note which has a Bible book, chapter and verse listed on it. I’ll look at it and cannot remember the context of the verse so I look it up. After reading it I may say to myself, “What was the point of writing that one down, what angle did I have on this verse?”
But as I start copying the verse(s) into my journal it all comes back to me and then some.
Writing down words has power.
Some people wonder why I place average mundane tasks in my Outlook calendar. I do this because writing or typing these items makes them stick in my mind and helps me insure that I get them done.
I think that is why I keep blogging and write these posts. When I write I learn.
I learn about myself and learn how to improve myself.
I write down verses which help me understand, verses that help me understand the Bible which helps me understand my relationship with God. That is important and perhaps that is why I blog.
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