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How to Use the Give Me Jesus Journal

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Is the journal self-guided? 

Yes! The journal was created with a structured layout for you to use each day you study the Bible. You are given a space to fill out the date, time, and place you are having your quiet time, as well as a daily “Today I am Grateful For” section. Then you are given a space called “Be Still & Know” to write the text for the day, a prayer, a verse you are memorizing, or the title of the passage you are studying. After that you have a space to dig deeply into the passage of Scripture you are studying. We suggest reading through a book of the Bible as you use the journal. To close your time of study you will write down what you are learning about God, how it changes the way you live, and a space for prayer. We have provided free reading guides below for several books of the Bible that you can use for study! You can also follow free reading plans online, such as the chronological Bible or the McCheyne reading plan. 

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QUESTION 1 OF 9

Do I use the Scripture on each page of the journal as the verses to study that day, or do I choose my own?

The Scripture at the beginning of each day’s page is meant to be an encouragement to you in your study and a reminder of truth! The verse of the day is not intended to be what you study; however, feel free to use it if you want to dig into it deeper! We encourage you instead to study a book of the Bible or passage of Scripture for your daily study.

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How do I use the “Be Still & Know” section?

There are several ways you can use the “Be Still & Know” section! This section was named “Be Still & Know” after Psalm 46:10, which says, “Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted in all the nations. I will be exalted in all the earth.” Often, we rush into our time with God without quieting our hearts and placing our attention on Him. This section was designed to be a reminder to pause and praise Him before you begin your time in the Word. You can use this section to write a prayer of praise and confession before you start digging into the Bible. You can also use this space to write a verse from the Psalms, a verse you are memorizing, or the main verse you will be studying that day. There have been times I have filled this section out after I read the passage I was studying that day. After reading the passage I understood its theme and wrote down the core verse to remember. Get creative here! There is no right or wrong way to use it. You could even write down anxieties that are weighing down your heart as a place of surrender. And you can use it to preach the gospel to your heart! The main point of this section is simple: place your eyes on the Lord and remember that HE is God.

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What should I do if I need more space for my Bible study than what’s provided?

If you run out of space, you can use the notes pages in the back as “overflow.” Write in the margins! Fill up every square inch of space on the pages provided. Likewise, if you don’t fill out all the space provided, that is okay, too! The purpose of the Give Me Jesus Journal is to get you into the Word. It can look messy, and there is no exact right or wrong way to do it. This journal is a tool for you to get into the Word, not a formula. Another thought would be to invest in a journaling Bible! I use an ESV Single Column Journaling Bible (buy here or here) along with my Give Me Jesus Journal. I also write notes in there as I study to remember when I revisit that passage later on!

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QUESTION 4 OF 9

How can I use my journal to take sermon notes?

The Give Me Jesus Journal is wonderful to use for sermon notes. Here’s an example of how you can use the sections while taking sermon notes:
Fill out the date, time, and place (place referring to what church you are attending or sermon you are listening to).

TODAY'S GRATITUDE: Write down something you are thankful for about your church or the service thus far! This gratitude section is great to praise God for the Body of Christ and the gift of the church!

BE STILL & KNOW: Use this section to write down the key verse your pastor will be teaching from. If he teaches from a passage, choose one verse to write here. 

SCRIPTURE: Write down the entire passage reference he is teaching from.
Drink Deep from the Well: This space is where you will write the bulk of your sermon notes! Some pastors provide an outline or points as they preach, and others don’t. Regardless, use this space to write down the key points from the sermon and anything you learn as he preaches. 
What I am Learning About God: You can fill out this space during or after the sermon. I encourage you to go through your notes later that day or early in the week to write down what you learned about God from the sermon! This is a great practice to do every time you read the Word. Place your affections on Him.
How This Changes the Way That I Live: Every time you are in the Word your life will be changed. Write down how the truth you heard preached in the service changes your life!
Pray Big: Write a prayer of response, praise, and confession here from the pastor’s message.

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What if I don’t know what to write down in the “What I Learned About God” section?

It’s okay if you don’t know what to write down in this section! In the most recent version of the journal we changed this to say: “What I am learning about God.” Therefore, you can write down what you are learning about God in your quiet time as well as in life. However, we want to encourage you think about what the passage teaches about God even if He isn’t explicitly mentioned. If it is a passage talking about how you should live (such as Ephesians 4:25–27), ask yourself what this passage implies about God. For instance, in this passage we are told to speak the truth in love with our neighbor. Therefore, we know that God desires for love to mark our interactions with others because He is love. Ask yourself questions about who God is as you study! And ask the Holy Spirit to open your eyes to learn more about God’s character as you study. If this space seems redundant at times (as if you are writing the same thing over and over), that is okay, too! We are forgetful people. We need to remember over and over who God is. Preach it to your heart. Store up truth in your mind. Ask Him to show you the beauty of the truth every single time you open the Word.

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How long does the journal last?

The journal is designed to last 90 days! However, most women will find that they are not able to fill out the journal each day. There might be days or seasons when you are unable to find a pocket of time to dig deeply into the Word. We encourage you during these times to meditate on a truth of Scripture, until you have another chance for deeper study. Therefore, you may find that the journal takes you longer than 90 days to complete! There are also sections in the back for you to write notes and prayers, which you can use on days when you can’t fill out a whole journaling section.

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can i use the journal to study with a friend?

Yes, of course! We recommend studying a book of the Bible with a friend or mentor. We have provided a few free reading guides below that you can download and use together. Write your study notes in your journal and use those to talk through the passage together when you meet!

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QUESTION 8 OF 9

How do I study a book of the Bible using the journal?

In our free Bible study reading guides we provide several questions you can ask as you study a book of the Bible! You can also find our “How To Study the Bible Cheat Sheet” to print out and tape in the front of your journal or Bible. In the newest version of the journal, we provided this cheat sheet on the back of your “Journal the Word” tab for easy reference. If you would like to know how to dig deeper into the text using online commentaries and Bible study tools, download our freebie “Five Free Online Resources to Study the Bible.”

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How can I use my journal to take sermon notes? (expanded)

The Give Me Jesus Journal is wonderful to use for sermon notes. Here’s an example of how you can use the sections while taking sermon notes:
Fill out the date, time, and place (place referring to what church you are attending or sermon you are listening to).


TODAY'S GRATITUDE: Write down something you are thankful for about your church or the service thus far! This gratitude section is great to praise God for the Body of Christ and the gift of the church!

BE STILL & KNOW: Use this section to write down the key verse your pastor will be teaching from. If he teaches from a passage, choose one verse to write here. 

SCRIPTURE: Write down the entire passage reference he is teaching from.

DRINK DEEP FROM THE WELL: This space is where you will write the bulk of your sermon notes! Some pastors provide an outline or points as they preach, and others don’t. Regardless, use this space to write down the key points from the sermon and anything you learn as he preaches. 

WHAT I AM LEARNING ABOUT GOD: You can fill out this space during or after the sermon. I encourage you to go through your notes later that day or early in the week to write down what you learned about God from the sermon! This is a great practice to do every time you read the Word. Place your affections on Him.

HOW THIS CHANGES THE WAY THAT I LIVE: Every time you are in the Word your life will be changed. Write down how the truth you heard preached in the service changes your life!

PRAY BIG: Write a prayer of response, praise, and confession here from the pastor’s message.

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We wanted to offer you some free reading guides for you to use as you go through your Give Me Jesus Journal. We have created free reading guides for you to use to study 4 specific books of the Bible. These reading guides come from 4 different online studies we have done together over the past couple of years. Print one out and use it with your Give Me Jesus Journal! 

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Reading Guides

We wanted to offer you some free reading guides for you to use as you go through your Give Me Jesus Journal. We have created free reading guides for you to use to study 4 specific books of the Bible. These reading guides come from 4 different online studies we have done together over the past couple of years. Print one out and use it with your Give Me Jesus Journal! 

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Reading Guides

We wanted to offer you some free reading guides for you to use as you go through your Give Me Jesus Journal. We have created free reading guides for you to use to study 4 specific books of the Bible. These reading guides come from 4 different online studies we have done together over the past couple of years. Print one out and use it with your Give Me Jesus Journal! 

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Reading Guides

We wanted to offer you some free reading guides for you to use as you go through your Give Me Jesus Journal. We have created free reading guides for you to use to study 4 specific books of the Bible. These reading guides come from 4 different online studies we have done together over the past couple of years. Print one out and use it with your Give Me Jesus Journal! 

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Reading Guides

We wanted to offer you some free reading guides for you to use as you go through your Give Me Jesus Journal. We have created free reading guides for you to use to study 4 specific books of the Bible. These reading guides come from 4 different online studies we have done together over the past couple of years. Print one out and use it with your Give Me Jesus Journal! 

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advice from the team

"When I start my quiet time it always seems like a list of things I need to do comes rushing to my mind. I either keep a sticky note to write down any of those thoughts on next to me or write them in the "Jot It Down" section in the Give Me Jesus Journal so I can get them off of my mind and be able to focus on getting into the Word!"— Gretchen

Word Before World

"I leave my phone on its charger until I've finished my Bible study in the morning, so the temptation to scroll first is removed. And I love to study a book of the Bible with a few friends. Even though we study independently at our own pace, we check in with one another occasionally and talk about what God is teaching us!" — Lindsay

“I do my quiet time in the same chair every morning, and I keep my Bible, notebook, and pen right beside the chair. This way, there’s no hunting for where my Bible is, and I can easily dive right in!” — Elizabeth

"I am not a morning person and struggle to get up, but I love starting my day with God before the hustle of the day takes over. To help myself get moving, I set three alarms within a ten minute window. This way once that third alarm goes off, I know it's time to going!" — Erin

what people say about the give me jesus journal

“I have never been so consistently in the Word as I have since starting this journal. The format and prompts make it easy to dive right in.”

- Elizabeth C. 

 "Each section of the journal has purpose to help you be intentional with your quiet time. This journal is my favorite!!"

- Casey P.

“The only reason I have been able to finally read the Bible in its entirety was due to having the Give Me Jesus journal. I love journaling but with Bible study was stuck on how to proceed."

- Christie S.

“I have 3 young children and "quiet" time is hard to come by, but the journals have just the right amount of structure to keep me accountable to opening my Bible each day.” 

- caroline k.

"The journal has changed my quiet time and how I study the word in a very powerful way. The give me Jesus journal keeps me rooted to stand in His word daily!"

- Jennifer E.

"It’s such blessing the way my journals encourage me even after they’re full as I go back and re-read what God has done and said in my life."

- Dianne G.

“The Give Me Jesus Journal has simplified my quiet time but at the same time blessed me with the tools to dig deeper into God’s Word.” 

- Kortnie G. 

“The Give Me Jesus journal has changed my Bible time! For the first time in my life I am actually STUDYING the Bible and looking up things for reference and journaling what God is telling me!”

- Stacey S. 

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Each day is made of three pages to journal as you dig into Scripture and pray for your day.  Use this a tool to know Jesus more through every page of his Word!

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