I started this on Mother's Day. It's a brand new art journal and I couldn't think of a verse more dear to a parental heart than Proverbs 22:6 "Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it."
The first part of the study involves looking at a specific scripture using a variety of translations. I generally read from the ESV, but also like to look at other translations which can add to the richness of a particular verse. Some of my other favorite translations are the New King James Version (NKJV), The Orthodox Jewish Bible (OJB) and The Message Bible (MSG). Another fan favorite is the New International Version (NIV). I use a few apps, including the Blue Letter Bible app, to look up translations, commentaries, cross references and word definitions.
I particularly like the OJB since I have a strong desire to know the Hebrew language. We lose something in the translation from Hebrew to English. I find it fascinating and enriching to look at the full meaning of the Hebrew words.
The next steps is to look at cross references--other places in God's Word where the same notion or words are used.
The framework looks at the foundation of the verse--the book, it's author, the context and culture in which the writing first occurred. The final step leads to application of the verse in my own life; what I learned and it's purpose.
From a purely creative viewpoint, this form of study makes a great case for hoarding alphabets and beautiful images! In this two page layout, I've used the following stamp sets from Sweet N Sassy Stamps: Shake it Off Caps, Shake it Off Lowercase, Skinny Caps, Cold Coffee Alpha, Teeny Alpha, Happy Day, Fantastic Flowers, Seek Him, All in All and Surrounded In Prayer. Rather than linking to each individual set, you can see the whole store HERE using my affiliate link.
Have a great rest of your weekend--TTFN, Jane