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3 Creative Tips for Scripture Study for Seniors

The Bible reminds us that we're being renewed day by day spiritually (2 Corinthians 4:16) no matter what is happening with our outward bodies. That's something we can take comfort in as we age, regardless of where our health journey takes us. But one thing seniors can do right in their assisted living communities to encourage their own spiritual renewal is to continue with Bible study. Here are three creative ways to incorporate Scripture study into your daily life.

1. Bible Journaling

Bible journaling takes on many forms. You can purchase Bibles made specifically for this purpose; they have extra wide page margins or areas left for taking notes or writing down your thoughts. You can also pair your regular Bible with a pretty notebook where you do your writing.

Some people turn Bible journaling into an art form, using colored pencils or special markers to draw and color over the actual Scripture in a way that the words show through and are illuminated by the artwork.

You can approach this study habit any way you like. The goal is simply to spend time with the Word and to enforce the verses you read and their message by writing out your thoughts or contemplating on the Scripture as you write or draw.

2. Learn Verses as You Work on Hobbies

Incorporate Scripture study into your hobby time by choose a memory verse you'd like to learn and working to memorize it as you crochet, work with wood or even walk around the assisted living community.

First, write the verse on a small piece of paper or index card you can carry with you. Read the card several times. Then, try to say the verse to yourself as you work or walk, looking back as the card as you need to. Do this repeatedly throughout your hobby project, and you'll have the verse memorized before you finish whittling a toy or knitting a scarf.

You can also meditate on the memory verse while you work, thinking about what it means to you or how it can be applied in your life.

3. Friendly Theology Debate Night

A great way to learn about your own faith and relationship with Scripture is to talk to people who have a different take on God's Word. While you may find many people of faith in your assisted living community, that doesn't mean you all come from the exact same background and have the same thoughts on fine points of Scripture — and that's okay.

Make use of these differences by gathering friends from the community together for a theology night. Choose a topic in Scripture or a certain passage and have a friendly debate wherein each person can present their own thoughts on the topics and give a defense of their faith. Remember to keep it friendly, though — everyone is entitled to their own relationship with God through Christ, and they may have come to different opinions on some of the more technical points in the Bible. Instead of arguing in a frustrated fashion, try to hear and learn from each other.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 says "All Scripture is God-breathed and is valuable for teaching the truth, convicting of sin, correcting faults and training in right living; thus anyone who belongs to God may be fully equipped for every good work." That remains true for seniors wherever they may live, so make room for God's Word in your active life in Bethesda Senior Living Communities.