At the start of this year I made it my mission to read more and study the Bible more. Not to read just anything, but books of worth. Books that I can learn from and gain some knowledge. Books that cause you to think and evaluate your life. Books that motivate you to change for the better. Books that add something to your life.
Whenever I read books like this I love to underline and/or highlight things that stick out to me or that are worth value. I feel like I retain more. It brightens up what I’m reading. And it gives my reading some purpose. And then when I go back through that book at a later time I can quickly search for the things that stood out to me.
I’ve recently come to love colored pencils and figured they’d be a perfect highlighter! There are so many color options. Which is perfect for subject studying. Or for brightening up your book. They are very light so you don’t have to worry about it bleeding through the paper. You can put a light amount of pressure for a lighter shade or apply a brighter/darker shade if that’s what you want. Sometimes if there is a single word I want highlighted I do a very light shade of color over it. So it’s there but subtle. And for whole sentences I do more of a darker or brighter shade.
These are the colored pencils I have been and enjoy using. Pretty basic, but lots of color options and it gets the job done. Crayola 50ct Long Colored Pencils (68-4050)
There are currently 3 books I’m reading that I’ve been using colored pencils in. For one book I’ve picked one color that I’m going to use throughout the book. It’s a pretty light green shade. For whole sentences I get it as solid and bright as I can. If there are key words that pop out to me in a sentence I lightly color that word so that as you come across that word I know it’s important to me, but may not be the first thing that leaps out at you on the page. And if there are big paragraphs that I like, but don’t feel like coloring the whole thing, I just make a square or bracket with the colored pencil around the paragraph.
My second book is my daily devotional book. For this one I don’t really have a rhyme or reason for what I do. I just read my devotional for the day. And if there are things that leap out at me then I choose a fun color and highlight that phrase or group of phrases. Each day I like to pick a new color. It’s fun and bright. Makes for being dedicated to my devotionals a bit easier. I look forward to finding things in them, choosing a color, and highlighting it.
And my 3rd book is the Bible. I’ve been doing a lot of scripture reading and plan to do more studying of His Word. But I wanted to do more than just underline and highlight with the same color for every verse. I wanted to be able to categorize the colors I would use. Which would make for better subject studying. So I’ve put together a basic list of what the colors I’ll use are for. I’m sure the list will grow as I get more in depth and the more I figure out how I want to do things. I needed some inspiration on what colors to use for different subjects, so I got an idea of what to use here, but also added some of my own and used my own scripture examples. So, here’s the color list for Bible studying:
(I keep this list in my bible notebooks as a quick reference)
Green-My thoughts and actions. We are used to symbolizing ourselves and our fleshly nature as “the old man.” And as we become more like Christ and allow Him to work in us we call it “the new man.” So to represent this I liked the idea of a nice bright, light green for verses that deal with our thoughts, words, and actions being more like Christ, a Christ-like nature. For example this scripture which is highlighted green in my Bible. “That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” Ephesians 4:22-24
Blue-Scriptures for things personal to me. I’m a wife and a mother. But I’m also a daughter, a sister, and a friend. So for scripture verses pertaining to these things I highlight in blue. Such as Psalms 113:9 “He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the LORD.”
Pink-Love and kindness. “This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:12-13
Yellow-God and Jesus. Who they are and what they do for us. II Samuel 22:33 “God is my strength and power; and he maketh my way perfect.”
Purple-God’s promises. “I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.” Genesis 9:13-15
Orange–The Holy Spirit. Acts 2:4 “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
Hope this is helpful to you and sparks some ideas!