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To know if you understand something, explain it to a 6-year-old.

This principle is what makes Doodling the Bible so effective. When you read the Bible and take God’s words into your mind and heart deep enough to translate it into a picture or a word, it becomes part of you. You can be your own 6-year-old.

Doodling the Bible can also serve as a memory tool, a means to share, or a way to listen to, digest, reform, and cement God’s thoughts into your own. Don’t skim—dig in.

The purpose is not to produce fine art, although that may be a next step for the artistically talented among us. The tools we choose—pencils, paints, clay—don’t matter. The purpose is in the process of breathing in and breathing out God’s words to us. Doodling brings us to a place of focus and understanding, to questions and prayer, and sometimes to share.

Occasionally I share some of my visual studies on Doodling the Bible on my blog. You will see the entire books of Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians, as well as The Lord’s Prayer and a few Psalms.

Try it. You’ll like it.

Here’s the method I use: Read the verses and pray about them.  Is there a word or phrase the jumps out at you? Is there a picture that comes to mind? Do the verses remind you of something in your life? Draw a picture or write the words and let the Holy Spirit guide your thoughts.

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