The Ideal Formula for Scripture Writing - Psalm 19:8

~ Today’s blog post reveals the ideal formula for Scripture writing and it is designed to help you write God’s Word on your heart – in a way where you’ll never be the same. ~

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I won’t repeat what I already wrote about the 10 reasons why I like to write Scripture, but my favorite reason is that it changes me…

It makes my heart glad!

Psalm 19:8 (CSB): The precepts of the Lord are right, making the heart glad; the command of the Lord is radiant, making the eyes light up.

And my eyes light up. 

Psalm 19:7 (ESV): The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;

Scripture revives my soul.

Psalm 119:111 (ESV): Your testimonies are my heritage forever, for they are the joy of my heart.

And gives me joy and peace. 

Psalm 119:165 (ESV): Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble.

Pretty good perks, right?

If you don’t need heart gladness, then this post is not for you. {grin}

BUT, if soul-reviving sounds pretty good about now, allow me to show you how Scripture is the key. 

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Lest you think I just sit down and write, I thought I’d share my secret formula with you. Just kidding – it’s not a secret.

Especially after you read the complete “How-To” below!

The Scripture writing formula I use has a few nuances that make all the difference.

If you want to change your scattered Bible habits into a genuine daily desire that you can’t live without, well, you may want to take notes as you learn this formula. 

Or just purchase and print the handy bookmark! {grin}

But truly. I didn’t realize it when I started, but Scripture writing has built in me an actual craving to spend time with Jesus every single day – forever!

You can be next!

If you’ve tried Scripture writing before and didn’t get the appeal, you probably missed one of the nuanced steps below. And if I had to guess – it was probably number 8 or 9.

Or maybe you are trying Scripture writing for the first time. 

If you’re a newbie, do any of these ring true?

  • Your time in the Word is blah.
  • You don’t know what book of the Bible to read. 
  • Maybe you wish you understood what you just read.
  • Or you can’t seem to find the time for Bible reading.

It doesn’t have to be that way.


I’m excited, because these steps are about to rock your world – and more importantly, your heart. 

Instead of simply reading Scripture, prepare to step up to the next level.

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Scripture Writing – The Ideal 9-Step Formula

Or – as I affectionately call it – the 9 P’s of Scripture Writing Success!

1 – Pledge {every day}

Key to Scripture writing success – Commit to write a verse every day. 

This one may seem obvious, but if you skip the sincere commitment to everyday-ness, your new habit won’t last. 

Suggestion: Write your commitment down and post it somewhere you can’t miss. 

Joshua 1:8 (ESV): This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

2 – Plot {keep a log}

Key to Scripture writing success – Keep a written habit-tracker because it makes the habit satisfying and motivates you to continue.

The perfect Bible habit-tracker = write a verse each day. No boring checklist for me!

Suggestion: Make sure you have a designated spot for writing each day’s verse (like in our Verse Journals) and find the satisfaction of filling every spot. 

3 – Pre-Pick {what to write}

Key to Scripture writing success – Have your reading plan ready in advance. 

If you haven’t pre-chosen a plan, you’ll be tempted to open your Bible to a random page – which is not an effective method. Ask me how I know.  

Suggestion: Choose a book of the Bible and read a chapter each day. Then pick one verse from that chapter to write.

OR use a Scripture writing plan with a theme that runs throughout the entire Bible

4 – Pretty {make it enjoyable}

Key to Scripture writing success – Add elements you enjoy.

Invest in a journal with beautiful colors inside, or with your favorite flowers on the front. Get a colorful pen set or premium colored pencils. Set up your desk in an inviting way or fix up a comfy space with a chair in a quiet corner.

Making the experience enjoyable will help you stick with it. 

Suggestion: Make your Scripture writing journal a keepsake to pass down to future generations.

5 – Pray {for open eyes}

Key to Scripture writing success – Only God can give you understanding of His Word, so sincerely ask for it. 

Psalm 119:18 (ESV): Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.

Suggestion: Write that verse in the front of your journal, so you can easily find it and pray it every day before you write.

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6 – Pertinence {read in context}

Key to Scripture writing success – Always, always read the verses around the verse you want to write. 

Taking a verse out of context can sometimes change the meaning that was intended. 

Suggestion: Instead of choosing a verse first and then trying to find the context, try reading a chapter first and then choose a verse to write. 

7 – Pen to Paper {write a verse}

Key to Scripture writing success – Write a verse or 2 … or 5. Let the Lord lead. 

Deuteronomy 17:18-20 (ESV): “And when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, he shall write for himself in a book a copy of this law, approved by the Levitical priests. And it shall be with him, and he shall read in it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God by keeping all the words of this law and these statutes, and doing them, that his heart may not be lifted up above his brothers, and that he may not turn aside from the commandment, either to the right hand or to the left, so that he may continue long in his kingdom, he and his children, in Israel.

Suggestion: Try writing your verse in calligraphy! Practicing each day is the best way to improve your hand-lettering.

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8 – Ponder {each word}

Key to Scripture writing success – As you write the verse, ponder each phrase or word individually

Read the verse several times, emphasizing a different word each time. Ask God what He wants to teach you. 

Suggestion: Underline one word in the verse to help you remember what God emphasized.

9 – Probe {ask questions}

Key to Scripture writing success – Go back through the chapter and ask who, what, when, where, why, and how. 

My all time favorite question to ask is: How?

Many verses we choose to write tell us to “live like xyz.” Well, that’s nice, but exactly how did they go about doing that? Prepare to be amazed at the details you missed before! So fun!

Note: If you choose one of our Scripture Writing Plans, a question will be built right in. (Psst. Watch for a brand new addition in November!)

Suggestion: Spend the bulk of your time in the “going back.” In the searching of God’s Word.

And guess what you will find?

Actually I should say: Guess Who you will find? 

John 5:39 (ESV):  You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me,

It’s all about Jesus. 

We write Scripture because it turns our face to the Lord Jesus every single day.

Daniel 9:3 (ESV ): Then I turned my face to the Lord God, seeking him …

And you know that heart gladness, and joy, and peace we spoke of at the beginning of this post? It’s all from Jesus – who we meet in Scripture every day. 

Luke 24:44 (ESV): He told them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms must be fulfilled.”

So I hope you realize what a gift we have in Scripture.

I pray you will dig in and search – and write!

Hebrews 10:16 (ESV): “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds,”

As we write Scripture, God will write it on our hearts and minds.

That is the best perk of all.

We will become more like Jesus with every Word we write!

*My prayer for you is … that this blog will inspire you to open your Bible every single day to seek God’s face and write His Word on your heart – because HE’S the key to lasting heart change!

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