Several people have asked me how I use my washi tape to study and mark in my Bible. So I feel led to blog about just that!
Make tabs for future reference!
I use washi tape to make my own tabs. Tear or cut a piece that's at least 3 inches long and fold it, leaving some of the adhesive sides. Stick it to the margin area in your Bible and voila!
What if you need to remove the tape? Will it tear the pages? I worried about the same thing, but I have moved several tabs without tearing a page! Just gently pull the tape off and you shouldn't have to worry about it. However, to ensure the quality of your Bible pages just in case, you can stick the tape to a surface a few times to remove some of the adhesives and then stick it to the page.
Organize your tabs! Each color or pattern can mean a specific subject or topic. For example, my shiny rose gold tabs mean there are verses talking about salvation. My succulent tabs show that those verses are for Christian maturity and growth. The plain pink ones in the middle are the topics I choose. As you can see some of them are 'beauty,' 'strength,' 'humbleness,' and 'love.'
I've learned from experience that the only pen/marker that will stay on the slick surface of the tape are Sharpies.
Finding a good pen is so hard!! I like black ink, but that's just my preference.
The Sakura pens are perfect for taking notes or outlining verses in the Bible because they don't seep through and show on the other side. They're easy to write with too! I use sizes 01 and 03 which are the thinnest. If you don't want to purchase the entire pack of pens, Hobby Lobby has some in individual packs.
I personally don't highlight with pens too often. But if I do, it's usually with the gel highlighters!
Write it down in your own words.
That's the easiest way to retain scripture, for me. I typically read a book at a time and study one chapter each day. The verses that stand out the most to me is what I write down in my notepad.
How do I know what to write down? Read over the entire chapter or segment of the Bible once thoroughly. Once you've done that you should have a certain verse that sticks out to you. If not, try reading it once more. Stimulate questions to help you digest the verse.
Example: What is the main theme? What is the command to obey? Is there a sin to avoid? How do I apply this to my life right now?
Pray over what you read.
If I don't write in my prayer journal it throws my entire day off its axis. I have a prayer request list, but I don't always go by it. I try to pray for whatever He puts in my mind at the time. Sometimes nothing really comes and that's when I dedicate that prayer for praise.
It's important to just dedicate a prayer of praise. It gets your mind focused on Him and not the dozen other things trying to pry your attention away from this quiet time.