I finished reading my Bible cover-to-cover for this year, and now I’m especially studying Psalms 91 and end-times prophecy. I made notes about these as I was doing my bulk reading, but finding things in the 100+ pages of notes isn’t easy. So I’m taking the time to do what I have sometimes done before: Summarizing. The idea is to write the most important things from the day’s Bible study and/or sermon on a calendar. Then at the end of the week, put the most important things from the week into its own summary entry. At the end of the month distill everything you learned into the summary for the month. Here are some of my summaries from the 1990’s.
Sometimes I just couldn’t fit everything in one date area. This is an example of how I continued the 19th’s summary.
Half-sized pages (5.5″ x 8.5″) are just too small for me.
It is a lot of work to make these summaries, but I have had incredible insights and understandings when I have taken the time to summarize.
Here are links to PDFs of the forms I’m using, formatted for 8.5″ x 11″ paper. Use them if you want to make your own summaries.
Month Summary: Sunday – Wednesday
Month Summary: Thursday – Week Summary
I print several copies front and back to make several months. I can’t give specific instructions how to do this because it depends on the printer. I put them in a notebook, then write the month, year and days. Note the yellow highlighter, which helps me write where I should. 😉
Then I went through my notes for 1-1-19 and put the most important things in the summary area for 1-1-19.
My notes are combination of Evans’ Shorthand and my own notations. The colors are my standard too. Black, Old Testament. Red, New Testament. Green, Psalms. Blue, Proverbs. This is, umm, the interpretation of the 1st’s summary. 🙂
Gen 1:27 Man created in Elohim’s image – male & female.
29-30 Man & animals vegetarian.
Matt 1:20, 2:12 Instruction in dreams.
Ps 1:3 Jer 17:7-8 Like a tree.
2:11 “Serve YHWH with fear,
And rejoice with trembling.”
Pr 1:29-End Judgment is a choice!
One of my shorthand symbols is worth knowing for looking at the photos in the rest of the post. The Evans’ Shorthand for “heart” is an inverted, truncated, outlined heart.
The first week’s daily entries are done. I checked some things in my Bible, and added some things to topical entries as I was busily summarizing.
My most important things from the first week.
While working on the next day, I had my first insight. It brought tears to my eyes. I received insight on how one gets a clean heart, and I’ll probably blog about it someday.
Working on the next day’s summary, I realized “Write on the tablet of your heart” occurs twice in Proverbs. I never noticed that before, or if I had, I had forgotten. I use different colored “marked arrows” to indicate related entries in different dates. This is an “orange circle-dot arrow.”
Two weeks completed!
Is summarizing Biblical? I think so.
“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.“
Matthew 7:12 NIV
Are you following God's plan for your life?
Your plan sucks.
It really, really sucks.
Most people are WRONG! WRONG! WRONG!
Jesus is coming.
Are you ready to meet Him?
Give your life to Jesus Christ.
Time is running out.