2012-07-17

Meditating on God's Words using Mind-mapping

Bible study is good. But meditating on His words are better. This is because God's Words are kept in our hearts from our mind by meditating. Meditating is about digesting God's words. We can do word by word, concept by concept or verse by verse meditating. For word by word meditating, I prefer to use a mind-mapping software for support. The software forces me to go through the word one at a time and also provide easy adding of comments as I go through the process. Here is how.

Let me pick a verse Rom 5:8 as an example. It is important that we don't take a verse out of its context. So when we are meditating on this verse, it is good to refer to verses surrounding this one.

1. Break the Verse into Main Concepts.
For Rom 5:8, we can find two key concepts as follows:

It is good to recap what we have meditated and so I added a 3rd branch called "What I learned", and you can even add a 4th branch called "What I can apply:".

2. Break the Concept into Individual Words:

3. Go through Each Word and Add Your Comments (Your Meditations)
In the example, I added some learning from verse 7. It is good to stay in context.

We can also add related verses from our memory or other prompting of the Holy Spirit. These are shown in the final mind-map.

4. The Complete Mind-Map of Meditations on Rom 5:8

5. Remember to Summarized Your Meditations and Apply Them.

You can keep the learning in your heart and mind through out the day and re-look and updates the mind-map in the evening or any time. Mind-mapping is designed to grow with you.

Hope you like it and use it as a tools for your spiritual growth journey.

Lim Liat (C) 17 July 2012.

For more on how to meditate on God's words and a alternative use and presentation of mind-mapping, see 

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