The H.E.A.R. Journaling Method
What is the H.E.A.R. journaling method?
The H.E.A.R. journaling method is a great tool to use alongside the F260 reading plan. It is an acronym where the “H” stands for “Highlight”, the “E” stands for “Explain”, the “A” stands for “Apply”, and the “R” stands for “Respond”. It is meant to help you move from reading the Bible to applying it in your life.
How Does It Work?
While you are reading, one or two verses will usually stand out and speak to you. Highlight or underline each verse that speaks to you.
- The name of the book
- The passage of Scripture
- The chapter and verse numbers that especially speak to you
- A title to describe the passage
Spend some time explaining what the text means by asking some simple questions:
- Why was this written?
- To whom was it originally written?
- How does it fit with the verses before and after it?
- Why did the Holy Spirit include this passage in the book?
- What is God communicating through this text?
The application is the heart of the process. Answer a series of questions to uncover the personal significance these verses hold for you. Let God speak to you as you write two to five sentences about how the text applies to your life.
- How can this help me?
- What does this mean today?
- What would the application of this verse look like in my life?
- What does this mean to me personally?
- What is God saying to me?
Your response to the passage may take on many forms. You may write a call to action. You may describe how you will be different because of what God has said to you through His Word. You may write a prayer to God, for example, asking Him to help you be more loving or to create in you a desire to be more generous. Keep in mind that this is your response to what you have just read.