A Sure and Living Hope (1 Peter – Week 3)

A week of reading about some of the beloved people written across the pages of His Word –

And I find myself full of hope,

And in awe of a God who would let the stories of lives lived centuries ago – trickle down to touch my heart.

And although this heart of mine might be reluctant at times, and uncertain that the minutes scattered throughout the day are making any difference –

I can’t help but bless the Lord for His imperishable, unfading, living HOPE right along with Peter!

And, oh, the words that we will read and write and listen to and speak and meditate on and live this week, are words that have helped me through some of my darkest days.

So whether you are feeling tired or broken, suffering or blessed – these words of hope and joy and grace and ultimate glory are for you!

Will you come soak up this sweet truth with me!?

1 Peter Bible Study - Week 3 - Our Family for His Glory

As we open up the pages of this Book once again this week, we’re going to take time to really study these life-breathing Words.

For many of you, this will all be new. But, don’t worry – I’ll walk you through it (with extra-wordy explanations to help you – smile). And pretty soon it will all come much more naturally. Take this week to learn some new ways to study your Bible. What you will find on these pages are ways of studying the Bible that have truly changed my life. But, please don’t worry if you only get to a few words or verses (depending on the day). God will honor those minutes snuck in between kids and laundry and soccer practice. And, if you get to nothing else – simply pray over it and read it! I know you’ll be blessed.

This week we’ll use a Bible study tool that has probably been the most influential in helping me to pay attention, engage with, and get excited to learn from these live-breathing Words of God –

It’s marking up & illustrating my Bible.

Filling the pages of God’s Word with colors and symbols and pictures and handwritten words.
(Don’t worry if you’re a little anxious to color in your Bible as I still am at times, you can use your journal writing, or any print-out of 1 Peter – whatever you’re comfortable with!)

marking up Bible

At first I was a bit hesitant to mark up (all-be-it in a good way) this most precious Book. But now, I absolutely love how it…

*Helps me pay attention to what I am reading.
*Provides a way to be actively engaged with the Word.
*Allows me to slow down and notice {many} things I hadn’t before.
*Gets me into the Word, as I read the text over and over while marking it up.
*Is beautiful. What a precious keepsake a Bible with loving marks and heart-felt words will be someday!
*Doesn’t (and probably shouldn’t) have to look like everyone else’s. (Here’s the “creative” side of me coming out- smile.) I can come up with my own pattern of marking my Bible, and nobody can deem it wrong. Hooray! (Now, if you like to have ideas, here’s a great list of symbols that you can print off and/or use as a reference – I’ve looked at it many times.)
*Is a great way to involve my kids as they come and go throughout my Bible reading (for they love to see the colors and pictures, and sometimes I’ll even be brave enough to let them help).

illustrating Bible

One of my favorite ways to do this is to illustrate the passage as I’m reading. I simply pause now and then to draw something that illustrates the words. And, no, I’m not an artist. I often use stick figures. :) But, it truly is a beautiful way to slow down and focus on Scripture.

{I usually use colored pencils, but we’re on a family vacation to a cabin, and Crayola twistable crayons are what we’ve had… and they’ve worked just fine. :)}

Bible illustrations

My other favorite way is to mark the actual words using a variety of colors and symbols. Here’s a glimpse into how I marked 1 Peter 1:3-12. But remember, your markings may look completely different than mine, and coming up with your own system might be even better! (You’ll just want to use a notecard to note your symbols and marking methods for easy reference!)

    • I began by praying for guidance!
    • Then I read the entire section without marking anything.
    • I read through the passage again, marking all references to God and Christ with yellow. (I chose yellow, but you can choose any color/marking, and remember to look for and mark words like- He, His, Him, Lord, Jesus, Spirit, etc. If you’d like- make different symbols for Father, Son, and Spirit.)
    • I marked God’s actions with purple (for His royalty)- what He has done, what He is doing, and what He will do- all got marked.
    • Then, going through the passage once again, I marked any obvious instructions and commands to the reader. I chose green to mark instructions/commands we should follow (like a green light reminding me to go and do them), and I chose red to mark what we should not do (like a red light reminder to stop doing those things). In this passage there wasn’t much to mark, but I did put a red X above the word “not.”
    • As I went through the passage the next time, I circled transitional words– such as… so that, though, for, and, therefore, but, yet… This helped me to notice the links between the words before and after each transitional word. (And I double underlined the words all and always.)
    • Then I took time to make symbols or illustrations for other things that I wanted to note…  praise– colorful “rays” pointing up, salvation– a green hill with a cross on top, faith– a purple mountain with a cross on top, rejoice/joy– :) a smiley face, suffer(ing) :( a sad face, glory– an orange cloud, love– a red heart, believe– a blue cloud, grace– a purple gift…
    • I added different lists/notes explaining what I’m learning. (For this passage, I made a list explaining our inheritance – imperishable, undefiled, unfading, kept in heaven…) 
    • I thanked God for all He was teaching me.

It’s just one little way to soak up the Truth found in these Words. Are you ready to give it a try yourself??? (Along with some other really wonderful ways of studying His Words!?)

I’m praying that God would work in our hearts, as we grow in the knowledge and grace of Him.

1 Peter Week 3- Our Family for His Glory

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1 Peter Week 3 - Our Family for His Glory

We have a precious week ahead – filled with His hope and salvation and joy and glory!

I’d love for you to come and share what God is teaching you as you grow in His Word and as you learn His heart!

Let’s grow in the true grace of God together! (It’s NEVER to late to start!!)

1 Peter Bible Study - Our Family for His Glory

Last Week: 1 Peter 1:1-2 – Greetings From an Apostle of Christ
Next Week: 1 Peter 1:13-25 – Ransomed By Grace


  1. I love love love this passage! When I was going through a really dark time a while ago I was going over these verses and was totally struck by this part ” an inheritance that is imperishable, undefined, and unfailing, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time”. What struck me was that my salvation was being guarded. When I felt like I was scraping by, like I was failing God, it reminded me that it’s not only on my shoulders. It’s by GOD’S power! I wrote this from the hymn Come Thou Fount in my Bible’s margin:

    O to grace how great a debtor
    Daily I’m constrained to be!
    Let thy goodness, like a fetter,
    Bind my wandering heart to Thee.
    Prone to wander Lord, I feel it,
    Prone to leave the God I love;
    Here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
    Seal it for Thy courts above.

  2. I love to mark up and write notes in my Bible. I usually use a colored pen but only one color. I used your way of marking God’s word and absolutely loved it! I love being able to quickly find something ive marked by color. I have decided to permanently adopt this way of marking scripture. I truly feel I get so much more out of it because I am focusing that much more. Thank you Jessica for helping make my Bible study better!

  3. I am behind in this study and trying to catch up…… but I just finished up week 2. What stuck out to me was the last phrase of verse 2 – grace and peace be yours in abundance. I looked up the word, “abundance” and it means, “more than enough, plenty”. I struggle with worry, and it stuck out to me that God has more than enough peace to fill my heart. I’m praying for abundant peace to rule in my life as I journey on this walk of life.

  4. Elizabeth says:

    Just wanted to let you know that I am really enjoying this study. A day late and a dollar short, but it is still meaningful and I am grateful that you left up all the resources for those of us that find it later.