5 Creative Ways to Up Your Logic Game

There’s something exhilarating about engaging your mind in your relationship with God– especially if you can have fun doing it.

One of the things I’ve noticed however, is that women seem to be intimated by apologetics, and partly because it is so darn… logical.

[Remember when you were in school and you had to do the dreaded word problems? That is a form of logic. But exercising your logic muscles doesn’t have to be as painful as algebra.]

That is precisely the reason why I love playing logic games — they take something that people think of as being too difficult/awful/frustrating, and make it downright….. fun. The following 5 are my personal favorite ways to get more sudoku-552944_1280logic in my life, and can also be done with the kiddos. So if you’ve got just a few minutes to spare, check them out.

[I’ve included a little prezzie for you to get your juices flowing, so be sure to grab it.] Be warned: #5 might be addictive 🙂

1. Logic puzzles

I know, you’re thinking that “logic puzzles” sounds like it’s going to make your brain hurt, but here’s the thing: they are things you’ve probably been doing your whole life. Logic puzzles are great for training our minds to think critically and analytically – and they’re just plain fun. Some examples are: crossword puzzles, word search puzzles, word problems, riddles, Sudoku puzzles

Geek alert: When I was a kid, I would spend any money I got in my hot little hands on crossword puzzle and word search puzzle books. I also love Sudoku (which is a Japanese logic game using numbers. No, it’s not math.)

You know how kids love to tell jokes? Well riddles are logic puzzles, and good for our brains. So start swapping riddles with the kiddos.

Put it in action:

Keep purse-sized crossword puzzle, word search, Sudoku books on hand. Work on them when you’re having to wait for something – the doctor, dentist, the carpool lane at the kids’ school, the DMV. You get the idea.

Download puzzle apps to your smartphone

Work on the puzzles in short, 5-10 minute bursts of time several times throughout the day

2. Board games

Remember playing board games as a kid? Well guess what, it was teaching you logic. The most effective board games are those that require the players to use strategy to win. Chess, checkers, scrabble, Rubik’s Cube, Boggle, Clue, Risk, and my personal favorite – Monopoly!

Put it in action:

Family game night

Date night

Girls’ night

Download apps to your phone

3. Journaling

Journaling is a calming, meditative practice that helps us to work out problems in our everyday lives. Take it a step further, and journal scripture. The more you are exposed to the scriptures, the more you will remember. After a while of doing this daily, you’ll be surprised how much you will be recall at a moment’s notice.

Put it in action:

Get a small purse-sized notebook, and write down 1-2 bible verses a day. Set a timer for just 15 minutes, and read the verses. Then write them in the journal. Contemplate over the meaning of each and every word. Pray and ask God how He wants you to apply this in your life. Write down a prayer in your journal, incorporating the verses into the prayer. You’ll be surprised at how powerful it is to pray God’s Word back to Him!

Since you’re setting a timer for just 15 minutes, do this twice a day. Once in the morning and once in the evening. You’ll be amazed at how much more Bible study you get in this way.

4. Get a Book Club

We can all read just to read. But when we are reading and only consuming the information, we are not analyzing it and processing it. This is where the increase in logic skills will come from, is in the discussion with others who are reading the same book.

Put it in action:

Meetup.com is a great resource to find like-interest groups. I’ve personally found women’s book clubs there.

Local library. Many public libraries host book club meetings quite frequently.

Look for apologetics book clubs or bible study groups that are organized and focused.

5. Adult Coloring Books

This is my absolute favorite of all these logic activities! I have always loved coloring, even as an adult. It’s relaxing and has been proven to be an excellent de-stressor. But did you know it also helps improve your logic? I didn’t either. According to psychologists, when we color we activate different areas of our brains at the same time. The logic side, for coloring the forms (So I guess the kindergartner teacher was right when she kept telling me to color inside the lines) and the creativity centers when mixing and matching colors. Bonus: it literally reduces our emotional stress in the stress center, the amygdala.

Tip: don’t use markers for coloring. They bleed through, and that actually raises our stress levels. Stick with crayons or colored pencils.

Put it in action:

Get some Christian adult coloring books, which incorporate scripture into the pages. You’ll be getting more bible time in at the same time as upping your logic skills and lowering your stress. #Win

To get you started, I designed an adult coloring sheet for you. Grab it here.

Matt 6-26 Coloring Page

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