We live in a world that encourages and glorifies being busy. To fight that, I want to take some time to help you have a successful daily bible reading time. Continue reading as I share with you 4 simple steps you can follow.
In today’s world, we rush from one activity to the next, never feeling satisfied with what we got done, and never feeling like we have enough time. But where does sitting down and having daily Bible reading time with God fit into that equation?
Often, it just doesn’t. It’s one of the most important things you will do in a day, and yet it gets pushed to the side or crammed into the cracks of the day. What if you set aside time just for that quiet time? What would your days look like if that were the case?
I can tell you what it looks like in my life:
- Peace throughout the day
- Better emotional control
- Clarity on decision making
- Motivation and strength to face what is coming in the day
These are just a few benefits that I’ve seen from ensuring that I have daily bible reading time. Maybe you already know that a consistent quiet time would benefit you, but you just don’t know how to get started.
Thank you to Amanda Warfield who is our guest blogger today. Her mission is to use her passion for organization, and productivity to help every overwhelmed woman find JOY through simplicity. Read her full bio
4 Simple Steps to daily bible reading
1. Pick a Time
The very first thing to have daily bible reading time is to pick a time where you can consistently show up for your time with God.
Every single person I know recommends having this time first thing in the morning. But, this recommendation was a huge stumbling block for me for many years.
I took this recommendation and believed that a morning time with God was better than another time and that if I didn’t start the day with God, then I might as well give up.
I am not a morning person. I hate mornings and it just does not work for me to get up before my kids to have time with God.
So, when I finally understood that God wants daily time with me and not a specific time with me, things started to change for me.
I took the time to figure out what were the things that were making it harder for me to have some quiet time and how I could address those things.
Then, I thought about something that I already do every day and add reading God’s word in that already set routine.
For me, that was reading my email. I check my email so many times a day. So, I signed up to receive verses every day in my inbox. This slight change helped me so much.
I went from reading my bible once every so often to reading a few verses every day.
Since then, I have been able to add more time with God.
What time works for you?
Now, if you’re a mom, you may look at this article and think that I’ve lost my mind.
How could I possibly expect you to find the time for quiet in the morning’s chaos? When you’ve got one kid that’s crawling all over you, one kid that can’t find their shoe, and another that’s crying…. that’s when I want you to have your “quiet” time?
Take some time and think about your day. Pick a time that you think will work for you and set your alarm for that time every single day. When that alarm rings, it’s your reminder to take some time and be with God.
Over a few days, you will know if the time you picked was good or not. If it’s not working, try another time.
This time will not be the same for each person. This time can also fluctuate from season to season (or periods in your life).
What to do with the kids
If need be, sit your kids down and explain to them that mommy will read your Bible during this time and that it’s going to be your special time with God. Even those that are really young will understand the concept.
Then, explain to t your kids what they may do during this time and that you don’t want them to interrupt you.
For me, nap time or TV time for the kids was a perfect time to set time aside for bible reading.
Sure, this won’t be smooth sailing all the time. Life happens and you can’t expect perfection. Just be open and communicate with your kids, and be patient as they learn this new routine.
2. Pick a Spot
The second step in having a daily bible reading time is to find a spot that you will go to each day to have a quiet time.
This is a really personal decision, so I have little advice on how to pick your spot. I will say though, don’t pick a spot that’s too comfortable!
My favourite spot used to be on my
My other suggestion is to gather what you need and have it in your spot ahead of time. Your bible, journal, pens…. whatever tools you use during your quiet time, and put them in the spot you want to study.
That way, you don’t have to go hunting for everything you need and waste that precious time come morning.
If your kids are anything like mine, they love getting into everything and your things may not be safe close to the floor. If that is the case, pick a basket of a bin and put all your things in there, and put it out of the way for the kids. When it’s time for your quiet time, take your container down and you have whatever you need without worrying about kids getting into it.
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3. Start Small
Now that you have your time and your spot, it’s time to get started.
If you’re anything like me, you may be really excited to get started and jump in with both feet.
Maybe you have a bible study book picked out, a new journal with some fancy pens ready, and are excited to read the bible from beginning to end. Maybe you have the expectation that you will do this every day and that it will all work seamlessly.
The thing I’ve learned is that having an unrealistic expectation about what I want quiet time to look like will cause me to give up quiet time altogether.
When I was younger, I had this idea of what I wanted my study time to look like. Having that vision is not bad. But life got in the way and my study times became different from what I wanted.
I would lose track, skip a day and feel behind and discouraged.
My unrealistic expectations got in the way.
When starting a new routine, it’s important to start small.
Pick one or two things that you want to start with.
Maybe that means reading one verse a day from the Bible and then praying. Or, it means journaling and praying.
It can also mean reading a chapter from a bible study book and praying. (I highly recommend praying to be the number one thing you do.
Whatever it is, start small. Then, as you know this routine well, you can slowly add in more steps and parts to your quiet time.
Day by day you (and your family!) will get used to this rhythm and will fall into a routine.
4. Get Back Up
The last step to daily bible reading time is actually advice.
If you are like me, you stay in a routine for a couple of days or weeks and are really excited about your progress. But then life gets in the way and you miss a day, or 2. Then, before you know it you haven’t had a quiet time for months.
This is totally normal and doesn’t mean that you are a bad Christian.
Be honest with yourself and know that you will have days that a quiet time will not happen. Don’t let that discourage you.
There have been too many times when my discouragement made me feel guilty and my guilt kept me away from God and the cycle would just continue.
I suggest that if you miss a day or two or a month, year (whatever) – start every day new just start again and get right back to what you were reading.
Do you want more?
Do you want to read your bible more consistently? Do you want to know how to study the Bible on your own and know how to apply it to your life?
You are a Christian woman who is dedicated to living a life for Christ. You want to read your bible every day, but sometimes you get distracted or are too tired to collect all the resources you need.
It can be hard to figure it out on your own.
That’s why I’m so excited to tell you about The Christian Growth Hub!
The Christian Growth Hub is an online, monthly membership focused on helping Christian women read the Bible, understand it, and apply it to their lives.
The Christian Growth hub helps you in your faith by:
- Providing monthly Bible reading plans so you never have to think about what you’re going to read in the Bible next
- Giving you on-demand training on how to understand the Bible and new monthly training on how to apply the Bible to a particular area of your life.
- Connects you to an online community to give you encouragement, support, and accountability
There are so many more features. Click here to learn more about them, and see what The Christian Growth Hub offers.
If you have a consistent quiet time but are looking for a Christian community to encourage you and spur you on, click here to join my Facebook group called: Christian Women’s growth group.
Do you have any tips for having a great daily Bible reading time? Share them in the comments below.
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