One week from today, we officially begin our Fall Online Bible Study: Loving Like Jesus! While there are some of you who have this Bible study routine thing down, we’ve also heard from SO many of you who are less than confident about how this whole commitment-to-reading-your-Bible every day is going to go down.
We hear you.
You want to make Bible reading a priority in your life. You really do.
But then life happens.
There are overflowing schedules and sleepless nights and distractions and deadlines and children underfoot, and we get it. The heart is willing, but the daily tangible stuff seems to take over before we even know what hits us.
I know this cycle all too well. I’ve lived it along with you at different times in my life - that vicious cycle of busyness that crowds out my time with Jesus, that results in guilt, and then leads to defeat.
Oh friend, if this is where you’re at right now, don’t give up! Satan wants nothing more than for you to feel defeated, resulting in you staying out of God’s Word. But we know that just as our bodies need a steady diet of food, our souls need regular replenishing and reminding of the truths in scripture.
If you’re needing a fresh start in regards to consistent Bible reading, consider these practical tips as you prepare to begin this next session with us:
1. Make a choice…
Let’s face it, when I look over how I spend my days, I give most priority to 1. necessities and obligations that have direct consequences if I don’t get them done, and 2. those things that are close to my heart that I really want to spend time doing. Just like we make a choice to commit to other things in our day, consistent Bible reading is never going to happen unless we make a choice to schedule it into our lives.
**Ideas: Literally schedule Bible reading into your daily planner, calendar on your phone, etc., just like you do other daily commitments. Regularly evaluate your schedule to see if something needs cut out in order to fit in a daily quiet time. Make choices the night before that will set you up for success the next day.
2. Create an Action Plan…
I’ve found that if I’m not intentional about how I’m going to do my Bible reading every day, I’m easily overwhelmed and distracted, and then I just end up giving up on it all together. Instead…
**Ideas: Decide on a specific location for your Bible reading, and then stick to that same spot every day. Keep your Bible and study materials accessible, and have a plan for what you’ll be reading. Make goals that are attainable for you individually, and enlist accountability where needed.
3. Apply God’s Word to daily living…
Reading God’s Word is meant to be more than just something we do to get it checked off our list. It is meant to penetrate our lives so that change takes place, where we start to look a little more like Jesus, and less and less like us: in the big life-altering decisions, all the way down to the daily mundane. When we really meditate on God’s words and get to know Him more through scripture, His truth begins to move from our heads into our hearts, connecting us to the Source of true life and peace, and changing us from the inside, out!
**Ideas: Memorize verses that will encourage you in situations where you might struggle. Pray scripture back to God. Go to the Bible for wisdom when counseling a friend, or when disciplining your children.
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” ~ Psalm 119:105
Let’s Talk: What practical tips do you have for incorporating daily Bible reading into your life?
At His feet,
**Exciting news: we are making our FINAL TOUCHES on additional resources that we’ll be offering this session. Look for Children’s Resources materials and multiple language translations, coming out THIS WEEK!!
New to Good Morning Girls and need more inspiration, encouragement, and equipping in your Bible reading, but not sure where to start? Then look no further! Join us for our next Fall Online Bible Study, Loving Like Jesus, beginning one week from today!! Find more info here.