I have been getting a lot out of my Bible reading lately and wanted to share some tips that may help you get more out of your Bible reading. In the past, I have struggled with finding the motivation to read and study God’s Word. When I did try, I felt like I wasn’t utilizing my time and resources well. Slowly, I’ve begun to form better habits and I’ve found what works for me. I’d love to hear about your ideas too and what works for you! Let me know in the comments! So let’s get into it:
Create a dedicated time and space to read the Bible.
I’ve found that I can concentrate and create a routine when I had one designated spot to focus on my Bible reading. I have a little reading nook in my bedroom and use this space to read my Bible in the mornings. I know spending time with God shouldn’t be something you simply check off the list every day, but it’s really helped to actually write in in my planner schedule every day. Seeing it on a physical page helps me keep it on track.
Set realistic and achievable goals and allow yourself some “wiggle room”.
I think one of the biggest reasons why I used to struggle so much with my Bible reading is because I made unrealistic expectations for myself. By telling myself I had to read so many chapters at once or never miss one day, I set myself up for failure. Reading God’s Word isn’t just about finishing a Bible reading plan, but more about letting God speak to you every day through His Word. Also, I think it’s really helpful to realize that you won’t succeed in reading and studying the Bible every day. There will be times where you fail, and that’s okay. I’ve used audio Bibles and apps on my phone many times when I didn’t have access to my physical Bible. Travel, running late, long commutes, or hectic schedules don’t have to keep you from reading His Word.
Take notes/keep a Scripture writing journal.
I started taking notes and writing down Scriptures a few months ago and it has already helped me so much! When taking notes, I am a lot more concentrated and I feel like there’s another purpose to my Bible reading. Writing is a big part of my life, and incorporating that into my daily devotions has been so fulfilling. Also, writing down favorite passages from my reading has helped me memorize verses, something I have been working on improving for a long time.
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