Making time for Bible study can be so tricky. You have family, work, and life pulling you in 1,000 directions, but you so desperately want to take time out of your day to just spend with Jesus.
I get it. Honestly, I do.
When I need some action steps to help make Bible study happen in my life, this is what I do:
1. Make it a priority. I know we can say it’s a priority until we are blue in the face, but until our life reflects that is it really a priority? (Ouch 😬)
2. Add it to your calendar and keep the commitment. When I have a doctor's appointment I don’t want to miss, I put it on my schedule and make it happen! Treat your Bible study time the same way.
3. Keep sticky notes next to me when I study. Okay sometimes I use these to take notes on what I am learning, but mostly I use them to write down those pesky “to-do” items that pop in my brain while I am studying. Instead of getting up to do the task, I write it down to do later so I can focus and prioritize my time.
But sometimes the time is there, but we just get overwhelmed. Or maybe our lofty expectations of what our time can look like hold us back. What then?
I don’t know about you, but I am an “all in” kind of person. I don’t want to do something halfway. But Bible study doesn’t work out so well with that approach 😅
So often I have tried to start a Bible study routine with an hour a day schedule and after a day or two, everything just falls apart.
But you know what has worked for me? Starting small and simply aiming for consistency.
Maybe that means starting with one chapter and writing a summary.
Maybe it means reading a few verses and praying over them.
Start with what small means for you, and aim to do it again the next day. And the next.
Start small, aim for consistency.
Now you *might* be saying, "okay, Eva, I tried that but I missed a day (or several). Now what?"
Yep, it’s that simple.
If you forgot to call your mom last week, would you wait another week to call her cause you felt shame you missed a few phone calls?
NO! Your mom just wants to talk to you. Give her a call.
It’s kinda the same when we miss a day (or lots of days) in our Bible reading. Just pick it back up. God isn’t wagging his finger at you mad that you missed. He just wants to talk. Start back again.
And when you start back, start small. It doesn’t have to be a grand entrance cause you missed a bit, just pick your routine back up.
Let’s keep making time to chase after God.