Have you ever pledged to complete a Bible reading plan only to fall miserably behind in the first week? I’ve been there, too. Far too often!
The next day I come to the table with a sense of guilt and a determined focus to read extra so I can catch up. Yes, learning more of God and his will for my life is deduced to a catch-up game.
Except that type of game is no fun and in the end I never really win.
I don’t want Bible reading to be drudgery. I don’t want to simply check it off a list and move on with my day or even worse snap at my kids because they’re interrupting my Bible time and I’m gonna get even further behind.
Total confession: I’ve so done that!
So why do I need to read the Bible?
I know that while I might be able to love God without spending much time in his word, just like it would be hard to continue to grow in love for my husband if I never spend time with him, it’s impossible to have the fullness of relationship that God desires to have with me. I don’t want to get to heaven and be a stranger!
I also want to make sure I have all the tools I need to please God and live a difference-making life right here and now. One of the big (HUGE) tools God gives us is his word.
So, this year I’m not making a daily goal or printing off some pretty checklist. Been there, done that! (And maybe someday it’ll work for me.)
Instead, I’m making a list of ways I can spend time in God’s word that are more enjoyable for me. Ways I can look forward to reading and hearing his word throughout my busy and often hectic days. Ways he can breathe peace into my heart and my home. Ways I can once again fall in love and build the relationship that makes all the others even possible.
Quick Insert: If you print off a Bible reading plan and joyfully follow it, I’m in no way knocking you for that. In fact, I think you’re pretty awesome!
Here are some things I’m going to do instead:
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- Grab a blanket, make a cup of hot tea, and sit next to the wood stove in the early hours. Read a few verses or a chapter, doodle in my Bible, and simply meditate on the passage and what it means for my life.
- Leave my Bible open on the counter next to my planner and read it as I have a few spare minutes or when I feel myself needing a reminder of God’s love
- Type up and print out some encouraging scriptures (here are 15 to get you started). Place them around the house where I’ll see them throughout the day.
- Continue reading God’s word to and with my kids. Right now we’re reading through Jesus Calling for Kids and The Jesus Storybook Bible. I LOVE both! My husband is reading through The Action Bible with the kids each night, it’s in graphic novel format so it would be great for older children (boys especially) who may be hesitant to read the Bible on their own.
- Continue reading through Jesus Calling (it goes right along with the kid version, but I like reading both).
- Listen to the Bible through music. Seeds Family Worship’s songs are straight from scripture. We also love Scripture Lullabies (especially during quiet time–the kids and mine) and Songs for Saplings for teaching biblical truths.
- Continue to memorize scripture with my kids. We use this awesome memory box tool to learn and review scripture.
Now all of those ways of getting into God’s word sound fun to me and not at all like a chore.