I often hear people talking about how they don’t understand how to read the Bible or sometimes they just don’t want to. When I first posted at the beginning of January about starting a new series EWS (Encouragement With Summer), someone requested that I do a post about how I study my Bible. Although I am going to share with you how I study my Bible, I’m also going to share tips on how to read through your Bible even if it isn’t in a year.
How I study:
It’s pretty simple. I have my Bible, a journal, and basic writing tools i.e. pens/pencil/highlighter. This year, I’m following reading plan I got at church and so far, I’ve loved it! At the moment I’m reading through Matthew, Acts, Psalms, and Exodus and have completed the book of Genesis. As I’m reading through the scriptures anytime a verse sticks out or a thought comes to mind after reading the verse I write it down in my journal. I also highlight my favorite verses or phrases.
This is the journal I use, unfortunately, it’s almost full because I’ve used it for over the past 2 years. You can purchase it here.
My goals for this year:
In the previous years I’ve set smaller goals such as reading my Bible every day for 5 minutes, no matter how busy, praying for the same amount I read my Bible, and reading the New Testament through in a year. While these are all great places to start, I’m wanting to do a bit more in-depth growing this year.
1. I want to read my Bible from front to back every single word. 2. I want to spend more time with God. 3. I want to pray more without having a set time. 3. I want the outcome of my goals to be a closer relationship with Him.
1. If you aren’t a big reader, pray and ask God to give you a deep desire to want to read His word.
2. Wake up 30 minutes early if you have to, so you can submerge into his word before any other distractions.
3. Put God’s words before others. In other words, before you read anything else even if it’s a devotional book read the Bible. It’s a rule I set for myself and has proved to be quite effective.
4. Don’t treat reading God’s word like a task you have to do like school, but a treasure.
5. Have a specific time you read your Bible and savor it. What gets scheduled gets done.
6. Have a purpose – to walk with God daily.
7. Prioritize it and don’t procrastinate.
8. Pray. Prayer is a key element in our devotional life.
9. Make it a daily habit, and soon it will become a part of your daily routine you look forward to.
I hope this helps you! I would absolutely love hearing what all of your Bible reading goals are for this year so please let me know in the comments. ❤ Thanks for reading!