We’ve all been there before. On the mountaintop. Everything is wonderful, our hearts burst with gratitude, joy. We wonder how we could ever get angry at our spouse or kids because they are so amazing.
Fast forward a week, and all of a sudden the littlest thing sets us off. The spouse and kids are driving us nuts, we feel like we’re going crazy and want to just run out the door. Easily irritated so we blame it on being hangry. But really we need God to change our hearts, we need a thinking adjustment. We need to realign ourselves with what’s true. And that’s found in Gods Word.
Do you want to make Bible reading a habit in your life?
Do you look at the last month and realize you haven’t picked up your Bible?
Do you want to get back in the Word, or start being more consistent in devotional times with the Lord?
Here are five tried and true steps that have helped me stay in the Word over the past 10 years. Now I’m definitely NOT perfect and still sometimes struggle. But these five steps help me jump right back in!
1. Ask God to give you a hunger for His Word
“…like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord” -1 Peter 2:2-3 NIV
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” -Psalm 119:105 NIV
“Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long.” Psalm 119:97 NIV
2. Pick a specific book of the Bible to go through
Sometimes you sit down and want to read your Bible but you don’t know where to start. Pick one book to go through and mark where you leave off so that you can easily jump back in the next day.
Some recommendations for where to start: If you’re new to reading the Bible, the book of Luke is a great place to get to know who Jesus is, and see His life and what He has done for us. The book of 1 John is a great book to read if you’re wondering if you’re truly a Christian.
3. Set aside a consistent time and specific place everyday
I prefer spending time with the Lord in the morning before I start work, with a steaming cup of coffee (not gonna lie, looking forward to that cup of coffee helps me get out of bed)! I know some people who read right before they go to bed. Pick a time that is best for you to be able to focus without being tired. Also find a place in your home where you can be still. I sit on my back porch. I heard of someone who had alot of kids and not much room in her house, so she had her quiet time with the Lord in her car each day which was parked outside. Pick a place that’s comfy, quiet, and where you can be alone.
4. Get a prayer journal
I use my prayer journal to jot down things I learn from the Word, or questions I might have. I also use it to write out prayer requests which is SO encouraging because then later I get to see how God is actively answering prayer!
5. Get a Bible reading buddy
It’s so much easier to meet goals if you have a friend help keep you on track! Find someone else who wants to read the Word more, keep tabs on eachother, and talk about what you’re learning about God. There was a season where I asked a good friend of mine to text me every morning at a certain time, because it helped me wake up and not skip my time with Jesus.
I hope this is helpful – remember, it’s many steps away from the cross of Christ, but only one step back!