Finding time to study scripture everyday is a vital part of the Christian life, but it is also the one thing that tends to get left off of our busy agendas first.
I am a busy woman myself! I once had a friend ask me, “Have you ever heard the acronym “B.U.S.Y.” Being Under Satan’s Yoke?”
Don’t let busyness steal your joy in the Lord! Here are a few quick tips to keep your Bible open during the busy summer months, and making Bible study time a priority!
•Set up an “unbreakable” date with the Lord. Find a time each day when you can count on a little quiet time. It doesn’t have to be a long period of time. For mothers it’s usually either mornings or nap time. Keep the place where you study consistent. This keeps you from having to pick a place each day and keeps you familiar with your surroundings. It eliminates potential distractions.
•Make yourself a Bible study basket or bag. Put things in it that you need for your study time. A Bible, a commentary of your choice, highlighters, pen, notebook, and anything else that you need for that time (including tea bags if you want to sip tea while you study!) This way you are not wasting precious time hunting down what you need and you can spend that time studying.
•If you do not have a structured study to do, decide on a particular book you would like to look at over the summer. For example you could do a summertime treasure hunt in the book of Psalms where you mindfully look each day at a chapter or two and record the attributes of God that you find.
•Start your study time off with prayer, and keep a small journal of your prayers and answers you receive! This can be a huge source of encouragement later for you and your family!
•Use a 3-question bible study method. Read the passage you intend to study all the way through at least once (twice is always good). 1. Ask yourself the following questions the second time through: a. What are the facts? b. Answer the who, what where and when questions. Only draw from the facts. 2. What can I learn from this passage? Is there a lesson, principle or and example to follow? 3. How can I practically apply this lesson to my life? What can I do today to change things? Instead of saying something like “I’ll pray more.” You want to get specific and say “I will wake up 10 minutes earlier each morning to pray longer.” Be specific!
Remember that we meet the Lord in scripture and prayer. His Word is His Revelation of Himself! Don’t fall for the temptation of studying your Bible 『later.』 Study it today and each day so that your “weekdays” through the summer are not, well, “weak days!”
by: Claire Shackelford - Claire began writing when she found herself attached to the Army at the hip—at one point her husband and two sons were serving. It was then she began writing about her journey through separations and deployments from a Christian perspective. She never faced deployment with her husband, but she has been through 2 now with her oldest son. Claire holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work and she serves as a ministry leader with Christian Military Wives as well as on the Board of Directors for Christian Military Fellowship.
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