Are you interested in increasing your Bible Study Time? I was. These Bible Study Time Strategies can help. During these months at home I went from spending 30 minutes a day to spending up to five hours a day with God. You may think that sounds crazy to you but the more time I spend in the word and studying the more time I want to spend in the word.
Bible Study Time Strategies:
One of the lessons for me during the hard has been that I needed to schedule my Bible Time. I think we generally use a lot of excuses when it comes to finding the time to spend with God. Things like, "I am too busy", "I can't be still", "I don't like quiet", "I don't have the time", "I am too easily distracted". The list goes on and on. Well, I am here to tell you that those are excuses. Just like when you tell yourself, "I am going to start my diet tomorrow".
The only way you will start spending time with God is by doing it. If you schedule a hair appointment, a Dr. appointment, exercise at the gym, a date night, take time to craft, spend time with your girlfriends, go get your nails done, sleep, eat, shower....you have time to study the Bible. Spending time with God is not something that will just happen. If you are serious about it then you need to schedule it.
I used to do my Bible Study at night and a friend of mine suggested that I switch that to the morning. I thought she was crazy and I gave her a ton of reasons why that wouldn't work for me. I don't have time being number one.
And then the pandemic happened.
I suddenly didn't have any excuses. Time was all I had.
So, I switched my Bible Study Time from evening to the morning. Prior to the pandemic I spent 10 minutes each morning doing a quick devotion and in prayer. Then at night before bed I would spend 30 minutes in Bible study. Or at least that was my goal.
Now, I spend up to 5 hours a day. Yes, you are reading that correctly in the word each morning.
It started with 10 minutes.
I started by collecting my items and placing them on my nightstand. If I see them first thing when I wake up then I no longer have an excuse. I also schedule time with God. That may sound strange but if I have an appointment at 9:00 am and I want to spend 2 hours with God then I am setting my alarm at 6:30 am. This gives me 2 hours with God and 30 minutes to get ready for my day.
Whatever you have going on in your day there is absolutely nothing that is more important than spending time with God. He is my number one priority. I have to be honest with myself in that I have not been fair to Him. Spending 10 minutes each morning was not fueling myself to be equipped with the Holy Spirit.
Wow. That hurt to admit it. But admitting it is the start.
In the past I have closed my day with God and that was something that worked for me on "most days" however there are days that I am just too exhausted physically to do my study time. By shifting to the morning I found that by starting my day in the word that I am able to have a different perspective throughout the day and I am equipped to handle what comes at me.
If you have time for coffee, to walk, to watch Netflix, to read, to craft, to go shopping, to go out to eat....get where I am going....Truth bomb. You have time for Bible Study. You just aren't creating the time for Him.
Start by looking at your day and scheduling your time with Jesus. You may want to start small and build up. I would suggest a minimum of 30 minutes to start. Personally, I love 2+ hours but you will grow in your time as you get closer to God. As I said, I have spent as many as 5 hours daily. Yes, 5 hours fly by when I am in the word.
Once you schedule it put it in your calendar. Then set an alarm. Then say NO thank you to anything else. This is now your appointment with God.
Decide where you are going to study. This might be your bed, in a chair, your study, the back porch. It may vary based on the weather. I spend most of my time in my bed or a chair in my bedroom but as the weather has changed now I spend it on my back porch.
Select books and Bible studies that interest you. I would highly recommend Get Out of Your Head and the Purpose Driven Life. But you should look online and select a study that really appeals to you.
Join a Bible Study. I lead a bible study and this has helped me to continually stay in the word. In addition to preparing for my bible study I spend time additional time in the word daily.
If you don't know where to start just pick a book of the Bible. You could start with the first chapter of the old testament, Genesis or the first chapter of the new testament, Matthew. Or feel free to pick any chapter you want. I personally love 1 and 2 Timothy and Psalms. There is no wrong place to start.
You could read the bible one chapter at a time in chronological order or you can jump around. My suggestion is to read it slowly and digest one chapter (or even less at a time). Don't get caught up in a reading plan. Those tend to stress me out.
Just Do it. This may sound strange but don't make excuses. If you have time to do other things you have time to study the Bible. I hope these strategies and suggestions help you. I am happy to help answer any questions you may have.
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