Ten Bible Reading Tips
Sometimes I don’t want to read the Bible. Sorry, that’s a little harsh for a self-proclaimed “Bible mentor” to say – but it’s the truth. On days when the kids get up early, or I haven’t had my coffee, or goodness forbid, I wake up late, reading my Bible is the last thing on my mind. Only when my day has gone horribly wrong do I realize I’ve not opened my Bible.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t believe reading the Bible will make your day go super smooth or even perfect; but, reading God’s word always seems to create a shift in my heart. Maybe it is the conviction of my selfishness, or maybe it is the comfort of the Creator, or maybe because God’s word will never return void. Either way, reading the Bible changes me on the inside so my perspective of the outside shifts.
So, if you are like me, sometimes you need a little help in getting back on the horse when it comes to reading your Bible. May I offer these simple tips to help you get back (or get started) reading your Bible?
10 Tips for Reading Your Bible
- Bible reading will change. How you read the Bible might change. You might feel like you can only read one chapter a day or maybe you can read three chapters. Or maybe you have time for just one verse. Decide right now that you will read (no matter how much or how little).
- Just decide to do it. The old shoe ads had to right: just do it. Reading your Bible isn’t rocket science. But you have to decide in your heart you will do it.
- Start in familiar passages. It’s ok to start where you’ve read before. It won’t hurt to read verses again! Start with where you are comfortable and don’t dive into passages that are confusing right away.
- Get a plan. I am a big proponent of plans. I have a HOST of Bible reading plans on my blog here – but an I offer a brand new one here? It is only $7 (two cups of coffee) to get started with a good Bible reading plan.
- If you skip a day, don’t try to “catch up.” I know a lot of Bible reading plans will want you to read a certain number of verses or chapters a day. But if you read the Bible for a long period of time, you know you can’t read everyday!
- Keep going. Don’t stop because you miss a day (or 12 or 25). Keep going whether its been five days, five years, or even longer. Don’t worry about what you did as much as what you are doing now. A little step at a time makes a difference. Don’t stop for any reason. Just open up the Word today.
- Stop comparing. If you try and compare your Bible reading to the little old lady beside you in the pew you might tend to get discouraged. Don’t compare your beginning with someone else’s middle (or so I’ve heard it said). Comparison will cripple you. Keep your eyes focused on your task before you.
- Write it down. Sometimes while I’m reading I’ll jot down a passage. Maybe it will just be a phrase or a key verse. Whatever it is, I try to write it down. Keeping it in a journal, I’m able to look back and see how God has moved. The Songs of Hope devotional has space in it to do just that!
- Do a topical study. Maybe you want to study a little bit about peace, or the names of God. Websites like blueletterbible.org or biblegateway.com are great places to start! If you are interested on doing a study on hope, check this one out.
- Do a book study. One of my favorite things to do is study a whole book of the Bible. Recently I’ve gone through the book of Ruth. I think I’ve read it about 20 times in the past six months. It has been such a blessing to me. Psalms is also a great book to study! Check out this psalm study here.
So what are your tips?
I’d love to learn what kinds of tips you have when it comes to reading your Bible?! Leave a comment below and I’ll pick a winner to receive a FREE bible study in the mail! (Winner will be picked June 20)