For The Woman Who Struggles to Read Her Bible
Many women would love to say they read their Bible consistently, but let’s be honest for just a minute. What if that wasn’t true? I’m sure there are myriads of women out there who don’t read. That’s who I want to speak to today. There is help for the woman who struggles to read her Bible.
You Are Not Behind
First, let me say, you are not behind. Just because you are just now starting to read your Bible, you aren’t starting late. Even if you are a grown woman with lots of miles and lots of regrets, you are not behind. Or if you are a grandma filled to the brim with memories, you are not behind. Even if you have started late in your life doesn’t mean you are behind. We are all running towards the same thing: God. So before we go any further say this to your heart: I am not behind.
Just Start Reading
The next thing I want you to know is that it is ok that you struggle with the want to. Maybe you feel the guilt or shame that comes from not reading your Bible. When the pastor or preacher on Sunday tells you to spend time this week in God’s word and suddenly before you blink it is Saturday night and you’ve not even thought about God once. That’s what the enemy wants. The guilt and shame always come on Saturday night. You can start today, even if you don’t feel like it. Feelings are not dictators of truth. Start with reading your Bible like you do with anything new. Add it to your calendar. Put a reminder on your phone. Set an alarm and get up and do it.
It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect
The next thing I want you to think about is it doesn’t have to be perfect. There is no right or wrong way to read the Bible. You just read it. You open up the pages and start reading. If you struggle with where to start, try Genesis, John, or the Psalm. Mark is also a great book to start with! Don’t complicate it with Bible journaling pens, pretty notebooks, or detailed Bible studies. Start small and simple. Just read. Get a plan. I have one here or here.
It Is OK to Struggle With Bible Reading
Finally, it is ok to struggle. That’s right. Struggling and pushing forward means you are doing a good job. The enemy would like nothing more than to discourage you. Don’t let him get that satisfaction. Push through the feelings. Do the work. Make the effort. Give it all you’ve got. Reading your Bible is a spiritual discipline. Don’t miss the word “discipline” – that means it takes work. Anything new will be hard to implement at first. Keep going!
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