Hey there! Have you been trying to read the Bible more but you just can’t find the time to so? Perhaps you’re drowning in tons of work. Or you have a thousand + things to do in your to-do list. While it’s not a sin to work and hustle hard, it’s important that you don’t put your relationship with God in the back burner. No matter how busy you are, there is always time for God (if God is your priority of course!) In today’s post I’m going to share 5 effective tips to help you read the Bible with a busy schedule.
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5 BEST TIPS TO READ THE BIBLE WITH A BUSY SCHEDULE
1. Make use of the Bible app.
If you don’t have the Bible app installed on your phone or tablet yet, take a moment to download it now. It’s completely free and a must-have tool for Christians! Although I prefer reading on my actual Bible, the Bible app is a great alternative for when you’re away from home and can’t get your hands on your bible.
WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THE BIBLE APP:
- You can download the Bible in the language and translation of your choice.
- You can read the Bible with or without internet. Scoreeeee!
- The Verse of the Day feature. Every single day the app generates a new Bible verse for you to read. You can challenge yourself to read the verse of the day daily (they even have a streak function to help you stay accountable!)
- There are tons of helpful, encouraging, and interesting plans/devotionals to choose from. Some plans are 3 days long, 5 days long, and others 7 or more.
- You can set notifications (daily reminders) to help you remember to enter the app and read scripture.
- You can highlight bible verses, add notes, and create graphics of scripture all in the app.
- Easily listen to the Bible audibly during your commute, at work, or anytime during the day. You can even set a timer to how long you want the audio to play for.
2. Read small portions throughout the day.
Because my schedule has been so busy these last few months, what has really been working for me is reading portions of scripture throughout the day. So, instead of just sitting down for 1-2 hours to read, I like to divide this time throughout the day.
What does this look like for me?
- Morning – read roughly 10-20 minutes. (8:00am)
- Afternoon – read 30-45 minutes. (2:30pm)
- Night – read 30 minutes. (10pm)
- Randomly open my Bible app throughout the day and read verses or chapters.
I don’t limit myself to these times, but I’ve found that I have been able to read more during these times. Some days I’ll read more, other days I’ll read less.
Now, there are days where I do devote more time to scripture.
Whenever I’m writing blog posts for this blog, I spend more time reading scripture as I’m developing the post, looking for supporting verses, etc. I also block out more time to read scripture whenever I have to share the gospel in church (via zoom or in person). I like to sit down for longer periods of time when I’m doing these things.
So, if you have a hard time finding the time to sit down to read the Bible for an hour, divide this time during the day!
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3. Set challenges to motivate yourself.
If you have a hard time reading the Bible consistently, set challenges for yourself.
Here are some Bible reading challenge ideas for you:
- Read the Bible every single morning.
- Read the Bible every single night.
- Choose a reading plan on the Bible app and finish it in the given days.
- Open the Bible app daily to read the Verse of The Day.
- Read the Bible at least 30 minutes daily.
- Listen to the Bible on your commute.
- Read x books from the Bible monthly.
- Read x chapters from the Bible daily.
- Write down what you read in a journal daily.
4. Start your day or end your day with sctipture.
If you need some kind of routine or structure, then make it a habit to either start your day or end your day reading a portion of scripture. You can either read the Bible before going to work, running errands, going to school, getting the kids ready, you name it! Or you can read the Bible before you go to bed. No matter what time you choose to read, blocking this time daily will help you read the Bible consistently.
Tips to help you stay consistent:
- Set reminders for yourself. Use alarms if you have to.
- Reward yourself after staying consistent for x amount of days.
- Let someone else know and let them hold you accountable.
- Because there will be days where you won’t want to read, look at this task as an obligation rather than an option. The more you do it, the more easier it becomes.
5. Skip an activity for God.
And if you really can’t find “extra time” during the day to read the Bible or devote it to God, then it’s time to give what you have! We all have 24 hours during the day. 24 hours to use wisely and intentionally. And no matter how busy you are, you’ll always find a way to make time for the things that matter the most to you.
So, if your schedule is completely filled up, no worries. Instead of adding more tasks to your to-do list, you’re going to go through your list and see what tasks you can replace. It’s as if you’re fasting this activity for God. Isn’t that even more special? :’)
Let’s say that you typically block out 1 hour to watch Netflix when you get home from work. What if instead of watching Netflix for the entire hour, you watch Netflix for 30 minutes and use the other 30 minutes to read the Bible?
You would be sacrificing 30 minutes of TV time to enrich yourself with God’s word.
Like I said before, no matter how busy you are, i’m sure you can find activities in your to-do list that you can replace with scripture.
Here are some activities you can skip for God.
- Watching netflix
- Going out
- Sleeping in
- Scrolling through social media
- Reading a book
Now I’m not telling you to stop doing these activities and just read the Bible all day everyday. What I’m trying to say is that you can always make time for God, even when you’re drowning in work, hobbies, and activities. If you’re able to spend time with God and do all these activities, then perfect! But if there are days where you just can’t find extra time to read scripture, replacing activities is your best option.
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I hope you found these 5 tips to read the Bible with a busy schedule helpful. Let me know in the comments below how you make time to read the Bible daily.
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Sending you blessings & love,