“If you want to get warm, you must stand by the fire; if you want to be wet, you must get into the water. If you want joy, power, peace, eternal life, you must get close to, even into, the thing that has them.” –C.S. Lewis
Have you noticed that you aren’t reading the Bible as much as you’ve wanted to recently? Do you find yourself going weeks without opening your Bible except for the few moments during a church service? Lately I have asked myself these same questions, and my answer is a hard and unfortunate “yes.”
So if you answered “yes” too, let’s make some changes! It’s time to put down the distractions and pick up God’s eternal and beautiful Word. The Bible is full of incredible stories of how God called ordinary people into extraordinary challenges. It also includes encouragement through pain, instructions on how to live, and so much more!
If I want to bring people to Christ, I need to know what He said first. You know?
In this post I have five practical ways we can get into God’s Word daily. Yes, it is possible to read scripture every day despite our schedules and commitments! If you truly want to have a deeper relationship with God, you have to be intentional in how you spend your time with Him.
I listed these five ways to get into God’s Word in order of time commitment required, so I’ll begin with the easier ways and then progress to more challenging options.
1. Get a Devotional or “Verse of The Day” App
This is an easy way to see scripture daily on your phone! You can set a notification timer on the app so the verse or devotional appears on your phone at the same time every day. I set my timer for the morning after my alarm to wake up so the scripture is the first thing I read. The two apps that I use are Daily Bible Inspirations by Joyverse and Daily Bible Verse Inspirations and Devotional by Scott Hamilton. Both of the apps are free too!
2. Scripture Writing Challenge
I got this idea from my sweet friend, Rindi, and I absolutely love it! At the beginning of the month, I will post an image on Facebook with verses to write for each day of the month. You will have a verse to read and then you can write the verse in your journal. So all you are doing is reading a piece of scripture then copying it word for word in your journal. After you read the scripture, pray that those words be impressed on your heart. This will help you commit to memory the scripture you read and give you some structure in reading the Bible. There are times when I want to read the Bible and I don’t know where to start, so here’s a way to begin!
3. Memorize a Verse Every Week
Pick a verse from the Bible (you can use verses from the apps, scripture writing challenge, or choose your own) and set a goal to memorize it by the end of the week. I like to write verses on my hand or on a postcard and tape it to my mirror to see every day. When I write the verse on my hand, I only write the first letter of the words in the verse. This challenges me to memorize the verse and I can practice anywhere because it’s on my hand. You can also get a Scripture journal and make word art with the verse of the week. Be creative and have fun with it!
4. Choose a Book in The Bible and Read a Few Chapters Every Night
This option is self-explanatory, but if you are just starting to read your Bible daily I would suggest reading a shorter book or a book that includes a story that interests you. When you read a shorter book, the goal of reading your Bible daily is less intimidating and you can feel accomplished sooner! (Side note: just because a book in the Bible is short does not mean it lacks value. Those short and sweet books are saturated with applicable and beautiful content.) So far I have read James and Titus and would 10/10 recommend! If you choose a longer book, read 1-2 chapters a night. This month I am reading Joshua!
5. Do an Inductive Bible Study with Friends
If you do not know what an inductive Bible study is, get ready because I am about to rock your world! The Inductive Bible Study Method is “an investigative approach to the Bible using three basic components: observation, investigation, and application.”* Basically, you are reading a text in the Bible and breaking it apart to gain a deeper understanding. It’s AMAZING! I was first introduced to this method when I did a Titus study by Kay Arthur with my women’s small group at church. You can do this alone as part of your quiet time, or with a group of friends!
*definition by Kay Arthur of Precept Ministries International
Check out this video by Coffee and Bible Time to learn more:
I hope you try at least one of these ways to engage with God’s Word daily. Comment below if you do! I would love to hear how you get into Scripture on your own.
Petit à Petit,