It’s no secret that, as Christians, we’re supposed to read the Bible – to learn more about the character of God, the will of God, and to be more like Him, to bring His kingdom come in this world.  Have a ‘quiet time’ and pray.  But doing that can be So.  Stinkin’.  Hard.

If your life is anything like mine, from the time the alarm goes off (whether that’s a kid, a rooster, or your phone), to the time your head hits the pillow at night, your day is jam packed.  Whether you’re a stay-at-home-mom, a mom with a job, a single mother, a business associate – whether you work from home or from an office, whether you have kids or not, our days are busy.

Somewhere in that busyness, we’re supposed to read and study the Bible.  But when?

We make time for church on Sundays, youth group on Wednesdays, small group on Tuesdays, moms group on Mondays, service projects at church on Saturdays – isn’t that enough?

Studying the Word is something that doesn’t necessarily come easily, nor does the time to do so.  But it is vitally important to our spiritual health, and our relationship with our creator.  It permeates our relationships with others – our family, our spouses, our co-workers.

So how do we make the time to study the Scriptures?  How do we go about studying them ourselves?

Our bloggers this month will offer their stories of studying the Scriptures, but let me offer these things to you today:

  1. Studying Scripture is vitally important.  Daily quiet time or devotions are not something we should take lightly.
  2. Life is busy.  Some days, devotions just don’t happen.  Quiet time is anything but quiet.  And that’s okay.
  3. Give yourself grace when you forget, or when it doesn’t happen.  And then get back up and start again.
  4. Pray.  When you’re doing the dishes, when you’re reading the Word, when you’re pushing your daughter on the swing in the park.
  5. If you don’t know where to start, just start somewhere.  Read the Bible in a year (or two) through the videos and plan at Read Scripture.  Find a study you think is interesting at Lifeway.  Ask a friend for a recommendation.  Ask here in the comments.

I pray that you will be strengthened and encouraged as you study the inspired Word of God.  I pray that you will grow in your faith, your prayer life.  And that you will grow in knowledge and study of the will and character of God, and encourage others to do the same.