These days, everyone is just so busy. Whether you’re a busy mum, busy at work, busy with social commitments, or just have a lot of things to do, you may have every desire to read your Bible on a daily basis but just can’t seem to find the time to do so.
Jesus said that “… It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” — Matthew 4:4 (NIV). Although we know it’s important to read the Bible, this verse highlights just how important it is. We need the word of God to sustain us, but some of us (if not most of us) may fall short of obtaining this spiritual nourishment, despite our best intentions.
The Bible is the word of God and not only do we need to find time to read it, we need to make time to read it. The good news is that there are now plenty of ways to fit some Bible reading into our busy days, no matter what your lifestyle.
- Pray. Ask God for the time and discipline to be able to pick up the Bible and read. The Bible says, ‘If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.’ — Matthew 21:22 (NIV). If you’re serious about reading the Bible on a regular basis, ask God and He will make it happen for you, according to His will.
- Listen to an audio Bible. If you don’t have time to sit down and physically read the Bible, you could always listen to it. Whether you’re driving, walking, on public transport, or even doing housework, don’t miss out on the chance to listen to the word of God.
- Download a Bible app. For those to prefer reading to listening, having a Bible app is handy for fitting in some Bible reading whenever you have a spare moment. There is a ridiculously large amount of apps out there, from simple apps for those who want the Bible and only the Bible, to more complex apps that have study notes, reading plans, devotionals and so on. It may take a few attempts to find the one that works for you, but it’ll be worth it.
- Keep multiple Bibles in different locations. If you prefer books to apps, keeping Bibles in different places is an easy and convenient way to get a dose of Bible reading when you have time. Keep one in the living room, in the car, in your handbag, in your desk, or wherever you spend the most time. Then when you have a moment, you have easy access to your Bible.
- Put it on your to-do list. This might make Bible reading seem like a chore, but for those who seem to never stop moving, who like to plan their days or just like to be organised, adding Bible reading to your to-do list may be just nudge you need to get in the habit of Bible reading as part of your daily schedule.
- Follow a Bible reading plan. Reading the Bible from start to finish may seem a bit daunting to some, and rightly so. It’s a huge book and some of it is a little confusing. Finding a Bible reading plan can help ease you into a structured Bible reading routine. There are countless types available — chronological, themed, one-year, six-month, the list goes on. Follow an intensive plan or a slower plan — whatever works for you.
- Join a Bible study group. Not only will you be held accountable for reading the Bible, but joining a group will help you actually understand what you’re reading (if you don’t already) and you’ll be able to ask any questions you may have. If you don’t feel comfortable in a group setting just yet, you can join an online group, find your own Bible study plan online or just read through a study Bible to begin with.
- Read the Bible before or after meal times. Meals are undoubtedly a regular part of the day, so it may be helpful to get in the habit of reading a verse or two before or after mealtimes, whether it’s breakfast or more conveniently, dinner. Whether you eat by yourself or with your family, you can’t go wrong with gaining spiritual nourishment along with your physical nourishment.
- Read the Bible when you wake up or before you go to bed. Instead of checking your emails or social media accounts when you wake up in the morning or before you go to sleep, switch to reading a Bible verse or chapter instead… your emails, tweets, posts and photos will still be there when you finish.
- Sign up to receive daily Bible emails. There are countless Bible websites out there waiting for you to sign up to their mailing lists. Find a reputable source or one that works for you to receive a daily Bible verse to your email. If you don’t seem to have time to make it to the Bible, let the Bible come to you.
- Read the Bible to your kids. For the busy mums out there who just don’t seem to have a moment to themselves, that’s okay — you don’t need a moment to yourself for this. Just read the Bible to your kids. This may be easier the younger they are, after all, babies don’t really have a choice but to listen to you. But for those with older kids, this may actually be a worthwhile activity to do together, it may open doors to discuss God, Jesus and any other Christian topics from the Bible.
For other busy women out there, how do you find time or make time to read the Bible every day?