1. No other words before the Word
This was my self-imposed rule when I had a houseful of babies, toddlers and school-age kids. Those were seasons where I was quite literally on active duty around the clock. There was no getting up earlier than my children.
My rule was this: Read the Bible before anything else that day. No emails, no Facebook, no magazines until I’d read the Bible. It worked beautifully. Because we will always read something every day, we can make it God’s Word.
2. Listen to the Word
On the treadmill? Cleaning a bathroom? This is found time to listen to the Bible on audio. Sometimes hearing the Word helps it fall fresh. If you’re studying through a book, this is a great way to listen through it every day.
- Bible Gateway is a fantastic resource of multiple audio versions including a dramatized version in NIV and Max Maclean reading the ESV.
- Bible Study Tools also has several audio Bible versions.
3. Set it out
I loved this trick that Kaitlyn Bouchillon uses to make sure she reads her Bible every day. Kaitlyn writes:
So I started doing this thing. It is so simple I’m actually embarrassed to tell you.
Right before going to sleep at night, I place my Bible on top of my closed laptop.
That’s it. That’s the trick. And it totally works. For me to do any of my work for the day, I have to literally set the Bible aside. I’m a visual learner, and when I actually see what I’m doing – choosing work over time with Him – it plain stops me in my tracks.
Sometimes the simplest things are the most genius. Your sweet spot might be on your bedside table where you pick it up before scrolling through your phone or next to coffee pot where you head first thing every morning.
4. Check your phone
If we’re going to check our phone fifty times a day, we might as well use it to feed our soul. While conventional Bible apps that let you read one chapter of Psalms, Proverbs or read through the Bible in daily chunks, here are three of my favorite tried and true apps with daily devotions:
First 5 App (by Proverbs 31 ministries)
Streams in the Desert App (a best-selling favorite for years)
Our Daily Bread App (offering daily devotionals for more than 75 years)
5. Stash a Bible in your car
Keeping a Bible in the car is perfect for pockets of downtime like the car pick up line or waiting for a child at practice. Side note: My van is actually my war room. It’s the most distraction-free zone I have and I’ve grown to adore the quiet every morning when the car door shuts.
6. Invite your kids
I know this completely undermines the quiet of quiet time, but on those days when you haven’t been able to find 30 secluded minutes, let your kids get their Bibles and sit near you. You can train your children to read or look at pictures quietly, all the while helping them develop their own Bible time habit.
7. Join a Bible study
The best thing I ever did to help develop a lifelong love for the Word was join a Bible study as a young mom. I love the accountability and fellowship in a Bible study group. There are two ways to go about finding a good, Bible-saturated study.
- Real life options are available through a local church or nationwide ministries such as Bible Study Fellowship and Community Bible Study.
- Online options are also growing: Lifeway Women, Proverbs 31, GoodMorningGirls, SheReadsTruth.
8. Tap an accountability partner
If you really thrive on accountability, ask a friend or mentor to help you. It can be as simple as texting DONE! Or she can periodically ask what God is teaching you and whether you’re finding daily time with Go. Remember that your spouse may be your best accountability partner. You can do a study together or simply agree to encourage one another in making Bible time a daily tradition.
9. Listen to great teaching
Radio stations, podcasts and sites such as OnePlace.com provide hours of updated teaching from some of the country’s best teachers. I’ve found that when I’m in the Word, these sermons often affirm and develop what God has been teaching me in my own Bible study.
I’d love to know what you’d add to this list. What other ways have you found to help you spend time in God’s Word every day?
Originally published Tuesday, 17 January 2017.