Hello, friends! I hope you’re all doing well (: It’s been a while since I’ve posted, hasn’t it? I mean, a lot’s happened. I finished 9th grade (which is so weird to think through), I got 33k words into my current WIP (which you can now find on Goodreads here), and spent a week at Joni & Friends. June is almost done, and that’s so weird to think through. I can’t believe that we’re already halfway done with the year; it feels like we just started 2022.
I developed a steady bible routine about a year and a half ago, and it’s been so therapeutic. My morning time with Jesus is like a calm in the middle of a storm; it prepares me for the day ahead of me, and overall just leaves me feeling refreshed. I honestly think that getting a consistent bible time routine is key to growing in your faith. Which is precisely why I’m posting on this topic. Please note that this is just my advice; you don’t have to follow what this post says to “be a good christian”, these are just some ideas to help you guys grow closer to the Lord.
How To Start A Bible Time Routine
- Choose a specific time of the day to have your bible time
I cannot stress this enough. Carve out a time each day, where you can be free from distractions, and set aside that time to be your Jesus time. For me, I like to have this time be in the morning, right after I eat breakfast. I want to get in the habit of doing an evening bible time as well though. Please keep in mind that there is no specific “best time” for doing your bible time; whenever you’re free is the best time, k?
- Start out with connecting with God
Before I spend time in His word, I always try to make a point of connecting with the Lord, whether it’s through prayer or music. Sometimes I say a prayer, and sometimes I just play some worship music and try to meditate on His goodness. I highly recommend trying out something along the lines of that; it makes reading the bible feel so much more personal.
- Choose a bible reading plan (or bible reading method)
As tempting as it may be to just turn to a random page in your bible, I highly recommend having a method for what you read. Little Faith Blog has some lovely bible plans that I just can’t recommend enough (:
- Read a chapter or 2 of a christian book
For me, once I finish doing my bible reading, I like to read a bit of whatever christian book I’m going through at the moment. Currently, I’m reading through Gentle & Lowly and Lies Young Women Believe. Reading through a christian book after doing my bible reading really helps me to focus on God a little more.
- Add in a few other things that help you to praise the Lord
I also have quite a few things I like to add on to my bible time, to keep it from getting boring. It’s so easy to fall into a rut, and to have your bible time feel like a chore, which is precisely why I like to change things up on a regular basis. Some of my little things I like to add on include singing a hymn from my hymn book, crying out to Jesus, journaling, saying a prayer from my prayer book, worshiping God, and more. Mind you, I only do one or two of these things each day, but still… they’re really helpful for me to connect with my King.
- Incorperate God throughout your day
A lot of christians tend to just do their bible time, and then proceed to go about their day without giving God any more attention. That works, I guess, if your relationship with God is just a chore and a religion. But, here’s the thing; being a christian isn’t just a religion. It’s a relationship. It’s a constant sort of thing, that requires daily sacrifice. Which is precisely why your time with God doesn’t end after your bible time. It’s an all day everyday sort of thing. I’m not saying you need to be legalistic about it, but I am saying that I would advise staying focused on God throughout your day, whether it’s through worship music, or whispered prayers throughout the day.
- It’s okay if you end up not doing your bible time everyday
I get it; you get busy. You forget. Instagram is far more interesting than your bible. Sometimes it’s just not possible to fit in bible time. And that’s okay. Our God is not a legalistic overbearing “you need to do this or I will fail to forgive you” kind of god. He is an understanding, loving sort of god. He understands that you are only human, and that you mess up. If you didn’t get your bible time in today, please don’t feel guilty or hate yourself. There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. There’s always tomorrow ❤
Thank you so so much for reading! *Hugs* If you enjoyed this post, don’t forget to like, follow, and leave a comment. I hope you have a wonderful day ❤ Stay focused on Christ!
What does your bible time look like? Let me know in the comments below (:
/ Ad Gloriam Dei /