Quiet time. Bible Study. Prayer. I’m not sure how you label your time spent with the Lord, but I know it’s value is immeasurable. Few of us would argue that. But mom life is busy a busy life and there is always something or someone needing our attention. In the midst of all your responsibilities, do you find it difficult to give your personal Bible time the priority it is due? I’m reminded of two ladies in scripture that we’re probably all familiar with: Mary and her sister Martha. In Luke 10:38-39, we find Mary sitting at Jesus’ feet, listening as he taught. Conversely, Martha was busy working to provide a meal for the guests. She was being hospitable. The New King James Version describes her as being “distracted with much serving.” I picture her being tired, overworked, and frustrated. How could Mary, knowing all that needed to be done, have time to sit down and listen?
In verse 40, Martha goes to Jesus and says, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore, tell her to help me.”
Jesus’ response? “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen the good part, which will not be taken from her.”
Verse 42 in the English Standard Version reads, “But one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken from her.”
Did you catch that? Jesus said one thing was necessary. He said that Mary had chosen the good portion.
The one that will not be taken away from her.
Like so many of us today, Martha was busy serving. I believe her heart was in the right place. I mean, Jesus was visiting her home!
Interestingly, the Greek Lexicon lists the definition of the word “worried” or “anxious” (transliterated “mermana”) in this passage as “divided into parts.”
How often is our time and energy divided among several things, rather than giving our all to the one thing we need to be focused on in that moment?
Back to Mary. She was sitting at the feet of Jesus, soaking up every word. I visualize her leaning forward, intently listening, giving Him her full attention.
While we don’t have Jesus in the flesh, walking on earth with us today, we are fortunate to have God’s Word, the Bible, readily available.
“For the Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
Are we seizing the opportunity each day, in the midst of our own daily race to soak up that one necessary thing as Mary did?
Do you have the desire, but don’t know where to begin?
Personal Bible Time
Setting aside this time each and every day is life changing. Really. This post comes from my strong desire to hold myself accountable and encourage other ladies of the power of being in God’s Word in a meaningful and consistent way.
Before I write another word, though, let me be clear. I don’t carry this practice out with 100% efficacy. There are days when I realize, as I am nodding off to sleep at midnight, that I didn’t touch my Bible that day. Seasons when I’ve found it difficult to be diligent in my study and prayer.
Like many mamas of young children, my days are busy, sometimes chaotic, and almost always messy. There are weeks when all efforts to plan and organize are for naught. In short: sometimes life just gets hectic.
However, most of the time, you and I both have some level of control over how our hours are spent. If you have a desire to spend daily time in God’s Word, meditating on His promises, but can’t seem to make it work, I would like to encourage you.
I have used many different study techniques and materials in the last several years. What works for me might not work for you. However, I hope that these practical ideas will get you thinking of ways to make daily Bible time a reality. I wholeheartedly believe that doing so will strengthen us as mothers and provide the wisdom and patience needed to parent our children, love our spouses, and be more diligent workers for Christ.
- Make Bible reading and prayer the first thing you do each morning. Wake before everyone else to allow for uninterrupted study time. This is my preferred method. I love having the quiet to sit at the kitchen table with my Bible, notebook, commentary, and (affiliate link) highlighters spread out to study. Right now this isn’t the best option for me because my nights are long and often consist of fragmented sleep, but I am hopeful I can resume this practice soon.
- Listen to the Bible. There are free Bible apps in which you have the option to listen to the Bible being read. We also have the (affiliate link) Bible on cd that I keep in the van for days that I’m not able to sit down and really dig into scripture.
- Inspirational podcasts or sermons. The Light Network offers an awesome variety of faith based podcasts. I sometimes pick one to listen to while getting ready in the morning or while cleaning the kitchen at night.
- Make technology your friend, not your stumbling block. Rather than scrolling through Facebook or Pinterest, focus on reading the Bible. Plan to read one book of the Bible per month. If you’re unsure where to begin, consider Psalms or Proverbs. Reading five chapters of the book of Psalms or one chapter of Proverbs each day will result in reading an entire book of the Bible by the end of the month!
- Select verses you would like to memorize and copy on index cards. Using painters tape, place them where you will often see them. I found that in those early days of motherhood, I was uplifted and encouraged by the handful of cards I had posted near the glider where I fed our baby.
- Set an alarm on your phone to remind you it’s time to read. Lately, I have been reading and studying before bed. An alarm is a convenient way to remind myself it’s time to stop what I am doing and give my focus to God.
- Find an accountability partner. Do you have a friend that you trust to be diligent in supporting you to study daily? Perhaps you could text one another when you have completed your time of study / reading. One of my best friends and I text one another “100%” when we have met our goal. Imagine my surprise when I opened a package one afternoon to find this pillow! 🙂
- Examine your schedule. Are there pockets of time you could utilize to study, rather than filling with other activities, television, or social media? Several months ago, I found myself in a rut, not studying daily like I should be. When I really thought about how I was spending my time, I realized I could utilize the minutes I was nursing the baby to sleep to read from a small Bible, rather than mindlessly scrolling through social media on my phone. For a while, these two nap times provided me a 30 minute chunk of time I could read / study.
- Copy scripture. I have really come to enjoy (affiliate link) Journibles. They are a hardback, journal-style notebook that provide a place to copy down, verse by verse, a book (or books) of the Bible. These are nice for folks (like me) that learn and retain information well by taking notes or re-copying information. 🙂
- Take part in a group Bible study. If there isn’t an organized ladies Bible study at the congregation where you attend, ask a friend if they would be interested in meeting once a week to spend an hour or so in God’s Word.
While this list isn’t exhaustive, I hope it will get you thinking about ways that you might be able to make consistent Bible study a part of your routine.
Do you have ideas for busy moms wanting to make personal Bible time a part of their daily routine?