Want to know God more in the year ahead? How can I help you experience that?
The best way to deepen your relationship with God is through deepening your relationship with His Word. God has revealed Himself, His will, and His ways to us through Scripture. God wants us to know Him and the way He has provided is the Bible. Yet, according to the 2022 study, “State of the Bible,” only about 20% of Americans read the Bible more than once a week.
If we come to know God through His Word, why don’t we read it more? According to this same study, the two biggest frustrations for people in regard to trying to read the Bible are “not enough time” and “don’t know where to start.”
I love to see God’s people regularly reading the Bible, growing in their confidence of rightly handling Scripture, and then intentionally applying its truths to their lives. I certainly don’t have all the answers, but I do have some tips and resources to help. These have been developed from study, my own experience, and years of listening to and encouraging others.
A Few Tips to Make Best Use of Your Time
While we all have the same amount of time in the day, some of us have more demands on our time than others. Some have said “yes” to too much. With some honest evaluation we can build more margin in our lives by letting go of over-commitments.
Others of us are in a season of life in which we have little control over our own calendars. For instance, mothers of young children and caregivers often are just doing what they can to get through another day.
Many more of us have simply allowed our time with God to fall in our priorities. Here, a fresh commitment and a plan can give us the help we need.
If time is a frustration for you, the following articles and resources can help:
- 8 Tips for Moving Quiet Time from “Want To” to “Get To”
- Only Have 15 Minutes for a Quiet Time
- 7 Tips to Start of Restart a Quiet Time with God
- 9 Tips to Help You Stay Focused during Your Quiet Time
- The Sacred Cow of Busyness – Old post but still relevant!
A Few Tips to Help You Get Started in Scripture
Bible reading and study can be overwhelming. Many don’t know where to start reading. Others read but don’t feel confident in understanding what they read. First, if this is you, you are not alone! Second, help is on the way!
In the following list, you’ll find resources like Bible reading plans and Bible study tips. I teach a simple Bible study method that is easy enough to use every day, so links to that is in the list below. I even lead an ongoing daily Bible reading group for women that provides structure, help, and encouragement. That’s there too. (By the way, we will be starting the book of Romans in January!)
- 4 R Bible Study Method for Everyday Use – This post is also packed with additional links that will help you get the most out of your Bible reading and study time, like Bible Highlighting Tips.
- Video Teaching of the 4 R Bible Study Method
- 9 Tips to Help You Interpret the Bible
- Reading the Bible Together Facebook Group
- Free Discipleship Resources including Bible Reading Plans, Scripture Memory Tips, and More
- “Deep Rooted” Devotionals – These meaty devotional books take you through one book of the Bible at a time and helps you dig in for yourself. If you are new to Bible reading/study or making a re-commitment, this is a great place to start..
For Women’s Ministry Leaders
Planning for the year ahead? I’d be honored to partner with you in ministering to the women God has placed in your care. Retreats, conferences, and workshops are a great way to encourage and equip the women. My favorite event this past year was a one-day conference to help the women get into and study God’s Word! I’d be happy to chat with you about your church and your women’s needs and how I might be able to help. (See the About page for more on my education and experience or the Speaking page for ideas.)
How Can I Help?
Still have questions not addressed above? I’d love to try to help or point you to someone who can. Leave a comment or contact me privately.
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What I really struggle with is, i read the Bible and pray because I need to, I know it does me good, but there’s very little joy. I’m usually feeling flat or apathetic, no matter how I try. I want to love God more, love his word and love praying. I don’t know how to do better in this, except keep praying about it.
We all go through dry spiritual seasons. Have you tried keeping a gratitude journal? Perhaps purposefully reflecting on God’s provision and activity in your life will increase you joy.