I know, I know. I talk about reading the Bible a lot—a whole lot. But it’s only because I want everyone to enjoy it as much as I do (along with reaping the spiritual benefits)! I went from barely wanting to read my Bible at all to waking up every morning really looking forward to my time in the word. It wasn’t an overnight change but there were a few things that I changed that led to me falling in love with reading my Bible and today I want to share them with you.
Find the perfect space
Sometimes where we choose to study can have a huge effect on how we feel about it. When I first became a Christ-follower, I would read my Bible in my bed. This never worked for me! If studying in your bedroom or wherever you tend to study doesn’t work for you, try another location. Joyce Meyer has a comfortable recliner that she sits in every morning to pray and read her Bible uninterrupted. If you don’t have a space that you like in your home, create one. Heather Lindsey has a gorgeous prayer room and plenty of other people have decorated a small space in their closet. Find a space that is quiet, comfortable, and distraction free. If you could have a quiet, private conversation with your best friend in the space, 9 times out of 10, it’ll work for your time with God. I personally prefer to sit at my dining table with my tea or coffee.
Make it a part of your routine
Some of us look forward to a morning walk or a morning beauty ritual. When you make reading your Bible a part of your routine, in the same way, you’ll start to really look forward to it. Maybe try reading after your morning shower or right before you turn on your daily dose of the morning news. It’s even a good idea to pair it with something else that you really look forward to. I love the smell and feel of a cup of hot tea or coffee in the morning so enjoying it while I read the word is perfect for me. Because seriously, what’s better than Jesus and coffee? If you don’t already have one, finding a good reading plan will really help with keeping your Bible reading consistent and giving something to look forward to. One day you’re reading Matthew Chapter 4 and tomorrow you’ll find out what chapter 5 has in store—exciting right?
Be eager to learn
The Bible is full of lessons, advice, stories and just really good tips on how to live a righteous life…you just have to be willing to receive them. Like anything in life, you get out of it what you put in. Approach your Bible reading with an eager heart and expect to learn something. Expect new revelations, expect a new perspective, expect to be wowed by wisdom. Practice becoming excited about learning from your Bible and I promise that you will fall in love with reading it.
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In addition to these three things, you want to make sure that you have the study Bible that suits you. I personally love the New International Version and I need a life application Bible with extra commentary. I love this version so much so that I want to give one of these Bibles away! This Zondervan Bible is exactly like mine with the exception of the leather binding. This gift will also include one of the Far More Precious Than Rubies’ Bible Study Journals and a pack of the ‘Be still & Know’ pencils. I have such a strong passion for helping people study the word and I know that this gift will bless someone. So, who wants it?! If you’re interested in winning this gift, I just need for you to like the Far More Precious Than Rubies’ Facebook page or follow the blog on Instagram and leave a comment below letting me know you’d like to have it. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, September 6th. Don’t forget to leave your email! Love you guys!