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Do you want a daily Bible reading habit that is consistent? These 5 tips will challenge you to be a hearer of God’s Word and not just a Bible-skimmer!
Reading your Bible consistently every single day is a real mom-struggle when your kids are needing you almost every moment of the day. Even though the struggle is real, God doesn’t let us off the hook that easily.
If you are desperate for God and want with all your heart to delight in Him, there are ways that you can get creative and faithfully find time to meet with Jesus each and every day. At least almost.
To be real with you, when my kids were babies and toddlers, life was a blur and I know that there were days that it was more than difficult to sit at the feet of my Lord Jesus.
I want to come alongside you to encourage and give you tips for your journey whether you are raising littles, teens, or a busy grandma by now. In the summers when I am living near my grandkids, life gets busy with them and it would be easy to pass Jesus by on some mornings.
But Here’s the Thing . . .
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105
Without spending time with Jesus each day, we are shipwrecking our life! Your day will go a whole lot better, no matter what happens with Jesus directing your every step. Establishing and being faithful to your Bible reading habit is the most important part of your day.
Parable of the Sower
Do you remember the story in the Bible about the sower? Maybe you are a young Believer and never heard of it before.
Here it is for you . . .
3 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. 2 And great crowds gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat down. And the whole crowd stood on the beach. 3 And he told them many things in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow. 4 And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. 5 Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, 6 but when the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root, they withered away. 7 Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. 8 Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9 He who has ears, let him hear.” Mathew 13:1-9
When you read this parable, are you quick to plant yourself on the ‘good soil’?
I tend to read the stories in my Bible as a story that happened a long time ago and neglect to apply them to my life. I think this might be a very natural response and a distraction-ploy of the evil one. It’s important to put a conscious effort into seeing how this story or parable Jesus told to the people that day, applies to your life (and mine).
Do You Stop and Wonder?
Do you keep skimming through the passage you are reading or do you stop and meditate on what you’re reading?
This is why as a mom, it might be better to read shorter passages rather than try reading three or four chapters to complete the Bible in a year. That’s too much pressure for me since I don’t read the Bible fast. I absorb it.
Do you stop to think if you are the seed that fell on the path that the birds ate up?
Or do you wonder if you’re the seed that fell on the rocky soil that didn’t have enough good soil to take root?
Or maybe you are the seed that was scorched by the sun and withered away to nothing!
How did you respond to what you read?
Life happens and can pull you in every direction until you are rushed and have little to no time with Jesus each day.
Sometimes in the course of your life, you have to fight for all that’s in you to hold on to your time with Jesus.
5 Tips for Keeping a Bible Reading Habit
As you read your Bible, do you assume your safety, security, and with self-confidence read without examining your heart?
This is a trick of Satan to distract you from growing closer to Jesus and grow stronger as a Believer.
What would give greater victory to the one who stalks your soul than to cause you to be a defeated Christian?!
- Ask the Lord Jesus to open your eyes to see yourself in this parable!
- Ask the Holy Spirit to ‘Change Me!’
- Ask God to instill in you a healthy fear and vigilance to daily get into the Word and examine your heart!
- Ask the Holy Spirit to humble your heart instead of feeling thankful that you aren’t like the other ‘seeds!’
- Ask God to give you a submissive transformational-heart!
If this parable comforts your heart WITHOUT awakening URGENCY and EXPECTANCY in your life, you have totally missed the point Jesus was making when he told this story.
Later when Jesus was alone with his disciples, he said to them, “Take care then how you hear!” Luke 8:18
Do NOT assume you are IN good soil!
Look carefully at how you are receiving God’s Word when you read it.
Restlessly plead with God every single day to water your soul with the seed he has given you. To send your roots deeper. To give you good soil to be rooted in.
Ask him to protect you from temptations and distractions while you are spending time with Jesus and throughout the day.
Plead with God to KEEP you today and throughout the rest of your life.
Too often people grow lukewarm as they grow older.
Never take your closeness to Jesus for granted!
Heaven and hell are at stake in this.
Joy and misery are in the balance.
Obstacles are constantly before us and within us.
And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers. 1 Thessalonians 2:13