Today, we’re digging into pillar two of a peaceful morning routine. Reading the Word! This hasn’t always been top priority for me. I spent years reading the Bible growing up but found that I left my Bible by the wayside as an adult and mom. But in the last two years, I’ve realized the need for daily reading and prayer, and have thus, created a strong desire for being in the word. Here’s a few of my top tips for reading the Bible as a part of your morning routine:
1. Start with the Verse of the Day – Download the YouVersion app (it’s FREE!) and every day, they share a ‘verse of the day.’ This is how I started reading my Bible again, after years of not. I picked a small, achievable goal that I knew i could stick with. And I did! That created an even stronger desire to read more chapters and to start a devotional plan within the the app.
2. Do a study with a friend – There are many studies within the YouVersion app. They’re called “plans.” Search a topic if you don’t know where to start. I like ones on hope, anxiety, motherhood, and running a Godly business. You can even invite a friend to the app to do it with you. This is also a great thing to do with your spouse. If online isn’t your thing, get together with a group of women for a 6 week or 8 week study on a book you love!
3. Write the Word – Because I know I struggle to read the Bible consistently, I created a Write the Word plan so I was writing a verse a day during each month. I did this all throughout 2018 and 2019. I took a break in 2020, but with the current state of our country, I am doing it again for April, May and possibly further down the road. If you want to join in for April’s Write the Word, you can download that here.
I hope these three ways to get into the Word in the morning were helpful to you! Again, the time of day you read the Bible does not matter. I chose the morning because it keeps me consistent and it starts my day the way I want to start it…with God. These are three ways to START reading the Bible. If you already do some of these, try reading books of the Bible! I would recommend starting with one of the four gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke or John in the New Testament.
Pick the time of day you will most likely start this habit and continue it! Let me know what Bible study you’re currently doing or what Bible reading plan you’re doing?