Monday, August 9, 2010

10 Ways to Fit Daily Bible Reading and Study Into Your Busy Life

Too busy, stressed, and stretched thin to make time for daily Bible reading and study?  Here are 10 practical ways to make it possible:

1.  Set the alarm clock 30 minutes earlier than you would normally awake.  Spend 20 to 30 minutes reading on the side of the bed before you get your day started.

2.  Plan to get in the bed 30 minutes earlier than you normally would.  Spend 20 to 30 minutes reading on the side of the bed before you go to sleep.

3.  Instead of spending your lunch hour eating, socializing, or running errands, spend 20 to 30 minutes reading.

4.  When you get to work, spend 15 minutes reading before you go inside.  After you get off, spend 15 minutes reading in the car before you hit the road. 

5.  Read 10 minutes before breakfast, 10 minutes during lunch, and 10 minutes before dinner.

6. Join an electronic Bible study site like YouVersion.com that will put together a reading plan for you each day.  You can either have it emailed to you; download it to a hand-held device, i.e. iPod or cell phone; read it on your PC or Mac; or read it directly from the Bible. 

7.  Download an audio Bible to your iPod and listen to it throughout the day. 

8.  Find an accountability partner and agree to read together during the day, either in the same locale or just during the same time. 

9.  Divert 20 to 30 minutes of the time that you spend on social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, etc.) during the day to Bible reading and study. 

10.  Take two 15-minute breaks during the day and spend each of them reading your Bible.

Begin taking one or a few of these baby steps right now and you'll soon find Bible reading and study a productive habit in your life. 

Is Bible reading and study a discipline that you've incorporated into your life?  If so, how do you accomplish it?
"This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success."  Joshua 1:8 

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