I knew that I needed to read the Bible.
I wanted to read the Bible.
Yet, each time I opened it up, I just was not sure where to start.
I had reading plans and devotionals and study guides. I was not lacking in the material. I was lacking in the focus.
I can honestly say that I did not find JOY in God’s Word, but rather viewed it as a DUTY.
Maybe you have felt this way??
If you have ever opened your Bible and felt stuck, I may have the plan to get you unstuck.
What is even better: you can do this as a busy mom.
Let’s get started…
Old Way of Thinking On Studying God’s Word
As a new Christian, I was told to read my Bible.
So like any organized, list-loving, checklist girl, I grabbed a one-year Bible and dug in.
Or so I tried. I didn’t make it through the Bible that first year or the next.
In fact, it took me several years of failing before I finished reading the Bible through from cover to cover.
I was so encouraged! I have got this now. I continued to read my Bible year after year.
Yet, something was missing. I felt as if I was reading to check it off my list.
So I kept reading, but I added in devotional books. I loved the encouragement I received, but I still felt like something was missing.
My old way of thinking was that if I pushed hard enough, I would start to fall in love with God’s Word.
If I spent a couple of minutes in a devotional, I would be encouraged the whole day. Check and check.
But there was a BIG KEY ASPECT I was missing.
New Way of Thinking On Studying God’s Word
Then, I heard Keith Ferrin speak on internalizing God’s Word.
Not memorizing, but internalizing.
Taking Psalm 119:11 “I have hidden your Word in my heart” and making it happen.
As I listened to Keith, things really started to click for me.
First of all, picking and choosing verses to memorize is not the same as internalizing.
When we do not know the context or the author or the placement of the verses in the whole story, God’s Word does not become real to us.
Secondly, it takes your brain more than one read through to internalize.
I cannot read the book of Philippians once and expect to “get it”.
In fact, Keith explained that it takes your brain at least 10 minutes to get settled into the reading and to start enjoying the reading.
Finally, I was ready to hold God’s Word in my heart. I wanted it to permeate every aspect of my life.
“Above all us, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”
It is clear that busy moms need to put something amazing into their hearts to allow it to flow into our children, our spouses, and those we come into contact with around us.
Road Map to Get There in Your Own Bible Study
The best resource I can give you for studying God’s Word is Keith Ferrin’s book Falling in Love with God’s Word.
This book goes through the process of internalizing the Bible, and how to get started with this new way of Bible study.
It is a quick read that I know will have you excited to dive into God’s Word.
I chose to start with the book of Philippians. For 60 straight days, I am committed to reading the book of Philippians and following the framework Keith has laid out in his book.
Every day I read the entire book of Philippians (it is only 3 chapters!) out loud. I am finding that out loud is the key for me.
I can use inflection and change my tone and really make these biblical stories come alive for me.
Other Resources I Am Using for Bible Study
In doing a thorough study of Philippians and then moving on to other books of the Bible, I wanted to have a few biblical resources at my fingers.
Many of these resources are available online. However, our family is going as technology-free as possible. I did not want my kids to see my studying my Bible with my computer open. To them, it seems like I am playing a game!
I wanted a physical book to open and study.
It also excites me that I can pass these books onto my children someday to do their own study of God’s Word.
These books will help me with the background study and word and phrase study, as well as coming up with a foundation and framing of the chapter in the Bible I am studying.
Ready to Find Joy in God’s Word?
Each and every morning the first thing I do is reach for my Bible. Not out of obligation, but out of a willingness to be in the Word.
I want to know more, I want to know Jesus more, and the Bible has honestly become my lifeline.
As I internalize Scripture, verses come to me throughout the day. It has become the best part of my day. It keeps me grounded and ready to tackle the day with His assurance and words.
I would love to send you this free printable verse sheet I created. It is all the ways I pray over my own children with specific verses I use. Plus, I will send you valuable Christian content straight to your inbox to encourage you on this journey.
Starting with Keith’s methods in Falling in Love with God’s Word, I know you will find the encouragement and push you need to find time for Bible Study as a busy mom.
Do not forget to grab your FREE printable verse sheet?