Looking for a quick way to study the bible? Here I’ll provide you with a quick, simple breakdown of how I study the Bible each week. This is for ladies that always seem to be running around, not for a specific bible study group. I hope this will be helpful as you seek to follow God’s word.
Step 1: Read Your Bible Aloud Each Morning & Evening
Be careful not to get into the rut of reading just a little bit each day. It doesn’t have to be very long but read it aloud each morning and evening. This will help you internalize it and make it a priority in your life. When I get into the habit of reading a chapter or a few paragraphs a day; I always feel much better than the days I have totally missed reading the bible that day. I like to read the section I picked in my head, write it down and read it out loud. It seems to stick with me more.
Finding Your Best Time to Read
Finding your best time to read is key. If I do it in the morning, I’ve found that I can get more done and it’s a little less overwhelming. It also helps that my kids have all boarded the bus around this time. However, I know that other moms may have different schedules, so experiment with this to see what works best for you.
Finding Your Quiet Place to Read the Bible
One of the ways that I study the bible is by going to a quiet place. When you are distracted by the noise, it can make it difficult for you to focus on what you are trying to do.
When I study the Bible, I do my best to find a room with very minimal outside light, or no windows at all that way there is no glare and I’m not distracted. Yes, I’m the type that will watch the squirrels. If you’re looking for an even more secluded place, there are many church buildings, libraries, and parks with great big trees around them where you can read your bible.
Some other things that may help you find a peaceful environment for bible reading include using an extension like “No Annoying Pop-Ups” for your computer, which will completely block all pop-up windows. If you are like me those can pull you away because of the ads. Set your phone on don’t interrupt mode and let your family know you’d like a few minutes of peace. Set an egg timer or their phones and tell them not to bug you until it goes off.
I have also found that I can read bible passages more quickly in a quiet place compared to the living room where my children are playing or watching TV and it’s hard to focus on one thing. If you find yourself taking too long to read bible passages each day, try finding a quiet place to read it. There may be some people who thrive when there is chaos, while for me, it would likely cause an issue.
Once you’ve found your bible reading spot, it’s time to start studying your bible.
Step 2: Select One Verse Each Week for Study
Choosing a single verse from scripture each week is an excellent way to study the bible. I select the verse that I will work on with my children on for the week and write it down in a worksheet, which is where we can remember our thoughts to discuss throughout the week. I also keep a worksheet for myself to work on alone throughout the week.
As I dig into that verse I pick a word that I want to learn more about and give myself a certain amount of research time for it. Sometimes sitting in the car line I can get a lot of research done while I wait for the kids to get out of school.
Scripture Worksheet <—–Free Download
One more tip is to write the verse on an index card and carry it throughout the week. This way when I’m just waiting in a line at one of the many appointments I can see it and think on it.
Step 3: Read a Devotional or Commentary Each Day
I love getting devotions or reading commentaries from wherever I can find them, but one of my favorites is called “The Better Mom Devotional or Peace Begins with Me.” The Better Mom Devotional has 100 devotionals to read and covers all topics we deal with as moms. The Peace begins with me is a light blue cover that has 365 devotionals to cover every day of the year. Both are just under $20 apiece, they are quick reads but as a mom, that is exactly what I need, plus the questions that go along with the reading really make you ponder.
If you are looking for commentary on the passages, I recommend Bible Hub or BlueLetterBible. I found these two resources to be valuable in studying the Bible. If you know of any other resources, please comment below in order for me to give it a read.
Step 4: Read a Book or Watch a Good Movie Each Month
It’s a good idea to mix up the media you consume, so try watching inspirational movies that talk about biblical principles and read uplifting books throughout the week. Watch, listen, and read the same Bible verse over again to get a fresh perspective. Keep in mind when you are watching trash your brain goes there too. To apply the Word of God in my life, I spend time with it through reading, listening to music (like worship songs), and watching inspirational movies. Inspirational movies such as Courageous, Miracles from Heaven, Fireproof, and many others.
A few bible study workbooks I have liked and read are:
- Becoming the woman God wants you to be
- Battlefield of the Minds by Joyce Meyer
- Breaking Free by Beth Moore
- The Bible in 52 Weeks: A Yearlong bible study for Women
- Ruth: God’s Amazing Love for You: An in-depth bible study
- Uninvited by Lysa Terkeurst
- You are Free by Rebekah Lyons
I would love to hear some you have read and enjoyed.
Step 5: Pray Before You Begin Your Reading
And finally, before you begin reading the Bible for the week (or if you have already), pray before you begin. Ask God to speak to you through His Word and help you apply it to your life! I love to ask him to lead me or show me I’m on the right path as I continue throughout the week.
I hope this has helped you find a few ways to study the bible a little bit faster. I know as a mom things can get crazy busy leaving you no time to read the bible if you don’t plan it out a little. Don’t forget to download the worksheet to help you stay a tiny bit organized. If you have any tips that weren’t mentioned here please help a momma out and comment below.