Let’s just admit it: Sometimes reading the Bible can feel like a chore. It’s supposed to be exciting and fun, but getting into the habit can really feel like work. Get past the guilt and put new life into your reading with these seven ways to fall in love with God’s Word.
- Buy some highlighters. Grab some pretty colors and go to work highlighting verses that speak to you each day. You can even color-code verses by theme or the key words they contain.
- Get a new Bible cover. This one may seem a bit silly, but a new Bible cover can catch your eye and make the Bible seem more inviting. There are rich leather covers, whimsical patterned ones and practical ones with pockets for pens and notes. Pick the one that matches your personality and see how it makes Bible reading more appealing.
- Choose a new translation or version. If you’re still reading the King James Version or even the New International Version, try branching out a little and read another translation such as the New Living Translation, New Century Version or The Message. You can even compare different passages side by side online through sites like BibleHub.com and BibleGateway.com.
- Read verses with a common theme and see what God has to say about that subject throughout His Word. For example, use a Bible concordance to find verses on “love” or “creation” and see what the Bible has to say on these topics.
- Make fun postcards or a Bible scrapbook. Grab some calligraphy pens, colored pencils or your favorite art supplies and turn 3×5 cards into pretty postcards with some of your favorite verses. Tuck them into your Bible and other books, post them around your room or even hang them from your rearview mirror as constant reminders of God’s love for you.
- Write in the margins. Yes, we think it’s okay for you to write in your Bible. In fact, there’s nothing more precious than the well-worn, marked-up Bible of a longtime Christ follower. It shows how often the Word was read and used. So write your thoughts, whatever God is teaching you, notes from your pastor or even your prayer requests in the margins. Over time, these are great reminders of lessons learned and prayers answered.
- Read it with a friend. Studying God’s Word alone is great, but talking it through with a friend can take you to a deeper level. Pay close attention to each other’s insights. Grab some study tools and challenge each other to learn even more.
Bible reading doesn’t have to be boring. With these simple techniques, it can become the best part of your day.
What are some ways you can think of to make studying God’s Word more exciting?