Every week, I go through the “Girl Talk” section of Project Inspired and look for those seeking advice and council. I want to help answer some questions you may have about living out your Christian life and walk of faith! We want PI to be a safe place where you can ask questions.
This week, a PI reader asked how to get on a schedule of Bible reading, and how to set aside quiet time in a busy day for devotions. To read the full post, click here.
My advice for quality time with the Lord is to choose to read and pray before you start your day or at night before you go to bed. It’s good to pray throughout the day, obviously, but life can be distracting. It may be hard to find time between school, friends, sports and extracurricular activities to stop and have quiet time. If you can do this, more power to you!
You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart (Jeremiah 29:13)
Tips: How to take time out of your day to read your Bible and pray:
1. Pick a time: Decide to either read a devotional or a specific chapter or verse each day, in either the morning or at night. Set a time that is realistic for you!
Tip: If you need a reminder, set one in your phone’s calendar, or place your Bible/devotion by your bed or desk where you can see it!
2. Look for Bible apps: There are so many Bible apps and “one year” Bibles that help you read the Word of God consistently. There are reading plans and other options for you to choose. For example: You can pick a topic such as “Forgiveness,” “Patience”, etc., and the app will pull up scriptures pertaining to the subject. Also, there is a setting where you can even choose certain devotions from Bible teachers in your app. Technology can help you prioritize your Bible reading.
3. Be consistent: Don’t get frustrated because the Bible is a large book or because you don’t know where to start. God LOVES when you read His Word, and you will too! Remember, some things take time to get used to, and if you need to start small, that is perfectly okay! Sometimes reading smaller or shorter verses helps you digest what you read. Instead of overloading yourself, you can ponder and listen to God’s voice! Of course, you may run into chapters that are less interesting to you or that you don’t understand, but you can open the Bible to another chapter or pray about what God wants you to read!
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you (Matthew 7:7).
4. Ask God to help you: God knows your heart. He wants you to grow in your faith and to understand the truth in His Word. God even calls the Living Word spiritual food. It nourishes our spirits and fills us up. It’s like putting gas or fuel in our spiritual tank. The Word of God is so powerful and increases our faith!
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17).
5. Find a reading partner: If you need someone to be an accountability partner, it might be fun to have a friend read the same chapter as you. Maybe you can help each other by reading or texting a verse a day. Life is busy and God understands, but even reading a scripture can lift your faith, bring wholeness to a hurting heart and wisdom to your situation.
For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart (Hebrews 4:12).
PI readers, we shouldn’t run to God when we NEED something; we should continually be in relationship with God DAILY, so that we can be bright lights for Him and share the goodness that the Word teaches us. Amen?!
Comment below if you have any extra tips, ideas or if you have a routine you do daily or weekly! We LOVE to hear from you, PI girls!