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    Reading the Bible: Tips on Where to Start!

    Does this ever happen to you?

    I think to myself, “I’m going to spend some time reading my Bible.” I sit down at my desk, pick up my Bible and suddenly I have no idea where to start. I sit for a few minutes trying to decide which Scripture I should read that day, and most times I give up in frustration and move on to another activity.

    Sound familiar? It happens to me more often than I care to admit, so today I’m going to give you three ideas to help make starting to read your Bible a little easier.

    • Do you have a favorite worship song? Most of us do. Try this: Pick a line from your favorite worship song and Google it. I’ve found that putting the word “Bible” in front of whatever else I’m searching for returns more specific results. If your “lyric” search returns a specific Scripture, read that!
    • Are you struggling with a specific issue in your life? First, turn to the back of your Bible to see if you have a concordance (concordance is a fancy word for an index that’s organized by topics or specific words). Find the issue that you’re struggling with, then start looking up the Scriptures listed that contain that word. This will help you learn how God wants you to deal with those issues. *Note – if you don’t have a concordance or can’t find the word you’re looking for, head over to BibleGateway.com and enter your word in the search box at the top (it’s free)! Alternatively, you can Google the word you’re looking for.
    • Read a Bible story that you’ve been told but have never read for yourself. You’ve probably heard the story of Daniel in the lion’s den, but have you ever read it? I knew the story of Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt, but until this year, I’d never spent time reading it for myself. When I did read it, God showed me many things that I’d never realized before. Read an old story and let God breathe new life and understanding into your heart.

    It’s not a coincidence that the Bible is called the Word of God. The Holy Spirit inspired every word of the Bible. If you want to hear from God, reading your Bible is the best and most direct way to do it.

    This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth; you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to act in accordance with all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall be successful. – Joshua 1:8

    PI Girls, what tips would you add?!

    Jenn Arman
    Jenn Arman is a youth pastor, freelance writer and blogger. She was born in San Diego, California and raised 2 hours north east in the Inland Empire where she lives with her husband David and their cats. Jenn desires to bring glory to God and a healthy dose of reality to Christians through both writing and preaching. Visit jenniferarman.com for more on her work. You can also connect with her on www.facebook.com/JenniferArman.Writer and https://twitter.com/JennArman

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