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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?!

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  1. cassdev

    Posted by cassdev on January 1, 2014 at 11:25

    My best advice is to look up Bible Reading Plans and different types of studies.
    Some bible reading plans to look up would be 90 days to know jesus or through the bible in 1 year and some studies could be topical studies like tip 2 or inductive study or reading book by book. Hope this helps! God bless. xo

  2. Auntie470

    Posted by Auntie470 on October 24, 2013 at 16:40

    Personally I tried reading this summer since we normally don’t go to church every Sunday during the summer! My plan was to read it cover to cover yet that just did not work for me at all! So I think I will google some scriptures that fit my day and go from there! Also prayer journal…

  3. norasariah94

    Posted by norasariah94 on September 2, 2013 at 16:27

    I have a bookmark that says ‘in case of emergency’ and has different verses listed for different things you’re facing or feeling, on both sides of the bookmark. Feeling lonely? Read Psalm 23. Feeling like God seems distant? Read Psalm 139. Feeling unloved? Read John 3:16. Need peace and rest? Read Matthew 11:25-30. This bookmark really helps me when I don’t know where to look in the Bible for guidance, and sometimes I get so interested in the verses, I end up reading past them.

  4. MiSSFloYd

    Posted by MiSSFloYd on August 19, 2013 at 19:53

    i decided to read a chap in the bible every day when i turned ten. seriously, its like one of the best decisions i ever made. you grow spiritually everyday.

  5. Cliquegirl1234

    Posted by Cliquegirl1234 on August 14, 2013 at 21:01

    Can you make a post about your favorite book in the bible?

  6. Mandi_lee2014

    Posted by Mandi_lee2014 on August 13, 2013 at 22:00

    I am reading cover to cover, and was told a couple things. First was that if I got stuck somewhere to skip over it. This helped me because sometimes I would get stuck in one place for weeks.
    I also am open to the Spirit leading me elsewhere. When I don’t want to do my normal reading I will open up to Psalms or randomly open my Bible and read where ever it opens to.

  7. Peacegurl1960

    Posted by Peacegurl1960 on August 12, 2013 at 17:52

    I really like the idea of the first one and I even tried it. That one was awesome and I want to do it again.

  8. jess.dotk

    Posted by jess.dotk on August 12, 2013 at 09:07

    The last tip is absolutely perfect. Thank you so much! Another thing to add is that while we think we have heard these stories so many times when you read it for yourself it is different and if you ask God to open your heart to His word and to speak to you – He will!

  9. AllisonGrace

    Posted by AllisonGrace on August 11, 2013 at 15:59

    Your articles are perfect for my life! Just today I decided to start seriously reading the word. Your tips are perfect. Thanks for all you do Jenn!

  10. ChristianGirlForever

    Posted by ChristianGirlForever on August 11, 2013 at 15:46

    I deal with this so much and often at times I just don’t read so I am definitely going to try this. Thank you 🙂

  11. ljn9999

    Posted by ljn9999 on August 11, 2013 at 12:01

    I really needed this!! Thanks for posting this!!

  12. worship

    Posted by worship on August 11, 2013 at 09:26

    I read this magazine called “The Word Among Us”. It has daily readings and reflections based on the daily readings you would hear at Church. I love it! 🙂

    There is also an app called Laudate that does the same. It’s free, and is at the App Store and at Google Play. 🙂

    God bless!

  13. Kyla

    Posted by Kyla on April 24, 2013 at 16:33

    I was needing help in this area! Thanks for this article 🙂

  14. NerdyChick334

    Posted by NerdyChick334 on November 21, 2012 at 12:06

    I’m just reading straight through; I’m currently in Judges. I find that even if what I’m reading doesn’t remotely relate to what I’m going through, just reading the living word upllifts me so much 😀

  15. Project Inspired

    Posted by Sarah on December 6, 2011 at 20:03

    This is what I personally did: started in James and read all the way through to Revalations. I then went back to Matthew and read up until James. THen I went to tackle the OT, beginning with Genesis and now I am in Joshua! It has taken me a long time, but I think it is SO worth it to read our Lover’s Love Letter through and through!!! 😀

  16. Project Inspired

    Posted by RachelMarie on December 4, 2011 at 19:45

    Thanks for this article, I really needed it. I haven’t been reading my Bible as faithfully as I should have. I recently started reading the book of Hosea. I had heard the story before, but never had actually read it for myself. After I read the book Redeeming Love which is based off of it, I decided to actually read it for myself

  17. Project Inspired

    Posted by tidatalida on December 4, 2011 at 19:06

    I just decided to Read from The Old Testament, and Read it like I’m reading a history book; I try to understand what was it like back then, to understand why they did things the way they did, and their emotions, etc. I also Read and Remind myself while Reading From the Old Testament, that everything that happened, God Loved everyone no matter what happened in those Holy Papers. Basically, Allow my imagination put flesh, blood, bone and thought between the rows of black print on white paper. This is how I come to Know Him. This is how I Come To Understand the Depth of our Father’s Love for us. It’s pretty much a Blessing to Watch your heart and mind grow as you Create an Understanding of God’s Love Story.

  18. Project Inspired

    Posted by galeprimrue on December 4, 2011 at 17:48

    Wow! These are great tips! I just tried some of them today,and I found reading my Bible even more interesting than before, where I would just flip to a random page!

    • Posted by JennArman on December 4, 2011 at 22:11

      Yay!! I’m so glad that these helped you really get into reading your Bible. That’s great!

  19. hlaluvzjesus

    Posted by hlaluvzjesus on December 4, 2011 at 14:50

    I heard JOHN is a good place to start!!

    • Posted by JennArman on December 4, 2011 at 22:12

      John is an awesome book, but some people can find it a little bit more difficult to understand than Matthew, Mark, or Luke because John talks a lot of the divinity of Jesus. It can be a little confusing for some, but it is a GREAT book, I would encourage everyone to read it!