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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

    22 COMMENTS

    1. 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.

    2. 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

    3. 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!!! 😀

    4. 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 😀

    5. 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!

    6. 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!

    7. 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.

    8. 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.

    9. 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…

    10. 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

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