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    Tips for Focusing While Reading Your Bible

    I’m a huge reader; it’s one of my favorite ways to pass the time. I know many of you girls also love to read. I’ll bet some of you can finish whole books in just a couple of days when you really enjoy them. I remember it only took me two days to finish Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows; nothing could distract me while I was reading that book.

    Don’t you wish it were that easy to focus while reading your Bible? I do.

    Girls, I am so easily distracted when I try to read my Bible. It seems like everything starts going a little haywire as soon as I open up the Word of God. I know it can feel like that for some of you as well, so I want to share with you a few tips for focusing during your time with the Lord.

    • Turn off your electronic devices. Cell phones, laptops and tablets can be a huge distraction when you’re trying to focus on the Word of God. I know some of you may follow a YouVersion reading plan through the Bible app, and that’s great, but your phone does so many other things that it’s still hard to focus. If you’re following a plan on the Bible app (or any other app), write down the reading for the day in a journal or notebook, then turn your phone off and complete the reading using your Bible instead of the app. When you’ve finished, turn your phone back on and mark the reading as complete.
    • Keep a piece of paper handy. This isn’t for taking notes as you read—this is for writing down any questions you have while reading (that you can answer later) or tasks for the day so you don’t forget them. As soon as I start reading my Bible, I start remembering all the stuff I need to do that day, and the next thing I know, I’m doing everything except reading my Bible.
    • Have a notebook and a pen nearby. This is for writing down any notes you want to remember, verses you want to memorize or insight that the Holy Spirit gives you as you read. These things are easily forgotten, so write them down!
    • Read slowly. Seriously. Take time to think about what you’re reading as you’re going through it. Leave time between verses, stories and chapters for the Holy Spirit to speak to you about what you’ve read. When the author (God) gives you insight about what you’re reading, it will be easier to focus because you’ll want more.
    • Don’t overwhelm yourself. Be careful when setting your Bible reading goals. If you find that you have a hard time reading one chapter a day, then set a lower goal, like 5 to 10 verses a day. If you read more than that, great, and if not, that’s okay, too. God wants us to read His Word, but He isn’t disappointed if we aren’t reading 20 chapters a day!

    God wants His Word to live in and change our hearts, minds and lives. If you’re trying to force yourself through several chapters a day, you’re probably not going to remember much of what you read. God would rather have you remember and apply a few verses or the principles of a single parable than have you read 20 chapters that you barely remember. As you get consistent about reading the Bible (no matter how much), you’ll build your ability to read and remember more and more, but it takes time. Start slowly and small and take your time.

    How sweet are Your words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth! From Your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way. (Psalm 119:103-104)

    Girls, what other tips do you have for focusing while you’re reading the Bible?

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    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

    7 COMMENTS

    1. Wow these are great ideas, thanks! I always have a hard time staying focused while reading my Bible, so these ideas help a lot. I will try my hardest to put them into action. I also suggest trying to find a quiet place to read to help limit distractions also. Turning electronics off is a very good way to cut down on distractions but there can also be other distractions such as siblings running around or friends talking to you. Try to find a spot where no one can bother you for a while. This article also made me realize that, like you said, we don’t have to read 20 chapters a day to satisfy God. We can just read a few verses and try to apply them to our lives. I’m really glad that I read this. I will definitely have a much easier time reading my Bible in the future.

    2. I was on my cell phone while I was trying to read, just as I was reading my Bible 20 minutes ago. Even though I was talking about God, I was giving my attention to my phone and not my full attention to my Bible. Cell phones are a big no-no during Bible time, no matter what you are talking about. It takes away YOUR one-on-one time with God!

    3. This has really made me aware of what I need to STOP doing and need to START doing. I’m an easily distracted person so I have started to make it a habit to get away and read my bible by myself. The bible commands us to pray in secret in Matthew 6:6. “But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.” God also commands us in Psalms 46:10 to “be still and know that I am God.” I think we as Christians get so caught up in our lives overrun by technology, jobs, school, ect. that we forget to take time to relax in God’s presence. Sometimes I find myself saying that it’s just so hard to make time for God, but I have to remind myself of the Blimeycow video, “Making Time For God.” They make a point that when we use the excuse ‘It’s hard to make time for God” that it looks like our time is more important than he is. I will definitely use these tips when I’m reading my bible.

      P.S: Here is the link of the Blimeycow video if you want to check it out! 😀 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgMFXan9pjQ

    4. I usuallly play my local KLOVE station quietly because the quiet distracts me more than having the music playing, I have it on loud enough to hear, but not loud enough to take over. Thanks for the tips! 🙂

    5. These are good ideas. Most of the time when I’m reading my Bible, I get distracted very easily (especially with electronic devices).
      In the morning before I start my daily work, I read the Bible & at night before bed, but, I can’t really get a good message because of distractions.
      I’ll push myself hard to read the Bible, enjoy it and live by it. =)
      God Bless, Lani.

    6. If You Like Reading In The Morning When You Get Up I Find It Difficult To Stay Up Sometime. Take Ten Minutes Go Allow Yourself To Wake By Washing You Face And Making Yourself A Cup Of Tea/Coffee/Etc. Then You Can Give God Your Full Attention And Respect. It’s LikeGoing For A Run Or Any Other Exercise You Wouldn’t Just Wake Up And Go In Your Pajamas And Slippers, You Prepare Yourself Correctly Fist.

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