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Tell me if you can relate:

I'm a born busy-bee. I have a constant need to feel productive. I relate a little too much to the phrase "work-a-holic". I admire to-do lists. Sometimes I struggle being a stay-at-home mom because, at times, it makes me feel unproductive - and dare I say it, at times, bored. I enjoy doing and creating and moving. My brain does not shut off easily.

Sound familiar?

If you're anything like me, then you may know the struggle to sit down and read your Bible and/or do your devotions. It's not because you don't want to, but it's truly difficult to focus your mind, sit still, and rest. Even more so if you have littles around and your free time is rare.

As Christians, we're called to set aside time for our Father (Matthew 6:33). We know we need to. We know the benefit we receive when we rest in Jesus. We know that our time with God takes top priority.

So how do we do it?

My life is busy, even if I wasn't the kind of person who enjoyed being busy. I've had to get creative to get my time in with Jesus and let me tell you, every little bit counts.

Today I'm sharing my top tips for diving into God's word when you struggle to actually dive into God's word.

1.) Find a Bible study that involves note-taking, journaling, and/or answering questions.

One of the number one ways I focus my mind on my Bible study is to find a Bible study that hones my mind by way of writing. I really enjoy studies from The Daily Grace Co., and they hold frequent sales that allow me to stock up. I've also done "Open Your Bible" and "Apples of Gold" that really invoked thought and allowed me to journal those thoughts.

2.) Get a prayer journal.

I can very rarely pray in my head for an extended amount of time and not have my thoughts stray. I've found that I do my very best praying when I'm writing it down because my mind is solely focused on my prayers. Most of the time, I just use a lined notebook like THIS one, but if you're looking for a journal targeted specifically for praying, THIS one and THIS one are both great options!


3.) Write out each line of scripture.

This is something I also use my journals for. Any time I'm doing a devotional and a line of scripture is emphasized, I write it down. This helps me focus during my study and it also aids in scripture meditation and memorization.

4.) Use a journaling Bible.

I didn't start out with a journaling Bible, but I'm so glad I invested in one. The wide margins give me space to write out my thoughts, take notes, and even draw. My specific Bible is from In His Name Co., but THIS one and THIS one have the same effect!

5.) Make a list of goals.

I mentioned up above how much I love to-do lists. While I don't want you to view this tip as me suggesting that time with God is just another thing to check off your list, I do want you to have the most effective use of your time with Him, and you can do that by making a list of goals you want to accomplish that day, week, month, etc. Use your journal to write out goals such as: "Read all of Psalms", "Learn How to Study Scripture", "Journal Ten Lines of Scripture", etc.

6.) Listen to worship music while journaling or coloring.

My daughter asked me the other day why I sing when we're listening to "Jesus music". I told her it's because I feel close to Him while I sing. Even if you didn't crack open your Bible, you can still connect with God in other ways. I really love to turn on some "Jesus music", grab some colored pencils, and open a faith-inspired adult coloring book like THIS one and THIS one. It's something I do frequently while my daughter is coloring and allows me to get some extra God-time in.


7.) Do a devotion with a friend or with a group.

Some of my favorite devotional times have been while studying the Bible with a friend. I love gaining perspective from another's point-of-view, and it's also a way of keeping accountable. I've studied with both a singular friend and with a group, and I recommend both! 

What are some ways that you study the Bible intentionally? I'd love to hear your tips in the comments!

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Whitney Kutch said...

Journaling Bibles are amazing! It's so much fun to write notes in the margins or even draw pictures and patterns that connect you with scripture.