Perhaps you are like me. Far too often I found myself at the end of the day without having spent any time studying the scriptures. I wondered how something as important as reading God’s Word could be so hard to remember to actually do. Here are three tips that make scripture study easier to remember and one of the most enjoyable parts of the day. Truly daily manna to feed the soul.
1. Schedule a time for daily scripture study.
Scheduling a time helps keep it simple. Make it a priority by giving it one of your best time slots. Spending time with God will give you the strength and help to work in and on other important things. I’m a morning person so my time is in the morning. Not first thing in the morning, but after I’m up and awake, but before the “stuff’ of the day crowds in. When I miss my morning study time it is likely that I will totally miss for the day. If you’re more of a night person you might find that mornings your brain is a slug, but some of your best energy and focus happens after the sun goes down. Plan a time that will work best for you.
2. Make a study rut.
Now hold off just a sec with the negative connotations. Merriam Webster defines the noun rut as follows:
Since a monotonous routine is NOT what we are looking for (a subject for a future blog post!) let’s look at definition 1, in particular 1a.
Developing any habit requires a lot of hard work at the beginning, and scripture study and devotion are no exception. Set an alarm. Be committed. Put a sticky note on the bathroom mirror or the fridge. Tell your spouse, mom, BFF what your commitment is, and ask them to hold you to it.
Do whatever it takes. At first it might just seem hard. Over time little furrows of habit will form in our lives and hearts. These ruts are what keep us going on the path when life gets hard, and it always does. Form that habit and it will serve you well. Even more, as we spend time with God and His Holy Word we start feeling and seeing the effect in our lives.
3. Have a special scripture study place.
Have a place that you can use consistently for your study, at least to start. It probably will be a place that also serves another purpose, but that comfy chair you usually park in to watch the telly is probably not the best place. Kitchen table, comfortable chair, sunny window seat. Think about the time you will spend there and what you like to keep on hand. Pretty it up a little bit. This is a work in progress for me. I am dreaming of a vase of fresh cut flowers. The less clutter and distraction the better.
What is your favorite verse of scripture?