Reading the Bible Daily: How to Make it a Habit

 “Your word is a lamp to guide my feet

   and a light for my path.” - Psalm 119:105

 

My goal this year was to read my Bible daily, study it, and be grounded in the Word and God’s promises.

But prior to this year, my habit of reading The Good Book was never consistent. Some seasons, I would read my bible everyday, but then I would go months without opening it.

Reading the Bible can be daunting. For starters it’s massive! 66 books? Where do I even begin? Should I follow a devotional? Work through a bible study? Randomly flip to a page and start reading?

After getting some great advice, I decided to start with the Gospel of Luke. A good rule of thumb is start with one of the four gospels, so I did. And honestly, it was like I had never read it before. Maybe it’s because I’m approaching it in a different way, or I’m a wise adult now (ha!) but I’m learning so much. And the more I learn, the more I want to keep digging into the Word.

 

“When I discovered your words, I devoured them. They are my joy and my heart’s desire, for I bear your name, O LORD God of Heaven’s Armies.” Jeremiah 15:16

 

Here are some simple tips that helped me start and keep my habit of reading:

 

If you don’t have one, get a hard copy of the Bible in a translation you like and understand.

Yes a hard copy. And sorry King James version...you are too difficult to read. So I got a translation I liked and one with study notes on the bottom of each page.

 

Put your bible and a pen in plain sight, where you sit everyday.

I like to keep it on our kitchen table, because that’s where we drink coffee in the morning. Keep a pen around too, and don’t worry about marking on all the pages in your beautiful book. We’re supposed to wreck a Bible every ten years right?

 

Read the Bible like a book.

This was the advice that helped me! Our lovely pastor encouraged us to just open it up and start reading. This approach took the pressure off and helped me begin a daily habit. Don’t worry about if you’re reading the right passage or using the right daily devotional. Just start reading like you would read a book. Maybe it’s a few verses, maybe it’s a chapter or more. Whatever amount you read that day is perfect.

 

You can also check out these two apps:

Verses - Bible Memory

I tried a few memorization apps, but this one is by far the best. You have to pay for a different translation, but a few bucks is worth it. I never memorized verses before, but it’s better late than never, right? : )

Bible- Daily Reading & Study Bible by Olive Tree

There are a few great Bible apps out there. I like having the app on my phone for quick reference.

Of course there are a ton of apps out there, so please share the ones you love! 

 

So one afternoon I was listening to a beautiful song called “Reckless Love” sang by Steffany Gretzinger, and it says:

“Oh the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God.  Oh it chases me down, fights til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine.”

I thought...what does ninety-nine mean? That’s a random number. Maybe you already know the reference, but I was clueless! The very next morning, my next chapter in Luke was chapter 15...the one where Jesus tells a parable…the lost sheep parable...where the shepherd leaves his ninety-nine sheep to find the one that was lost!! I literally slammed my Bible down and laughed out loud! His perfect timing : )

 

 

Do you have any tips or resources for reading daily? Please share : )

 

With love,

Toni