*This is the fifth post in the series TRUTH Focused. To read the first post on biblical literacy, click here. To read the second post on discernment, click here. Read post four on biblical literacy and parents, click here. Last week’s post on tips to study the Bible can be found here.
We’re all busy. Whether you work, have one kid, five kids, see friends regularly, volunteer, are involved in church, or any other activity listen on your calendar.
We are all busy. But, too often we let that be our excuse.
My house is dirty because we have been so busy.
I ordered pizza all week for dinner because we’ve just been busy.
I didn’t call my friend back because we are so busy.
I haven’t read the Bible in years because we are always so busy.
Being busy can be a valid excuse at times. I’ve had days in my life where there was hardly time to eat. I get it. I truly do. But, I think being busy is one of the biggest excuses used for not spending time in God’s word. Now, let me drop a little #truthbomb on you…
We make time for the things that are important to us.
Guys, I had to learn this too. I was at a point in life where I hadn’t sat down and read the Bible in months. I kept telling myself it was too hard to fit it in being a working mom. I even convinced myself that I would wait until school was done to start. Because then I would have time.
Meanwhile, my husband and I finished The Man in the High Castle on Amazon Prime, I spent hours on my phone watching Instagram stories, I even wrote some long blog posts.
I made time for the things that were important to me.
When I finally took a step back and looked at what was filling my free time, I realized that I was making social media, television, and my blog a priority over growing closer to my Savior.
I know this is some of you too. Life is hard. We are busy. We are distracted. We are exhausted. But, if we want to thrive and live abundantly, we have to make God and His word one of our important things!
I want to share with you a small tangible way that I am doing this. When Nora gave up her morning nap a month ago, I was upset because that was my time to sit down and read the Bible. I tried continuing to do it while she was awake, but if you’re a mom you can imagine how that went. So now, she takes only one nap a day and those two hours are my only alone time during the day. In the beginning I was using those hours checking in on social media, reading a book, blogging, cleaning, or watching a show. Then, when I would finally get around to reading the Bible, inevitably Nora would wake up. I would stop where I was, and most days never finish or never fit it in at all. After four days of this I knew something had to give!
So, I set an alarm for 1:30PM that goes off everyday. Nora goes down for her afternoon nap just before one. This gives me about thirty minutes to do whatever I want. I can look at Facebook, read from my book, do some cleaning, watch an episode of a show, or anything else I choose. When that alarm goes off after that half hour, I stop what I’m doing, grab my Bible and spend time with God. The alarm is a not only a reminder but a boundary in a way. Since I began doing this, I have rarely (I’m human) missed a day diving into Scripture.
I encourage you to find some way to make reading the Bible a priority. Whether it’s a daily alarm or a friend holding you accountable, it is so important to daily be in the Word!
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3: 16-17