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September 9, 2013 7:23 PM
Like Ted's original post, I find if I don't start out early, reading the Bible gets "crowded out" by other activities - a classic case of "the urgent displacing the important." My daughter leaves for school on a bus early, and I find if I come into the office then - before everyone else arrives - it's a great time to get the day started off on the right foot. More important than the specific method, find a method/routine that works for you and your schedule, then stick with it. Blessings, Larry
September 9, 2013 12:03 AM
Thank you for this information. I do read my word but I struggle with remembering what I have read so that if the need arise, I can tell someone where to find it in the bible. Thank you! I will continue reading until I get it.
September 6, 2013 10:04 AM
I can relate to these previous posts. It is hard to establish good self discipline but it is so worth it. This year I started a plan on my Bible app on my phone. It is also available on your computer at www.Bible.com. The app is free and you can select from many translations and Bible reading plans. Not only that but it can send you reminders to stay on track. If you get off track there is a "catch me up" option that helps if you fall behind or if you read more in a day than the plan says to. I absolutely love it. I have focus problems so I like to read along and play the narration as well. In this way I'm not going back to re-read a paragraph five times. If I do want to re-read something I just pause the narration. I would highly recommend this if you struggle with focus.
Also I find along with many others that getting up early is a great way to show you are willing to sacrifice your comfort for God's purpose in your life. When you read daily along with prayer you will find God's supernatural power working in your life in a majestic way!
September 6, 2013 12:32 AM
Hi, I've been a Christian for a long time, and although I have always believed in the benefits of daily Bible reading, often allowed my busy hectic life to crowd it out. About a year ago I had a major conviction that I needed to put this busy hectic life of mine in proper order, and put first things first, and recognize that my life is not mine own. The past year has been an exciting and difficult journey toward being more like Jesus. I read my Bible each day, as well as some other devotional reading, (currently an updated version of My Utmost For His Highest) meet with some friends for prayer and accountability, and Bible Study. I practice some time of solitude and prayer once a month, and am attempting a one hour a week personal Bible Study. I say attempt, because since I started classes 3 weeks ago I have not succeeded. All of this is a part of a discipleship plan I started with a friend and coworker. It has changed both of our lives for the better. I am so grateful to God for being so patient and loving with me as I have found my way to putting Him first in my life... ahead of my husband and four children, ahead of my ministry job, and ahead of people and their opinions about me. I'm not gonna lie, it has been hard, but He is so worth it. And guess what: all those things are in better order than they ever were before.
September 5, 2013 10:07 PM
I get up with my husband early in the morning. Then when he leaves for work at 5:15, I have my quiet time with the Lord. I read a daily devotional, which includes scripture. After I read, then I pray. I've found that if I don't get up early in the morning to spend time with the Lord, it is much harder to do later in the day, (like on weekends).
However, the more time I spend with God in His presence, the more time I want to spend with Him! So I look forward to getting up and doing it. It is an honor and privilege to know that the same God that created the universe wants to spend time with me!
September 5, 2013 8:24 PM
I'm in my mid 30's, and I never really learned to read the Bible daily until a few years ago. I was at the point where I needed help and motivation to grow daily in my relationship with Christ. I am close to my pastor, so I asked for his help and accountability. I hit it pretty hard, starting at Genesis 1 and Matthew 1, reading a chapter a day in the Old and New Testament. Plus, I began at Psalms 1, read it through, and read the Proverb of the day. I did not complete the whole Bible, but it got me into a reading habit. Now, I follow different devotionals on the YouVersion Bible app, that help me in whatever season of life I am in, and I still read the Proverb of the day. I always try to start my day with my Bible.
September 5, 2013 7:58 AM
For the last several years I've been using the One Year Bible. I prefer to do my Bible reading in the evening. I find that I "meditate" best by journalling or writing down my thoughts about a specific scripture portion I've read that night.
August 27, 2013 9:05 PM
@Michelle: I have tried for over 15 years to develop a Bible reading habit. It was on and off. Then after reading a supplement book, my determination went to a new level and I did it! I decided that I was going to study the Bible like I studied for an exam or a subject matter that was difficult. Once I began studying instead of just reading the Bible, it changed things.
August 27, 2013 8:57 PM
This thread is great. I get very excited about sharing how I developed a habit of reading my Bible consistently because I have tried many times before, but it has never lasted as long as it is now. I too, get up very early to read my Bible because I have realized that if I don't do it in the morning then I probably won't do it at all. So I make a commitment to do it and I pray sincerely for the Lord to help me stay committed. Reading the Bible daily has had a phenomenal impact on me. After all of these years of wanting to make this a habit, it has finally happened for me, and honestly it is the best thing that has ever happened to me. I have grown closer to God more than prayer and experiences only have because I understand much more. "My people perish from a lack of knowledge".
August 24, 2013 10:36 AM
Thank you for posting this. I am a Freshman starting this year. Have been out of school for 5 years. I am 23 now and discovering my Faith. Liberty kept popping up everywhere, and I know God was directing me here. I have been needing advice on how to get in the habit of reading the bible, and here it is. =) Thanks so much!
August 23, 2013 2:44 PM
Thank you for your powerful message. This blog is so inspiring and Life changing. I am so greatful for having the opportunity to get this information.
God Bless Liberty University.
August 23, 2013 1:01 PM
I am new at this. Weekdays I get up, wake up the older kids, and read before they come downstairs. Right now I am reading a book called Am I Messing Up My Kids that has bunches of scriptures to look up and reflect about. It is great! I amso get emails from Proverbs 31 Ministries, and interrupt my day here and there to read them and reflect. There are great stories, everyday insights and bible verses included. They give me the breaks I need to stay on track.
August 20, 2013 12:28 AM
It helps to grab my IPhone when the alarm rings at 5am and read scriptures before getting out of bed. Then as I get ready for work, I have chapters of the Bible playing the background. I subscribe to various biblical emails and read them As i ride the bus to work ( with earbuds in my ears) TRBC is a good software. It is a work in progress. Thank you
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