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9 ways to find time for Bible study when you're busy! If you want to learn more Scripture, try these proven methods!

How many minutes do I have each day to read the Bible or do devotions? None. That’s right, a big fat zero.

At least that’s how I see it.

I’m sure it wouldn’t take long for you to think of the ginormous amount of things that need to get done during each day in your home. Tasks and responsibilities that carry over into the next day, most likely. We never really “have time” for anything, do we?

Sadly, but not unexpectedly, my lack of time spent in the Word leaves me spiritually dry. Struggling along, day after day, with no resources to draw on when I need help, except my own bullheaded persistence, when it comes to mothering my little ones, organization, my anger and exhaustion. Sure, I get through the day, but it typically feels more like I’m slogging along with a 100 lb weight attached to each ankle than having an enjoyable time spending the day’s hours with a spring in my step.

Maybe you’re a mom like me who feels distracted from the first moment she wakes up in the morning and can’t nail down a time to consistently pray or read the Scriptures. It leaves us spiritually struggling, doesn’t it?

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When we’re not in the Word it’s easier to feel:

  • Discouraged
  • Disappointed
  • Hopeless
  • Mentally exhausted
  • Exasperated with ourselves and our kids
  • Distrustful of God

That’s the mental struggle that I have. I know I should read the Bible, I know I learn and grow and have a much better attitude when I make it my first priority, but seriously, is there really any way to find time for devotions when I’m so super busy?

Growing up, I didn’t really have any disciplined Bible study time for myself. I wish that was a habit I had gotten into, but all I can do is go forward and “begin anew.” If we truly desire to spend time in the Word, we honestly have to make time for it. Just like we make time to watch our favorite TV show or do the laundry or make a new recipe. 

Do you struggle to make time to study God's Word as a busy mom and woman? Here are 9 ways you can find time for Bible study and devotions even when you're so busy you barely have time to think!

Practical Help

I want to share 9 ideas to help you find time for Scripture reading and Bible study! They are all methods I have used at one time or another throughout the past 8 years since I became a mom. Really this is useful for any woman but of course since this series is directed at moms, that’s my audience :) {Psst….there is one common tip that you will NOT find in this list!}

But before we begin, there a  couple of really helpful things you can do first to ensure that you will be making this change successfully.

  • Pray and ask the Lord to lead you in choosing the best method and time of day for your study. It may change depending on your season of life! Know that Satan will try to distract you from spending time in God’s Word. Ask the Holy Spirit to “check” you when this happens.
  • Take a time inventory. Figure out what you’re wasting time doing during the day. If you’re browsing Pinterest at 10 pm, maybe that would be a good time to choose for Scripture reading. Or perhaps you are scrolling through Facebook on your phone while you feed your baby in the middle of the night. That’s a great time for the Bible instead! :)
  • Pick a time and set an alarm on your phone or clock if necessary to remind you each day. They say it takes 21 days to form a habit–I think for moms it takes much longer than that! Samsung Galaxy to the rescue ;)

Here we go – 9 ways to find time for Bible study when you’re busy!

1. Literally find a time to sit down and read the Bible. If you are able to set aside a chunk of time devoted specifically to Bible study, please do so!  Make the most of the time by using a method such as the Inductive Bible Study Method, which was introduced by Kay Arthur and is laid out in a book she co-wrote with her husband, “How to Study Your Bible“. From Amazon: “In 15 easy-to-understand chapters, the authors present a systematic approach that includes key words, context studies, comparison and contrasts, topical studies, and more.” We went through this book and used this system in Bible college and it was incredibly helpful and really taught me a deeper amount about the Scriptures even when I had limited time to read.

 

2. Let’s say a large chunk of time is not possible each day. Another great way to study the Bible is to read it on an App on your phone or tablet. If you are waiting to pick up your kids from soccer practice, feeding and rocking the baby or in the waiting room, open up the YouVersion Bible App! This app has tons of versions of the Bible, very simple reading plans, videos and the ability to bookmark verses. This is what I used daily when my fourth child was a tiny baby and I spent much time feeding her, making it awkward to hold the physical Bible in my lap!

3. Listen to an audio Bible. How blessed we are that the word of God can be read to us while we do dishes, play with our kids or exercise {you know, when you have time for that}! You can find audio Bible resources at BibleGateway.com and also the King James at AudioBible.com. Our family has often listened together to the ESV Audio Bible from Logos. You know who would have the BEST voice for narrating the audio Bible? James Earl Jones :)

4. Memorize Scripture.  It’s great to know God’s Word so that verses can be brought to mind even if the Bible isn’t right in front of us. A couple of ways I’ve made use of this method in the past is to Google phrases like “12 Bible Verses of Giving Thanks” or “10 Bible Verse for When It’s Hard to Trust God” and then printing them out and posting on my fridge or my bathroom mirror. Then I can read them, think on them and memorize these truths.

5. Learn Scripture WITH your children. Slightly different than number four, this time you are actually learning the same verses together. Learning some of the essential Bible verses with your kiddos is just as profitable as memorizing Scripture by yourself! I once read the comment that if we only have time to read the Bible with our children, it does not promote “advanced study” or give us enough “meat” of the Word. Why not? It isn’t a loss at all to relearn verses you may already know and it is a joy to see your children come to know them as well.

If you’re interested, check out my ebook, “God’s Word in My Heart” which includes among other things, printable A-Z Bible verses and also verses about sin and salvation that you can memorize with your children! It comes in ESV, NASB, KJV and a “Variety Version”.

6. Display Scripture around your house. I love seeing how people “decorate” their homes with Scripture! Grab some favorite Bible verses and find a way to feature them on the inside of your bathroom cabinet, on a wall or on a desk. The possibilities are really endless with this one. You can get as creative as you want or just keep it simple.

7. Choose a time to do family devotions together each day. That way, even if you don’t have time for your own personal study at least you are able to spend some time reading the Bible with your family! This is how we got started doing devotions in our own home. You can learn Scripture as a family with these character cards, find a solid devotional or just go through a book of the Bible and pray together.

8. Join an online Bible study group like Hello Mornings or Good Morning Girls. It’s great for accountability, even if you don’t do your Bible reading that is assigned for the day in the morning ;)

9. Find a Bible reading plan that sticks. I think part of my problem with consistent devotions is that I sometimes don’t know where to start reading and then I just waste the precious time I have flipping around and not actually reading anything! Bible reading plans are available on Bible apps, but another very helpful resource is the website OneYearBible Online . It gets you through the entire Bible in 365 days! You can also purchase many Bible versions from the One Year Bible that are actually divided into a 365 day reading plan {ESV, KJV, etc}. Some people don’t like this method as they feel it breaks the text up too much but if it helps you to dig into the Word, go for it! My grandmother actually read the Bible through three years in a row using this plan, learning so much each time.

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Some other helpful articles:

5 Tips to Make Your Prayer Life Stronger

5 Ways to Organize Your Prayer Time

Finding Time for God When You Can Hardly Find Time to Breathe

10 Unusual Places to Spend Quiet Time with God

Reading the Bible When You Don’t Know Where to Start

I want to point out that I’m still not always consistent with my Bible study and prayer time. My self-discipline comes and goes depending on the season of life I and my family are in. But thankfully God is so gracious to us. He calls us to “meditate” on His word and when we seek His guidance on when to best to that, the Holy Spirit will give us the time we need and will bless that time as well! Keep pressing on, friends!

“After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.” 1 Peter 5:10

How do you find time to read and meditate on the Bible in your home?

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Jenn

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Hi, I'm Jenn! I'm an "unstuffy" pastor's wife and mom to four amazing and active children. My desire is to equip you with the resources, tools and encouragement you need to learn God’s Word and apply it to your life so you can teach the Word to your children in a way that has a lasting impact! I want to help you turn good ideas into good practices so that you feel confident, by the grace of God, in carrying out the many vocations you have been called to as a Christian woman. Read more on my about page!

11 Comments on 9 Ways to Find Time for Bible Study When You’re Busy {31 Days of Hope for Moms}

  1. i have three young girls and have found the best time for me is as soon as the last one is in bed. i close her bedroom door and nearly run to my bedroom for quiet time with God. im usually exhausted but it has been so sweet to be fellowshipping with my Lord right before i sleep. i sleep better now! :-) ALSO, since ive started that habbit, i wake up with my bible right nextt to my bed so i will grab a cup of coffee just 15 minutes before i wake the children and read my bible. it always gets my day started peacefully and i feel more equipped with God at my side to tackle the days tasks.

  2. I am not a Mom but I totally thought these were so helpful. I need to spend more time in the Word too!

  3. Such great ideas here! I’ve been using the One Year Bible this year and honestly, I love it. It does break up the text but I find it rather a good thing as there is always something that speaks, whether in the Old Testament, the New Testament or the Psalms.
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