For most moms the single most valuable thing we have is our time. Time for Bible study falls by the wayside because we simply have so many things crammed in our day. However, for me, the days I don’t have time for Bible study are not because I didn’t have any time. They happen because I didn’t prioritize my time well enough.
The things that fill my day are the things I allowed to take priority in my life. Some of these things are really great things, like spending time with my family. Some of these things are not as awesome (Netflix anyone?) So today I want to take a look at what it really means to make time for Bible study. Want to find out more about where to begin with Bible study? Try this post.
What are your priorities?
It might be helpful to take a minute right now, to make two lists. The first one is a list of what you feel your top five priorities should be. The second list is what you feel your top five priorities are.
So to make my first list, I think through what is important to me. My marriage, my kids, homeschooling my kids are some that first pop into my head. Another is my health, and of course I want my relationship with God to be my top priority.
For my second list I think through my actual day. If I had to name my priorities based on the way I spend my time, what would those be? So this isn’t meant to make you feel bad. No one really has laundry as a major desire in their life. If you do, please come do some of mine! However, running your house probably takes up a significant amount of your time! This shows you where you are spending your time and where your priorities are lived out right now.
Where is your time spent now?
The purpose of making these lists, is for you to see where your time is being spent. You can now take apart your day to look for time holes or time wasters. These are imposters. They are things that take up your time, but are not one of your priorities. The time wasters I hate the most are things that cause me to lose time while it seems no time has passed. The biggest one for me is television. I can sit and watch three episodes of my favorite show in a row and it feels like I barely just sat down. No thank you!
If one of your items is watching tv in the evenings, you could likely skip a show in order to make time for a quiet time. If one of your main stressors in the day is the morning scramble to get the kids out the door to school, you could spend a few minutes at night to get things ready for the next day. With a less hectic morning you could sit down to start your day with God. Look for ways you can use your time better in order to get more out of it!
Can you get creative?
Do you have time blocks during the day that you aren’t taking advantage of? Listen to an audio Bible on your drive to work, or while you exercise. Write a verse on a notecard and always keep it in your pocket to learn while you wait in line, during your break at work. Think outside the box and you will probably find tons of small moments in your day that you could be using better.
Will you follow through?
It takes effort to make God a priority. You won’t just find that you accidently made time for Bible study without any thought about how. Today, do one thing to make time for God. Even if that means that you only make five minutes. Use those minutes to ask God to help you make this a priority in your life. Then read Mark 1. I say read Mark 1 because then you don’t have to think about where to begin reading, so you won’t waste any time trying to decide. Also, I think it’s a great idea to begin in a gospel. It brings you back to the reason you are a Christian; because Jesus died for your sins.
I would love to hear what your one thing is today! How are you going to make time for Bible study? If you have already made time for Bible study, but you aren’t really sure how to study the Bible, check out my course on how to study the Bible here.