Ready to shift the mindset of reading the Bible daily out of duty into a delight? Let’s become a generation of women who delight in God’s Word every single day with these 20 ideas for making reading the Bible daily a time of indulgence!
Delight in the Scriptures
Crave reading your Bible
Enjoy the Word
For many of us women, we hear phrases like this and we often feel shame or guilt because we know we should be reading the Bible daily but so often it feels like a duty than a delight.
Just one more thing to cross off the to-do list…
I am one of those people who enjoy crossing off my list but I’ve also moved into a mindset where Bible reading is no more just a thing to be done, instead it’s a natural rhythm of my day that I crave.
It’s what I want for you too.
So the question is, how can we move from a mindset that we HAVE TO read our Bibles to we GET TO read our Bibles?
There is so much pleasure and goodness in unpacking ALL the truths found in the Scriptures. We clearly get to see and experience God’s story and plan.
As we read and get to know our Bibles, we experience a richer understanding of our faith, the history from creation to the end. We see the miraculous work of God and see His great character and the attributes that make Him Father God.
We see how the BIG story unfolds and how Jesus Christ was Plan A from the very beginning.
It’s all there in the pages of the Bible.
We have a beautifully written book that is divine and inspired by God.
It is a written account that details the coming of our Savior and those who came before Him to pave the path of His arrival.
I desire for you to be a woman who craves Scripture, who longs to indulge in it daily and who long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation — if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good. (1 Peter 2:2-3)
May this be your desire to, to become a woman who delights in reading her Bible daily.
But how do we get there? How do we shift from the mindset of having to towards getting to?
Recently, I set down and brainstormed in my journal a list of ideas and tips that might inspire and encourage women to move into the area of delighting in God’s Word. Today, I’m sharing that list with you in hopes that these tips might just be the bit of inspiration you need.
Read through the list below, pick out one or two (or maybe a few more) that works for you in this season and then open your Bible and let His Word pour over your life.
20 Tips & Ideas for Delighting in Reading Your Bible
- Pray that the Lord will help create in you a desire to be in the Scriptures. Pray for a deep hunger and enjoyment to read your Bible and pray for help in understanding what you are reading. We have the amazing blessing of having the Holy Spirit dwelling in us!
- Don’t read the Bible alone. There is something about knowing you are in a community when reading Scripture so that’s why I personally love the online She Reads Truth community of women. Their mission is to have women read the Bible every day. Every month, they have a new Bible reading plan, usually studying a book of the Bible, and it’s a great place to start if you don’t know where to begin.
- Hello Mornings and Good Morning Girls are two other popular online communities who are committed to reading the Bible daily. You can follow along on their blogs and even join online smaller groups.
- Join a physical Bible study in your community. If your church doesn’t host one, ask a friend to meet up for accountability and Scripture discussion. Or search for a Community Bible Study or Bible Study Fellowship in your area.
- Write the Word. Scripture writing has dramatically transformed my faith journey and it’s a discipline that has been around for a long time. I have a free plan and guide to help you get started.
- Pray the Scripture. Not only will this help you experience the Word of God but it will also strengthen your prayer life as well. This is a great resource to help get you started or this one is pretty great too!
- Try a new devotional book. A word of caution though, not all are created equal nor should they be used in place of Bible reading but a solid, Bible-based devotional can be a great addition to help you interact with your Bible. My favorite is the classic My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers but I also love this more recent one on celebrating the Gospel one day at a time.
- Pick one book of the Bible and commit to reading only it for an entire month. I like to do this by picking a smaller book with only 5 or 6 chapters, so that way I can read one chapter a day, Monday through Saturday, and then repetitively read through the entire book 4 times in a month. Galatians, Ephesians, or 1 Peter are great books to start with this practice. It’s amazing how much you become familiar with a text when you read it over and over!
- Listen to Scripture. We have this amazing ability to listen to God’s Word and have it easily accessible on our phones now that there is no need to purchase an expensive audiobook of the Bible. Download the YourVersion Bible or the ESV Bible app. Both are free and allow you to listen (or read) your Bible easily on your phone.
- Put Scripture to music. There are so many great Scripture-inspired worship songs that will allow you to meditate on Scripture as you go through your day. My family personally loves Seeds Family Worship and I’ve recently discovered Fighter Verses too.
- Write in the margins of your Bible. Bible journaling has become a thing in recent years but for many of us who aren’t artistic, writing in our Bibles is a great way to process what we are reading and studying or prayers inspired by the Scriptures. My journaling Bible is filling up and is quickly becoming a treasured account of my own faith walk that I pray my children will treasure someday. This is a great resource to help you get started.
- Color in your Bible. If you are artic, Bible journaling is a perfect expression of blending your love for art and God’s Word. I’m a fan of the Illustrated Faith supplies and have been slowly learning how to add little splashes of art to my Bible. This Bible is actually on my wishlist.
- Pick the right translation to read from. We are blessed to live in an age where we have so many different translations to choose from, some better than others. Modern translations of the Bible will help aid in your understanding of Scripture. The English Standard Version (ESV) is my top pick but the NIV and NASB are also good picks. Another great supplemental translation to read in addition is the New Living Translation (NLT), and while I wouldn’t recommend this to be your daily Bible source, The Message can also be helpful at times. The She Reads Truth Bible is also good.
- Invest in a Parallel Bible or use handy web tools like Bible Gateway to read more than one translation of the Bible at a time.
- Keep Bibles open through your home. On the kitchen counter, coffee table, next to the diaper changing table, in the bathroom, on your desk, or on the dining room table. Having it out and open encourages you to make reading your Bible, a verse at a time, a natural part of your day. Plus, it invites other members of your family into Scripture too!
- Read The Jesus Storybook Bible… even if you don’t have children. Hands down this is one of the best children’s Bibles out there and over the countless times we have read through it over the past few years, I’m always amazed at how much I learn about the Bible from it. Currently, we are listening to the audio version every afternoon after school and it’s so good.
- Create your own Bible book basket. I love mine and have shared it before but there is something great about having all of your Bible reading supplies handy, organized, and easily transportable from place to place. One quick way to make reading your Bible a delightful habit is to always have it nearby and accessible.
- Set the atmosphere and create a cozy nook or place to read your Bible. Light a candle, diffuse some oils, wrap up in a cozy blanket, brew a piping hot mug of coffee or tea, make sure the lighting is bright enough to see the words in your Bible.
- Learn what it means to actually study the Bible. Read Women in the Word by Jen Wilkin to discover what it looks like to study your Bible. I believe Jen does a great job of explaining the various approaches to Bible study and then equips you to study the Bible with confidence and without having a seminary degree! 😉
- Want more ideas? Check out 5 Ways to Enjoy the Word which is a free resource by Bible teacher Katie Orr and hosted by Jami from Homemaking Ministries. It’s a short video lesson with some quick wins on how to enjoy God’s Word more each and every day.
These ideas and tips are just the tip of the iceberg and a small place to start. I pray that these will provide you inspiration and will help birth the desire and excitement as you shift your mindset towards craving reading your Bible.
Let’s continue the discussion below in the comments. Please share your tips, habits, rituals, and routines below in the comments so this can truly be a great resource for all women!
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