Our Dive Into the Word Bible reading plans have been going on for over 20 weeks! How have you been doing with your Bible reading?
It can sometimes be difficult to consistently do something – even if we know it’s something that’s good for us to do.
How can we improve? Here are a few tips and ideas that might help you Dive Into the Word more often and with more regularity.
Make time to read your Bible. Whenever you decide to read the Bible, it is important to recognize that it is something important, something worth doing, and something you must make the time to do.
If you’re struggling to stick with your reading plan, you may need to make your plan easier. That’s why we made several levels to our Dive Into the Word Bible reading plans. Having trouble getting through all the Advanced level readings every week? Try our Intermediate level plan. Are you not reading your Bible at all? Think about following our Beginner level plan (it’s only one Bible story a week). The important thing is that you commit to reading your Bible.
Try to make reading your Bible part of your daily routine. Doing so will help you form and strengthen a habit of reading the Bible. Making your Dive Into the Word time part of the day’s normal structure will help you be consistent in your reading.
If you’re having trouble consistently following your Bible reading plan, think about ways you can work this time into every day. For many people, the best times for reading the Bible are just after they wake up or just before they go to bed. There are lots of things you do routinely at these times, and adding “read the Bible” to these tasks is relatively easy and will help make it a habit. The time of day you read your Bible is not as important as being sure to read your Bible every day.
Anything you can do to remind yourself to spend time in the scriptures might help you form the good habit of reading your Bible. Bring your Bible to your attention as often as possible.
This may be something as simple as printing out your Bible reading plan and posting it somewhere where you’ll see it every day. If you use your phone or another device for reading the Bible, think about moving the shortcut for your Bible app right next to that game you play every day or somewhere else where you’ll see it anytime you look at your device.
Being accountable to someone can help inspire you to read your Bible when you otherwise might not feel like doing so.
Cadets, think about being accountable to your parents, counselor, or fellow cadets. Counselors, think about being accountable to your spouse or fellow counselors. Schedule a (consistent) time every week that your accountability partner will check in with you.
Reading the Bible can sometimes seem like just one more thing to do or another task to complete. The truth is that we should be happy to go to the scriptures.
The more you can make a habit of reading your Bible, the easier it will be to approach your reading with joy. Some days will undoubtedly be more difficult than others, but being mindful of how precious God’s Word is will help you maintain an appropriate mindset.
If you can find ways to be committed, consistent, reminded, accountable, and joyful in your Bible reading, you are well on your way to forming a really good Bible reading habit.
“I rejoice in your Word, like one who discovers a great treasure.” Psalm 119:162
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