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If you’ve been around this hopping spot of cyberspace much the last few weeks, then you’ve probably caught on to the fact that I’m in Bible study mode at church with the Priscilla Shirer Gideon study. The first week, our facilitator opened with a word of encouragement and the reminder that each day of homework can take an average of 40 minutes. Ummm. Yeah. I had forgotten that little detail.
So I’ve really been working on time management and especially maximizing my Bible study time. I’m not using each and every one of these tips right now, but depending on the season and the amount of time I’m devoting to a particular study, these 4 tips on how to make the most of your Bible study time help significantly.
1. Give yourself the gift of flexibility.
I know some folks live by having morning quiet time and they vow to never change their 5 am time. I’m all for that, if it works for you. But the truth is, it doesn’t work for me. There are a lot of bodies in this household and therefore many variables in the day. (Exhibit A in the right sidebar, marked “My Tribe.”) I enjoy a morning prayer time and short, one page devotional, but I don’t wake up and spend 40 minutes in Bible study time. Honestly, it takes at least 40 minutes for me to even wake up. Praise Jesus, He knows I’m not a huge morning person because He created me. This is probably the reason He also created coffee.
I’ve found that many days I don’t have 40 minutes in a day for Bible study time, but I have 30 minutes. And maybe I don’t have 30 minutes all at once, but I have two 15 minute slots of time for Bible study. And that’s great if I use it wisely. So go ahead, be willing to flex a bit.
2. Keep your study items in the same place all the time.
I actually keep my study books on the microwave stand with a pen in the book. No, it’s not ideal, but placing them there keeps it in sight and on my mind. I also keep the page bookmarked for easy reference. If I’m using my paper Bible, then I store the Bible and study book in the same place. I keep the Bible bookmarked as well.
3. Try using a Bible app as your Bible for the study.
I enjoy using a Bible app for so many reasons. Using the Bible app works well with highlighting and bookmarking easily within the app. I can quickly touch from reference to reference, as well as screenshot and share Scripture easily. It enables me to be more hands-free for my little ones, which is wonderful when you feel like you are carrying everything but the kitchen sink.
If you’re not sure which Bible app you would benefit from the most, here’s a list of 4 Fabulous Bible Apps I Recommend– but I’ll tell you my favorite is the Olive Tree Bible Study App. I’m not saying you have to, but try it! You might like it!
4. Be purposeful about setting your environment.
My friend recently told me that she will have her children busy with activities in the same room with her, but she uses headphones for music to silence the noise in the room while she focuses on her study. Great idea! I often sit in the room next to my children if I’m trying to snag a few minutes of quiet time. I try to isolate myself as much as possible whenever I’m working on Bible study because I focus best in quiet conditions. I also try to give God my best time of day, which is after lunch and at night when the house is quiet. These are the times my environment is most conducive to having Bible study time.
How do you maximize your Bible study time? I’d love it if you’d share your tips with us!