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How to Study Your Bible

How to study your Bible as a busy wife and mother. We are living in a fast paced society - these helpful tips will help you find time to get into God's Word every day!

Life is all about seasons. As busy mom’s our schedules change faster than we can blink.

New babies. Child rearing. Homeschooling. Hospitality. Church responsibilities. Spending time with our man. How do we fit in quiet time with the Lord?

When I was first married, my husband worked long hours and was still finishing up college. We also lived 4 hours away from family and friends. I had a lot of time on my hands. It was easy to make time to read my Bible. Fast forward one year and we had a newborn. Talk about a game changer! I was lucky to catch a nap when he napped. Dinner didn’t happen till the baby went to bed! Days carried on and I’d wonder when was the last time I had read my Bible.

Fast forward another year and we added another new baby. A very high needs baby who never slept. Again I had let my Bible reading slip. It was at this time that I knew I needed to change how I viewed my devotions. Gone were the quiet times I once had, I was in exhausted Mama mode that needed to get into God’s Word. No matter how little or much I could get in. I needed it. My family needed me to be reading the Scriptures.

Mama’s, we have a powerful force in the home. Your days will run much smoother if you fill up on God’s Word every day. We have to make it a priority in our days. We are more gracious, more kind and more gentle when we have met with Jesus.

If you want to be a better wife, a better mama, a better homemaker, a better friend then study your Bible. It starts there. We have to intentionally seek God, wholeheartedly!

How to study your Bible in the midst of motherhood:

1. Give up perfection.

During a busy season, your time with the Lord isn’t going to look like it once did or what it will look like again in the future. Maybe you won’t be able to fit in studying out verses but you can read a few verses as you sit in line at a drive thru. Just do what you can, when you can. It’s okay to have interruptions during your Bible reading, teach the little ones that it’s important to play alone while you’re reading but don’t give up or become frustrated when they do interrupt you with their needs or little things that they just can’t wait to tell you. Remember that it’s important for our littles to see us spending time with Jesus. It will be an easier thing for them to do themselves one day.

Remember that the Lord is pleased with our efforts. He wants us to be filled up with Him so we can pour out ourselves to our families. Give yourself your grace.

How to study your Bible as a busy wife and mother. We are living in a fast paced society - these helpful tips will help you find time to get into God's Word every day!

2. Soak in the Scriptures when you can.

Listen to the Bible as you prepare a meal. Tape up index cards with Bible verses around the house that you want to meditate on. If you have a nursing baby, read the Bible on your phone while you’re feeding.

3. Have accountability.

Ask your husband. Ask your friend. Join a Bible study, whether by email, text messages, a Facebook group, or going to someone’s house every week. Surround yourself with others who desire to study out the Word. Follow a reading plan to keep you on track.

4. Make it fun!

Bible reading doesn’t have to be boring! It doesn’t have to be a chore! The more you read and get to know Christ the more of Him you will desire. What gets you excited? Is it the socialization of a Bible study group? Is it a fun, new journaling notebook? Colorful Gel Pens to underline and write with? Washi Tape to decorate your notebook? A hot cup of coffee to sip while reading? Whatever it is for you, do it! Make your time with Lord something that you look forward to.

My time with the Lord every day often looks different. Someday’s the kids play nice and let me read quietly to myself for a little while. Sometimes, often times, they don’t. Some days it’s reading on my phone after a trying day. The point is to get into the Bible every day.

2 years ago I started following the Love God Greatly blog which puts out Bible studies in 8-week increments. They are topical or book studies. They are always convicting and inspiring. They have helped me stay on track and stay motivated. Love God Greatly puts out organized reading plans, study notes and blog posts for each of their studies.

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I often study with friends through email groups, text messages or getting together. Here at the blog, I plan on following the studies with you! Every Monday join me as we study the Scriptures together! Today starts our 8-week study of Psalm 119. I hope you’ll join me! Head over to Love God Greatly to get all the materials you need or check them out on YouVersion.

Completed Bible Studies:

Psalm 119

Jonah

Galatians

Gratitude 

Current Study: Names of God

Be sure to check out our Books of the Bible printable on the sidebar to keep you on track!

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Your turn! What tips do you have to study your Bible? What makes it exciting for you? Tell me below in the comments!

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39 Comments

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    Marissa
    November 16, 2015 at 9:12 am

    I always remind myself that God wants my heart, not perfection. I have done the Love God Greatly plans before. And other online led studies, they are great for when I feel like I don’t have the time.

    Thanks for sharing

    Marissa

    #WordswithWinter

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      Anastasia Safee
      November 16, 2015 at 7:36 pm

      I love that the LGG study keep me accountable. When they are on a break I feel lost! lol! Thanks for visiting!

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    Helene
    November 16, 2015 at 10:03 am

    More people should be honest about how much having a new baby changes our Christian lives and how we can and must stick with the Lord in a whole new way!

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    Rose @ Walnut Acre
    November 18, 2015 at 8:48 am

    I often listen to the Bible on Librivox as I get ready for the day.

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      Anastasia Safee
      November 18, 2015 at 9:41 am

      I also enjoy turning on the Bible throughout the day. Sometimes I make my kids listen to a Proverb to settle them down! 😉 The dramatized readings are awesome!

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    Betsy De Cruz
    November 18, 2015 at 10:57 am

    Ana, I’m so glad I stopped by from Holley’s place. Getting into the word is so important to me. I love your ti]s. For years I’ve copied a verse each day, the colored pens and pencils are fun and help me take more time to meditate on my verse each day.

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      Anastasia Safee
      November 18, 2015 at 3:32 pm

      I love having a colorful Bible to see at quick glance all the ways God spoke to me when I read that chapter! I’m glad you stopped by as well!

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    Lauren
    November 19, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    Such wise words. This is definitely something God has been reminding me of lately. Yesterday was a mess and At the end of the day I realized I had missed my time in the word. Totally explained my lack of patience! Thankful for God’s grace and new beginnings.

    -Lauren
    Visiting from #TellHisStory

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      Anastasia Safee
      November 20, 2015 at 9:02 am

      Oh I have so been there. Too many times! We have to be so intentional with making our quiet time happen!

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    Belinda
    November 19, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    So true. I have often looked for ways I can fill my heart/mind with scripture in the midst of my busy and I think you’ve hit on a key here – let go of how you used to do it!! Thanks for the reminder – even though my days are full of busy of a different kind than babies.

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      Anastasia Safee
      November 20, 2015 at 9:04 am

      Yes, as our seasons in life change we need to adapt how our quiet times look. It is not always going to look the same but we still need to be intentional about making it happen every day! So glad you stopped by and joined the conversation!

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    Catherine
    November 20, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    You are right about it being so easy to get distracted away from reading God’s word. I think all Moms struggle with this at one point or another. Thanks so much for the info on the Love God Greatly Blog. I hadn’t heard of them before, and their bible studies look amazing. Thanks! 🙂

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      Anastasia Safee
      November 20, 2015 at 5:03 pm

      Their Bible studies are always so convicting and inspiring! They have changed how I do my quiet times. They also have them on the YouVersion Bible app, which I love for those days when “quiet” time isn’t so quiet. 😉 So glad you came over today!

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    Rhiannon S
    November 23, 2015 at 10:27 am

    I loved this! Such great ways to get in the word as a busy mom. It is hard to find time and with little ones it can be stressful, but these are some great ways to implement the word daily! #wordswithwinter

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      Anastasia Safee
      November 23, 2015 at 11:25 am

      It sure can be stressful but we can find ways when we are creative. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

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    June
    November 23, 2015 at 10:30 am

    I know how challenging a quiet time can be for me, and I’ve never had children. I can’t imagine what you mom’s deal with every day! These are great tips for anyone who has large responsibilities in life that take up 99.9% of their time. Love God Greatly is a great group! so glad you are a part of it, Anastasia!

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      Anastasia Safee
      November 23, 2015 at 11:25 am

      Thank you for the encouragement June! If we make our Bible time a priority we can find a creative way to make it happen every day-with or without kids!

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    Jennifer
    November 23, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    What a great post and reminder! Especially when you said, “He wants us to be filled with Him so we can pour into our families.” The only way we can truly give is when we are full of Him. Thanks so much for posting this today on Modest Monday!

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      Anastasia Safee
      November 23, 2015 at 4:08 pm

      So true, we are no good to our families without God’s help. Thanks for joining in the conversation today!

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    Candice
    November 24, 2015 at 11:16 am

    Great tips!! Sometimes we can get stuck in reading our bible. I passed this along to a friend 🙂

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      Anastasia Safee
      November 25, 2015 at 9:30 am

      Thanks for sharing Candice! I know if I’ve been there other women have been as well.

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    Elena
    November 25, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    These are great tips! I love the idea to put Bible verses on index cards where they are easily visible so you can meditate on them regardless of what you’re doing that day!

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      Anastasia Safee
      November 25, 2015 at 10:24 pm

      My favorite sport is the window sill above the kitchen sink-we spend SO much time there every day!

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    Marva @ sunSPARKLEshine
    November 27, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    Hi Anastasia, thank you for sharing these tips. I really needed to hear this as we head into the holidays. This way I can be sure to remember the real reason for the season. 🙂 Wishing you blessings!

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      Anastasia Safee
      November 28, 2015 at 3:21 pm

      The holidays can be such a busy time that we put our quiet time on the back burner to get through our to-do list. Here’s hoping these tips will help us NOT do that! Thanks for coming over and joining the conversation!

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    Karen Del Tatto
    November 29, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    I currently find myself in the busy wife, mom, grandmother, part-time secretary and blogger season. This after coming out of a quiet season where I spent over an hour every afternoon with the Lord.

    I really appreciated you saying that our quiet time WILL look different at different times and not to become discouraged when it doesn’t look like a “richer” time that existed before. I was then reminded of the many times the Lord has met me in that quick moment when I sought Him by reading what may have been just one Scripture verse, but He knew my heart and blessed me as a result.

    Thanks for all your great tips for spending time in the Word.

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      Anastasia Safee
      November 30, 2015 at 9:19 am

      You do sound like a busy lady, Karen! It is amazing to see how our seasons in life fluctuate. Once we change our expectations on how our quiet time should look I think we can accept the changes in how it looks when our seasons changes. God wants our hearts to be in the right place while not worrying over a set of rules we’ve placed on ourselves. If that makes sense! Thanks for chatting and sharing with me! I hope you have a happy Monday!

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    Mary chambers
    December 13, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    I was wondering if you use the journal notebook to write your scripture or if you buy/print the study guide provided by LGG. thank for ANY tips…I’m just trying to get started on this new journey.

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      Anastasia Safee
      December 13, 2015 at 3:59 pm

      I just use a journal notebook at this point. When I started with LGG they weren’t selling the journals – I did print out my first study guide I did with them but found that it wasn’t necessary and used a LOT of paper (80 pages, I think!). A journal lasts for many studies so for me that is more cost effective. I also buy ones small enough to fit into my Bible case to keep everything together easily. The only thing I print out now is the reading plan so I don’t need to look it up every day 🙂 I hope that helps, Mary! Let me know if you have any other questions!

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    Lindse Mowery
    February 25, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    I absolutely LOVED reading this! It was exactly what I needed to see today, I have a 9 month old and I just can’t seem to be able to sit down and study scripture how I use to, your right God doesn’t care about perfection He cares about my heart!

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      Anastasia Safee
      February 26, 2016 at 9:14 am

      I’m so glad to hear that Lindse! These methods have helped me soak in the Word despite the craziness of new babies and toddlers. Enjoy your little one, they don’t stay little for long!

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    Krista
    May 23, 2016 at 10:07 am

    I just read your blog and signed up. I too am in Love God Greatly. I absolutely love the group I’m in. They are very encouraging and the accountability is a great reward. Thank you for your kind words and showing us that it’s ok to stop and put God first even in the busy Ness of life. God bless you

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    Andrea
    October 25, 2016 at 10:07 am

    I have been looking for ways to have accountability. You wrote that youbcould have accountability or a Bible study group on Facebook. I thought that was a fantastic idea. How would you suggest running a froup like that? Would you do it more for acountability or as a Bible study group?. Thank you so much for this. 🙂

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      Anastasia Safee
      October 30, 2016 at 3:02 pm

      You could totally do it both ways! Whatever your group wants to do. You could ask a few people if they want to join you, then you would start a group on FB (You could keep it private so no one can find it or see what you wrote) and then you would invite those friends to the group. You can set whatever parameters for the group as you want. Such as comments when you’ve read your Bible for the day and share a thought. Or start a thread each morning and everyone can comment on that. You get to decide! Hope that helps!

      If you do do it as a Bible study you would need to post verses or paste a link from whatever plan you decided to go through together. Someone has to take the lead and if you start it then everyone will be looking towards you. Again, I hope those ideas help! Let me know if you have any other questions, I’d love to help.

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