Psalm 132:3-5 (King James Version)
Surely I will not come into the tabernacle of my house, nor go up into my bed; I will not give sleep to mine eyes, or slumber to mine eyelids, until I find out a place for the LORD, an habitation for the mighty God of Jacob.
As we go through different stages of life we may find that the time we used to dedicate for reading our Bible has slowly been replaced with other obligations. Perhaps before you had a newborn you would rise faithfully before dawn to pray and meditate, but now that time has been replaced with early morning nursing sessions.
Maybe before you began homeschooling you would read your Bible, pray and meditate before bed. Now you’re so exhausted by bedtime that you are usually asleep before you can finish reading the first verse. If you are anything like me you are inspired and invigorated by God’s word. For you it may be the one resource that always provides just the right message at just the right time.
I, for one begin to feel lost and disconnected and discontent when I’ve gone too long without reading the Bible. What I’ve realized over time is that there is no excuse for not having time for God. No matter what stage of life you may be in, here are some tips to make sure you are able to connect with the word of God everyday.
- Download, purchase or access an audio Bible and play it on your MP3 or ipod while you complete other tasks.
- Write a Bible verse or even a short chapter on your bathroom mirror with a dry erase marker. You can update it daily or weekly.
- Consider reducing the number of obligations you take on each day.
- Incorporate your Bible reading with homeschooling.
- Read the Bible as a family or have the children read the Bible while you prepare meals or other tasks.
These are just a few ways to help you make Bible reading a priority even when you have busy schedule.