Finding Time: For Bible Study

Monday, July 12, 2010

When I started thinking about this post, I realized that I can insert many phrases behind "Finding Time:_______" I mean, isn't that the typical dilemma of modern life? That we are too busy? We cannot find the time to do the things we really want to do - exercise, eat right, spend time with friends . . . or can we? Bear with me as I explore.

A few years ago, I didn't read my Bible at all. Well, maybe sometimes in church, but generally, it collected dust. I had simply gotten out of the habit. Moves to new cities where we struggled to find a church home, busy working lives, the transition into motherhood. Those were my excuses. Then one day I got tired of excuses and decided that I needed to join a Bible study group. I needed motivation. Peer pressure! So, I started a Bible study for women in my church. It was a major turning point in my life, because I finally got back into the habit of reading the Bible.

At first, it was hard to find the time to read my Bible. Who am I kidding? It is still hard to find the time! I don't know if there is anything more rare in a young mother's life than quiet time. But here is what I've learned - you've just got to do it. Pick a time, and stick with it. I do my reading in the early morning, because that is when I retain information best. I am in the right mood, and sometimes, it is quiet.

Some women read during their lunch hour or the kids' nap time. Those don't work for me because I am too distracted. Phone calls need to be made. Laundry needs to be folded, and the kitchen is a mess. If I was still working full time, maybe I could shut my office door and have a moment to myself. Doubtful, but who knows?

Some women read at night, just before bed. I tried that for a while, but found that I was too sleepy and couldn't remember what I had read the next morning. I drift off much better with a novel. I can't do my deep thinking at night, but it works for many.

The point is, there are sacred nooks in our day. Time we could carve out for the Lord, if we wanted to. It may not be easy, or monks-meditating-on-a-mountaintop serene, but it is there. Take a peek into my Bible study time.

I have finally gotten up early (did not hit snooze and fall back asleep) and the coffee is perking. I am in my chosen chair. My book is open, and I am feeling rather righteous.

Then I hear little footsteps coming down the hall.

Big Guy appears. He is awake. Not, "Mama, you woke me up." awake, but, "Mama, I am awake and ready to start my day, yahoo!" awake.

The first time that happened, I was tempted to shut my book and say, "Oh well! Sabotaged again! Guess I won't ever have a peaceful moment to myself!" - and maybe I did think that. But then the Lord pushed me in a different direction. I invited Big Guy to sit with me as I read, and he did. He asked me what I was doing, and I told him. He snuggled with me, bothered me a bit, but mostly kept quiet and observed. Now, when he wakes up early, he expects to find me in "da Bible study chair." If I'm not there, he asks me, "You already done your Bible study?"

Gulp. Talk about accountability.

More than once I have said, "No, not yet. You want to sit down with me?" On those days I wasn't going to do it, ("too busy!!") but when your three year old asks you, well . . .

So, that is how I find time for Bible study. I don't get it done every day, but it does happen most days. It helps tremendously that Hubby gets up early to do his reading, too. He reads an online devotional, then moves on to the day's news. I like to focus on a book and do some journaling. Sometimes I struggle to concentrate due to a talkative wiggle-worm beside me. Sometimes I am all alone with a delicious cup of coffee. Either way, I am pushing through. Sticking with it, making it a habit - and now, it is a part of my life again.

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2 Responses to “Finding Time: For Bible Study”

  1. Great post! It helps when you've got someone who holds you accountable (whether they know it or not.) Thanks for the extra motivation!

  2. Thanks Courtney for this one! Such a struggle for soooo many Moms! It has been a big struggle with this pregnancy, moving, etc. Trying to find that right time! I use to do early mornings. Think I may give that one a try again!