Two Motivations for Mom to Read the Bible

Monday, August 27, 2012

(1) Your kids will mimic you.
When your kids see you reading the Bible on say, a Tuesday, it becomes a normal activity for them. The Bible will start to live for them, it will be alive and active for your entire family. It won't just be a Sunday (or every other Sunday, or once a month) point of reference. Do it. Let them see you do it. You will be giving yourself, and them, such a gift.

(2) You're gonna learn so much.
There is a point, when you read the Bible regularly, of overwhelming awe: "This is jam-packed! I should have started years ago! I'm never going to learn it all." Lessons - life lessons, parenting lessons - bounce off each page. That is God talking to you, and no, you're never going to learn it all. That's okay.  But don't you want to get started? Don't you want to become familiar with at least parts of it? Don't you want to build your foundation, so when the tough parenting questions come ("How do I handle this?") you will know where to turn?

Two Ways to Start 

(1) Open your Bible
A study guide or devotional book is great, but not necessary. Simply pick a book, and start. You don't have to read it in chronological order. You don't have to be a theologian. You don't have to have a plan. You can say a prayer and trust God to lead you. Right now, I'm reading Proverbs - one chapter a day, though I'm not covering seven chapters in a week. It takes time. Read at your own pace.

(2) Use Technology
If you don't have a Bible, or if sitting down to read isn't your thing, there are many other options. If you're reading this, you've got access to a computer. Here are a few FREE resources for reading the Bible online, on your phone or tablet, or listening to it (as you work out, fold clothes, commute) - come on! You can do it.

  • Bible Gateway - This website has it all: keyword searches, every version imaginable, devotional plans, audio Bibles, and iPhone and iPad versions. I use it often.
  • Bible Study Tools - All of the above, plus commentaries and videos. Sharp looking site. 
  • Faith Comes By Hearing - This site offers daily podcasts, with characters using different voices, music and sound effects. There is a kid's version as well, which we are going to check out.
  • YouVersion - This app is on my phone. You can share a verse of the day, search the Bible by keyword, sign up for a reading plan (with a reminder!), bookmark your spot, and listen to an audio version. It works for any phone, or you can use it online. 
Are you motivated yet? 

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9 Responses to “Two Motivations for Mom to Read the Bible”

  1. We really like the Glo bible app. The school uses the full version to teach with but the app is free and another great resource.

  2. Great encouragement. I often put off reading the Word when my kids were small because I couldn't find the time to fit it in. Now I do everything else around my time with Him. It makes a huge difference in my life.

  3. Simple and true. It's sort of a "Just do it" kind of thing, isn't it? Digging in today!

  4. Wonderful helps here, Courtney! When my kids were little I remember reading about Ruth Bell Graham who was a "single-parent" so often as husband (Billy Graham) was on the road. Ruth just kept her Bible open on the kitchen counter and would read a word or two as her busy life allowed during those days.

  5. I just love Ruth Bell Graham. She never ceases to amaze me. So glad you shared that. Thank you!

  6. It really is, Laura - a "just do it" thing. Great advice.

  7. Shelly, I know what you mean. When I center my days around time with HIm, it makes all the difference. Though when i can't find a quiet moment, the constant communion in my head can help :)

  8. Very cool - thanks! I'll check it out.

  9. love this! thanks for sharing- the dig in pic is adorable too!