How do you find time to spend in studying and learning more about Him? That’s a question for all of us in the busyness of life. Yes I know that it does not matter what stage of life we are in that today, it is a busy, busy World. We are taking care of babies, running kids to all kinds of practices or school, taking care of aging parents, working outside or inside the home, taking care of our yards, and on and on and on. I retired a few years ago, and let me tell you it’s true when they say you are busier retired than you were working.
So I will just share how I have FINALLY found time to really, really study the Word and grow like I have never before.
Find a Bible study at church or on-line. Our Bible studies at church are in the evening, and honestly I do not want to be gone in the evening because that time is for my husband. Shortly after I retired I found Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies and my life changed and changed. I thought I was very close to God, but I found out I was NOT. Check out the P31 website. You won’t regret it. Our next study starts September 8th and is called “Taming The To-Do List”. 2. Spend some time in prayer each morning or evening or better yet, how about both? Actually, I try to spend time on my knees in the morning before I lead my team of group leaders with Proverbs 31. Yes I was just a group participant a few years ago, but I fell so in love with these studies and when I asked to volunteer as a leader, I did. I love to start the morning before I enter my team in prayer for them, my family, my friends, neighbors, church and country. I love running to Him no matter how my day starts – joyful or struggling with the pains that come with life.
3.Choose a time to study and try and keep that time commitment. Maybe it’s early morning before the family gets up. For me it is as soon as my husband walks out to go to work, but if I am subbing at school it may be a little in the morning, and a little at lunch. Try to be consistent, but also be ready to adapt.
4. Find a place to have your quiet time. Most days I am just sitting here on my den sofa, but occasionally I’ll go out on the front porch or out by the pool. I have been known to sit at the kitchen table. Make it comfortable and relaxing with no distractions.
5. One of my favorite things that I recently started is called the First 5 App. It is offered for our phones and downloads each morning with a five-minute devotional. They are absolutely the best devotions I have ever followed. They are transforming and who can’t give their first five minutes to God. Check out the First 5 App here or just go to your phone and search apps. It’s FREE.
5. Know how to study and research. They have taught us a whole lot about how to study our Bibles using search tools, etc.. We learn a bit each study. Here is just one amazing example.
6. Keep Notes – I love keeping notebooks of what I am studying. I love all sorts of pens and markers and I DO highlight my Bible favorite scriptures and write notes in the margins.
7. Memorize Scripture. I love memorizing scripture. We are given one verse a week during our Bible studies. While we have breaks I will go back to be sure I’ve memorized. Here is an example of how I post scriptures around the house to help me. Store up His Word.
Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Psalm 119:11 (KJV)
Joining Kate Motaung in Five-Minute Friday today.