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The Importance of Spending Time in God’s Word in the Life of the Homemaker

on July 12, 2012 by Jami Balmet 22 comments

In my life as a believer, reading God’s word has been, at times, very low on my priority list. I head to church, do a weekly Bible study, share in edifying conversations, but my daily Bible time suffers.

the importance of daily bible reading time

A personal struggle

This has probably been my biggest challenge in leading a disciplined Christian life: daily Bible reading. I’ll start trying to read everyday and make it a week before things get too busy again and it falls to the wayside. However, daily Scripture reading is vital and we must not forsake it.

“No Spiritual discipline is more important than the intake of God’s Word. Nothing can substitute for it. There simply is no healthy Christian life apart from a diet of the milk and meat of scripture.” ~Donald Whitney, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life.

The benefits of daily Scripture reading

But I have learned, that when I’m in my daily reading, my life drastically changes. I find my thoughts focused on God much more and my responses become more godly. I find myself in prayer constantly, sharing my day with Him.

And finally in my life, daily Scripture reading has become a part of my morning routine. I’m not saying I don’t occasionally miss a day (of course I do!) but I am able to pick up the next day.

Currently I am reading through the whole Bible. I am reading 5 chapters a day (takes about 20 minutes) and I just finished reading the book of Job this morning. Tomorrow I start on Psalms.

Yes, it takes work. But we are called to follow Him and that means making a little sacrifice of our time.

“Ours is an undisciplined age. The old disciplines are breaking down…Above all, the discipline of divine grace is derided as legalism or is entirely unknown to a generation that is largely illiterate in the Scriptures. We need the rugged strength of Christian character that can come only from discipline.” ~V. Raymond Edman, Disciplines of Life. {Emphasis mine}

Daily Bible Reading is so vital to the life of the believer.

It makes your convictions stronger.
God’s sovereignty becomes so much clearer.
The Old Testament comes alive in ways it never has before.
You get to see the story of God’s people from creation until the early church.
God’s love and promises scream out from the text.
Jesus’ love for His people becomes crystal clear when you see the story of his life, death and resurrection illustrated from Genesis clear through Revelation.
Your commitment to follow Him in all ways solidifies.
You begin to see the big picture: God’s Kingdom Glorified!
It makes you want to shout and praise Him.

God’s glory is fully manifested within his words–within his Holy infallible Scripture breathed through men to us.

What’s your experience?

Are you struggling today with finding the time? Do you feel like there just simply isn’t enough time in the day? Do you have every good intention to read and when the time comes you simply don’t have time or are too tired to read?

Then I ask you today to challenge yourself! Bring this issue to God and earnestly seek to make this a daily commitment! Do you plan to do it each night and then find yourself falling into bed too tired? Then plan to do your reading first thing in the morning! Kick dear Hubby and have him hold you accountable. Do it with Hubby if you can! Read with your kids over breakfast.

“We fail in our duty to study God’s word not so much because it is difficult to understand, not so much because it is dull and boring, but because it is work. Our problem is not a lack of intelligence or a lack of passion. Our problem is that we are lazy.” ~R.C. Sproul, Knowing Scripture.

Find the right time that works for you. And do it every day. After a while this will become habit and before you know it it won’t even be a struggle!

When do you find the time to read? What are your routines? Do you have any encouragement to share to those struggling to find the time?

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  1. Wow. I could have written this. Not kidding. (I think we have a lot more in common than our names… 🙂 ) I’ve gone through this same struggle: I’ll read daily for a week or two, and then I get busy, get out of the habit, and it’s really hard to get back into it.

    This summer Joshua and I have made it a point to do Portals of Prayer every morning before he leaves for work. I read the whole Bible passage assigned (although not always the Psalm), and he reads the devotion, and we pray together. It’s been great–and the best part is, it’s been sparking conversations about how great God is (we’re in Judges right now), AND I’ve found myself pondering the lessons of the morning throughout the day.

    I spent over a week reading 1 Peter several times over. I think I want to start again with another epistle or shorter OT book. I got so much out of that–understood a lot more–when I took the whole book in at a time, several days in a row.

    So hey, I guess I’m getting better–thanks God! 🙂

    • I used to blame it on college…too busy…but then I graduated and things didn’t change lol. It wasn’t college, it was just my own laziness! So happy to hear that you are establishing your own habit too 🙂

      Hubby and I also read the Bible together at night (right now we are reading Ephesians) and reading a chapter of a good book together. Right now we are going through a Biblical parenting book.

  2. Oh I struggle with this issue so badly. I wasn’t even until this year that I began to feel the push to read the Word daily.

    I would love to have Joshua hold me accountable but he doesn’t have a personal relationship. He believes in God and all of that can talk theology with me for hours but doesn’t practice. So it’s hard to feel motivated around him because it’s not modeled for me on any level.

    I do need to take this to God though, I feel so unable to do it and only he can give me strength.

    Thank you for writing this post 🙂

    • Yeah I have been really bad about this too! I’m sorry, that is really tough when your husband isn’t motivated. I find that praying every day for my husband seems to help him get motivated and he doesn’t even know I’m praying everyday for that! Amen! Only God can give us strength…we just have to remember that. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Our church got these daily bibles that are in chronological order and is separated by days so you read it in a year. I’ve been doing decent with it. I’m a week behind right now but I like it.

    • I have one of those too Elizabeth! It’s a GREAT option for reading through the Bible. I love the idea of it being in chronological order and really getting a good feel for how everything is laid out since our English Old Testament isn’t always in historical order. I should go find that Bible…lol

  4. Great post and really honest : ) Have you read His Word in My Heart by Janet Pope? It is one of the best books on scripture memorization I have read. One of the things she highlights and really inspired me was that when scripture is memorized you can be in the word “reading” it pretty much anytime and anywhere. That was great advice for me as a mom especially as routines and scheduled time can be a bit harder to come by especially when my son was a newborn. Looking forward to more next week with the scripture cards : )

  5. Jami~

    I have been doing the same thing since January! I could never stick to a plan for reading, so I just read. I just started Psalms yesterday!

  6. I’ve actually become much more faithful about Bible reading since having children… I think my need for it is so much more intense!! But I also find I don’t have as much time to read all at once. Our church is reading through the Bible together this year, and our pastor created 2 calendars – one that read through the entire Bible, and one that read highlights. I chose the highlights one since I’ve read through the Bible on several other occasions and I felt like this season of life warranted a lighter schedule! I’ve really been enjoying it, and it’s easy to keep up with. Plus, most of the passages are familiar and well-loved.

  7. I ‘ve been going through a long dry spell of not reading the Word, and this is the third article today that I have read about getting into the Word. I think the Lord is trying to tell me something…

    One of my struggles is that I had 12 years of Christian school education (which I am thankful for, don’t get me wrong!) but reading the Bible was always homework, so even after several years of being out of school, I still have a hard time picking up the Bible and not seeing it as a homework assignment. My prayer is that the Lord will instill in my a passion for reading His word and spending time with Him.

    If you don’t mind, here is the link to one of the other articles I read this morning on this topic. It was also a convicting read, which I needed badly!

    http://theresurgence.com/2012/07/18/a-starved-soul

    • Oh I go through those dry spells all the time. Thankfully, I think the Lord is slowly breaking me of this and teaching me to be disciplined (but it’s not easy!!) Yeah, I think that would be hard after having it as mandatory and homework so then switch to enjoying it and doing it in your free time!

      Thanks for the article, I’ll go check it out 🙂

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