What To Do When You Fall Behind in Bible Study

By February 14, 2012Misc

I’ve been leading and participating in women’s bible study for several years and I know from experience that it’s easy to fall behind in bible study. When you register to participate in an organized bible study, your heart is filled with excitement and joy, your mind is filled with love and a willingness to grow in faith and you are drawn near to God. You prepare yourself by getting the bible study workbook, telling friends and family you’re excited, and loading up your desk with fresh pens and highlighters. You’re all set to be a good bible study girl! I know because I’ve been there too.

Soon the enemy strikes and you’re discouraged with your bible study.

  • As the date of your bible study approaches, your excuses for not participating materialize. (read My First Bible Study)
  • For those of you who make it past the temptation to quit before you begin….you’re in the third week and now facing temptation to fall behind or give up on your study.

Remember the enemy makes lies look very similar to the truth. He’ll convince you that you don’t have time, the study is to hard, the other women are boring or (too advanced) and present other lies to derail your time. The goal of Satan is to keep you misinformed and ignorant.  If you study scripture then you claim victory and Satan loses this round.

Making bible study a priority is easier than you think. The key is to integrate simple techniques that will help you to be actively engaged in studying and learning more about God’s word.  Below is a  list of ten techniques that you can use to help you establish a routine with your study time. These tips were created by Lakecia Harris a Certified Personal and Executive Coach also and a small group leader at the Womens Bible Cafe.

  1.  Read a few pages at a time: Try reading at different times, like over lunch, early morning, or before you go to bed.
  2.  Mark your favorite quotes in the chapter.  If you are reading electronically, you can use the highlight feature.
  3.  Share at least one thing that you learn each day with a friend or family member.
  4.  Journal the insights that you are learning that God wants to share with you.
  5.  Put your favorite verses or quotes on index cards and refer to them throughout the study.  At the end of the study, you would have a nice collection of cards that you can then file and refer back to at a later date.
  6. Get help from an accountability partner.  Ask them to remind or encourage you to study at a specific time.
  7. Text, tweet, or post what you are learning on your social network pages.
  8. Identify a verse each week to memorize or write into your day planner as a visual reminder of what you’re learning.
  9. Replace the morning or nightly news with bible study time.
  10. Pray to God to help you stay focused and consistent so that you can complete the studies that you start.

If you need more ideas about staying on track with your bible studies, contact your small group leader, email me, or connect with Lakecia on Facebook or Twitter. We’re here to support you and carry you over the stumbling blocks of bible study…because we’ve all been there and somewhere along the way….we were carried too!

Don’t hide in the dark and say you can’t finish…you can’t go on….or you have too many reasons to quit. You have every reason in the world to learn God’s word…it’s His love letter to you.

God is good…always!


Author Christine Abraham

Founder and Ministry Director of the Womens Bible Cafe™ since 2009, Christine has led 60+ online Bible Studies for women. She completed a Graduate of Biblical Studies from Liberty University. She's an inspired writer, Amazon Top Reviewer and Blogger Follow on Facebook

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Join the discussion 5 Comments

  • Lynne says:

    Hi Christine. I started this bible study late (Breaking Free) because I got my book late, and I have had a hard time making time to read. I work long days –up early and home late. I can take an hour lunch. I think I am going to try working on my bible study during my lunch hour. It will get me away from work and allow me to have some time that isnt taking taking away from family time, because I am at work. Also, I am trying not to let the fact that I am behind pressure and frustrate me. I may not finish when everyone else does, but I will finish. BTW this is my first online bible study. God Bless

  • C. says:

    Christine, in my first study (Godly People) you asked us to write a letter and place it in the front of our bible study book which made my committment more real/solid for me. I have continued with all studies since. I answer why I am doing the study, what I hope to gain from the study and I ask with written prayer that all who do the study find protection from distractions, gain from it, grow from it and are able to fully complete it.

    I’ve had times of distractions especially this past December with work and holiday travel and demands. The letter was my word and the reminder helped bring my focus back.

    Your suggestion was most helpful.

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