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)
- You begin to seek or discover reasons why bible study participation is not for you. (read 25 Excuses for Not Participating in 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.
- Read a few pages at a time: Try reading at different times, like over lunch, early morning, or before you go to bed.
- Mark your favorite quotes in the chapter. If you are reading electronically, you can use the highlight feature.
- Share at least one thing that you learn each day with a friend or family member.
- Journal the insights that you are learning that God wants to share with you.
- 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.
- Get help from an accountability partner. Ask them to remind or encourage you to study at a specific time.
- Text, tweet, or post what you are learning on your social network pages.
- Identify a verse each week to memorize or write into your day planner as a visual reminder of what you’re learning.
- Replace the morning or nightly news with bible study time.
- 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!