Romans 10:17 “faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.”
God’s word is the instrument that nourishes our faith. It feeds us, just like we need food and water each day for strength and to sustain life.
There was a time not too long ago that I chose anything but the Word, not because I didn’t want to be in my Bible but because I was intimidated, busy, and didn’t know where to start. But being in the Word every day is what God has used to bring me to this place. My calling emerged when I began to dig into the pages of Scripture. The calling became, “other women need to see this, hear this, and know this.”
When we are in the Word regularly, we begin to see the faithful movements of God.
Here is the challenge…
I have three kids under the age of ten, we homeschool, and they are loud; when God prompted my heart to get over my excuses and get in the Word regularly, I knew it would be a challenge. I was looking for the quiet space when I just needed to wait for God to show me.
He began to show me that there was time I wasn’t wasting, and the time that I was looking for doesn’t always have to be quiet. As I write these words, there is a small child running at my feet. We think that quiet time has to be just that…quiet. We think it needs to be perfect but friend, God will show you space, but you have to be willing to do the work.
He nudged my heart about my mornings. I hate them. I am not a morning person even in the slightest. I used to wake up to the alarm of my children’s feet, but God showed me the sacred time that was waiting in those wee hours while they slept.
But more than just mornings, He convicted my heart of how much time I wasted every single day. He showed me that often my first reflex of the day is to grab my phone and scroll through the endless photos of Instagram or scroll through Facebook. I reached for the world first every day. Not Him. Even throughout the day how many moments, I was hooked to my phone rather than the people in front of me. Or sharing every detail of my life on social media rather than living a real life with the ones I love.
For you it may not be your morning time that God is asking for, maybe He is asking for your lunch break, the quiet of nap time, or all those wasted minutes on social media. Whatever God is asking you for, it will be worth giving it to Him entirely.
I very fondly/not so fondly remember a season of trying to be in the Word with an infant in my arms. After his first early morning feeding, he would take a short nap in the swing; it was my only moment of the day to turn it over to God, to read the Word and to utter the prayers I needed for the day. It was a hard season, but I am grateful for it. It taught me that despite my seasons, there is always time for Him, and it will always be worth it.
Friend, don’t ignore your season because God won’t either. God will honor the time you give, no matter how large or small. When we seek him with our whole heart Scripture says we will be blessed (Psalm 119:2), not blessed because of waking up earlier or giving up our lunch break but because we sought Him with everything we have.
Are you in a place that you want to be in the Word but don’t know where to begin? Or a season where you have drifted away and don’t feel like you can find your way back? I have created a list of resources for you to get you going a motivated to get in the Word. Check out our Bible Study Tools tab at the top of the page for some free printable and our free Bible reading plan. Currently, we are reading one Psalm a day through the Summer, and we want you to join us!
Here are a few of my favorite Bible study tools:
1. Bible: Key Word Study Bible,
She Reads Truth Bible,
Life Application Study Bible
2.Reading Plans or Studies:
@First5app (Proverbs 31 Ministries)
@Youversion (app for your phone)
3. Study tips and tools:
Warren Wiersbe – Be series
Christ-Centered Exposition book
Matthew Henry Commentary
@Amyhale (on Instagram, amazing study tips!)
@Risenmotherhood (inductive Bible study printable)