How to Fit Bible Study into a Busy Season of Life

Ever feel like life is just too hectic to squeeze in time for Bible study? With endless tasks and commitments pulling you in every direction, it can seem impossible to find those precious moments for spiritual growth.

Imagine starting each day feeling peaceful and clear-headed, knowing you’ve anchored your heart in God’s word. Sounds like a dream, right? Well, you’re not alone. I face this same challenge but have found practical ways to make Bible study a priority without feeling overwhelmed.

By being intentional and a bit strategic, you can create a Bible-reading habit that fits seamlessly into your busy life.

Bible Study Tips for Busy Women

I have found that incorporating 15 minutes of Bible study into my morning and afternoon routines works best for me. This way, I don’t have to stress about finding a big chunk of time in my already-packed schedule.

With two or three smaller chunks of time throughout your day, you may find it easier to stay consistent and study the Bible daily. Of course, this may not work for everyone, so feel free to experiment and find the best time in your schedule that works for you.

Creating Quiet Time in a Busy Season

Let’s face it – there are seasons in life where everything seems chaotic and finding even 15 minutes of quiet time can be challenging. During these busy seasons, it’s important to remember that quality is more important than quantity.

Focusing on finding alternative ways to immerse yourself in the Word. For example, having Alexander Scourby’s Bible reading playing low in the background while you’re cooking dinner or driving can still provide you with a dose of God’s word, even in the midst of a busy day.

Creating a Bible Reading Plan that Works

Another helpful tip for fitting Bible study into your schedule is to create a reading plan. This will not only keep you on track but also provide structure and accountability.

There are various resources available online, such as Bible reading plans specific to busy women or apps like YouVersion that offer customizable plans. 

I love reading the New Testament in Chronological Order, as it helps me to better understand the timeline of events and how they all connect. Whatever plan you choose, make sure it aligns with your schedule and goals.

Overcoming Overwhelm and Prioritizing Study Time

Now, let’s talk about the overwhelming feeling that comes with trying to balance multiple responsibilities and still finding time for Bible study. It can be tempting to push Bible study off for another day when you feel overwhelmed, but don’t give in to that temptation.

Finding Time in the Word Amidst a Busy Life

When life gets hectic, it’s even more crucial to consider your mindset. Approach your quiet time with God as a break from your busy schedule rather than an added task. You’ll be amazed at how refreshed and focused you feel after spending time in the Word.

Incorporating Scripture into Daily Routines

Another way to overcome overwhelm is to incorporate scripture into your daily routines. For example, memorize a Bible verse while brushing your teeth or listen to an inspiring Christian podcast during your commute.

Small moments throughout the day add up, and it’s amazing how much of God’s word we can absorb through these brief but intentional moments.

Studying Deeper Despite Feeling Pressed for Time

Incorporating deeper study sessions may seem daunting when you’re pressed for time, but don’t let that stop you. Instead, look for ways to make your shorter study sessions more efficient.

For example, use Bible study tools like cross-references or concordances to dive deeper into a specific passage instead of trying to cover large portions at once. Another helpful tip is to set aside one day a week for more in-depth study and reflection. (I go into this more below!)

Tools and Resources for Busy Women’s Bible Study

As busy women, we are fortunate to have numerous tools and resources at our disposal that can help us with Bible study. Here are a few suggestions:

Bible Apps and Websites

Technology has made it easier than ever to study the Bible, even on the go. Many apps and websites provide access to different translations, commentaries, and study tools.

Take advantage of these resources and find the best ones for you. Some popular options include YouVersion or Blue Letter Bible.

Prayer Journals

Using a prayer journal is a great way to deepen your Bible study experience. You can create a personal record of your spiritual journey by writing down your thoughts, prayers, and reflections. This practice allows you to see how God has answered your prayers over time and provides a space to process what you’ve learned from your study sessions. There are many beautiful and functional prayer journals available, or you can simply use a notebook.

Bible Study Groups and Accountability Partners

Another valuable resource for busy women is joining a Bible study group or finding an accountability partner. Being part of a community that is also striving to grow in their faith can provide much-needed encouragement and motivation. Whether you meet in person or virtually, sharing insights and discussing Scripture with others can enhance your understanding and make Bible study more enjoyable.

Explore Different Bible Study Methods

Another helpful tip is to explore different methods of studying the Bible. As busy moms, we know there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to anything in life. The same goes for Bible study.

Experiment with methods like verse mapping, inductive study, or SOAP (Scripture, Observation, Application, and Prayer) to find what works best for you. Remember, the goal is not to follow a specific method perfectly but to engage with God’s word so you can learn more about His plan of redemption for our world.

Scriptures To Read When Life Is Busy

Have a jam-packed month ahead of you? Here are five scripture passages to focus on if you know for sure you’ll have 10 to 15 minutes to study the Bible.

  1. Proverbs: Reading one chapter from proverbs each day can be a great way to glean wisdom for the day ahead.
  2. The Book of John: Reading 10 to 15 verses each day from the Gospel of John can give you a deeper understanding of Jesus’s life and teachings.
  3. Psalms: The book is filled with comforting and encouraging verses that can help us in times of stress or overwhelm.
  4. Epistles of Paul: Choose one of the shorter epistles, such as Philippians or Colossians, and read it in chunks throughout the week.
  5. Old Testament Stories: Focus on one specific story or character in the Old Testament. Reading the same passage of scripture every day for one week can allow you to gain a deeper understanding and application of the story.

Sabbath Rest

I mentioned this earlier in this blog post: “Another helpful tip is to set aside one day a week for more in-depth study and reflection.”

One thing to analyze is the concept of Sabbath Rest. God commands us to rest from our labors (Exodus 20:8-11) because He knows the importance of taking a break from our busy lives and dedicating time to Him.

Observing a Sabbath day each week can provide much-needed rest and rejuvenation for our minds, bodies, and spirits. Use this dedicated time to focus on God, spend time with loved ones, or engage in activities that bring joy and refreshment.

It will definitely take some effort to “just say no” to invitations and activities on your Sabbath day, but the benefits of honoring this commandment will far outweigh any momentary sacrifices. 

Kids get the idea that reading God’s word is important by observing us practice what we preach. 

I’m not suggesting that you be legalistic about observing a Sabbath day. Rather, stay focused on how much God loves you and how much He desires to have a relationship with you. Use your Sabbath day to be obedient, deepen that relationship, and recharge for the upcoming week.

Final Thoughts

Finding time for Bible study in our busy lives may not always be easy, but it’s essential for our spiritual growth and well-being. Remember to prioritize quality over quantity, find alternative ways to immerse yourself in God’s word, create a reading plan that works for you, and incorporate scripture into your daily routines. You’ll find yourself shining brighter for God and being a light to those around you even in the midst of a hectic schedule.