An easy way to find time to study the Bible.

ITA Katie Orr

In so many ways, motherhood was rude awakening for me. I’m eight years into it now and just starting to feel like I am coming up for air.

One of the biggest adjustments to motherhood was learning how to find time and energy to be in the Bible. I wanted it. I needed it. Yet — with every intention of opening my Bible that day — I often just didn’t get to it.

Maybe you’re in this same place? Overwhelmed, tired, and a bit dazed by the busyness of all motherhood entails. If you are, know that you are certainly not alone and you don’t have to be stuck here. Over the next few months, we’ll be walking through some practical ways to find time to study the Bible and what to do once you do have it open.

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Are you ready? I’m so excited!

Bible Study Tip #1: Find a Trigger.

I first figured out the fruitfulness of this while in college. Though I had more time that I knew what to do with, I struggled with finding time to study my Bible. Each day looked so different and getting to 8AM Chemistry class was a strain, so early morning quiet times were definitely out of the question!

But there was something I did every day: I studied. Whether for anatomy or history, you would find me in the library working on whatever work needed to be done. Sometimes it was after lunch and sometimes late at night, but I studied just about every day. So I decided to make that my trigger. Once I got to the library, I pulled out my Bible first. Sometimes I studied for only 5 minutes, but I found those moments in God’s Word were incredibly fruitful.

I’ve been able to carry this concept into my ever-changing motherhood days. Some seasons it was over the breakfast table while my little one(s) ate. Other times it was during naptime, or during a break at work.

Finding a trigger is an incredibly simple and easy way to incorporate time with God into your day. Here are a few possibilities:

  • Study as soon as you get home from dropping the kids off at school.
  • Show up to work a few minutes early and read for 5 minutes.
  • At the kitchen table right after you put your toddler in the highchair to eat breakfast. (You may need to turn that little guy away so he can’t see mama … out of sight out of mind!)
  • Take the first or last 5 minutes of your lunch break to read God’s Word.

Your Assignment for Today:

Look at the activities that you do every day a find one thing you can attach with your time with God then share it with us in the comments.

Have you tried something like this before? Are you desperate to get any sort of Bible reading into your day? Where are some potential triggers in your day?

About Katie 

HelloMornings Director

Grace-clinger. Truth-speaker. Pastor’s wife. Mommy of three. Auburn fan. Loves to equip others to walk with the Lord for a lifetime.

Learn more about Katie on her website KatieOrr.me. Follow her on Twitter.

Comments

  1. After I wash my face and brush my teeth, before I go to bed. This is a time that has been pretty consistent for me. I have also left my bible out on my dresser, open to what I was reading, so that I would remember before putting on my makeup (which I did at the dresser)! Great thoughts!

  2. Wow. I’ve been struggling with this lately since my littlest is getting up earlier and earlier. I have been thinking that I needed to set aside a huge amount of time to study God’s word. But as I was reading this just now, I felt a real sense of freedom in the fact that even if I can only find 5 minutes, that does make a difference. And every morning I wait for my coffee to percolate. And it occurred to me (was revealed to me?) that if I can wait on the coffee for 5-10 minutes every morning, why don’t I make that my trigger and wait on God, reading God’s word during that time? I can feed the baby a banana or somehow keep him occupied for that long. Thank you for this encouragement!

    • That would be a great trigger! 5-10 minutes can be a very powerful time. Too often we get stuck in this all-or-nothing mindset.

      Praying your time in the Word as you wait for your coffee is a fruitful time!

  3. Wow. I’ve been struggling with this lately since my littlest is getting up earlier and earlier. I have been thinking that I needed to set aside a huge amount of time to study God’s word. But as I was reading this just now, I felt a real sense of freedom in the fact that even if I can only find 5 minutes, that does make a difference. And every morning I wait for my coffee to percolate. And it occurred to me (was revealed to me?) that if I can wait on the coffee for 5-10 minutes every morning, why don’t I make that my trigger and wait on God, reading God’s word during that time? I can feed the baby a banana or somehow keep him occupied for that long. Thank you for this encouragement!

  4. I signed back up for a Bible reading plan through YouVersion after reading your post so I get a portion of Scripture in my e-mail every day. I used a similar program that e-mailed me portions of Scripture when my kids were little, and it’s amazing how many times that triggered a sweet time with the Lord during a very busy season of life. I had kind of forgotten about it — thanks for the reminder to have a trigger!

  5. Since my kids are older, I’m finding myself with a little more “free time.” I have found a small daily devotion that I read while I’m eating breakfast every morning. But I have started trying to find a larger chunk of time to do some deeper study. So far I have found that time between working out and finishing up my nightly routine, after supper is done, the kitchen is clean, I’ve done my exercise, and I’ve got about 20 minutes till the dryer stops and I can fold one more load of laundry. If no one needs help with homework or a run to the store, that’s my study time. So far it’s worked (though only been at it for a few weeks). Looking forward to reading more tips. Good Luck everybody!

  6. Teresa Bowers says:

    I have many trigger points throughout the day, but I haven’t been able to find one that works for me yet. I believe the best time is going to be after I have dropped the 2 oldest off at school and have gotten my 3 year old settled at home and a load of laundry going. Please pray for me as I put this into my routine, that it would be the right time meant for God. I am already involved in an extensive Bible study that requires 3-5 hours of study a week, and as of right now I am just not getting it all in.

  7. When the kids have homework time, it’ll be a good time for us to all look at our Bible. Hope that carries onto their college years. And perhaps before a meal together. Hope that carries into their working years. Thank you for sharing your wisdom. Blessings and XO!

  8. You might laugh, but it’s the truth! My trigger is going to the bathroom!!! With little kids who wouldn’t let me leave a room alone, this was my only time. I run to the upstairs bathroom where I leave out a devo book or a quick verse to read while I go to the bathroom! Now that they are a bit older, I have more time, so I actually keep reading for awhile if there’s no crying or screaming coming from downstairs.

  9. After I tend the garden, which I do pretty much as soon as it gets light enough to see, I like to sit for a few minutes on the porch, maybe with a cup of coffee and get some reading/studying done then.

  10. I usually have to wait for at least a half hour (or more) in the car rider pick-up line at my daughter’s school and my toddler usually falls asleep in his car seat on our way to her school, so I’ve been using that time to work on my personal stufy time for a Bible study that I just started. It’s such a quiet and peaceful time and I find myself looking forward to that time waiting in the car.

  11. I’m a mom of 4 kids in 5 years. Now they’re all HS and college age, but a big help for me was joining a Bible study.I chose CBS, Community Bible Study. I’m now beginning my 10th year! It helped me to be committed to do the homework daily, knowing I would be going to my group and unable to share if I didn’t. They also were a great support to me over the years through many difficulties, including my Mom’s death from cancer. I usually do my homework while the kids are at school, but I wish I had done CBS when they were pre-school aged, and brought them to the CBS program for the little ones. They learn so much, it’s amazing!

  12. I used to get up before my kids and read the Bible in the early morning. This year, though, my oldest started middle school, with an hour earlier start time. So I switched my Bible study time to the afternoon – in the car while I am waiting to pick him up. I leave a little bit earlier than i have to so I can squeeze in a bit more time. It’s not as much as it used to be when I studied in the early morning, but it’s enough!

    Great post, Katie.

    • Thanks Michelle!

      Love that you have that great afternoon time to study! I’m feeling kinda in between as 2 of my 3 are in school and meet the bus at 7:10. My youngest sleeps in a bit later than we’ve been used to. Suddenly waking up super early is not as necessary. So, I’m in the midst of finding a new trigger myself!

  13. This is great, Katie! This is how I remember to do my exercises!

  14. Very good idea. Best for me is probably waiting for the bus — actually getting on the bus is probably better, lest I miss it. I have the Bible on my phone (pocketsword from the crosswire project).

    A semi-relevant story: when our son was tiny, I had very little time to read. Certainly no time to read a novel; not even time to read a story or a magazine article. But I did have time to read a poem. He would fall asleep on my lap and I would reach for my Big Book of Poems (Oxford Companion). I would read a random poem before it was time to move on, and wistfully imagine that one day I would have more time. Well, one day, instead of reading a random poem, I read the first poem. The next time I read the second poem. Before I knew it I was rapidly getting the whole book read, a toddler-nap at a time.

    Looking forward tip tip #2

  15. My trigger is bedtime. I climb into bed and before I shut of the light, I read my daily entry for my read-through-the-bible in a year. It works great!

  16. I am a new mom with a 2 week old. Needless to say, it has been very difficult to find time to spend reading the bible. Something I have been doing is reading a Proverb a day to my son, even if it’s during a feeding. It has helped me to be motivated to read the bible, even if its only a little bit a day.

  17. Ursula Liao says:

    Thank you Katie for this. It helps me feel affirmed that you’re eight years into motherhood and just now feel like you’re coming up for air. I’m almost 3 years in with 2 precious girls and I feel like I just can’t tread water anymore and have surrendered to let God carry me through this season, to stop trying on my own, and trust Him to not let me drown. God is gracious, merciful and faithful. :) It’s helpful to hear again and again from more seasoned mothers that this is just a season, and the time to come up for air will come at some point. :) Your post has been something I’ve been asking God about, and I like your idea about reading during breakfast with the girls. It will not only help me for sure, but also be a physical model to the girls about the importance of being in the Word, no matter how little you can squeeze in. Thank you!

  18. Like you, Katie, I discovered my “trigger” back in my good ole’ single days… and fortunately mine has made the transition into this stage of life, too. It’s my first cup of coffee. I trained myself to crack open my Bible and study alongside my first cup of coffee. And all these years later, it still doesn’t feel right to enjoy a warm cup without the Word.

  19. Such a great post! I was once told to leave my bible open in the house somewhere that you walk by often. Then it becomes not only a constant reminder to read you bible but to live it too! I also have a friend who says her prayers while cleaning her teeth!!

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