Overcoming Bible Study Overwhelm - Establishing a Routine

In part 1 of our series on overcoming Bible study overwhelm, I shared strategies for setting realistic Bible study goals and making an action plan. I sure hope it was helpful! (If you missed it you can find it right here 😊)

In part two of our series, I am excited to share strategies for establishing a Bible study routine that works for YOU.

A Bible study routine is not merely a line on your to-do list. It has the potential to be a transformative commitment. This is where you lay a solid foundation for studying God’s word. With commitment, perseverance, and a heart open, your Bible study routine can become a sacred part of your day, guiding you toward a deeper connection with God.

Before we dive into the routine itself, I have a few things for you to think over. Considering these things in advance will set you up for success and help you create a routine that works for you long term.

#1. One Thing at a Time

When you try to create multiple new habits or routines at once, your willpower or energy will be divided between the routines. Because of this, it’s important to work on establishing just one new routine at a time. That way, your store of willpower can be channeled into completing that one routine, increasing your odds of success.

#2. Organization

A well-organized study space and schedule are vital ingredients for a successful Bible study routine.

  • If possible, create a dedicated study space.
  • Choose a quiet and distraction-free area.
  • Personalize the space for comfort.
  • If a dedicated space isn't possible, create a Bible study bag or box that contains all of your supplies.

#3. Study Materials

Having some basic Bible study supplies at the ready will help make sure you are getting the most out of your Bible study time.

  • Select a Bible translation that works for you. Being able to understand what you read is more important than having a translation that is closest to the original language. (If you want to know more about choosing the right translation for you, check out this blog post.)
  • Have a notebook or binder to keep your study notes organized.
  • Other optional supplies - Bible friendly highlighters, colored pencils, colored pens for taking notes.
  • If you enjoy Bible study journals, you may want to check out our printable, guided Bible study journals here.

#4. Overcoming Challenges

Acknowledge and address the challenges that may arise in your Bible study journey. Life is messy, and inevitably, we all get off track at some point. Create a plan for how you will handle challenges that arise. Give yourself grace, and don't be discouraged by occasional lapses.

#5. Celebrate Your Wins

Recognize and celebrate your milestones along the way. Whether it's completing a challenging study plan, gaining new insights, or experiencing spiritual growth, taking time to acknowledge and celebrate your wins reinforces the joy and fulfillment found in a consistent Bible study routine.

 

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Embrace the Journey

Remember, establishing a Bible study routine is a personal journey. Adapt this outline to suit your preferences and circumstances, and don't be discouraged by setbacks. The key is consistency and a genuine desire to grow in your understanding and relationship with God through His Word.

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Plan Your Routine:

Now you're ready to make a plan! Grab something to write with and make a written Bible study routine plan. Once your routine is written out, it can be valuable to sign it and keep it somewhere visible as a reminder of your commitment.

  • When, where, and for how long will you be studying?
  • What study materials do you have?
  • What materials do you need to get?
  • How will you deal with challenges to your routine?
  • How will you celebrate your wins?

Study Tips to Get You Started

Always begin and end each study session in prayer.
It's easy to forget to do this when you are eager to get started, so you may want to make yourself some sort of visual reminder.
Begin by asking God to be with you as you study and to open your heart and mind to be able to receive what He is teaching you. End by thanking Him for His word. Ask Him to help you apply what you have studied to your daily life.
A few trusted (free) resources:
biblegateway.com for parallel translations, search keywords, find cross-references
biblehub.com for their interlinear search tool
blueletterbible.com for timelines, maps, charts, and other Bible study tools
Embrace a life-long learning approach to studying the Bible.
This isn't a short-term goal but a habit that will become a part of your identity. You are in this for the long haul, so focus on consistency and don't sweat small setbacks.

 

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We want to hear from you! Let us know in the comments if you have any questions or if you have some Bible study routine tips you'd like to share!


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