Overcoming Bible Study Overwhelm - Getting Started

Does this sound familiar?

You’ve tried to study your Bible, but there’s always something that gets in your way. And if you’re like most of us, it’s OVERWHELM.

Frankly, you’re tired of opening your Bible to study and then putting it right back down just a few minutes later because it's just too overwhelming, and you don't know where to start.

Well, I have good news for you, friend! It doesn't have to be this way! I can help you overcome Bible study overwhelm and get started studying today!

This blog post will guide you through practical steps to overcome Bible study overwhelm and start your study journey with confidence.

Step 1: Define Your Goals

Prioritize and Set Realistic Goals:

To harness the power of focused study, it's crucial to define clear and achievable goals.
Distinguish between reading goals, where you cover a specific portion (think daily reading plans or Bible in a Year plans), and study goals, where you study a specific book of the Bible and delve deep into understanding.
It's crucial to set realistic goals for each session, focusing on quality over quantity. If you realistically only have 10-15 minutes to spend on studying a day, make that your goal. Setting longer, unrealistic goals usually results in nothing getting done. When it comes to studying God's word, something is always better than nothing!

Quality over Quantity:

Instead of skimming through large portions, concentrate on a smaller section, such as a single book of the Bible. Breaking it down into manageable sections allows for a thorough exploration and a more meaningful study experience. Studying smaller sections at a time can also increases your understanding.

Step 2: Make a Study Plan

Ask yourself:

    • Is your goal to simply read the Bible or engage in a more in-depth study?
    • Which book will you start with? I recommend starting with a short book such as Philippians, Colossians, or 2nd Timothy to ease into the process. 
    • When will you begin your study? Pick a date, put it in your calendar, set a phone reminder, and tell someone about your plan. 

Step 3: How to Get Started

In Part 2 of this series, I will share tips for establishing a Bible study routine that works for you. In the meantime, here are some Bible study tips to get you started:

    • Have a journal or spiral notebook for writing notes and scripture writing as you study.
    • Don't expect to fully understand a passage the first time you read it. Each time I sit down to study, I read the passage at least 2-3 times.
    • When first starting out, plan to read one chapter of a book each week. Every time you study, plan to read the chapter at least twice and then use one of the following study techniques:
      • Take notes on anything that seems important to you, such as keywords, key themes, or commands.
      • Write down any questions you have.
      • For each chapter you read, choose at least one verse that either summarizes the theme of the chapter or is meaningful to you.
      • Using the verse you chose, write it out in different Bible translations. You can find a variety of translations at biblegateway.com
      • Take note of possible ways you can apply what you are learning to your daily life.
      • Don't forget to begin and end each study session in prayer.
    • If you would like more guidance on different study methods, check out our printable journals here.

Step 4: Embrace the Journey:

In your pursuit of overcoming Bible overwhelm, remember that your journey is not just about information—it's about transformation. By prioritizing focused study, you will be setting yourself up for success and growing in your ability to apply God's word to your day-to-day life. Implement this strategy, stay committed, and experience the joy of spiritual growth. Embrace the journey, and allow the transformative power of God's word to shape your life and faith.


Overcoming Bible study overwhelm is achievable with a strategic action plan. By setting realistic goals, prioritizing focused study, and embracing the transformative journey, you can start studying the Bible with confidence and joy. Establish a study plan, choose the right starting point, and implement effective study techniques to deepen your understanding and application of God's word.


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