Let me start by saying this—I adore busy moms!!
Seriously. We live in a crazy world and I know it can be very discouraging to see all the admonishments to slow down. Let’s be super honest: Some seasons of life are just busy. And it isn’t a sign we are living outside the parameters of God’s plan for us. In fact, it could be quite the opposite.
Now, let me also say this—
there is good busy and bad busy.
And we need to know the difference! (You can read more about that here.)
Today, though, I want to encourage the busy moms who are struggling to find space for the Bible study they know they need and that they also desperately want.
3 Bible Study Tips for Busy Moms
A few years ago, we were in a very busy season. Our church was growing which created additional responsibilities for Scott as a staff member. The growth also impacted me as a Bible study teacher and leader in women’s ministry. Casiday was thriving in her dance instruction and had the opportunity to take more classes.
Now, you might be thinking how easy it must have been for a pastor’s wife and Bible teacher to stay on track with her personal quiet time. But you would be thinking wrong.
Pouring from an Empty Pitcher
I was spending a lot of time preparing to teach, but my own study faltered. It took me a few months to realize why I was so much more irritable and having an increasing more difficult time preparing to teach — the truth is, I was trying to pour into others from my own empty pitcher.
Once I realized what was going on, I set out to remedy the situation. I had to try a few things to get back in the groove, but once I found my new busy season rhythm, I could almost immediately tell a difference.
Getting Back on Track
Maybe you know what I’m talking about, maybe you’re there yourself. If so, I have a few ideas for you, some tips for getting back on track with Bible study even when life is crazy.
Read a chapter of Proverbs every day.
This is my go-to get back in the swing practice. You simply read the chapter of Proverbs corresponding to the date. For example, today you’d read chapter 14. Easy peasy!
Use the First 5 App from Proverbs 31 Ministries
Another easy-to-use method, is using the First 5 app. I love that Proverbs 31 is leading women systematically through Scripture, reading a chapter a day. You can even set it up to show you this app as soon as your alarm goes off.
Join on online Bible study.
While I will never believe online studies should take the place of you sitting in a room with women in your community opening the Word, there are times when an online study is the best option available. I have done two with LifeWay Women (Entrusted [aff] by Beth Moore and Redeemed [aff] by Angela Thomas-Pharr) and I am currently doing the We Saved You a Seat [aff] study by Lisa-Jo Baker. One thing I’d suggest is, get a friend to do it with you so you can discuss what you are learning face-to-face.
The Bottom Line
Here’s the thing, it’s always going to be a challenge for us to stay consistent in Bible study. But we mustn’t give up, even when it’s hard.
When women come to me and ask for insight about getting back into the habit, I always tell them the same thing —
Just pick up your Bible and start.
Maybe it will be a chapter of Proverbs or joining an online study. Or maybe you will just start reading one of the Gospels or the Psalms. The point is, start. Just begin.
For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any double-edged sword, penetrating as far as the separation of soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 CSB
How do you stay in the Word during busy seasons?
A Prayer for the Busy Days
Lord, life gets crazy and sometimes it happens before our feet even hit the floor. And there are seasons when it feels like there isn’t an empty moment in our days. But we want to spend time in the Word, we want to know You as we study the Bible. So help us learn to find those pockets of time we can devote to You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.