To be quite honest, ever since Augustine was born I have struggled to establish a daily time of reading Scripture and prayer journaling. Prior to becoming a mommy, it seemed that there was always more time in the day to squeeze in a devotional if I had skipped it in the morning, or even to use time at night for this pursuit. Yet, Augustine has been sleeping through the night since he was 9 1/2 weeks old- so I really have no excuse as to why I cannot create this time. As I have asked for prayer with my prayer partner and friends in a mother’s Bible Study- The Lord has answered my pleas. Theses prayers as well as a few other resources (sermons, books, godly counsel) are listed below as to how I have learned to re-establish the Bible time my sinful heart yearns to thrive on.
–Get rid of the Internet– Carolyn Mahaney (I’m not obsessed I promise- just love her!) advises that far too much time is spent on the Internet browsing carelessly, instead of in the word and in prayer. She suggests, along with my husband- that I not even get on the Internet until I have read my Bible. Even with this discpline (though I do not always follow), internet time can still take the hours you will never get back- consider limiting the time. [yes, blogging is a source of this too]
–Listen to the Bible through audio. A friend shared this helpful suggestion, “…Reading the Bible in a year using the one-year-bible reading scheme. There is a guy who reads it online every day and does a wee bit of a commentary. I sometimes listen to it as I’m tidying up the kitchen or making dinner, so hearing the work as I do the jobs that need done. It’s a lot to commit to reading but I’ve found it really helpful in getting a bigger picture of God and understanding the Bible as a whole. ” The link is listed below.