I don’t know about you, but setting aside regular time for Bible study and prayer has always been a struggle for me. While I have many ways that I can excuse my lack of faithfulness and commitment, the fact remains that I simply don’t prioritize it. There are always lots of reasons to not get up in the morning before the kids, and many reasons why I’m too tired at night to study God’s Word and pray. I have tried different strategies, like having a family time of Scripture and prayer in the morning, where I study in my room and the kids study in theirs, but none of these solutions has ever been permanent.
In breaking any bad habit, a change of routine is always helpful. Right now, I’m starting a new season of motherhood, and that’s always a good time to try to get back on track. My little guy is now sleeping dependably through the night, so I’m hoping to use this summer season to set new habits for study of God’s word and real prayer.
Here’s my plan: keep it simple. I love studying Scripture slowly, trying to really settle it into my brain. While memorizing is an excellent way to do this, just reading through a section again and again is also a good strategy. So this summer, I’m going to start small: I’ll work my way straight through one of the Epistles, picking a small paragraph, or maybe even just a verse, and read it in the morning. I’m going to try to leave my Bible open on the nightstand so that I can glance at the passage again while going in and out of my room, nursing the baby, folding laundry, etc. When the baby gets up in the morning and needs some snuggle time in my bed, I’m going to try to use that time to pray. I’ll have to keep it short. Having a long list of people to pray for every day has always meant that I will not pray. It’s too intimidating. But having one or two people every day is an amount I can manage. And hopefully, through practice, that number will grow.
Are you off track with regularly reading God’s Word? Will you join me in starting fresh this summer?