What You’ll Find: The top 11 reasons moms don’t read their Bibles and the practical solutions to conquer each of them!
No matter what seasons of life are going on, moms always have something to do, somewhere to be, and someone depending on them. Moms are the backbone of their family, so it’s important for them to be strong in God’s Word. But what are the reasons moms don’t read their Bibles, even though it’s so important?
Early in my parenting, I wasn’t living the way I should for the Lord. I wasn’t strong in my relationship with Him, and it showed through being frazzled and unanchored in my life.
I was just bobbing along with no direction and no purpose – I was just trying to survive.
Have you ever been there?
You know there’s something missing in your relationship with God, but you have a hard time really connecting with Him.
What’s missing is your conversation. Did you know that the main source that God talks to us is through the Bible?
If relationships are strengthened through conversation and getting to know someone, how are you going to get to know God, if you aren’t reading His Words?
I know, I know. You’re so busy and always “on” as a mother. But reading your Bible daily is SO important for not only your relationship with God, but also your well-being as a person.
Here Are 11 Reasons Why Moms Don’t Read Their Bibles Every Day
1. It’s a rare occurrence to wake up before the kids
First things first – Get your kids on a consistent bedtime schedule. My husband and I enjoy our time together in the evening, so we put our kids to bed at 7:30 . . . Every Single Night. It’s very rare when there’s an exception.
When children have a consistent bedtime, their internal clocks adjust (takes about a week, maybe two) and they then have a consistent wake-up time.
When they start waking up at the same time every day, you’ll be able to give yourself a consistent bedtime and wake up time for you to start waking up before the kids. Early enough to have time for your Bible.
2. It’s distracting to have the kids around all of the time.
I can definitely relate to this! It took me a long time to get over this hump, especially when they’re tiny.
Finding time for yourself, let alone time for the Bible can be very hard to come by.
Get an activity together that’s just for the kids during your Bible time. You have to be strong when your children want to come and interrupt you. Just keep taking them back to their activity until they learn and get the message.
Once it becomes habit, they’ll know that it’s mommy’s time and they’re not to interrupt. This is also a great lesson for them to learn respect and not interrupt.
3. You have a long to-do list.
This is a very popular excuse. Life gets in the way and what we make time for determines what we make a priority.
I’m going to give you a little bit of tough love: God deserves your best. Plain and simple. Your Bible time shouldn’t just be a mark on your list. It should be the foundation of your list.
God needs to come first in your life. The house will always need cleaning and someone will always need something from you, but if you don’t make God and the Bible a main priority in your life, you won’t be blessed.
4. School activities and/or homeschool work.
You have the kids involved in many different activities and that’s so great. Extra circulars are a wonderful way for kids to grow and learn new things.
It’s not good, though, when it takes up your entire life. That’s not what God wants for you or your family. He created us to live out His purposes for us, not to only be involved with what we want from life.
Don’t make activities more important than God.
5. You’re intimidated by all of it.
When you look at the Bible as a whole, it’s a huge book with a to of things you don’t know. It can be intimidating at first glance.
It’s got a lot of big words or phrases that aren’t easy to understand because it refers to life 2,000 years ago, or longer.
A normal book takes a few weeks, maybe a month to read. With the Bible, it can take around an entire year to read.
A great thing to have is a Study Bible that helps get you through the Bible in a year. You might also simply need a tracker that keeps you on track with your Bible reading so that you don’t fall behind.
However, with anything new, you just take it one step at a time.
6. You don’t know where to start.
The Book of Proverbs is a great first step. It’s full of wisdom and has 31 chapters – perfect for reading one chapter a day for a month and then recycling every month.
*Example – the first of the month you would read Chapter 1. Likewise with the 12th of the month, you would read Proverbs 12, and so on.
Another great place to start is the beginning four chapters of the New Testament, also called “The Gospels”. These books are filled with stories about Jesus told from His closest friends on earth.
7. It’s hard to understand the importance of Bible reading.
Often times people just see the Bible as an old book that’s important for Christians to read because it talks about Jesus. Well, I guess that’s a reason in a way.
When we think about reasons moms don’t read their Bibles, it’s easy to think that the Bible just doesn’t relate to them.
The Bible is more than just Sunday School stories of times good and bad. It’s not an old book to read as part of your Christian life. It’s more than that.
It’s an instruction manual for living the way that God designed for us. The Bible is God speaking to us and giving us examples of how to live our lives. It’s the perfect parenting manual for raising your children and learning to be Christ-like in everyday life.
As a mother, you’ve been given a sacred job from God to raise His children. They aren’t yours. They’re on loan to you. One day God is going to ask you what you did for His children and how you raised them for Him.
What are you going to be able to tell Him?
By understanding the importance of the Bible and reading it every day, you learn the value it has on your life forever.
8. Mistakingly thinking a devotional book is enough.
There are so many wonderful devotions books written by people who were called by God to write them. I’ve read many that have completely changed my spiritual life.
However, I knew that a devotion book doesn’t substitute the Bible. You can’t have a devotional without the Bible. It’s an add on and not an alternative.
In your time alone with God, always start with your Bible reading as your foundation and round it out with a good devotional that is themed to go with the current season of your life.
9. You don’t have a support group or Bible study group.
It’s so important for moms to be with other moms during this time of child-rearing. Not only that, but it helps to have a biblical backup. Someone who understands the Word of God and can help you to understand it as well.
You need that comradery and fellowship with other believers who are going through the same season of life as you are.
It’s extremely helpful in your walk with God.
If your church doesn’t offer a bible study or small group for moms, you have a few options:
- Talk to the church about starting one
- Look at surrounding churches to see if they offer one (you don’t have to change churches just to go to a Bible study)
- Search on social media (Facebook groups) who do Bible study for moms. (MomStrong International is a great example!)
10. It’s boring or confusing.
All of those big words and phrases can be very confusing. And yes, the Book of Numbers is really hard to get through.
You have to understand that this is just a small part of the Bible.
I’ve read through many parts of the Bible several times and the entire Bible at least twice and I can tell you that the more you read it, the more you understand it.
A concordance is a great tool to have. If your Bible doesn’t have one, they can easily be bought separately. Also, having a great Study Bible is KEY to understanding God’s Word better.
It takes actionable steps, but the Bible will get easier to understand and far more interesting than you could ever imagine!
11. You don’t feel smart enough.
I get this all too well. You hear your friends quoting Bible verses and you think you aren’t smart enough to read through the Bible let alone start quoting it.
You may not be a strong reader. I wasn’t and still aren’t sometimes. One thing I’ve learned for stronger reading habits is to read out loud and read often.
I found that out when I first started reading to my son when he was about 3 months old. I stumbled through many books before I started getting the hang of it.
There are also apps that will read the Bible to you, although I wouldn’t stick with that for too long. There’s nothing like having a physical Bible in front of you to read and highlight what speaks to you.
Don’t let reasons get in your way between you and God’s Word to you. He longs to have a strong relationship with you.
These shouldn’t be the reasons moms don’t read their Bibles.
Mothers have been called for a purpose and have been given mighty gifts to raise. Make the Bible a priority for you and get past the excuse and reasons why you don’t read your Bible.
I want to hear God tell me I’m His good and faithful servant, don’t you?
Are there other reasons that stop you from reading your Bible every day? Share down in the comments so that we can all learn from each other.