What you’ll find: Knowing where to start reading the Bible when you’re a busy mom and the best 3 tips to get started today while maintaining an active schedule.
You’re so busy as a mom. You know you need to start giving God your best and making time for Him, but how can you? There’s so much to do. You feel overwhelmed just thinking about opening your Bible. Find out where to start reading the Bible so that it’s not overwhelming to you.
It doesn’t have to be an intimidating process. God doesn’t want this distraction for you. It’s a simple process to get started.
How do I know? I’ve been that busy mom who didn’t even have time to take a shower, let alone open my Bible.
I made the mistake for a long time of thinking that the Bible was unreachable. I let the devil lie to me into thinking that the Bible was too confusing and not worth all the hassle.
But then you know what happened? God shined His light on that lie. He helped me see that it doesn’t have to be confusing and that the hardest part was simply opening it up.
Knowing Where To Start Reading The Bible
I don’t want this to be confusing to you. Yes, there are 66 books in the Bible and a lot of big words. After being around little kids all day, it’s easy to feel like those big words are beyond us.
When you get past all of that, there is beauty to God’s words. The were written especially for you. As a mom, you’ve been given the awesome responsibility of raising God’s little children.
How can you raise them to be like their Heavenly Father, if you don’t know the words He says to you?
It starts with a Bible reading plan
Your natural instinct would be to start at the beginning: The Book of Genesis. Every other book you start at the beginning, so why not this one?
The problem with this plan is that very quickly you will lose momentum in the Books of Law (Genesis – Deuteronomy). Sure, Genesis is filled with all of the stories you knew as a kid, but it quickly gets confusing.
Definitely not the right place to start when someone is trying to get in the habit of daily Bible reading.
So where could you start to make it less intimidating?
The Book of Proverbs
As a mother to young children, I didn’t have much time to dedicate to the Bible. All I knew is that I wanted to start somewhere.
I realized that there was one book that stood out to me, and it was perfect for me as a mother.
I stumbled upon Proverbs 4:5-8. It said, “Get wisdom; develop good judgment. Don’t forget my words or turn away from them. Don’t turn your back on wisdom, for she will protect you. Love her, and she will guard you. Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do! And whatever else you do, develop good judgment. If you prize wisdom, she will make you great. Embrace her, and she will honor you.”
After that I started searching for how I could get more wisdom. I knew it would be a good tool at my disposal for raising my little ones.
It was then that I realized that Proverbs was a book full of wisdom and not only that, but there were 31 chapters!
Is it ironic that there are 31 chapters and half of the months in the year have 31 days in it? I don’t think so. I think it’s God.
For the months that don’t have 31 days, you simply double up and read Proverbs 31 on the 30th of the month. You definitely don’t want to skip that chapter.
Proverbs 31 is full of wisdom helping you be the best wife and mother that God calls you to be, in your current season of life. By reading it every month, it’ll help you absorb the truth of God’s will for you so that you can shine His love, as a proverbs woman, to your family.
It was then that I started reading the Proverbs chapter that matched up with the date of the month.
This is such a wonderful start for finding out where to start reading the Bible, especially for busy moms. After adding it to my day, I became more God-centered in my parenting, because I followed what God would do in those situations.
The entire purpose of the Bible and the main event that everything points to is the coming of Jesus.
When you start reading the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, you’re able to read about Jesus from the perspective of those who knew He best on this earth.
It is often advised for new believers to start in the Book of John. John helps us understand the reason why Jesus came to this earth and His plan while He’s here. In fact, John is the only gospel that doesn’t start with the Christmas story. He goes straight to the matter at hand.
After I had a good system in place for adding Proverbs to my day, I added a chapter of the gospels, starting with Matthew.
If you choose to add a chapter of the gospels a day, I would encourage you to get in a good rhythm where you are consistently reading a chapter a day, and then add the Proverb of the day.
I can’t tell you what just 2 chapters a day has done for my spiritual life and my growth as a follower of Christ. You’ll be amazed by your transformation.
The New Testament
Another great option is to add the complete New Testament to your reading, just a chapter at a time. Not only do you get the gospels, but all of the letters that guide the Church after Jesus ascended back to Heaven.
There’s a sense of freedom that comes from the New Testament when you read it. Not only does it contain the story of Jesus’ life on earth, but it provides instruction on how we can become better children of God.
It shares the beautiful story of us being grafted into God’s family, even though we weren’t born to be.
Through the letters, we can not only learn how to be better Christ-followers, but how we can teach our children how to be the same.
It is essential for a mother to learn God’s Word so that she can show her children how to grow strong as believers and become the future of the Church.
The Next Step Forward
Now that you know the best places you can start reading the Bible, even when you’re busy with your children, you can start to plan the next steps.
The steps that I took at the beginning of my Bible journey was by adding Proverbs. After I got the hang of that, I added a few cycles of the gospels.
What I mean by cycles is reading Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John 3-4 times in a row before moving on.
Once I got the hang of reading both the Proverb of the day and a chapter in the gospels, I moved on to going through the entire New Testament a few times with my Proverbs chapter.
In this way, I was able to get to know the Bible on a more personal level. When you do this, you’ll be able to see yourself in the verses you read.
You start to see God moving in your life through His word.
Once you get a strong foundation in Proverbs and the New Testament, it’s time to venture into the Old Testament.
Many people might say that the Old Testament is irrelevant and obsolete after Jesus made His appearance. In reality, that is so far from the truth that you should run from the people that say that.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.”
The entire Bible points to Christ, even if He hasn’t been born yet. There are many prophetic verses that tell about the coming Messiah and His purpose on this earth.
Jesus, Himself, quotes the Old Testament throughout the gospels. It’s worth reading.
The books of law can be hard to get through, but once you do, there are many more stories that help you learn in your own life. The Old Testament is full of examples of people doing good and doing bad.
They are great examples to look to and learn from when trying to obey God’s Word.
Tips To Help A Busy Mom Maintain Daily Bible Reading
Busy moms know that life happens and days don’t always work out how we plan. Situations come up that we don’t expect. Here are some tips and tricks to keep you in your Bible every day.
1. Read your Bible when your kids are sleeping
Whether it be nap time or bedtime, when your kids are asleep you have a peaceful home.
Get up before your kids or stay up after your kids go to sleep. Make use of nap time if you have younger children. It might be tempting to take that time to do some much-needed chores.
I totally get that! However, you have to ask yourself which is more important – that chore that will still be there tomorrow, or the Bible that is your soul’s daily nourishment?
2. Use your Bible App
Sometimes all you have time for is to listen to someone read to you. There were times when my kids were really little when I would use my Bible app to read my assigned chapters while I was feeding the baby or cooking meals.
I wouldn’t recommend doing this every day, however, because there’s nothing like having an actual, physical Bible in front of you. I love being able to highlight scripture that speaks to me.
3. Read to your children at meal time
Honestly, I do this still every day. I read my Proverbs chapter and gospels chapter to my children while they’re eating breakfast. It opens up their minds to the Bible and they learn from the words you are reading to them.
It’s an amazing experience when your children are learning the Bible right along with you. My children now have a solid foundation of the Bible in their morning time, and I know they will continue that in their own relationship with God as they grow older.
Adding the Bible to your daily life is the best thing you can do for not only your spiritual life but as a mother raising godly children.
You might be in a place right now when you don’t know where to start reading the Bible, but there are many options available to you.
The hardest part of reading your Bible every day is simply opening it up and getting started. Don’t let Satan stop you from being the mother you were made to be – strong in the Lord with a firm foundation of the knowledge of the Bible.
Which tips will help you better find time to read your Bible today? Reply in the comments!