Bible reading and study is something I have struggled on and off with for years. Like most folks who aim to be influenced by the Bible, there can be a mix of desire and guilt; desire for it, but guilt that you could do more. Since having 4 children, it has become even harder to get quiet, focused time that doesn’t involve sleep. In this season, two things have really helped me.
- Freedom from Guilt - In another time in my life (when I was single), I had lofty goals for Bible study and I felt the self-imposed checklist on me all the time. And since my personality tends toward all or nothing anyway, if I didn’t have an uninterrupted hour to devote to Bible study and prayer and journaling, I felt like it wasn’t worth it, so I just didn’t do it. I would go to Women’s Bible Studies at church and feel embarrassed that I hadn’t finished the daily study for that week and I was tempted to not even go at all. Now I feel more freedom, knowing that one day I will get back to longer periods of focused study in the Bible, but in this season, I need to just put myself in contact with anything of the Lord that I can get. Sometimes that does involve intense study and sometimes it’s just worship music that leads my heart to Him.
- Bible.is – I have tried to surround myself with the things of the Lord that I encounter throughout my day like good worship music, encouraging conversations with friends, prayer as I go, listening to sermons while I do chores, and praying out loud with my children. Even with all that, I want to be studying and reading the Scripture more. I have never loved audio Bible programs. I tend to lose focus easily while listening. But Bible.is is a little different. It is a dramatized version of the Bible, but it’s not too cheesy. It uses different voices for different people and includes contextual background noise for the story. Dee and I try to listen to a chapter every morning before he leaves for work and spend a little time praying together for the day. It has become such a sweet time for us and great time in the Scriptures.
- It’s free.
- You can access it online or as an app for Android or Iphone.
- It includes different versions and languages.