The start of a new year brings many possibilities, which makes it the perfect time to create new Bible reading habits. But, busy schedules, family obligations, and conflicting priorities can make studying Scripture feel challenging at times.
Thankfully, there are steps you can take toward consistently reading God’s Word.
Here are 4 Bible habit hacks you can do with YouVersion:
1. Make it stick
Synchronize it with something you already do. For example, if the first thing you do in the morning is to reach for your phone, install a bible app on your phone, and set up daily 'verse of the day' notifications. When you combine a new habit with an already established one, it gives your new habit more “stickiness.” A good app is YouVersion (but choose the one you are most comfortable with).
2. Make it automatic
The best way to build a habit is just to start. And as you get started, don’t focus on the amount of time you’re reading or listening to Scripture, just focus on doing it regularly. Once you complete two days in a row, go for three. Once you complete three days, try for five, and keep going.
If you’re starting to build a consistent Bible habit, pick a time to study that works for you, and set up daily reminders to spend time in God’s Word.
3. Stay connected
You’re more likely to keep studying your Bible if you do it with someone who cares about your spiritual growth.
4. Make it feel new
Sometimes, the reason we get in a Bible reading rut is that what we’re doing feels too familiar. Switch up how you engage with the Bible.
If you typically read Scripture, try listening to an audio Bible. If you tend to study Scripture in one specific version, switch to a different version for a month and see if anything new stands out to you. Or, try reading in a new order to gain a fresh perspective.
Making the Bible a part of your everyday life doesn’t have to be daunting—and thankfully, we don’t have to do it alone. God loves to come alongside us to encourage and empower us by renewing and transforming our minds.
This article is courtesy of YouVersion Bible App.