HELP! I want to read the Bible but I don't know where to Start!
Recently, I asked my instagram friends how they were with their Bible reading habits. About 25% said they didn't know how to start or where their Bible was.
Friend, this blog post is for you. (Yes- YOU)
The best day to start reading your Bible is today! Please don't be negative to yourself if today is day one. Day one is better than day zero- congrats on making the decision to dig into The Word!
Here are some tips and helpful resources to get started based on some frequently asked questions or stumbling blocks!
1. Help! I need a Bible!
While I sometimes read on my phone (and there are several apps that you can download), I prefer my She Reads Truth Bible. It has wide margins (I love to keep notes in mine) and also has introduction pages at the beginning of each book.
It's also pretty easy to understand- it's a CSB translation.
2. Help! I have a Bible, but I don't know what to read first!
It might be temping to start in Genesis (and that's totally fine!) but I would recommend reading the gospels first. Those are the first four books of the New Testament- Matthew, Mark, Luke & John. Those tell the story of Jesus's birth-resurrection.
I also really love Psalms and Proverbs- they are both in the Old Testament.
3. Help! I have a Bible, and I know what I want to read, but I struggle with trying to put it into my day.
This was something I really struggled with too- but I recently listened to an episode of 75 The Living Easy Podcast with Lindsey Maestas, and she talked about how if you're always looking for the perfect quiet time, you will often fall short. Your time with Jesus might be frequently interrupted by a child (that's something I deal with!), or a phone call, or something else.
There are always distractions. But, it is a discipline. If mornings are your time, consider spending the time you would have spent scrolling social media reading your Bible. Maybe instead of catching up on the news, you read a few verses.
Maybe you love audio books, so you listen to the Bible instead of listening to music on your way to the office or while you're headed to the grocery store.
If evenings are your time, maybe you read a chapter of the Bible instead of watching Netflix.
Lastly- Give yourself grace. Don't be so afraid of failing that you don't start at all.
It is so much easier for the enemy to attack you when you don't know what God says.
Do you have a good Bible reading habit! Please feel free to leave your tips in the comments below!
Want to talk about it? Find me on instagram @ellyandgrace :).