Quiet Time Ideas for When You Aren’t in a Bible Study
Wednesday mornings were a breath of fresh air for me for many years. When I had babies, I would go to women’s Bible study and put them in the nursery. Then I could sit down with other women to study the Word. It was wonderful! The study was great, but the break from the demanding work of parenting little ones was fantastic. Then would come April or May, and the study would end. We would be taking a break for summer. But I didn’t need a break from Bible Study, I needed a break from my kids!
The kids and I would work at getting into a good rhythm for summer. In those years, I gave a different theme to each day. We had library day, nature day, cooking day, craft day, and new playground day. The kids still remember lots of the fun things we did during the summers.
But the rhythm I had the toughest time establishing was the rhythm of a regular time with God. Without the weekly Bible study, my motivation to spend time in the Bible was low. I also had a tough time knowing what to study without a workbook to fill out.
I would have the same problem over the Christmas break, or during weeks there was no homework.
In the years since, I have figured out some techniques that have helped me. Knowing my weakness in this area, I make a point to come up with a do-able plan.
What can you do when you don’t have a Bible study workbook to fill out?
Here are some suggestions for those breaks from organized studies.
If you have one week to fill:
1. Tackle one small book or one chapter of a book. Read the book/chapter every day. Each day, pick a different approach to the passage:
- · Summarize each section in your own words.
- · Identify 3 key words and look up other verses that contain those words.
- · Look up and read cross-references listed in your Bible for that passage.
- · Memorize one verse from the passage.
- · Read a commentary on that passage. (Bible Gateway has lots of great resources for free.)
2 Corinthians 4
If you have a month to fill:
2. Work through a topical study.
- · Use a concordance to look up every reference to the topic and copy down the verses that contain the idea.
- · Pick one verse of these to memorize.
- · Write one sentence summaries of concepts or ideas about that topic.
- · Read the notes in a study Bible for key references you copied down. Take notes on the main ideas.
- · List synonyms and antonyms for the topic
- · Create a work of art with one of the verses or from a quote you have come across.
- · List three things about your topic you don’t want to forget.
Suggested topics to study:
3. Study the attributes of God.
- · Choose a different attribute of God to focus on every few days.
- · Find 3 passages that declare that attribute using a concordance
- · List definitions and synonyms for each attribute.
- · Use the internet to discover songs and hymns that declare that attribute.
The Navigators website has a helpful list of God's attributes.
If you have 3 months:
4. Consider reading through the entire New Testament. Here is a link to a schedule that takes 92 days from Biblestudytools.com.
5. Do a verse-by-verse study of an entire book of the Bible. This is a slow and methodical way to study. I am doing the book of Romans right now. In four days, I’ve gotten through 20 verses and have four pages of notes. I love this method of study! This is a slow process and you might only get through 3-4 verses a day. Try these steps for every verse you read:
- · List key words and their definitions.
- · Take notes, make observations, summarize the content or jot down thoughts.
- · At the end of a section or chapter, write a summary or commentary of your own
- · Read notes, commentaries and check cross-references as you go.
I am doing the book of Romans right now. In four days, I’ve gotten through 20 verses and have four pages of notes. I love this method of study!
Suggested books for this method of study:
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