The other night I found myself falling asleep while reading my Bible.
That’s never a good thing.
Don’t get me wrong. I love reading my Bible! But like anything, it can become so routine that just reading the Bible begins to lose it’s impact.
We all go through those dry patches. When I hit them, I like to shake things up a bit. These are a few ways I’ve spiced up my scripture reading when my Bible reading gets stale.
1. Listen to an Audio version
I began listening to an audio Bible when my ladies Bible study began reading through the Bible in 90 days.
Listening to a dramatized Bible reading has given me a new perspective on Bible characters. I’ve also found myself stopping to reflect on verses in the Bible I may have skimmed over just by reading.
For instance, Mark 11:11 takes place right after Jesus made his triumphal entry into Jerusalem. It says,
Jesus went into Jerusalem and went into the temple courts. He looked around at everything, but since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve.
Just a basic verse, right?
But when I listened to the dramatized version, the way the music played in the background caused me to stop and imagine Jesus, reflecting on the temple…God’s house…knowing that in the next few days his people would turn on him and crucify him. It’s hard to explain, but I really felt for Jesus, and I felt his compassion for us.
I know I never would have caught that impact just by reading the words. I needed to hear the words.
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2. Pray through the scripture
Sometimes merely reading the Bible doesn’t have the same impact as praying the Bible.
Let’s suppose I’m reading Psalm 1:1-2.
Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the LORD,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
At that point, I might pause and pray. I’d pray that God would help me avoid walking in sin. That he would always give me delight in the Bible. That I would desire to make it a priority to be in the Word day and night.
When you pray the Word, scripture takes on a whole new, personal meaning, doesn’t it? Praying through the Bible helps us realize how personal God’s Word is to our lives.
3. Journal your Bible reading.
This is my favorite way to read the Bible. I make lots of notes in my margins. I write out prayer requests. I jot down thoughts I have about what I’ve read.
Writing while I’m reading helps me process what I’ve read. It’s really hard to skim through a passage when you’re actively writing notes about it.
I also love to flip back through my Bible to see what I’ve written in the past and how far God has brought me since then.
Journaling through my Bible is like leaving my own spiritual legacy. Who knows? Maybe one day my children will flip through my Bible and be encouraged by my growth. In the meantime, my Bible notes are between me and God.
Journaling through the Bible has become so popular, there are now Bibles specifically for journaling. If your Bible reading needs a refresh, look into purchasing one. Or just use your regular Bible if the margins are wide enough.
Now that I’ve told you how I put some spark back into my Bible reading, it’s your turn.