It’s June and summer’s here. How did that happen? We’re all relieved to have a more relaxed schedule of no school, car pools and vacations (well, hopefully…) However, it’s important that our prayer and bible study don’t get so relaxed that we neglect our relationship with God. Have you thought about summer bible study ideas?
Here are some simple, low-key (and non-workbook) suggestions to stay on track this summer.
She Reads Truth – This is my favorite Bible Study app that I’ve been using for about a year. I usually do my devotions on my iPad in the morning before I get out of bed. You can either read the devotion online or download their app and purchase the individual studies which range from free to $2.99. This year’s summer study is the Book of Acts. Another app worth considering is First5, a study designed to help you give God the first five minutes of each day. No matter which one you choose, take the time to invite God into your day before your feet hit the ground.
Write the Word – I’ve found that the simple act of putting a gel pen to paper and writing the Word helps me to meditate on it longer and not rush through it like I might on a tablet. Get a pretty journal, write your verse in it and decorate as you wish with stickers, rubber stamps or other mixed media. Plans and prompts are available from Sweet Blessings and Mercy Is New.
Color the Word – Like writing the Word, coloring the Bible can help you to meditate and think about it longer. I’m currently using the Inspire Bible (New Living Translation) which has beautiful line illustrations that I don’t get tired of. If you prefer King James, take a look at My Creative Bible. Some coloring book ideas are Color the Psalms, Simple Blessings and Garden Blessings.
Bible Journaling – If you’ve been wanting to try out Bible Journaling, Seasons Illustrated is a non-denominational community and resource offering Women of Valor, a free 12 week Bible journaling challenge. It’s a study of biblical heroines. You will probably find that journaling gives you new insight into familiar passages as you take more time to meditate on them. Each week you’ll get the reading, journaling verse and prompt. (You don’t even have to do the art if you are busy, tired or otherwise uninspired!)
Sometimes we forget that Bible study is more than something we have to get done and cross off our to do lists. It’s important to create the time and space to think about what we’ve reading and studying.
Go For a Walk – If you live with a loud family, getting outside and praying may be the easiest way to gather your thoughts, reflect, pray and meditate on what you’ve been reading. Of course you’ll reap the physical benefits as well.
Turn Your Car Into Your Prayer Closet – We live in an area that’s pretty spread out and I’m trying to use some of that time more productively than I have in the past by listening to worship music more often. (Pandora keeps things more interesting. Some cell phone plans like T-Mobile offer unlimited music streaming.) You might also want to listen to Bible audio, books and podcasts. And sometimes, you just might want to turn everything off and pray.
Take a Digital Fast – I’m pretty guilty of rarely doing this but have been convicted about being plugged in 24/7 every day. Turning the electronics off helps to create margin so that we can process the past week, what we’ve read and just be. Those who take weekly digital fasts say that they come back to their workweek feeling more refreshed and creative.
How do you keep your Bible study time going during the summer?
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