How to make time for bible study?

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Trying to figure out how to make some time for bible study?

Is your schedule way too overloaded?

Or perhaps you've never really sat down and set a time to study the Word of God and you are looking for some help. 

These three steps will assist to clear away the clutter of the day and zone in on the best bible study time.

Joan Maynard breaks it down into three ( 3) practical steps called A.I.M.

  • Available Time
  • Ideal Time
  • Making Time

It's time to take the bull by the horn and take matters into our own hands and make bible study a part of our lives. I know you are with me, so let's get started shall we ...

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Joan Maynard here from Positively Driven Christians where it's all about Bible study for beginners, making it very simple and enjoyable. Today we are going to be talking about how to find time for bible study.

Yes that sounds very boring I know, but we're going to try to spice it up a little because just having a desire is not enough we must make time for bible study.

For some persons it might be very easy to just think about your day and find a particular time that is a good time for Bible study. For other persons it might not be that simple because their day is very full.

If you are one of those persons where your day is very full maybe we can use this strategy to find the time or it might just make the time that you've chosen even more special.

Document the hours of the day on the left of a sheet of paper





Time Tracker


Download your time tracker above

So I have created myself a little chart here that we're going to go through so that we can learn how find time for bible study. I call this chart a ‘Time Tracker’; yes it is your time tracker.

I have also uploaded one onto the website so you can always download it for free.

It's probably easier for you to actually just take out a notebook and do yourself because it's just a plain sheet that we are going to just divide into two main areas; a small area for the time and the other area to track the time.

So it's as simple as tracking your day, we're going to be tracking our day. So I'm putting the lines here so that we can get a gist of what is to happen. So you take the sheet put some lines across it. On this area ( the left) is going to be the time; let me start with 6:00 a.m., 7:00 a.m., 8:00 a.m. every single hour, 9:00 a.m.

You should go up to about at least 11 p.m. or if you want to just shut off at 10:00 p.m. it's really up to you but my time tracker I carried it down to as far as I can carry it because it's basically to track the time that you spend every single hour in the day.

The reason why I would suggest that you do this is so that you can see on paper…as I told you before I am a very visual person and I really believe in seeing for yourself what happens with our time.

I'm thinking every day for at least a week or two weeks we track our day and time. At the end of that two weeks you can look at the information and be able to get a good overall idea of what happens in each hour of the day with your time.

Fill in what happens for each hour of that day, on the right

For example of Monday:

  • 6:00 a.m: "wake up & preparation for work"
  • 7 a.m: "commute to work"
  • 8:00 a.m. - 4 p.m: "At work"
  • After 4:00 , 5 p.m, 6 p.m., 7 p.m: "free time"

For me, 6 p.m. might be study time or this might be prayer time.

Let say, Game of Thrones comes on, on Mondays at 7:00 p.m then you have to set out 7:00 p.m. to watch Game of Thrones

This is your Monday schedule.

Do the same thing for Tuesday and the same thing for Wednesday and the same thing for Thursday you do it Saturday and Sunday so that you can get an overall idea of how your time is being spent.

Each week might be a little bit different because maybe you're not on a set schedule every week. So in the next week it might have a little bit of fluctuation in the different ways that you spend your time.


Available Time

Available time is time when you are free and usually is spend with fillers.

Fillers meaning any random thing you just choose to do, like:

  • talk to friend on the phone, just to catch up,
  • watch television because there is nothing else to do.

So those available time we can use for Bible study.

So go through your time tracker, your little time log and see if you can find any available time.

You might realize that a particular hour is available on Tuesday at 7 p.m., but filled on Monday and Wednesday. That can mean that you can use Tuesday at 7 p.m. for bible study.

Ideal Time

This is a time that falls within your peak hours. When I say peak hours I mean the hours that for you are your best hours of the day.

I know of an individual: her best hours of the day is in the night when everybody else is asleep, she is wide awake, this is her moment to shine.

If that's the case and your best hours of day is 6:00 p.m. 7 p.m. 8 p.m. 9 p.m. 10 p.m. it goes down into the night, then that is your ideal time.

If you can find an hour or two within your ideal time for Bible study that makes it even better because you are going to be active and primed,  so that definitely means you should not fall asleep during bible study.

If you can find an available time that overlaps with your ideal time, then that is even better!

Making Time

There might be situations where your whole day is a flooded would work from the time you open your eyes your day is already filled with work, right, down to the last moment of the day ever single day.

If that is the case then it's time to go into 'make time' mode for bible study you either. You can decide how to make time for bible study by either:

  • removing something from that particular day and reschedule it to another day. 
  • making an additional hour magically appear by getting up atleast 1 hour earlier or going to sleep 1 hour later in the day

Or how about doing both? That will free up at least 2 hours for bible study.

Now that time can be used for bible study.

To be quite honest, in order to really feed your spirit on the Word of God you need more than 15 minutes or half hour for bible study.  You need enough time so that you can not only learn how to do personal bible study properly and actually be fed from the Word of God while communing with the Lord.

So I would really hope that you can find at least one to two hours. If not, please AIM for at least one hour or 45 minutes minimum, while restructuring until you can safely increase as you go along.

I hope that something I said meant a lot to you and you'll be able to use to learn how to make time from bible study. Don’t forget we were AIMing for time. I hope we accomplished it today. Alright enjoy the rest of your day.

Tips on how to make time for bible study

  Find Part 1 & Part 3-5

Here's the tips that's coming up in this video

  • Use your lunch hour
  • Find a day
  • Schedule vacation time
  • bible study while traveling on a plain
  • bible reading while traveling in a vehicle

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