Honestly, I want to read the Bible, learn it, study it and memorise it from cover to cover. It is hard to find time where I am not looking after children, doing chores or too exhausted to keep my eyes open. I never seem to get to end of any reading plan and reading a verse a day in “devotionals for busy mums” won’t cut it really. Yes, some of the tasks that fill up my day are merely distractions but I also feel like my current method is not working! So what’s my new approach?
Listening to the Bible
It’s not revolutionary idea by any means but it took me a while to come round to it. Mainly because when I tried it a long time ago, it was very distracting and I love reading a physical Bible. There is something about holding the book, seeing the words on paper and flicking through the pages that just makes it feel like I am doing something substantial. Fast forward to life as a parent and reading anything during the day induces sleep or attracts the attention of the little ones who insist on turning the thin non-child-friendly pages.
After having our second sprog, my mum came to stay and when regularly listened to the Bible and talks on her phone. I was very impressed as I help her with almost every function on her phone but she managed to do this without my help. Anyways, I gave it a try and I loved it.
When reading, I tend to read very quickly (or drift off) but listening focused my attention on the words. It was almost like someone was recounting a very interesting story and I had to hang on to every word. I was not distracted by footnotes, scribbles or superscripts in the Bible. I could pause and quickly bookmark a verse with one tap or add notes if I wanted. Also, I didn’t want to fall asleep almost instantly!
Over the next few days, I was genuinely excited to listen to the next bit. Three things niggled me though
- The American accent
- The reading speed was a tad slowly
- Can’t start reading from a particular verse
Turns out those the first 2 things were fixable and I found a good enough workaround for the third.
What is the plan?
To read, well, listen, to the Bible in manageable chapters alongside a concise study guide. I am keen to not make it into an in-depth Bible study by consulting a thousand commentaries, as that could lead to distraction. I am hoping to journal as I go along, and maybe write about each chapter, but the later is time-dependent.
If you are reading this and would like to give it a go too (doesn’t have to be audio – just a method that works for you), then please get in touch and let’s get accountable. It can be a regular check-in or being part of a group of supportive, like-minded Christians!