Cutting down on distractions while reading and studying the Word has become a thing for me.
Before allowing the things “out there” that easily distract and grab for our attention (which usually comes in the form of social media before Word), I need to put the good stuff in!
I’ll be the first to tell you that it has NOT been 100%. Heck, not even 80%. I’m pretty sure that the reason for it is that a lot of my daily reading plans are in fact, on my phone. And I buzz in the notifications.
There are a few things that I’ve learned to do; thanks to messaging with Gretchen, Katie, other women in Bible Study ministry, and chats with my husband. These may echo some things that you’ve already heard. They’ve proven to be a help to me and this may be the first time you’ve considered one or more of them to help become less distracted.
- Have a plan in place
Do you know before you start the next week/day what you plan on reading?Do you set out your Bible (and any other tools) where you’ll spend your time?
- Make a list
Also known as “brain dumping”. I always have a running list in my head of things that are important and not so important. Pop up thoughts get me distracted faster than anything else! Per Gretchen’s suggestion, I keep a notepad or sticky-notes beside me while I read. So now, instead of wrestling with the thoughts and unsuccessfully pushing them aside mentally, I write it down! It’ SO EASY to move on. THIS has helped me tremendously!
- Write the Word
From something as simple as a spiral notebook to specialty books; there’s a way to get into the habit of writing it out.Putting pen to paper and writing Scripture slows my mind and heart. I get to have it in front of my twice.
I see it as a creative way to love on my Father by enjoying His Word enough to write them back to Him.
It also helps in putting it deeper into my memory.
- Be Audible
Say the Word. Let your ears hear what your eyes see.
Sound disrupts thoughts. I can focus on nothing else but the Word when I’m actually saying it.
This has been huge for me in staying the course. Knowing that I have friends that are usually reading the same thing that I am makes me want to have something to “bring to the table”. I don’t want to be left out of the discussion!
Knowing that I’ll be “meeting up” helps me to use the ways of study that I mentioned before.
2 years ago, “APPROVED” was my word.
I knew that I was being called deeper into study; hearing God and following Holy Spirit’s leading.
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God,
a worker who does not need to be ashamed,
rightly dividing the word of truth.
But shun profane and idle babblings,
for they will increase to more ungodliness.
I’m fully convinced that this is my 365 days word year after year because it’s a part of God’s instruction for godly living!
And it’s for you too!
Spending time with God is our lifeline. It’s my goal to place the highest value and protection on that time because it’s what I crave.
I hope that this has helped even in some small way or that you can take any of these suggestions and tweak them as you see fit.
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I’ve included links resources* that I enjoy and personally use or partake in:
Having a plan in place —
Writing the Word —
Be Still Journal (The Daily Grace Co.)
Word Writers by Denise Hughes
The Bible Study Hub (closed FB group)
* There are affiliate links in this post. This means that there is no extra charge to you if you choose to purchase via the links, but I do receive a percentage back in pay from your purchase.