College feels like it never stops. There is never really much downtime during the week. You are running between classes, studying, writing papers, and doing crazy things with your friends. Oh, and somewhere in that time you are supposed to get 8 hours of sleep! Finding a spare 20 minutes, or even a spare 10 can seem like an overwhelming task at times. We all know we should pray and read our Bibles daily but, when the alarm goes off it’s very easy to sleep through those few minutes. Making time to get to know God is completely worth it but, it will take a bit of effort.
Here are some tips to help you start this habit:
1. Plan time into your schedule
Contrary to popular belief, you do not need to get up with the sun to read your bible every morning. In fact, if you are not a morning person, this is the last thing you should do. Pick a time that works for you and plan it into your schedule like you would a class. You know when you learn best. If you are a morning person, great! I’m right there with you. I love getting up in the quiet of the morning and praying. If you are a night owl, mornings are probably the worst time for you! (I wish my brain functioned past 10 pm too!) Take some time at night instead. After dinner, after a work out (or even while you work out!), or right before bed are all great times. Just be careful to not wait until the last minute. You don’t want to fall asleep reading! 🙂
2. Join a prayer group/ Bible study
While time on you own is very important, so is community. Take time to meet with a group. You can get together to pray, read through a study book and discuss it, or read through a book of the Bible. Groups with people from different backgrounds are a great way to hear other perspectives and may even gain you some new friends. Carving out this time in your schedule will be difficult so, try bringing along one of you usually study buddies. There’s no need to feel guilty about missing homework if it’s only an hour a week. Once you start, you’d be surprised how easy it is to go and still get work done.
3. Start a reading plan
One of the greatest things about technology is the limitless access to information. You can buy a book/ ebook to focus on or even find free reading plans online. A good starting point would be the Bible app which has tons of reading plans and will even remind you each day to read.
4. Ask a friend for help
Give a friend permission to ask you how your reading is really going. Text them every few days to check in and tell them what you’ve read. This forces you to remember a few days worth of information. On occasions where you’ve struggled to keep up, your friend will encourage you to keep going and stop what you are doing to read. I would highly suggest that you make a point to talk to this person in depth at least once a week. Let them know where you are struggling and what distractions you are facing. My friends and I call each other to pray while we are at different colleges so, don’t be discouraged if your best friend isn’t someone you see everyday.
Any time spent in the Word is better than no time. Take ten minutes each day to implement these suggestions! You won’t regret it! If it is hard at first, try changing up when/where you have your prayer/reading time.
Click here to see the one year Bible I love for my daily devotions. It breaks reading down into easy to read segments from the Old and New Testaments as well as readings from Proverbs and Psalms.
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