Whenever I’m trying to form a new habit, I do something to make it more enjoyable. For example, when I’m starting to work out regularly, I re-arrange the room for it. I keep my weights accessible, and buy some cute new active wear. If I’m wanting to eat healthy, I clean out my fridge and prep a veggie tray. If I’m wanting to get organized I re-purpose a bulletin board and buy a new planner. There are lots of things you can do to ‘change it up’, please tell me you can relate!? So if your devotional life or Bible Study time is in a rut maybe you can take some of these steps as you recommit yourself to carving out time for healthy living starting with your soul.
6 Ways to Re-inspire your Devotional Time:
- Pray the Scripture – Take several passages of scripture and rewrite them into a prayer. As you pray each phrase try to use it as a starting point to pray spontaneously or spend some time in meditation to allow the Holy Spirit to speak to you. For me praying the scripture takes the word of God from an external thought and turns it into fire in my bones. It is also the easiest way to stay in prayer (or sustain your prayer time) without running out of things to say or having your mind wander. Bonus- you will memorize scripture!
- Create a space for devotions – both Time and Location; and do something to make that space sacred or special. Something as simple as moving a chair into the corner of the room or finding a comfy rocking chair at a garage sale to put in a window with an end table that has a framed scripture on it, a blanket to curl up with or your Bible can make your early morning or wee hours of the night study time slot seem so much more inviting. Try picking a time and sticking with it for several weeks to make it a habit.
- Get some new supplies – Buy a new journal or coffee mug that is pretty. This may sound cheesy but this kind of thing seriously helps me. If I determine I’m gonna start working out … I go out and buy and new outfit to do it in cause if I feel good doing it I’m more likely to do it. I trick myself the same way with devotions. A new journal or pen can re-inspire me to sit down and use it in my devotions. Even a $4 mug from Walmart (with birds on it, ofcourse) can help me get excited about getting up at 6 am and pouring a cup of coffee made on auto-brew to sit down with my Bible.
- Download some new Worship tunes. Spend 10 minutes worshiping before you start! If you find a new worship album that you are excited about. There is NOTHING wrong with a song making it easier for you to enter in. If you need a worship music concierge, I’m your lady. Message me and I’ll help you find something new you might like.
- Find a ‘Study Buddy’ – Find a friend that wants to recommit to devotions and have them help hold you accountable or work through the same study plan and talk about what you are getting out of it. Or how amazing would it be for your marriage to study the same thing as your spouse in your personal devotions and have something new to talk about on date nights. Even kids can be great study buddies! Read the same Bible story that your kid is reading in his or her ‘Action Bible’ (or whatever Bible they use) and then chat about what stood out to you.
- Fall in Love with your Bible! Pick up a copy of 10 Ways to Fall in Love with Your Bible by Shanna Noel. Have you ever watched that show ‘The Biggest Loser.” Maybe you just need someone like Jillian Michaels to come in and be your coach. Shanna does this through this book. It will light a fire under you to get back into a relationship with your Bible and with God. There are tools, starting points, journaling questions in this book that will really help you explore creative ways to re-invigorate your Bible study time.