Having a Hard Time Fitting in Scripture Study? 4 Ways You May Not Have Thought Of
Treasure up in your minds continually the words of life, and it shall be given you in the very hour that portion that shall be meted unto every man.
There are so many verses in scripture that announce how beneficial it is to read the scriptures. And most of us get that—that reading, studying, and applying what scriptures teach is important to our well-being. But I’ll be the first to say that finding time to do read can be difficult. I’m busy, like everybody else in this world. We’re all busy and demanded of; our energy and time is strapped for in one way or another.
But I want—I need!—to have that living water flowing through me daily. Remember what the Savior Himself said about His words?
Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
— John 4:14
So I’ve been evaluating how I spend my time, wondering how I can better include the scriptures in my every day—“treasuring it up,” just as it says. And I’ve realized that there are pockets of time throughout the entire day for me to indulge in and rejuvenate through scripture. This thought hit me loud and clear: I can replace some of the pockets of time that I spend scrolling through social media feeds with scrolling through verses of scripture. I can swap reading online with reading God’s word.
Here are a few of those pockets of time that I found:
Right when I wake up. Sometimes the first thing I check when I wake up is my email, which can take at least five minutes and sometimes ten or more. Reading scripture can happen then, and what a way to literally start the day.
Right when I’m getting into bed. Same as the morning—sometimes I jump online to check my email (again) or to scroll through my favorite social media feeds. That’s OK, but don’t you think my spirit would be glad for another quick drink of living water instead?
During breakfast and lunch. Maybe I’m stretching it here, but if I know my day is going to be cr-a-zy, I found that reading some verses aloud to my daughter while we eat guarantees that we get some spiritual feasting in. Same with the lunch hour. It’s a natural thing to check in with the world then (at least, I found, for me!) but a mid-day re-charge with the spiritual is an untapped gift.
At the crossroads of the day, meaning after one big activity of the day is finished and before another one begins. Like after I put Olivia down for her nap, it’s easy to check what’s up in the world on my phone for a few minutes. But that’s actually a golden pocket for scripture study!
Heavenly Father appreciates every kind of effort we make to give His words some time, and He promises a sweet blessing when we do so:
Draw near unto me, and I will draw near unto you; seek me diligently and ye shall find me.
— D&C 88:63
So little pockets of time here and there for scripture study are, truly, big opportunities to come closer to God, and those pockets make scripture daily totally achievable.
When do you like to study? Have you found pockets of time for feasting spiritually in your every day? Teach me more, friends! Glad we’re on this journey together.