Spend More Time With Jesus

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Hi, my name is Nicki. I don’t read my Bible every single day.

Don’t judge me for being honest. I often think, “Girl, you need to sit down and read your Bible today.” But most days when I sit down, all I can do is think about all the other stuff I need to do. So I keep reading the same sentence or two over and over again. Eventually, I give up and move on to my to-do list.

Do you ever struggle too, even just a little bit?

There have been other days where I left the Bible on the kitchen table before bed, hoping that when I woke up the next morning and went out to grab coffee, my Bible would be the first thing I saw, so I’d have to read it when I sat down and drank my cup of happy. Yep, didn’t work at all, by the way.

My Bible usually sat there untouched while I caught up on email or checked Facebook and then ran out the door to get to a meeting. I’d come home to that unopened Bible and have to clear it from the table to get dinner ready. That sent me into a shame spiral that was hard to crawl out of.

I often felt unworthy because I wasn’t giving Jesus the first hour or two of my day like everyone else.

At one point and time that shame spiral led me to feel so banged up and unworthy that I just gave up trying to do daily Bible reading altogether.

Sound familiar at all?

Don’t spiral into shame if you don’t read your Bible daily!

Some days I hauled my heavy study Bible with me everywhere I went, hoping to find some quality time with Jesus at work, in the car or waiting in line to pick the kids up. But all that did was give me a back problem from carrying such a heavy bag. And at the end of the day, another level of shame was added for not accomplishing my goal.

Honestly, who needs that? Is anyone feeling me? Even just a little bit?

Let me just tell ya, me and Jesus are in a healthy place. We have a solid relationship. I love the Lord more than human words can say. But….

I honestly don’t read my Bible every single day.

Maybe that annoys you or makes you want to judge me. You might feel we can’t be friends anymore. Or you feel it disqualifies me from being a serious Christian.

You know what? I’m OK with that. You can judge all you want. Me and God are in a great place, we have a vibrant, healthy relationship. He’s my rock and fortress from the raging storms of life.

I study God’s Word and enjoy teaching His Word. I have also been extremely blessed to speak at many wonderful women’s events over the years. But… I still don’t always read my Bible daily.

Too many things often take priority over spending quality time reading God’s Word daily. We need to find the time to make Him THE priority.

I’m not wired to be a woman who gets up before the sun rises to let the Word soak into my heart and soul before I get ready to go out into the world and deal with humans. I wish I was. But I am a firm believer in the power of the snooze button.

I have friends wired like that. They are 90 minutes a day Christians and I’m happy for them. They deserve a high five, because many of these ladies also juggle multiple tiny humans each day. How they find an hour or more of time in the day for heavy Bible study while juggling a small army of temper tantrums, I’m not really sure. I personally believe they may be superhuman.

For years I banged myself up with the belief that if I didn’t get up before the sun rises and do an hour of serious Bible study, I wasn’t a good Christian.

In fact, a lot of people I know truly feel that way. They find it complete anarchy that I don’t read my Bible every single day. They also find me lacking as a believer because I can’t quote a ton of Scripture at the drop of a hat.

God didn’t wire me as someone who remembers a ton of Scripture verses at the drop of a hat. It’s not that I don’t know verses, I do! I can quote Scripture when I need to because it’s been written into my heart from all my time in the Word.

But ask me to quote Micah 6:8 at the drop of a hat and I would have to admit to you that I’m not fully sure there is an actual Micah 6:8 to quote! #keepingitreal

By the way, Micah 6:8 is a real thing! I just googled it! I have to giggle, because I had no idea what the verse said, let alone if it existed, but it’s pretty fitting for my blog topic, isn’t it?

“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8

Notice it doesn’t say to read your Bible daily, or that 5 minutes a day is far beneath an hour or more of reading daily. In fact, I haven’t found Scripture that tells me I need to be in God’s Word for X number of minutes or hours each day in order to be saved. If I missed it and you know where it is, please share it with me!

Give Jesus top billing in your life and He will do some amazing things!

Please know that I am not advocating for you to stop reading your Bible. Or to never pick up your Bible. Or saying if you read your Bible for 60 or 90 minutes a day that is wrong. In fact, if you do that, I think you totally rock.

I am crazy about the Bible and want all of us to read it more!

Bible study is really important.

In fact, I believe it’s THE MOST IMPORTANT way for us to get to know who Jesus is and understand the freedom that is only found through Christ Jesus.

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Some days, life sucks. And even though Jesus rocks, there are some days and months my mind is mush and I just don’t have the mental capacity to remember the itsy bity spider, let alone the Sermon on the Mount.

Other days and seasons of life, I am in the Word diligently and can spend 5 minutes or 50 minutes at a time doing a study that fuels my soul each day. Those days are far better than the ones where I’m not consistent in my study time. I can admit that. But on the days I struggle, I’m not any less a Christian. Jesus doesn’t love me any less either. The same is true for you.

Comparison leads to shame, which eventually leads to us throwing in the towel because we believe the lie that we have failed God and stink at being a Christian.

So often we let the enemy get into our minds and think if we aren’t reading the Bible for 60-90 minutes each day before the rest of the world wakes up, we aren’t as good of a Christian as our die hard Bible reading friend Maggie is. (FYI I do not have a friend named Maggie so don’t go searching my Facebook friends list to find her, she doesn’t exist!)

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1

God’s Word is the ultimate source of Life for humans!

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I believe our faith journey can boil down to one simple statement, no matter where you are in your walk with the Lord right now or how many years you have been a Christian.

Spend more time with Jesus!

Let that be whatever works for you, right where you are in this season of life. Don’t try to mimic someone else’s way of relating to Jesus if it doesn’t fit you. And don’t live in shame because you don’t measure up to someone else’s idea of what a Christian looks like.

Your walk with the Lord is unique and special. Keep investing in your relationship with Jesus and you will never go wrong!

5 Ways To Spend More Time With Jesus

  1. Join a Bible study. You can do one online or at your church, depending on what fits with your schedule. Grab a group of girlfriends and create a private Facebook group where you can share thoughts and be accountable with one another. It’s fun to do Bible study with other people, and it really helps you make sure to follow through with your commitment. My favorite source for online Bible study resources is the You Version bible app.
  2. Use a daily devotional or do a daily Bible reading. I love She Reads Truth and have the app for my phone that allows me to dig into the Word wherever I go. Two other apps that have great daily devotionals are the Daily Grace Co. app and the First Five app.
  3. Keep a prayer journal. God answers our prayers more often than we realize. When you start writing down your prayers, it gets easier to sit with Him each day and pray. It’s also super encouraging to be able to see how He is working in your life when you go back and see the work He’s done over the previous weeks or months. If you’re doing a daily Bible reading plan, add your notes into your prayer journal as a way to reflect on what you learn. That way you only have to keep track of one notebook!
  4. Put Jesus at the top of your daily to-do list. Like literally. If you have a daily planner write something like “Jesus Time” on your calendar each day as a visual and make a plan for what you want to learn or spend time on that day and the amount of time you have to dedicate to that. If you are a computer person, then schedule a reminder for your phone or your laptop and have it go off at certain times of the day to remind you to go online and catch up on your Bible reading. Set separate reminders to spend time praying for a loved one. I don’t know where I’d be without my phone reminders. I get easily distracted!
  5. Take the 5-day grace challenge! Go deeper in your relationship with Jesus with my free challenge. You get five days of specific Scriptures and reflection questions to help you discover and be all that God created you to be. It can be a great way to help you get back into daily study and reading of His Word. You also get Scripture memorization cards and a free art printable for signing up!

Spending time with Jesus is good for your soul!

If you can’t get into God’s Word daily, then do it as much as your schedule allows in this season of life. If that means you do it three times a week, great! Just stop banging yourself up for the other 4 days. We are so good at banging ourselves up, aren’t we?

However you choose to spend more time with Jesus, make sure you do it with the right heart attitude. No relationship is able to grow deeper if we approach it with an attitude of requirement, resentment or despair.

We grow in the relationships that we pour into. We open up our hearts to the people that we trust. The same can be said about our relationship with Jesus. The best way we can draw closer to the Lord is by understanding who He is. The best way to discover who He is comes from… you guessed it… reading His word!

Let Jesus meet you right where you are spiritually.

Be very intentional in the ways you choose to spend time with Jesus. You will be amazed at how much you will desire and yearn for more. If you need a few ideas for other ways to get into a deeper relationship with Jesus, check out 17 simple ways to spend more time with Jesus.

You can also read more posts featuring tips and struggles related to spending more time with Jesus.

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22 thoughts on “Spend More Time With Jesus”

  1. Jan

    I loved reading what you have here! I felt if was me! I have a difficult time memorizing scripture – my favorite mug has one on it, do I remember it? Hardly. and I read it daily!!!
    I have found after reading one or two chapters, my mind is way off in space!!
    Thank you so much for sharing this!!!

    1. Just keep doing your best, that’s all any of us can do. And be encouraged that you are NOT alone. God desires to have a relationship with you and He is the One who wired you as you are, so just rest in Him and keep looking to Jesus. xoxo

  2. This is awesome! We need to take guilt and shame away from our Bible study time, otherwise it because a negative thing instead of a positive. I study several times a week, but it’s not a daily thing. Taking the pressure off leaves room for me to enjoy it so much more!

    1. Yes…let’s get that self-imposed, other-imposed pressure off of us! And live FREE IN HIM! xoxo

  3. So true! Thanks for sharing your heart – I think many of us can relate! One thing I have noticed is that when I think I don’t have time to sit down and spend time in His Word and I do it anyway, it seems as if God (in a way that only God can ha) blesses my schedule and something else I thought was going to take longer runs a little smoother…like He adds time to my day somehow lol. Great tips and thanks for this!

    1. Yes! I have found that to be true as well. It is a blessing all around when we make time for Him, no matter what that looks like in our lives. 🙂

  4. This is so good Nicki! So much truth & encouragement here, thank you for sharing your wisdom & practical tips to help us all!

    1. Thanks lady! It’s nice to know that everyone is somewhat in the same life boat, isn’t it? 🙂

  5. Thank you for your wonderful insight! You are so correct. God calls us to love Him, not check things off a list. We are to learn of Him, in whatever form that takes.

    1. Yes! May we each strive to love and serve Him more deeply, whatever that looks like in this season of life.

  6. I think it’s so important to get past the shame thing or comparison thing. I read my Bible every day, but I always feel bombarded with messages that not only should I be reading it each day but studying. It’s like no matter what we do, we’re beaten down by that voice that says we’re not doing what we should, we’re failing, and there’s no point. But when I ignore that voice, I love reading my Bible!

  7. While I try to be in my Bible everyday, I don’t always get there. I have found that using an app at least gets me listening to a few chapters a day, but you’re so right that we have to make our relationship with God our first priority, the rest will fall into place.

    1. I try too girl, but I so often fail! And I used to bang myself up so much that it was just a hindrance to have such an unrealistic expectation self imposed on me during this season of life. It’s freeing when we can just be in relationship with Him and not worry so much about how that measures up to others. 🙂 xoxo

  8. Girl I just wrote a post about this a few weeks ago!! It is soooo easy to get distracted!! I totally agree- we have to make time for Him, regardless of what that looks like for each of us. For me, I like to go deep so I may read one verse but then I’m meditating on it and praying on it throughout the day!

    1. I love the idea of going deep and just hanging out there for the day! I will have to come find your post. xoxo

  9. Thank you. Needed this encouragement as I am in the midst of a very long dry season. I won’t even tell you how long it’s been since I’ve opened my Bible. I have downloaded all of the apps. Blessings!

    1. Literally no judgement on this end lady. You love the Lord. I pray you are able to find time to fill yourself up in Him, whatever that looks like in this season of your life. xoxo

  10. Bless you Nicki.

    Most will feel this way at some point in life.

    At times it can feel like a chore and we beat ourselves up through self-imposed guilt.

    I felt the same way each and every time I didn’t pick my Bible up.

    So I found my own way of dealing with this.

    It helps if the time we spend in the word is then reciprocated into sharing the word.

    This is what He asked us to do.

    We read the Bible to learn His word and then we live to share His word to others.

    I find that approaching it in this way it feels less of a chore (i feel guilt just saying that) and more of a reward and a salvation and in doing so I am also resurrecting Christianity by actively doing His will.

    To share Him and His word is the ultimate Christian calling.

    1. I love how God gave you insight to help you get into His Word and cherish it! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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