I enjoy reading about how others are using Bible studies or curriculums to guide them through reading the Bible with their families. I love seeing the organization and schedule they accomplish. I love seeing the routine and commitment they have. I think the lessons, talking points, questions, and activities are great. I agree that structure is worthwhile and helpful. I know that having a daily Bible Study with your family is extremely beneficial.
However, sometimes life is very busy and the budget is tight and you need to simplify your Bible study.
I’ve not been able to afford buying several family Bible studies, guides, or curriculums over the years. There are free resources available online, but when I tried free online Bible studies and curriculums, I felt overwhelmed. It was as though our daily Bible Time suddenly became another “subject” to check off once completed in our homeschool. I lost track of which printables I need to print for which lesson and several kids. I often ended up throwing my hands up in the air and felt like giving up on using a Bible study guide in our home.
Have you ever felt this way? Am I the only one who finds Bible studies, guides, and curriculum overwhelming? Do you want to stop crossing out Bible Study like it is a chore to complete on your To-Do List? Do you desire to have a less stressful Bible Time with your family?
I have a simple solution for people like us. But, first, let me clarify something.
I know that Bible studies, guides, and curriculums are absolutely wonderful and an amazing tool for families to use. I know that families can be blessed by Bible studies, guides, and curriculums.
I’d venture to say that the majority of families thrive with a Bible study and guide used in their homes. But, if you are of the few who get overwhelmed by extra lessons and requirements, then you’ll be thankful to know that there is a simpler way and it is really quite obvious.
Simply Make Time To Read Your Bible
I have found that simply sitting down with my kids every morning and opening the Scriptures and reading a chapter goes a log way in starting our day off on the right foot. My children often ask questions about what I’ve read, sometimes we get the big dictionary out and look up a word. Sometimes, all I do is read the chapter and then we start school without much discussion.
Several months ago, my husband started leading us in Bible Study every evening. He hasn’t used a Study or Guide, but he has simply read from the Bible. He has been reading from the New Testament (while I read from the Old Testament with the kids before school in the mornings). Just taking the time to open God’s Word and see what He has for us to hear, has been filling.
Having these two times set aside every day for Bible Reading, has been very beneficial for our family. It has opened the door to discussions with our children. We have experienced Spiritual growth. It has been a beautiful blessing.
Put On The Whole Armor Of God
No doubt immersing ourselves and our families in God’s Holy Word is absolutely necessary to stay strong in the faith. I am a believer in applying God’s Word to every part of our life at home, at school, at work, and at play. I have experienced firsthand how reading the Bible (even when we don’t seem to be encouraged at the moment) and storing the Word in our hearts and minds strengthens us for life. When I least expect it, a Bible verse will pop into my head and I will be encouraged when needed!
I believe God’s Word is that way. It is a Living Word, it speaks to us while we are reading it and intentionally studying it, but it also is there in the back of our hearts and minds, waiting for the moment it is needed.
Yes, Bible Studies, Guides, and Curriculums are a wonderful way to delve deeper into God’s Word and I have nothing against using them. I have had success with them in the past when I’ve used them as a complementary tool to our Bible reading. I even have plans to start a Bible Journal and I imagine that it will be fulfilling. However, I do not want to ever underestimate the power of simply reading God’s Word in it’s simplest form and applying it to my life!
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Clarissa West writes at www.clarissarwest.com . She is married to her best friend and a homeschooling mom to 7 (plus another in Heaven). She loves Jesus & hymns, staying home & going on road trips, writing & words, finding the “perfect” pens & pencils, filling blank notebooks & planners, holistic health & real food, education (learning & teaching), organizing & simplifying, and dreaming about homesteading someday!