10 Things to Do When You Get Behind on Bible Study

Margaret —  June 25, 2013 — 3 Comments

10 Things To Do When You Get Behind on Bible Study

Let’s face it.

Sometimes schedules jam-pack. Work spills over into rest. Clothes need to be washed.

While your intentions and organization may have started out on track, you may find yourself getting a little behind on the Bible study you signed up for.

You’re not alone. 

May I encourage you? Don’t give up! Even if you’re one-day or four-weeks behind schedule, God can and is doing work in your heart through what you’re learning. Will you keep pressing forward?

Here are 10 Things to Do When You Get Behind on Bible Study: [Tweet this]

1. Don’t be overwhelmed by how behind you are. [Tweet this] Instead, read a few pages at a time and focus on that day’s homework or reading, even if that means stretching out the Bible study longer than planned.

2. Buddy up! Find an accountability partner to encourage you and for you to encourage to do reading and homework. [Tweet this] Text, email, or call one another each time you sit down to do your Bible study as an easy reminder to the other person.

3. Replace T.V. or Facebook time with Bible study. [Tweet this] Carve out time to spend in God’s Word by turning off the TV or putting down the phone. Be intentional about prioritizing Bible study.

4. Use prayer as a tool. Spend time in prayer asking God to help you stay focused. Ask friends and family members to pray for you, too.

5. Don’t give up! [Tweet this] There are no rules, this is for your benefit and is a tool for you to draw nearer to God. Instead of getting discouraged, use this as an opportunity to dig deeper and grow closer to God.

10 Things to Do When You Get Behind on Bible Study

6. Memorize a Bible verse each week.  Select a verse from a passage you’re studying that week. Write it down and put in your car or your bathroom mirror as a constant reminder you to continue studying.

7. Take your study with you! As you stand in line at the DMV, have an extra minute in the car, or wait in between appointments at the doctor’s office sneak in a few minutes to work on your study. It also is a great conversation starter for the people you meet throughout the day and is a reminder to use what you’re learning throughout your day.

8. Ask family members to step in. If you find yourself overloaded on cleaning, meal prep, or laundry, kindly ask others to help complete those tasks in order to have a little extra time to catch up.

9. Set a goal. Make a plan of how many lessons it will take for you to get back on track. Then stick with it! Maybe even create a “Catch Up” day into your schedule each week to catch up on homework or reading where you are falling behind.

10. Be realistic about the time you’ve chiseled out for the study. [Tweet this] Will you really have time after dinner? Will you really get up early before work? Make sure you commit to a time that will work for you. If you find you can’t squeeze in the time, consider stretching one lesson into two days. This will extend the study’s length, but will make completing the work manageable and realistic.

What advice do you have when you fall behind on your Bible study? 

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#SummerBibleStudy friends! If you're finding yourself getting behind, I have good news for you! Next week, we're taking a week off from the online #SummerBibleStudy through John's Gospel for the holiday. Use this extra week to catch up on homework, reading, or watching the videos.

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3 responses to 10 Things to Do When You Get Behind on Bible Study

  1. Roxanne Nanney June 25, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    I use a memorization “plan” that I leanerd from a Jennifer Rothchild study. The key is review – once a day for six weeks, once a week for six weeks and once a month for the rest of your life. I used to “memorize” a verse in a week and then several weeks/months later, I couldn’t remember it.
    I’ve been using this plan for 7 years and it really works.

  2. Love these tips! I’m involved in Bible Study International (BSF) from Sept until early May. Thirty weeks of lessons provides lots of opportunity for falling behind. :) Carrying my study with me everywhere (#7) is critical.

    I’ve also learned to go to class even if my lesson isn’t done. I find God still has a Word for me.

    Our lessons are broken into 6 days and I find it’s helpful to try to do a question from each day so I make it through the scripture passage for the week. If I have extra time, I’ll go back through and answer more of the questions I skipped.

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