What should I do when I’m in between Bible studies or reading plans?
We can feel a little discombobulated when we don’t have a plan, right? Especially when it comes to spending time in the Word. We like to have a plan in place (even when we get behind, we still like to know it’s there!). But what about when we are in between plans or studies? What should we do then?
For the record, I think it’s super important NOT to go from one study or plan immediately into the next one. So, we’ll make sure to have weeks and even months like this within the Scripture Dig community to give ourselves space and grace!
5 THINGS TO DO WHEN YOU’RE IN BETWEEN BIBLE STUDIES OR READING PLANS
Suggestion #1: Review what you’ve previously studied!
One thing we often don’t do is go back and look at what we’ve studied previously. We stack up all these books and journals and notes and never look at them again. Using the time we have in between different studies is a great opportunity to go back and review what we’ve studied before. And, you will probably discover that you have more to add to your notes based on new understanding or passages you’ve studied since.
Suggestion #2: Work on a study you never finished.
Y’all, if you’re at all like me, you have started at least a few studies you didn’t finish. There are countless reasons why we don’t finish and that’s not really the point. But these spaces in between focused reading plans or BIble studies are a good time to pick up a study you never completed and work on it.
Suggestion #3: Read Proverbs.
We did this in January in the Scripture Dig community. You simply read a chapter a day. It’s a simple fall back plan. Read the chapter that corresponds with the date. Easy peasy, right?
This is one of my favorite in between plans. I often do this in the summer when it’s hard to stay consistent with an in depth study due to vacation and other activities.Plus, this one is super easy to do. All you need is a Bible (or app!) and a calendar to tell you what the date is.
Suggestion #4: Meditate on a specific verse or two.
One of the things we often fail to do is spend extended time with just one or two verses. When we’re in between studies, it’s a great opportunity to focus on meditation.
For example, our Scripture Dig community finished Ephesians at the end of February but we took a week off before beginning the Sermon on the Mount reading plan. You could use this breathing week to meditate on a verse that really stood out to you. Look for ways to apply it specifically to your life and memorize it.
Our time in the Word isn’t always be about deep study — and that’s actually a good thing. Time and again in Scripture we find the instruction to meditate on the Word. Time spent thinking and dwelling on a passage is valuable.
Suggestion #5: Memorize Scripture.
I know, this is the one we never want to talk about. But, Psalm 119:10 tells us that God’s Word, hidden in our hearts, is protection for us.Memorization is a great follow-up to study and meditation. Because you’ve already spent time digging into a verse and dwelling in it, it’s familiar. And memorizing it will be much easier. Using the time you’d normally spend studying to focus on memorization is definitely time well spent.
So there you go! Five things you can do when have time in between Bible studies or reading plans.What should I do in between Bible studies and reading plans? Here are five ideas. #ScriptureDig #MyScriptureDig Click To Tweet
Which one of these suggestions are you most likely to do?