Stay Encouraged With Printable Bible Reading Trackers!

Updated: Apr 24, 2020

I made you guys something special, but first a question:

The Bible is one of the best-selling books of all time, so why is it sometimes so hard to read?

Besides the tricky phrasing, the cultural differences, portions of confusing laws or repeating information, it's also quite a long book—especially if you're not typically a reader. If you've ever tried reading the Bible cover to cover you may have skipped merrily along through Genesis and Exodus only to be lost in the books of Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.

Yet, the Bible is many people's favorite book, filled with dog-eared corners and highlighted passages. More than a book of Hallmark sayings and adventure stories, it is a guide that people align their lives by. We find comfort in grief, encouragement in trials, songs of praise in times of joy, and truth for the big questions in life like, “Why am I here?” “What is my purpose?” “What is the point of life?” “Is there a God?”

How to get the most out of your Bible time

With gold like this to be mined, we really need to be spending time every day in the Word! There is so much information in the Bible that life-long scholars are still finding new veins to be explored—you can't just read it once and declare, “Done!”

So how do we make reading the Bible a time of joy and not a time of frustration and overwhelm?

Let's take a look at a few tips, and I hope you will add your own in the comments!

Soak your time in prayer.

Open your Bible study time with a prayer, and end it with prayer. It doesn't have to be fancy, simply share what's on your heart with God and ask Him to bless your time in His word. God loves to give to those who ask for wisdom! (James 1:5)

Create a pleasant environment for your study time, especially when you're just starting out.

There is a lovely tradition in ancient Judaism of feeding your children bread with honey while teaching them scripture. They learn at an early age to associate learning with pleasure. If bread and honey isn't your thing, a hot beverage, a scented candle, a peaceful park bench, a cozy blanket, or music might do the trick!

Leave reminders for yourself.

Leave your Bible where you see it several times a day. Put a sticky note on the mirror, the fridge, or the dash of your car to remind you to take the time to read.