We spend time texting our boys, girlfriends, husbands, wives, and so on. We find time to have quality time with our children, significant other. We have a boy's/men's night out, a girl's night out. Father and son and or daughter night. Mother-in-law lunch. Mother daughter dinner. Appreciation dinners for Pastors, Bosses, secretary’s day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Children's day, Grandparents day and so on. How can we increase our time with our God! Now on my page Stress 101, one of the things I list to do to relieve stress is Pray! Here are a few things you can do to increase your personal relationship with God. We will start with individual devotion time and then move on to family devotion. It is so hard to actually set aside time to spend in devotion. I suggest you don't try to do it all at one time. Take breaths of devoton throughout the day. Like a short text message to God, make it from the heart! A lot of us find ourselves only reading our Bible on Sunday here is tip #1 to increase your reading time.
Bible Study Time
Most Churches have passed out the Daily Bible Reading Assignments at the beginning of the year to read through the Bible in one year. If you are disciplined this is an excellent way to get through the entire Bible in one year. I'm not that disciplined. One way to study the Bible is to study one book at a time. Like study Acts for a period of time. Or Study one of the characters in the Bible like Paul. He's one bad dude! Or John the Baptist and so on. Below is a list of suggestions of ways to help you get started reading .
Increasing your prayer time.
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6
When we were children, family devotion consisted, of all of us gathering in the living room and listening to dad halfheartedly reading passages from the Bible. Then we moved to each of us reading a passage. Finally as we grew and became old enough to get part time jobs and dad's work shift changed, famly devotion went by the wayside. With my young sons I started reading Bible Story books to my sons. Stories geared for young children. I then went to attempting to watch Bible Story Videos with them. One of the sets was titled I think Through the Bible. That became boring for them. I'll admitt some of those videos are still unopened. The best things that I found that helped with young children is listed below
When I taught Sunday School classes I was directed by our Sunday School Superintended to countless material online to teach teens and as a parent to help in reaching your teens and getting God's word in them.
These are a few Ideas that may help. Blog me on my Blog page if you have any more Ideas!
Now that I am retired simple and quick. I am finding just start from the beginning of the bible and read as many or as few chapters as you feel comfortable with a day. Set aside a time each day, quite time and just read, digest what you read. I am finding it more interesting and enjoyable to read going from book to book I plan to go though the bible at my own pace this way. Give it a try and see how it goes for you.