5 Steps to Help You Love the Scriptures

January 12, 2014
I have a confession.
I haven’t always loved reading the scriptures. I used to think that reading was monotonous and frustrating, and the scriptures were just plain hard to understand. Reading the scriptures felt more like a chore than anything, and then even worse was the guilt that I felt that way. Though I think I knew deep inside that it was good for me, I wondered how anybody enjoyed it, and worried that something was wrong with me that I didn’t.
I contrast that with how I feel about the scriptures now. I can honestly say that on good days the scriptures fill my soul. Studying the scriptures is my lifeline, my bread and my honey. Hearing God by studying his word builds my confidence and my worth.
So what changed? I certainly didn’t become (and am still not) perfect at reading, but my heart and desires couldn’t be more different.
Here are a few steps that were helpful for me, and have completely changed the way I view the scriptures and how they impact me.
1- Pray, pray, pray. Instead of feeling like reading was a chore, I humbly asked Heavenly Father to help me understand them–even fall in love with them. The love didn’t come all at once, but slowly and surely it did come. I pray before I read, I pray while I read, and I pray when I finish.
2- Approach the scriptures with questions. I came at times with questions, and recorded answers and impressions when they followed.
3- Record thoughts, feelings and promptings. For whatever reason it seems like just the act of having a pen and paper with me lets God take me more seriously that I really want to learn and understand what I’m studying. Writing and recording promptings also helps me remember what I need to do, and what I have felt.
4- Apply what I’m reading to my own struggles, insecurities, and problems.
5- Approach my scripture study as a workout, and embraced the “burn.” I feel much the same way about reading my scriptures as I feel about exercising (and I guess in a way they are both forms of exercise, one for the physical body and one for the spiritual). I had a hard time with both of them in the beginning, but with time I began to love them–even crave them. When exercising either my spiritual or physical body it helps when I have a plan (just wandering around the gym, or mindlessly speed reading some verses doesn’t give me that “burn”). Also, to feel real growth I have to stick with it. I also believe there are parallels in our spiritual and physical diet. Just like a great workout can be ruined by a crappy diet, a great scripture study can be ruined by taking in spiritual garbage the rest of the day. To keep the physical and spiritual high, we still need to focus on what we take in and keep out before and after the “work-out” as well.
Also, just like I feel physically sluggish when I eat poorly and don’t exercise, I can feel a difference when I don’t exercise spiritually. Without a good scripture study I struggle spiritually as well: I inevitably begin to question my worth, my confidence decreases, I worry more about what the world thinks than what God thinks, and I lose perspective on what really matters.
Whatever the change, over the years I have learned to love the scriptures and crave the spiritual high that comes from having a scripture study session: reading them, reviewing them, writing in them, pondering them, and most importantly applying them to myself.
How grateful I am for the scriptures! They have blessed my life in so many ways. In them I find answers, am given comfort, recognize God’s hand in my life, learn how to trust, am inspired to serve others, and am drawn nearer to Christ.

So if you don’t love the scriptures yet, take heart! I promise you the work it takes to fall in love with them is worth it, time and time again.

xo,
Lizzy

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7 Comments

  • Reply Shell January 13, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    Thanks for this post, Lizzy! I think I feel that way about scriptures most of the time, and I forget that a simple prayer can help out a lot. Also, I miss working out with you…I finally got a gym membership and nobody to go with. 🙁 Love and miss ya!

    • Reply Liz Jensen January 16, 2014 at 2:41 am

      I miss you dearly and don’t know why all the best people move away from here. You need to come back and get me in shape! xo

  • Reply Tara January 13, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    I really liked this post…it is so true. I was just wondering when do you fit in your scripture study time? As a young mom I have a hard time with fitting it all in. Just curious if you have any suggestions? Thanks!

    • Reply Liz Jensen January 16, 2014 at 2:42 am

      Hi Tara, it is so hard isn’t it? I am actually writing a post to go up soon that talks about alternative ways we can get involved in the scriptures, but for a really good study I’ve found that it has to be early morning or evening when all the babies are asleep. I don’t always have those times, and so sometimes I get creative (which is what the post will be about!) Good luck and feel free to share your ideas too!

    • Reply Liz Jensen January 28, 2014 at 6:13 pm

      Hey Tara, just posted about creative ways to make the scriptures a part of our lives, hopefully something in there is helpful to you! xo http://www.thesmallseed.com/2014/01/10-ways-to-feast-on-scriptures-even.html

  • Reply Jenna January 16, 2014 at 2:45 am

    I LOVE this post. Thank you! I would also love to know your method for getting in a good study…especially with young babies and on little sleep.

  • Reply Jenna January 16, 2014 at 2:47 am

    Oh sorry I just saw your response to that other comment. I look forward to the post!

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