I get it! Everybody’s busy. I know all about it, sis. But guess what? In order for you and I to grow in knowledge, wisdom, and understanding of God’s Word, we have to find time within our busy schedules and read.

It starts with a simple prayer, “Father in the name of Jesus, lead me in your Word. Where do you want me to go?” After that, allow the Lord to lead you by His Spirit. He may answer at the moment you open up your Hardcover Bible or Bible app. But He might answer right in the middle of your day.

Finding time to read could look like planning it out the night before or just saying, “That’s it! Everything else can wait. Lord, I need you.” And before you know it, you’re putting on a pot of coffee, grabbing a blanket, and sitting on the sofa with your Bible open on your lap. Ahhhhh! Does that sound refreshing? It does to me, sis!

Sometimes I do all of the above. Sometimes I jump in my car, go through the Chick-Fil-A driveway, and park under a tree to eat my lunch. As I sit there eating, I put on either the audio Bible from the YouVersion app on my phone, or I listen to a spiritual teaching from YouTube. If I’m not reading, I’m listening or watching something to feed my soul and strengthen me spiritually. So mix it up!

How many times have you heard, “You’ve got to be intentional.” I know I’ve heard it over and over again in recent years. It’s kind of a thing now. But here’s the thing that I want to get to you in this post. Read, my sister.

Find time to read the Bible, read a good spiritual book that will also help you grow in your walk with the Lord, read a professional book to grow in your niche or field. Educate yourself. Gain knowledge. And of course, once you get it, don’t be puffed up with pride like the Bible warns us in 1 Corinthians 8:1, “Knowledge puffs up, but loves builds up.” Instead, use it personally and use it to help others. It’s time to find time to read, my sister. Try it today. Try it this week!

Questions to ponder: Are you struggling to find time to read? How can you be more intentional with making time to read more today or this week?
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Courtnaye Richardis the founder of Inside Out with Courtnaye, a ministry that helps women grow in their walk with Christ from the heart and equips them to fulfill their God-given purpose. She is also the author of the book, IDENTIFIED: Knowing Who You Are in Christ and Moving Forward in Your Purpose. Courtnaye is married with three beautiful children and is a contributing writer for ibelieve.com, Women’s Ministry Tools, speaker of a host of women’s conferences, and her blog reaches thousands of women across the globe. She resides in the beautiful Texas Hill Country (outside of Austin, Texas).