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Roadblock Series: Overwhelm

Roadblock Series: Overwhelm

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The Bible is overwhelming.

Everyone has a different story to tell about their experience with reading God’s Word. Some may have been reading the Bible since they could hold a book. And others have just picked up a Bible for the first time recently.

Each one of us can feel intimidated by the wisdom, depth and massiveness of Scripture. I mean, these are GOD’S WORDS. Did you know there are over 30,000 verses in the Bible? That is a lot and knowing where to begin can be overwhelming. I mentioned in the last Roadblock (Responsibility), that we have to start somewhere and then, we have to grow in our knowledge, which means we gotta keep reading the Bible.

Overcoming this roadblock comes down to understanding that God created us to be intimate with Him. It’s not about being a theologian or simply reading the Bible to mark off our Christian checklist. It is ALL about the relationship we are growing with the Creator of the World. He designed you with a specific purpose and plan in mind. He wants to be with you, He wants to reveal His promises and blessings on a daily basis.

Remember in 2 Timothy 3:16, all Scripture is breathed out by God for teaching, correction, training, reproof… he made this book for you and me to step into the calling He has on our lives.

I want to give you ten practical ways to begin (or grow) your relationship with God by being in His Word. Bookmark this page or Pin It so, you can come back to try out these ideas!

  1. Make an appointment with God. Write it in your planner and don’t let anything inturrupt your time with Him.

  2. Listen to an audio version of the Bible. The Word of Promise or YouVersion app

  3. The Bible Project

  4. 31 Days of Proverbs. There are 31 chapters in the book of Proverbs, which means you could read a chapter a day and learn from all the wisdom Proverbs has to offer.

  5. Memorize scripture. I have a proven system to help you learn to memorize the Bible HERE.

  6. Write the Word. Grab your journal and begin to handwrite (or type) the Bible. Pick any book and begin to write, word for word.

  7. Bible Journaling (express your creativity in the pages of your Bible). You have to visit my pal, Amanda, over at Move The Mountains. She has tons of tutorials and encouragement to get you started on being creative with Scripture.

  8. Meditate on one scripture through prayer, journaling, repetition, etc.

  9. S.O.A.P  (Scripture, Observe, Application, Prayer)

  10. Bible app (aka, YouVersion) provides topical devotionals and read through the Bible plans. You can also connect with others to discuss scriptures or go through a study together.

I hope at least one of these ideas will spark excitement in your heart to pursue God’s Word as part of your daily practice.


This concludes the Roadblock Series. Recognizing these roadblocks is the first step toward knowing the God who created you and loves you. By reading the Bible, we become more and more familiar with God’s gentle, guiding voice and we will find ourselves:

  • Embracing truth

  • Discovering treasures in the Bible

  • Growing in our relationship with God

  • Gaining wisdom to step into the life God has designed for you

If you enjoyed the Roadblock blog series, please comment below or send me an email, I would love to hear what the Holy Spirit revealed to you.


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This post is a part of the Roadblock Series. Each post focuses on a roadblock we may encounter when reading the Bible.

Other Posts in this series:

  1. Introduction

  2. I might be avoiding the truth.

  3. Is the Bible relevant to me?

  4. I’m too busy to read the Bible.

  5. I’ll just take their word for it.

  6. The Bible overwhelms me.

Roadblock Series: Responsibility

Roadblock Series: Responsibility