The Busy Mom’s Suggestion Box for Bible Study

by Trillia Newbellbible

I’ve been thinking about Bible study lately.  I want to know God’s word. I want to truly understand it, apply it, and properly reference it. The older I get, the more eager I am to know God—the only way to know God is to read His word.

What I am learning is in order to understand God’s word I must study it. I am also learning that I can’t do it alone, I need help. But I am a homeschooling mom of two beautiful babies, a wife, a friend, a church member, a sister, a writer; how can I add  anything else to my plate?  I hope to interview women who have raised children and who are biblical scholars to help us figure this out. I think there are compelling reasons we, as busy moms, should study the word.  But I also sense the tension we feel daily to get everything done. We are just happy when the kids are fed; if they are also dressed that’s a bonus!

But if you are like me and eager to learn more about God’s word I thought I’d compile a very short list of ways to get started that are flexible and not time consuming.

The best source if you want to know more about God and His word is His word.  And if you are eager to understand context and history, like I am, I would suggest using the ESV Study Bible. The Bible provides historical details of each book, explanations, reference material, teaching, charts, articles, maps and much more. It’s a Bible and a text book (in my opinion) in one.  I have been richly blessed by using this Bible.

  • Devotionals

Devotionals are useful to help guide you in your Bible study. I have a few that I have most benefited from because the writers are very careful with the text. They also have a desire for the reader to know how to read on their own and therefore their studies are more designed as guides. I would suggest three but I am sure there are many others: Kathleen Nielson has a series of studies. I have read her study on the Book of John. Another writer I have enjoyed is Keri Fulmar. She has only written one study Joy! A Bible Study on Philippians. For daily study I have also read and benefited from D. A. Carson’s For the Love of God.

  • Classes

You don’t have to be a seminarian to be a student of the Word. There are free or relatively affordable classes you can take to study. Here’s the good news, they are also flexible and online! You can start and finish whenever you’d like. Be on the lookout for various classes. Justin Taylor will post classes, lectures and free resources on his blog Between Two Worlds. You can subscribe for daily updates. Many of his posts are theologically rich and may also be used as sources for understanding God’s word on a deeper level.  Check out the Charles Simeon Trust Training resources as well! You can watch videos on Bible study on your own presented by biblical scholars.

  • Ministries

There are several ministries that provide free or low-cost resources for Bible study. I’m only going to name a few, fully aware I’m only scratching the surface. Check them out: Desiring God, Ligonier Ministries, and The Gospel Coalition (namely their Themelios resource).


The key word to all of the above is flexible! You can read, listen, watch, any time you want. I realize that I am only scratching the surface (I think I’ve said that a few times) and probably left some key resources off this list. This is partly intentional—busy moms don’t need to be overwhelmed by long lists.

But I’d love to hear from you, so if you have more resources let us know! Add a comment and share with us how you are learning more about God through resources and His word.

“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12 )

“Blessed are you, O LORD; teach me your statutes! With my lips I declare all the rules of your mouth. In the way of your testimonies I delight as much as in all riches” (Psalm 119:12-14)


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5 Comments to “The Busy Mom’s Suggestion Box for Bible Study”

  1. Kim Shay says:

    I don’t think a woman has to have been a “biblical scholar” to have something valuable to share. There are thousands of older women whose children are grown now, and were able to find time for bible study who would not be called “scholars.” They were just ordinary women who managed their time well enough to include God’s Word daily.

    I think what many young women can do is appeal to their husbands, as their spiritual heads, to help in the task. My husband always gave me time to seek God’s Word. He was always willing to take them out of the house, or keep them busy so I could study. I’m not a “scholar” by any means, but I was so blessed to always have time for study even when my kids were young, and I was homeschooling and teaching other classes myself.

  2. admin says:

    Great insights, Kim. I am thankful for those scholars who are gifted to teach us though and look forward to learning from them. I want to be humble and receive from those who know more–including the wonderful women who are older in the faith.

    With that said, I am not a “scholar” either but feel comfortable sharing what I know and have learned about God from His word. I’m not narrowing who we learn from. Like women like you who have grown children and who are teaching the word. I thank God for that.

    GREAT–word about appealing to husbands. I am thankful for mine who assists me in study. I know of several women who have husbands who make sure they get time in the word. This is very important.

    If you have any resource ideas please feel free to share…just wanted to offer up some resources.

  3. Kim Shay says:

    When I was a mother of younger children, the internet resources simply were not there, and the resources for women’s bible studies were not that abundant, either. What I did was pick a book of the bible and read a couple of commentaries to read alongside of them. I used a lot of the ones written by John MacArthur. I also went to a weekly study taught by a friend, I can’t say enough good about finding someone to study with. It provided accountability and fellowship at the same time. Even now, I much prefer to read the bible along with a commentary. There have been very few female authored bible studies that I enjoyed, Kathleen Nielson’s being the exception. I have used her studies on John, Psalms, Proverbs, and Joshua with the women I teach. I am very excited about Keri Folmar’s study, which I begin teaching on January 6th.

    If I had any advice to young mothers now about finding time, my words would be to scale down on internet time. I taught a group of young mothers a couple of years ago who told me repeatedly that they could not get their weekly homework done, but I noticed that a lot of them spent a lot of time on Facebook. It’s an easy, simple choice, and your list of resources proves how much there is out there!

    I’m thankful for younger women like you who are promoting this!

  4. admin says:

    Wonderful thoughts here, Kim! Yes, few women studies I’ve found either. Thankful for Kathleen! and YES- Internet is a huge distraction. I have to find a place without internet when I have longer periods of writing because it’s too easy to click over to check twitter or facebook. Wise words. And thank you for the encouragement. It is a joy to write about the God I love for His glory! He has been so good and faithful–I’m thankful to share about it!