Invaluable Free Bible Study Resources for Busy Moms
I hear ya, it is nearly impossible to find time to even read the Bible, let alone study it. Just thinking about where to start, how to gather relevant information, or how to get your many questions answered can be overwhelming in itself. Maybe that has even been adding to your mom guilt? I can totally relate–as you may know, sometimes I create lessons for the women’s Bible study at my church (and I plan to start creating some studies specifically for Uninvincible Mom readers as well!). It takes a long time for me to research and write these, usually after my son is finally in bed. I’m going to share my favorite free Bible study resources that make my life a little easier and this process a little quicker! Bonus: they are all easily accessible from your cell phone, so you can use them wherever you are, whenever you want to spend some time with God!
The Bible App
Out of all of the free Bible study resources, this is the one I use the most, by far. Of course, I love having my physical Bible in front of me for various reasons, but there are some awesome features of the YouVersion Bible app that have proven very useful and convenient for quickly finding what I need and digging into God’s word whenever I get the chance:
- Easily switch between different translations to compare and get a better understanding
- Audio available so you can listen rather than reading (super useful in the car!)
- Quick and easy to use search feature that pulls up the verse(s) or topic you are looking for
- Tons of different Bible plans and devotionals to choose from for your specific needs
- And we love their verse of the day! My son and I usually read it at breakfast, it is an easy way to get both of us in the word and start a conversation about God and His word! If you are looking for other ways to get your little one thinking about God check out this post (or this one!).
How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to Your Word.Psalm 119:9
Bible Concordance & Strong’s App
I stumbled upon this app by accident, but am SO glad I did. I knew of Strong’s concordance, and was hoping to find that the print version was inexpensive, but instead I found this free app that I fell in love with! You can read through the entire Bible with certain keywords linked back to the original Greek and Hebrew meaning–it is a great resource to have in your back pocket (literally!) when you need to know the origins or a word for better understanding the meaning and context of what you are reading.
Logos Bible Software
I don’t even know how I first found out about Logos, but it has become one of my favorite free Bible study resources for writing study lessons and digging deeper for answers. I strictly use it on my laptop, but there is an app available as well. I just use the free version, which you can find here.
The software takes a little bit of getting used to, but I got the hang of it pretty quickly. The search feature within this software not only pulls up the verses you are looking for, but also supplementary resources such as commentaries.
I don’t want to discount one of the most invaluable free Bible study resources out there–personal notes from previous Bible studies! I always save my notes along with any hand-outs, charts, maps, and workbooks we may have used so that I can refer back to them or use them as a starting point for new material. Think about it, you took these notes because the material seemed important or because something struck a chord with you. That is how God speaks to us through His word, so it is important to make sure that we are listening!
Now, I mentioned above that all of these are easily accessible from your phone, and that may not work out great for all of the resources you’ve acquired from your previous Bible studies. However, you can easily scan or take pictures of anything you’d like to have on hand and access them via Google Drive (either online or the app). Otherwise, you can always plan to bring it along with you if you know you’ll be having a chance to read it over while you are out!
Other Online Resources
There is a plethora of free Bible study resources online. The way I choose the right ones come from my own experience and convictions as well as suggestions from other Christians I trust who have mentored or trained me in my Bible teaching journey so far. There are tons of study plans/guides, commentaries, maps, charts, worksheets, workbooks, devotionals, research, and search tools out there that are at our disposal. Here are a few companies and websites I tend to favor over others:
- Rose Publishing (now an imprint of Hendrickson Publishers)
- Bible Study Tools
- Bible Hub
- Blue Letter Bible
- And there are a few Christian authors and commentators I’ve come to trust and use more often than others–you can always search to see if there are free commentaries or ebooks available from your favorites!
Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.James 3:1
Being a SAHM and also caring for my own mom really eats up all of that time I think I have in a day. I need to make sure that I am able to make the most of the Bible time I do have, and these amazing free Bible study resources have helped immensely–especially with planning my lessons (which I already mentioned takes forever). I take my role as a teacher very seriously, and want to make sure that what I am teaching is always consistent and aligned with God’s word. And you should, too, as a mom who is teaching her children! The companies I have listed above are all ones that I trust are pointing back to Christ and truly relaying God’s word. Let me know what you think or if you know of any other free Bible study resources that you love down below in the comments section!
*Scripture quotations are from The ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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