Why we should spend time in scripture

Editor’s Note: The author of this post, Kristin Schmucker is a wonderful lady of God that has a passion for women to grow deep in Scripture. Her witness is an example to us all of what it means to be pursuing Him in the every day. This weekend Kristin will be taking over our instagram, posting uplifting and encouraging photos. Be sure to follow us and be on the lookout for her posts on Saturday and Sunday! 


About two years ago, I realized that something needed to change. I was really having a hard time staying consistent with being in Scripture. I would do great for a few months and then miss, then I would do great for a week, and miss several days in a row. It felt like I just couldn’t stay consistent, and I was feeling discouraged.

I decided that it was just something that needed to change. I thought I needed to have some accountability, so I started the #lampandlight hashtag on instagram and invited friends to join me in documenting their time with the Lord as a way to keep each other accountable.

Soon, spending time with the Lord became a habit, and eventually it became the time of day that I most looked forward to.

There have been a few things that I have learned since then about why spending time with the Lord daily is so important.

  1. Spending time in Scripture resets our thinking. It reminds us of what is really important and who we are in the Lord.
  2. The Lord uses His Word to prepare us for the things we will face in this life. I have faced some really hard things this past year, and the Lord and His Word have been a source of strength each day. It is easy to run to Scripture when things get tough, but we are so much more prepared for storms that may come when we have already been in the Word.
  3. Being in the Word helps us to know who God is. This is the biggest goal when we are reading Scripture. When we know who God is, we can understand more fully the purpose that He has for us.
  4. Knowing God’s Word helps us to encourage others with truth. The more time we spend immersing ourselves in Scripture, the more we will be able to help others.

One of the goals of our lives should be to know God more, and to become more like Him. Spending time in Scripture is the best way to do that, His Word is living and active and has the power to change our lives, and our hearts.

If you are instagram and would like a bit of accountablility and community to encourage you to spend time in Scripture, feel free to follow me at @kristinschmucker and begin using the #lampandlight hashtag.


“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” Psalm 119:105 (KJV)


Photo Credit: Kristin Schmucker



About the Author

kristinKristin Schmucker

Hey there! I am Kristin. I am a follower of Jesus. Wife to Jeremy, my church planter hubby. Mama to two precious girls, our sweet toddler Stella, and our precious Sophia who is already with Jesus. I am passionate about women knowing God more, and falling in love with His Word. I blog at here and spend a little too much time on instagram at @kristinschmucker. I would love to connect and get to know you more!

  • http://www.glowliveaslight.com/about/who-we-are/ Alyssa Martin

    Kristin, your story is inspiring to me. To be transparent, I struggle with consistently finding that QUALITY time in the Word. I will go a few weeks doing great, and then I’ll go a week only reading a couple verses or two a day. My desire for the Word is there – but sometimes my busy days get the best of me. Your words were an encouragement – a reminder WHY we need Scripture daily.

  • http://fullwildfree.com Nicole Stormann

    Thank you for sharing today, Kristin! I’ve so enjoyed “getting to know you” via Insta and through #lampandlight!! :) I’ve also felt this pull of accountability in the last year and it’s been so rewarding setting His Word before me. Have a great day!! <3

  • http://Andileigh615.wordpress.com Andi Clem

    This is encouraging to me! I struggle at times to stay in the Word as well. God’s word is so good! It’s encouraging to know other women striving to seek Him have struggled at times too! I explored your blog and am sitting here in tears over your sweet Sophia Grace. Thank you for sharing your story and journey of faith through it all. You’re amazing. God’s amazing. I’m encouraged! Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

    • http://Andileigh615.wordpress.com Andi Clem

      I meant Sophia Kate! I’m sorry!!!

  • http://tawnimarie.wordpress.com Tawni Sattler

    I absolutely love this and can totally relate! I had a very on-and-off “relationship” with the Bible too, for years, until… well until recently, actually. I owe it to the community of Christian women I’ve found on Instagram, too — you, Kristin, being among them! And now I’ve got Glow to hold me accountable, as well. :)

    Thank God for social media!