One thing I want more than anything else this new year is a deeper walk with the Lord. I want my relationship with Him to be my biggest priority. One of the ways I can do that is to spend more time in prayer. Another is to spend more time in the Word.
I fully admit that I am not good with Bible reading plans. I start well, but finish poorly. It took me two years to actually finish a one year reading plan. So I don’t commit to them anymore. I don’t want my quiet time to feel like an obligation or drudgery. At the same time, I do want to read through the Bible cover to cover, otherwise there are books I would never read otherwise (like, for example, Leviticus.)
My reading plan is simple: I start in Genesis and just read. Some days it might be a few chapters, some days a paragraph or two. The key for me is there is no schedule and no pressure to finish by a certain time. It could take me several months to finish or it could take a few years. I can take my time and meditate on Scriptures as the Spirit prompts, or just read and read when my heart is just hungry for the Word.
Taking away the pressure of schedules and deadlines also takes away the guilt of not sticking to the plan or not finishing. It allows me to enjoy my Bible reading with the freedom to slow down or speed up reading based on His leading, not my schedule.
Do you use a Bible reading plan? I would love to hear about it and how you use it!