New Year Bible Reading

bibleOne 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!

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Have you read God’s Word today?

bibleIt is never too late to start a Bible reading plan.  You can find the one I use here.  You can have it sent directly to your email and there are many Bible versions to pick from.  Many Bibles include a reading plan in them.  And you can do an online search for Bible Reading Plans and have many to choose from.  Or you can just open your Bible to Genesis 1:1 and read a little bit each day.  The bottom line is that you be in the Scriptures.  Don’t ever spend more time reading books about the Bible than you do reading the Bible itself.

2 Timothy 3:16-17
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Luke 4:4
But Jesus answered him, saying, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.’”

John 8:31-32
Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

Psalm 119:105
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.