I'm sure there is a whole host of people who might not think this is exciting, but to me... it is!
I have had trouble for a long time with Bible reading because I have started to feel like I have been doing the same thing for too long. I have tried reading the Bible from beginning to end (you have no idea how many times I have read and re-read Genesis) and I have used the open-your-bible-and-see-where-you-land-approach (which is how I have read most of my Bible so far). Those methods are great, but lately I have felt lost when I open my Bible.
So today I googled "Bible Reading Plan" and found this website.
I signed up for two plans: reading the Old Testament in 2 years and reading the New Testament in one year. I think it comes out to 2 chapters per day. I am not a super focused gal so reading two chapters a day from the Bible is probably about as much as I can handle.
Now when I have quiet time, I have a flexible plan. I plan to try to choose to do some or all of the following things on any given day.
That may seem like a lot, but I am a girl who really likes to have reflective time. I could be reflective ALL DAY LONG (but if I did that I guess I wouldn't have much to reflect on- at least about my own life- since I wouldn't actually be DOING much).
The main gist is this: I don't plan on doing all the things on the list above every day, but I DO plan on (1)reading scripture, (2)having some type of response/study (such as prayer, journaling, researching more about it what I read) and then (3)if I have/want more time with God, I can do it by choosing something else I enjoy.
Surely, I am not the only one who has had trouble keeping their time with God fresh over the years.
So what do you do to keep your time with God from getting too run-of-the-mill?
God is not a boring God, in my opinion, so it makes sense to me that we shouldn't always relate to Him the same way all the time.
I remember serving in Miami, feeding the homeless on Sunday mornings and another intern saying, "This is my church today." Sometimes we encounter God in unconventional ways!