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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Bible Reading Plan


I signed up for a Bible Reading Plan!  

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.

* Read/study the two chapters that are recommended in my Daily Reading Plan
* Read a short devotional 
* Have some journal time
* Time in prayer
* Read another book of some type that is uplifting

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!



  1. Thanks for posting this Rachel. I went to the site and signed up as well. This seems totally doable to read 2-3 chapters per day and is not overwhelming at all!

    Lately Matt and I have been going on prayer walks at night and it has totally helped me focus more on what is important. It also is really helpful for Matt and I to have that time together and has been really enriching to our marriage.

    1. I am glad you liked the website Brittany! Going on prayer walks at night sounds like such a peacful and enriching thing.

      Love you!

  2. I am doing the New Testament in a year too! But I use youversion.com. Very similar to the site you linked, except a little nicer looking and a few more features. It keeps track of your progress for you, and you can have your progress e-mailed to a friend for accountability. So far it has worked for me since the beginning of the year - this is the longest I've ever kept up with a Bible reading plan!