1 Feb 2010
Bible Reading Plan
Richele asked over the weekend how my Bible read-through is going.
She was referring to my decision to join her in reading the Bible through in a year. Jillian also chose to read along.
It is going well so far, Richele, so far. It is only the beginning of February though...lots can happen before December.
To be honest, I was a bit reluctant to talk much online about my decision to do this because I've tried and failed before. It is all to easy to say 'Yes' to the suggestion, and all too easy to give up as soon as I fell behind. And I was going to fall behind, I felt sure of that. I took my concern to God in prayer, and the answer came the following Sunday at church.
It turns out that our Session had decided to encourage the congregation to do the very same thing. They had settled on the Discipleship Journal Bible Reading Plan. This plan reads through four separate places in Scripture each day, allowing readers to better grasp the unity of the Scriptures, as well as enjoying the variety of four different view points. The four divisions are the Wisdom books, the Gospel, Old Testament and New Testament.
The wonderful thing about the plan for me though, is that it only gives 25 readings per month. The 'free days' are there to prevent the frustration of falling behind. Hurrah! If you finish by the 25th they recommend using the final days of the month to study the passages that have challenged or intrigued you. I've chosen to use my free days to catch up and then get a little ahead. Believe me, I'll need the buffer.
So as I say, so far it is going well. I was delighted when I discovered that my beloved had joined me. He's using the plan from Homeschool World. Richele's using the One Year Bible. Jillian's using the Chronological Bible. (Hubby and I used a chronological plan a few years ago, Jillian. It was most interesting to read the Bible in historical order.) There are lots of plans out there - you're sure to find one to suit.
You don't need to start on January 1st either. Simply start today and read till you finish. If the Bible in a year seems too large a task then alter a plan to meet your requirements. Read half one year and half the next. My plan suggests the Gospel and Wisdom books one year and the other two categories the next year. Whatever. Just do it.
Do let me know if you decide to do so though. I need all the encouragement I can get.