While I mentioned that I am reading through the Bible this year, I wanted to take a full post to share a little more about the what, how and why behind my decision. I realize this post may not be for everyone, but if you’re curious, let me start by saying – you are not too late to start. This plan doesn’t depend on starting January 1, so if you still want to do it, you absolutely can!
The plan I am reading through takes about 15 to 20 minutes each day. Like many plans, it is roughly chronological, and also includes a daily Psalm to read and pray through. There is one thing that sets this plan apart from any other I’ve seen – the corresponding videos.
Here’s an overview of the plan…
In just 11 days, I can tell you that this reading plan is like a grown-up version of the Jesus Storybook Bible. Things make sense and click that I hadn’t noticed before. I attended a Christian high school complete with Bible classes. I wish I had known then to truly absorb the wisdom and knowledge of my Bible teachers. I grasped as much as I could as a moody teen, but 15 years later, being a student of the Bible again is a gift.
Each book of the Bible is described with visual storytelling in free videos. It’s a beautiful, fascinating way to understand the scope and purpose of books that can sometimes feel like drudgery to read. Here’s an example…
Isn’t that beautiful and SO helpful?!
So, here’s what Bible reading looks like for me. I go sit in one of these chairs with my coffee right after breakfast. The kids usually head to the basement to play before school drop off, so I’m guaranteed a few minutes of peace. The plan includes 3 chapters, plus a Psalm to meditate on. I like that I don’t need to flip through multiple parts of my Bible like other plans I’ve tried before. Instead I can focus on one storyline.
I end by writing in my journal 5 things I’m thankful for. Through the Enneagram I’ve learned a lot about myself, including a tendency towards anger. Instead of dwelling on what is out of my control and frustrating me, I want to cultivate a grateful heart. So, it may seem small, but I’m making a habit of noticing and documenting the small and big things that are God’s gifts in my life.
Again, you can start this tomorrow if it’s interesting to you.