I’ve been working on a little something…
It’s shaping up to look like another book…
I thought I’d share a glimpse of that with you this morning…
From June 2012 to May 2013 I went on a journey. This journey didn’t take me very far in a physical sense, but I sure met some amazing people and witnessed some mind-blowing miracles! This journey took me through the Word of God. The Bible.
This is the rough draft of the Introduction to the book – I submitted the manuscript to a Canadian Publishing contest, and we’ll see what happens with that. If not, the hope is to self-publish the book in the fall.
But first, here is the Bible Reading Plan for June – December 2014. Join in on the journey whenever you can!
I’ve never been very good at following through with things just because someone tells me to do them. Usually there has to be a reason for me, I have to understand why and make it real. Same thing held true for reading through the Bible.
Here’s what I came up with:
- It is “a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105)
- It helps “that I might not sin against You” (Psalm 119:11)
- The more I know scripture, the more I know Jesus. He is the living and active (Hebrews 4:12) Word of God. He is the Bible made into human form. It’s pure magic.
And because I love a good challenge, I wanted to do the reading in a year, just like all these other people were doing. The trick was to find a plan that worked for the vision I had for our family life. I really wanted one that matched up with special holy days on the calendar – like Lent, Easter, Ascension Day, Pentecost, and Advent.
Not too much to ask, right? Yes, it was. I tried for years to find a Bible reading plan that fit for me. I cut and pasted plans from others, but nothing seemed right. I could never make it through the whole Bible, and definitely not in one year.
Until… I decided to craft my own plan. This was no small feat, and the plan needs to be changed up slightly every year in the winter/spring months so that it lines up with Lent. But I’m definitely on to something good here, and I want to keep it going.
Journaling through the readings was key for me, simply because I am a writer who needs to put words on paper (or some sort of screen) in order for life to make sense. Again, same thing held true for reading through the Bible.
So here we are… two years later… and I DID IT! I read through the Bible from June 1, 2012 to May 31, 2013! Sharing the readings and daily thoughts on a blog and on our church’s Facebook page truly helped me gain the accountability I needed to see the journey through to completion.
And that’s why this book has come into existence. To help others as they journey through reading the Bible. To come alongside and share the load and be accountable and… quite simply, to learn more about God together. That’s really the whole point. To know God more. And in the knowing, I think we will come to love him more too.
I invite you to join in – no matter if life is crazy and busy and overwhelming – just grab the Bible Reading Plan for the current year and read as much as you can today – as long as you’re reading, that’s amazing! And if you miss a day, or a week, or a month(!), just see where we are on the plan and jump back in! You are always welcome to join us!
Well, what do you say? Shall we take a few steps together on this journey and see how it goes?
Grab the plan for this year and let’s go!
I have a little advice before we begin… If you miss a day, go on to the next day’s reading. If you miss a week, jump to the next week’s readings. If it takes you five years instead of one, that’s OK too. The whole point is to get an idea of what’s in the Bible, and where, and to soak in as much as we can of the WHOLE of God’s story. We’re just getting to know God and His people a little better every time we open the Good Book.
A couple of notes about the Bible Reading Plan before we get started…
- No matter what year you pick up this book and start the journey of reading the Bible, the Bible Reading Plan for June to December will be the SAME every year. The goal is to read through most of the Old Testament before the Advent season (which starts pretty much the same time every year – give or take a couple of days).
- The Bible Reading Plan for January to May will be DIFFERENT every year (because the Lent season changes up so drastically from year to year). Find plans for 2015-2020 in this book, and visit http://readingthroughthebibleinayear.wordpress.com for plans in future years. The goal is to read through the gospels during Lent and then keep going to read about the New Testament church.
- Psalms, Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Songs are intertwined through the winter/spring readings, as those books stand alone in the Bible and are not part of the chronology.
- Also, I’ve slotted 1 & 2 Chronicles in during Advent season, because that is a good summary of Old Testament events – from creation to the fall of Jerusalem.
- Simply follow the current year’s plan and match it up with the journal entry for that day’s reading.