I want to wish all of you a pleasant and eventful New Year.
A New Year is Approaching
With the new year, we are faced with many choices and priorities. Please, let me encourage you to choose a Bible reading plan and read the Bible through in 2023. You will never regret soaking up the Word of God. The principles and applications can become part of who you are, making you more like the person God wants you to be. You will find insights, wow’s, support, and inspiration as you bask in both the Old and New Testaments.
There are many Bible Reading Plans
There are many Bible Reading plans. Maybe one of them will spark an interest in you. I hope so. While many sites with different Bible reading plans exist (printable, audible, online), I am not including links for you to look at. However, to find one perfect for you, type in “Bible Reading Plans” and the plan you would be interested in. Find a plan that fits you perfectly or make up your own plan in an excel document and cross it off as you complete each reading. Be sure to choose a version you enjoy reading from. [Avoid the Jehovah’s Witness New World Translation and other questionable versions.] Now, let’s look at a few of the various types of plans–there is one just for you.
- A read-through-the entire Bible plan—reading straight through from Genesis to Revelation,
- An Old Testament plan,
- A New Testament plan,
- A Bible chronological plan,
- A Bible historical plan,
- A Gospel plan,
- A 90-day challenge plan; a 180-day reading plan; a 365-day reading plan,
- A thematic Bible plan,
- A “Bible book at a time” plan,
- A blended plan—reading some Old Testament and some New Testament simultaneously,
- A Jesus’ Words plan (red print in many Bibles),
- A short-term commitment plan,
- A personalized plan, and more.
Suggestions from Patti
- Skip over the Bible genealogy you can’t pronounce—Knowing there is a genealogy should be enough, especially if this is your first read-through.
- Read with a pen, highlighter, and notebook to write down verses, questions, or things you want to look up later.
- It is okay to read ahead. There will be days you will miss.
- If possible, find a friend to read along with you on the same plan—This way, you will have a comrade to share with.
- Don’t be discouraged if you can’t keep up. Keep at it. It is commendable if it takes you 1 1/2 or 2+ years to finish.
- If you are reading a book for your Bible study class or group, count it. When you get to that book, you will be happy to skip that book or portion of the book to have some catch-up time.
- If you are in a plan where you are reading the entire Old Testament at once, give yourself permission to stop and read something in the New Testament.
- Share meaningful verses with your friends and family.
- Look for God’s sense of humor as you read, and
- Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you in each reading.
Enjoy, and best wishes in 2023! And please share this article with your friends and family!
Old Testament prophet Joshua said, “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it . . .” Joshua 1:8.
New Testament prophet John said, “Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.” Revelation 1:3.
My Heavenly Father, Is this the year You want me to get serious about reading the Bible? I want to, but I am scared I will fail. I want to try, Lord. I do. Give me the confidence to know You are right there beside me as I try it this year. I love You and want to learn more about You and Your holy Word. Amen.
PRAYER JOURNALS – Books by Patti Greene; Caregiving for Beginners
- Awaken Me – Devotional Workbook
- Anchor Me – Devotional Workbook
- Answer Me – Devotional Workbook
- Christian Caregiving
BIBLE WORD SEARCH PUZZLE SERIES
- Bible Word Search Puzzles: The Gospels, Volume 1
- Bible Word Search Puzzles; Acts and Epistles, Volume 2
- Bible Word Search Puzzles: Epistles and Revelation, Volume 3