Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.
Okay. I confess.
I've never read the Bible in its entirety. Do I hear a startled gasp escaping your lips? What??? Martha writes all these devotions, but she hasn't tackled every scripture and verse?
That's right. But times, they are a'changing!
Since the first Sunday in Advent, 2015, I have employed the 52 Week Bible Reading Plan created by Michael Coley. The plan does not go straight through the Bible from cover to cover. Rather, it weaves through chapters in both Old and New Testaments during each week, giving the reader variety and the opportunity to see how all books of the Bible work together to form one love story from God to His people.
The manageable chapters to be read and studied each day also provide ample time for contemplation, journaling and/or prayer over a particular verse. This is an exercise in which even the busiest of moms or CEOs can participate, no matter how hectic their schedules may appear to be.
Getting back to reading the entire Bible: Before Coley's plan, I failed. Twice. Now I'm on Week 22 and haven't skipped a beat.
On top of this, I read and reflect upon the wise words and scriptures shared by the many talented Christian bloggers I follow. Oh, how the two combined can transform my day and inspire my heart!
Why did I begin this Bible-reading challenge on the first Sunday in Advent? Pastor Wallace encouraged us to do so as the new church year began, to recommit ourselves to delving into God's eternal Word. And it didn't hurt that he provided printouts for the daily readings!
But you don't have to wait until the next Advent rolls around to begin your pilgrimage. Set any Sunday to start your Day One, and keep on reading.
For 52 weeks.
Just one year.
You can do it!
And you know what I plan to do when the first Sunday in Advent rolls around this year and the complete Bible is under my belt? Start all over!
Because God's Word, no matter how much we read it, always offers fresh insights into the human experience of loving Him. Insights that change as needs arise, but truths that are never failing.
I want God's truth for my life.
Are you willing to start the 52 Week Bible Reading Plan, or do you have a different plan that works for you? Please share!
Prayer: Father, we need to be immersed in Your Word, especially in these times of travail and tribulation. In the scriptures, You have given us lamps for our feet and a light upon our paths; the hope, the strength, and the confidence we need to live our lives to Your honor and glory. May we read faithfully, discern with Your wisdom, and take the lessons learned to heart. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.