Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.
Advent arrives on December 2nd, officially ushering in the season of Christmas. For many of us, it's a time when our to-do list ramps up into a whirlwind of demanding activities: shopping; decorating; baking; sending Christmas cards, attending parties - Whew!!! The hustle and bustle can all too successfully turn the joy and peace we long to enjoy into a downward spiral of end-of-our-rope exhaustion.
More than ever, we need to retreat to a place of quiet and rest on a daily basis, so we can renew and recharge ourselves in the presence of God. After all, anticipating Christmas isn't about all the stuff to get and things to do, it's about celebrating God's love for us by sending Jesus, His only Son, to save us from our sins. And besides spending intentional time with the Lord in prayer, I can't think of anything better we can do than to immerse ourselves in His eternal Word.
Those of you who have followed Meditations of My Heart for any length of time know that in my daily Bible study, I adhere to the 52 Week Bible Reading Plan. The onset of Advent initiates my fourth year of reading the Bible, via this plan, all the way through. I've found that no matter how crazy or busy my days are, reading God's Word every day in this format is absolutely doable, not to mention rewarding and refreshing for my heart, mind and soul.
As I explained last year in a previous blog, the 52 Week Bible Reading Plan breaks the Bible up into seven categories, one for each day of the week:
- Sunday - Epistles
- Monday - The Law
- Tuesday - History
- Wednesday - Psalms (This book lasts the entire year, hence the title above!)
- Thursday - Poetry
- Friday - Prophecy
- Saturday - Gospels
Some of you may think this is a disjointed way to go about reading God's Word, but for me, I like the rhythm of the change-up. If you don't have a regular Bible reading routine, why not give the 52 Week Bible Reading Plan a try? Yes, the first Sunday in Advent is behind us, but you can start this study on any Sunday of the year.
Or perhaps, you already have a study method that works wonderfully for you. If you do, please share with all of us in the comments section. The more, the merrier! Oh, and do let us know if you decide to use the plan described here. I, for one, would love your feedback!
And remember, it doesn't matter the way in which you read the Bible, it matters that you read it!