For real, this is my favorite book! It has more action than Harry Potter, more drama than The Color Purple, more life lessons than Think and Grow Rich, more comedy than Act Like a Woman, Think Like a Man. I know I talked about reading through the bible in a year with my church in another post, but I didn’t succeed with it. But now, I’ve found the best way to read it daily and I thought I’d share (so sweet of me, i know).
First, why I didn’t succeed:
am busy don’t like to sit still for a long time. Being busy is not a good excuse, because what if God was too busy for you?
2. The way that I like to study the bible, it takes me about an hour to read through about 3-5 chapters and take notes. (see #1) I like to take notes as I read instead of highlighting parts, then going back and taking notes because it felt like I was reading it twice.3. It’s hard for me to read in the morning because I’m trying to rush to work. It’s hard for me to read before bed because I pass out as soon as I stop moving. (see #1)
4. The one-year plan jumped around to the different areas of the bible everyday: Epistles, The Law, History, Psalms, Poetry, Prophecy, Gospels. I learned quickly that once I start a story, I like to finish because some stuff was getting good! I first got stuck at Job (very good if you’re going through tough times, Lesson: Stay faithful to God). Then I got stuck at Joshua (Not only did God part the Red Sea, He also stopped the Jordan River from flowing).
[Side note: my bible is super cute]
Now, the moment you’ve been waiting for!
The Method to Reading your Bible everyday
Step 1. As soon as I sit at my computer I go to my favorite bible website www.biblegateway.com (where I search everything I want to find in the bible).
Step 2. In the Search bar, type the chapter where you left off and scroll to the Bible Version of your choice. I love the English Standard Version.
Step 3. *Most Important* Click the Sound Icon
I have the Narrator (Max McLean) read the bible to me as I read along with the passage! Now, I don’t have to think too hard about the dialouge, then analyze the content (
Problem 1), I can take notes and still “continue reading” ( Problem 2), I’m already fully awake ( Problem 3), and I can read 3 chapters in 15 minutes or whatever I have time for that morning ( Problem 4).
But there is no substitute for having your sword and all of your armor with you at Bible Study, Sunday School, or in your leisure time. I usually have mine in my everyday purse since my bible and little notebook are so compact.