Last week, a friend of mine recommended a podcast that goes through the Bible in a year using a chronological reading plan. That podcast is called The Bible Recap, which is hosted by Tara Leigh Cobble of D-Group. The podcast has listeners subscribe to a chronological reading plan on the YouVersion Bible app and read a few chapters each day. Then after reading and journaling your own thoughts, you listen to the podcast and get Tara’s viewpoint of the reading for that day. She does a great job of keeping the podcast for each day about 7-10 minutes long, which is helpful for anyone who has a busy schedule. And the chapter readings aren’t long either (usually spanning about 3 pages at a time).
I had already been doing a chronological plan but I felt it would be even better doing the plan with my friend. So although I was a few days ahead, I was willing to go back in order to read in community. I think this will be a great year for Bible-reading!
I will be embarking on the journey of rereading my entire Bible in 2019, which in all honesty I have already started! I am a reader of BibleStudy.tips, where I found a great article on how to read the bible in a year. In that article, I also downloaded some free chronological reading plans and found one that is called the 365 Day Chronological Bible Reading Plan (with Harmonized Gospels). This plan has you read the scriptures chronologically as well as the gospels together in harmony with one another. So as you read the gospels harmonically, you will get to compare the different testimonies of Jesus and how they all essentially told the same story.
So far I’ve been enjoying the reading plan. I’ve decided to read from the 2015 Amplified translation as well as incorporate Bible journaling into my study time. I’ve been using Logos Bible Software to house all my Bible journaling notes. I’ve found it valuable to look through my notes and meditate on the insights I’ve gotten from scripture. I’m about 30 days in, so I can’t wait to see what the Lord reveals to me in the upcoming year.
2018 was a year of change, and God was with me the entire time. The beauty of it all is that I really dug deep into God’s word and grew closer to Him. He revealed a lot of things about myself that I am still working through, but I am grateful that He is working on me. As I enter into 2019, there is going to be some changes spiritually for me. There is going to be some changes in my actions. And the only way I can accomplish this is through my relationship with Jesus Christ. I have to pray consistently and read His word, which is why I am making it a huge priority in 2019. I had my days this year where I fell off but thankfully jumped back into reading the scriptures. For God to change me, I need to get closer to Him, and I can do that through prayer and reading my Bible. I hope you all do the same this upcoming year of 2019! Happy New Year, everyone.