Monday, December 26, 2011

Bible Reading Plan for 2012

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It's that time of year again; one year drawing to a close, the next one almost upon us. I am so excited! Niall and I have been busily planning things we want to work on as a couple and family for the new year. More about that in the week to come.

One thing I've been thinking about is how I am going to read through the Bible this year. For the past four years I have used the Discipleship Journal Bible Reading Plan, an excellent tool that I very much enjoyed. It has you reading through four things at all times- the Old Testament, Wisdom Literature, the Gospels, and the New Testament. This is nice because it really gives you a feel for Scripture as a whole, so often my readings in the Old Testament would correspond with what I was reading in the New Testament or Gospels. The biggest perk of this plan though is that it goes only 25 days each month, leaving you on average 6 catch-up days! Because of the extra breathing room, it was the first Read Through the Bible in a Year Plan that I actually finished. As I became more faithful and consistent over the years, actually staying on time with the plan, I would use the extra days at the end of each month for more detailed Scripture studying. It was a great plan and I highly recommend it!

Because I've been doing it for four years, I decided that it might be nice to try something fresh and new this year. A lot of people in my church use the McCheyne plan, and my husband thought he would like to give it a try. With it you will read through the Old Testament once, and the New Testament and Psalms twice. At this point I think I will probably join Niall, since I like the idea that we are reading the same portions of Scripture at the same time.

How about you? What plans have worked well for you in the past? What are you trying this year? I'd love to hear of different options! If you haven't made it a habit to read through the whole Scriptures yearly, why not start in 2012? It will be well worth your time!

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