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I have always wanted to read the Bible all the way through…
Like as in the entirething…
Not long before my Grandfather passed away, he told me he had done it in multiple translations. I wish I could remember how many he said, but I think I remember him saying 7 or something crazy like that, and it made my mind spin. I haven’t even read it one time all the way through, and he had done it in multiple translations!? Really?
I get started, and then get overwhelmed…or bogged down in…oh, I don’t know like Leviticus!!! Help!
Most of the reading plans ask you to start on January 1 and read about 3-4 chapters a day until you are done by the end of the year.
That’s where I get overwhelmed personally. I mean, y’all, someone starts puking around here, and you can go ahead and multiply that times 6 people, and then I’m behind by a gazillion chapters. Or, if I in all of my humanness just simply forget a day, or two, and then come back to it, I’m behind another million chapters and my head spins because we all know I have OCD.
This is so me…
Because it’s true…
I get out of order, and it’s not pretty.
So… I either read super fast to catch myself up, or I just give up and read something easier…like Luke or one of my devotion books.
This year, as I had a little heart to heart with myself, “Brooke this is crazy! You can easily read 5 books in a week when you love them. You can do this! You must! You just need a better plan that works for you.” Yes, I do talk to myself. Don’t tell anyone, or people will think I’m crazy, or something.
So here’s my plan.
I wanted to read the Bible chronologically, since I am OCD and that’s how my brain works, so I found a reading plan that goes in chronological order. Not one of the ones that does a little from the Old Testament and a little from the New Testament all in the same day. That makes me crazy. I need to know where I am and in what context. And I don’t’ mean chronologically, like from cover to cover. I mean like how it took place historically…because I am a bit of a nerd, and I like to know those things.
Then I decided to simply ignore the dates. I’m not sure why this never occurred to me before, but I purposely started it at the end of January, so I would already be behind. Then I would never know where I should be, or how far behind I am, so then I wouldn’t get all bent out of shape about it. Good plan, right? Yes, now you are seeing how crazy I really am.
And finally, I decided that I wanted to study it. I don’t just want to read it to check it off, so if it takes me longer, fine. So I am reading it at my own pace, and reading the notes at the bottom, so I can better understand it. I have a Life Application Bible that gives great notes at the bottom and helps you to better understand context and things like that. So, I’m also completely ignoring the ‘read this many chapters’ part, and just reading what I can each day, and simply making a note of what I read each day.
Then on other days that I have something troubling my heart, and I need to just talk to God about it, or read something entirely different, I do. It’s not a big deal.
And now, I am on a roll people.
If you’d like to join me…
Feel free, I encourage you to.
I’m in Job right now.
Oh, and since I slowed down, and don’t try and speed read…I’m actually learning new things…
Here’s a link to the plan I am using. I double dog dare you to try it!
Thanks Granddad for challenging me…
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