Congratulations! You’ve decided to read through your Bible this year. It’s a committment that will reward you in God-sized blessings.
I’ve been praying for you. This is going to be a beautiful time together. If you’ve never read the Bible before I’m praying it opens your eyes to a God who is crazy about you. There is no greater love letter than the one the Lord penned for us in His word.
But, don’t be fooled, it will be a trek. Take off those fuzzy slippers and put on your hiking boots. We are going on an adventure that will take every bit of your will to succeed. These pages are action packed and not for the faint of heart, but, they’re also Holy Spirit filled and will leave you breathless and transformed by the time we’re done.
Beginnings are always easy. We’re excited and energetic. Our will is all in and our heart agrees. How we’re feeling right now is what we must remember in March and July when we’re tired or discouraged. THIS is the moment that will see us to the finish line.
What You Need To Get Started
- Bible. You’ll need a Bible. If you’re a first-timer, I want this to be an easy fit for you. I purchased a chronological NIV Bible. This makes my daily reading time easy. It’s all laid out for me. But, if you don’t want to buy one on Amazon, you’ll be just fine with the Bible you have at home. I’ll be sharing a reading plan so you can follow along chronologiccaly even if you don’t own a chronological Bible.
- Journal. You don’t need to be a bonifide writer to have a journal. It’s something that will help you jot down your thoughts, prayers and even a scripture or two that jumps off the pages you’ll be reading. I’ll be sharing more about how to use your journal in the coming weeks. I purchase a new journal ever new year. The cheapest notebooks I’ve found are at TJ Maxx and Marshalls. You can usually find one for around $3 or $4 dollars.
- Highlighter & Pen. Some of us like to write notes and highlight our Bibles. I know for others of you this feels like the biggest form of disrespect. I stand proudly in the camp of Bible doodlers. My husband, on the other hand, has no markings whatsoever in His Bible. I personally believe having a Bible with notes and dates and prayers between the pages, well, it’s a treasure to look back and see what the Lord was up to in my life–and it will become a treasure to pass down to my own children one day.
Last but not least, it’s important to have a little accountability when you read through your Bible. God made us relational human beings for a reason. We’ve been created in His image and if the God of creation desires a personal relationship with each and every one of us, we need to make a point to reach out to one another, too.
If you’re in a discipleship relationship there’s no better way to grow someone up than by reading through the word. As I lead women, I’ve discovered I learn so much more when I dig in and prepare for our time together. Another confirmation for me that God’s word is alive and active–no matter who or how many times you open up His book and read.
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