The One Year Bible has been my go-to for daily Bible devotions. It’s labeled by calendar dates and has a little Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs. After 365 days you’ll read all of the Bible once and the book of Psalms twice.
Most years I would read my daily prescribed scriptures almost like a vitamin. Something to check off that is “good for me.” And there was also a great deal of pride in getting to say you’ve read every word of the Bible. Thankfully, spiritual disciplines have a way of doing us good even if we’re not good.
A few years ago I read the Bible through and wrote down any verses that spoke on a particular subject. That has become my favorite way to read. It’s a way to focus on what I’m reading instead of skimming to get it done.
I’ve searched for read looking for what the Bible said about being a wife and mother. Another year, I read searching for “Statements of Faith,” anytime a person claimed “God you are…” or something similar. That year had a bunch of Psalms.
In 2017 I sought what I called “commandments to live a godly life.” Things we are supposed to do as Christians. It took more than a year for me to finish that time, and another 4 months to compile what I wrote down.
My goal was to make a piece of art with just the commandments. It turned out kinda cool, though the font is so small it’s tough to read unless you’re close. It hangs over my chair in our bedroom which is my designated devotion spot.
This year I’m doing something a little differently. I’m reading the Bible Genesis through Revelation instead of the laid out mix in a One Year Bible. And I’m reading out of the ESV Readers Bible.
There aren’t any verse numbers or notations. Only books and chapters are designated.
It makes reading feel natural. Just like any other book on your shelf.
To get it done by the end of the year I’m trying to read 5 chapters a day. I don’t get to it every day like you must with the One Year version. I’ve caught up when I can, but so far it feels less burdensome. I’m writing down things that mention God providing daily. The idea of manna is sprinkled in more than just the Exodus.
If you’re searching for a Bible plan, I highly recommend a readers Bible. I would also urge you to seek the Word for something specific to theme your year of reading.
How about you? What’s your favorite devotion reading plans, places, or ways to read?