Lame bible readers of the world unite

Originally published Thursday, 05 May 2016.

30 Day bible reading challenge printableHello, my name is Wendy and I am a lame Bible reader. 

This might surprise you since I write a blog called, I Love Devotionals. I even contributed six devotionals to The NIV Bible for Women

Yet I find recently that I pick up my phone to check social feeds more than I pick up my Bible. Sound familiar?

I haven't read my Bible this year. The Bible I keep next to my bed. In fact the only time I touched it this year was to move it off the bedside table and into the draw. 

I've googled for verses I remember and read those, shared some of them here even - but I haven't sat down with my Bible just to read it.

I have found that the Bible helps me to glimpse the Jesus that likes me, that reminds me that God flung the stars in the sky and that he calls me by name, and anchors me with promises when life isn’t going so well. 

I’m hungry for more of God and I know that one of the ways to feed that hunger is to read the Bible. 

I've decided to hand in my lame bible reader card. (tweet this)

For the next 30 days I've created a Bible reading challenge for myself. 

And I’m inviting you to join me. 
Click here to download the 30-Day Bible Reading Challenge as a printable PDF.

I'm not trying to do anything extreme like read the bible through in a month (although I have done that in the past). 

And I’m not trying to make a chore out of reading the Bible. 

I decided I wanted each days reading to take me about as long as it would take me to click through and read an article I find on Twitter. 

The idea is to get me reading the bible again it isn’t to hang something heavy around my neck that I can’t bear. 

I based my Bible reading challenge loosely on something my Grandfather used to do. He read through the Bible every year. And I can’t remember his plan exactly but it went something like, read one chapter of Proverbs a day, read one psalm, and one chapter in the Old Testament and one in the New. In this way he’d read through the whole Bible in a year, Proverbs monthly and the Psalms at least twice. 

My goal is much smaller. It is to read one Psalm, one wise saying from Proverbs, and about 5-10 verses in Matthew. I’ve also left a rest day every fourth day. You could skip this or use it to catch up if you’ve missed a day. 

There are 100's of ways to read the Bible and to connect with God so please don't feel you have to follow what I’m doing. Or that what you're doing now might be wrong. 

When I told Xylon what my plan and invited him to join me he shook his head and said, "I don't like structure." 

A few minutes later, Xylon made me laugh when I was finished as he went on to audit my reading, "You can't be finished yet. That was too quick. Are you sure you read a Psalm?" 

The next 30-days as I read through the Bible I’m reminding myself of this beautiful verse in Hosea (that I googled): 

Bible verse about longing for God

Oh, that we might know the Lord!

    Let us press on to know him.

He will respond to us as surely as the arrival of dawn

    or the coming of rains in early spring.

Hosea 6:3 (NLT)

Click here to download the 30-Day Bible Reading Challenge as a printable PDF. 

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