A Flexible Bible Reading Idea for the New Year

bigstock-Wind-turning-page-of-Bible-36856166How many times have you started a Bible reading program in January to see if fizzle somewhere in March.  The one problem I’ve found with most plans is that enforces a set amount of time per day.  Unfortunately, most of our days don’t follow that rigorous of a schedule.  Or we have the time but we’re exhausted.  We turn the pages but everything just bounces off. Life interferes, guilt sets in, we find ourselves a week behind, and simply give up.  Been there, done that, and have a drawer of t-shirts to prove it.  One method that works for me is a charting system. No daily minimums or maximums and no set pattern. My only rule (with the exception of Psalms and Proverbs) is to read one book at a time. Only have a few minutes? Pick a shorter book or some of the Psalms.  Got a long car ride or business trip, pick one of the longer books that would normally be difficult to get through in one setting.  At the end of your reading time simply mark off the chapters that you finished. Once a book is finished ask the Lord what comes next. In other words, allow your Bible reading to fit into whatever the day brings.  I have tried a lot of methods and this one works best for me.

Here are a couple of links.  A downloadable, printable, PDF.  There is also a link to a Google Docs Spreadsheet, simply make a copy into your own Google Drive. Nice thing about Google Drive is that will work on just about anything and is automatically saved to the cloud.  For those using MS Office or something similar I have provided an old fashioned Excel File.

I’d love to hear about your progress and what the Lord has been showing you in His Word.    

<<Bible Reading Chart in a Goggle Docs Share>>

<<Bible Reading Chart in PDF Form>>

<<Bible Reading Chart in Excel File>>

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Dale lives in central Illinois with Betty, his wife of 37+ years. He has a theology degree from Oral Roberts University. Dale works full time as an IT director for a local school district. He sees his writing as a ministry and hopes that you were blessed, challenged, and inspired by this article and lambchow.com.
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