Friday, January 22, 2010

Healthy Habit #1 for 2010: Daily Bible Reading

Number one on my list of health-giving habits to focus on this year is my Daily Bible Reading. Actually, my ultimate goal is to read through the entire Bible this year, which is something I have not accomplished in about a decade, but I am focusing on the habit, not the goalRemember?  That means, that even if I fall behind schedule, I will continue to read the Bible daily until I eventually make it all the way through.  It also means that if I wake up late one morning, and don't have time to complete the entire passage for that day, that I will not say, "Nevermind, I don't have time to read my Bible this morning."  Rather, I will open my Bible and read a portion of the passage, because I am focusing on being faithful!

Part of what I want to cultivate this year is the habit of reading the Bible first thing each morning, before I blog, before I check my email, before I exercise, before I eat, before I tackle the many duties of the day.  It is common for me to wake up in the morning with a million thoughts swirling through my mind, and to start mulling over everything I have to do that day, before the coffee is even done brewing.  Like Martha, I can become weighed down with much serving, so I am purposing to become more like Mary, who consciously chose to sit at the feet of Jesus. She must have felt the pull to help her sister in the kitchen, but according to Jesus, she chose "the better part."  Obviously, sitting at the feet of Jesus will not put a meal on the table for many hungry mouths, provide clean clothes for nearly a dozen people, or teach my children the three R's, but by sitting at Jesus' feet each morning, it is my hope that I will be able to serve my family with the right heart attitude throughout the day.

Luke 10:42:   But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

God knows that we have the tendency to be distracted and weighed down with the cares of this life, and instructs us to seek Him first, by faith, and trust that He will take care of everything that we need for the journey. 

Matthew 6:33:  "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."

So, this year I am committing myself to re-establish the habit of reading God's Word first thing each morning, and not letting it get pushed aside by the busyness of the day.  I am also following this Bible Reading plan that I learned about on The Stay at Home Missionary's blog.  It is quite different in that you read from four places in the Bible each day, which solves the problem of being "stuck" in the Old Testament for nine months out of the year.  It may seem cumbersome, but it is easy to keep your place by printing out the bookmarks from the website and placing them in your Bible in Genesis, Psalms, Matthew, and Acts, and moving them along each day as you read the appropriate passages. 

I have decided to dedicate one Bible for my daily reading, and carry a different Bible to church.  For the last several years I have been using a Parallel Bible, with the KJV on the left side of the page, and the Amplified version on the right side. This year, for my daily reading through the Bible, I am using the John McArthur Study Bible in the NKJV and thoroughly enjoying both the translation and the many study notes on each page!!       

I'd love to hear from you, if you have made a commitment to daily Bible reading, or have a goal of reading through the Scriptures this year.  May we encourage each other to be faithful!


busymomof10 said...

I forgot to mention that another thing I like about this Bible Reading plan is that it only has 25 readings per month, which gives you a little cushion, in case you get behind! Because Life happens . . . it is nice to have a little bit of Grace built into your plan!

Melinda said...

I did a Bible Study with my sisters last year on Quiet Times and one of the things I came away with was that we think we have so much to we skip reading God's Word and praying in order to get more done. The point was made that the only way we will be able to do the things God has called us to do that day is IF we stop and do the one thing that is needful, spending time with Him. THAT alone will enable us to accomplish His will for us for that day. Anyways, I thought it was a good point! :)

11arrows said...

I really desire to search the scriptures and go on HIS word not my emotions! So hard to do sometimes! I am a mommy of 11 beautiful arrows and LOVED the title of your blog!
Blessings to you!

dyslexic different thinking me said...

I am so with you on this. I have come to realize that before I read my email or any of my favorite blogs or whatever . . . I want/no, I NEED . . . to get with Jesus, IN HIS WORD and allow Him the chance to communicate with me regarding my day ahead. He IS the MOST important part of my day ~ certainly the most important communication I need to start my day with. It's awesome to learn that others like yourself are having the same conviction. As you so well stated: Lets encourage eachother!

Noel said...

I've made the same "resolution" for this year. I'm reading 4 chapters a day and I'll switch back and forth from OT to NT. I wish you well with your resolution!

Tina said...

I love this post. I too have the goal of daily Bible reading, but often find life with children gets in the way. I am determined to make it a priority every morning, also getting the kids involved. Thanks for your encouragement and reminder.

Jules said...

Several years ago I started reading the Bible through in 18 months. I also had a 'cushion' in that I didn't plan any readings for the weekend so that I could catch up if life happened. I used to read 4 days from the OT and 1 day from the NT. Last year I followed the same pattern of 4 OT and 1 NT and read chronologically. This year I decided to really do it chronologically so I'll be spending 9 months in the OT. Not sure what is harder: no break from the OT for 9 months, or reading the same thing in the Gospels day after day. Don't get me wrong: I love the gospels but when you're reading in chronological order it can get a little tedious reading the same story 4 times. Who knows, perhaps I'll change my reading plan before the year is too old?

I really encourage you to keep going. It doesn't matter if it takes a year or two or even three. There's so much value in reading through the whole Bible - even if it takes a lifetime!

Christy, the Notable Blogger said...

I had heard of that "four places" Bible reading, but because I have trouble with missing a day and feeling the need to catch up and not being able to and therefore giving up entirely because the thought of having to catch up on 125 chapters in the Bible all in one day is overwhelming--much like how overwhelming that grotesquely run-on sentence is. Ha! But your first comment settles it! I'm going to join you. I get mired down in the major prophets, and the doom and gloom doesn't make me run to my Bible reading cushion very quickly. This method will solve that. Thanks!!! Oh, I have the same goal as you, because if ANYTHING else slips in or a child wakes early, Bible gets pushed out and before you know it it's time for tomorrow's reading. We do a family Scripture read-aloud, but I do also enjoy the personal time of my own reading. Enjoyed, thank you!

Rebecca's Refining said...

Great reminder! I too find it too easy to get "busy" with the duties of the day instead of getting up earlier to begin the day in the Bible and in prayer! I love how you bring out that faithfulness is what is important....God is in control of the outcomes, but we need to be faithful...even in the little things! Bible reading seems like such a "little" thing to do, and yet, it is often the thing left off our lists! God rewards faithfulness...whether or not you finish your goal of reading through the Bible this year, you will still reap great blessings! Love you!
May we both be found faithful!! I love you!!

Vivianna said...

Yes, I will join you in reading the Bible in one year plan. I love the John MacArthur study Bible! I am going to print out the plan for the year.

Thank you for the encouragement!


Vivianna said...

Yes, I will join you in reading the Bible in one year plan. I love the John MacArthur study Bible! I am going to print out the plan for the year.

Thank you for the encouragement!


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