I’ve spent years looking for the perfect Bible reading plan.
- Not too much reading per day, not too little
- Easy enough for a beginner, challenging enough for a seasoned saint
- Five days per week so you can catch up if you miss a day or two.
The search did not bear fruit; it only delayed me reading the Bible at all. (Excellence is a virtue. Perfectionism is its evil, twisted shadow-side.)
Here’s the truth- There is no perfect reading plan.
The important thing is to just read, to intentionally and regularly seek God through God’s Word.
It’s essential. This is how we learn what God’s voice sounds like, who God is, who we are, and what God desires for us. This is how we hear God speak into our lives day after day after day.
So, let’s get reading.
If you have a favorite Bible Reading Plan great! Use it!
If not, consider using my favorite plan – the Five Day Bible Reading Plan by the good folks at Lower Lights Publications.
Here’s why I think it’s the best.
1. It’s free.
2. They update the reading schedule dates for each new year, but the reading plan itself stays the same.
3. It’s easy to print and slip into your Bible or journal. (8.5 X 11, folded in half) You could even paste it into a planner or hole-punch it for your planner.
4. There are boxes to check next to each day’s reading assignment and each week’s assignment. (a built-in habit tracker)
5. You can start anytime during the year.
6. It’s designed with grace. There are weeks when I miss a reading day. If I use a 7-day-a-week plan I get behind and I get discouraged and I drop out. A 5-day reading plan leaves room to catch up and to rest.
7. It’s flexible. Do all the suggested readings and you’ll read through the entire Bible in a year. Or choose just the Old Testament readings or just the New Testament readings. Or choose the Old or New Testament plus the Psalms.
8. In this plan, you often read straight through an entire book of the Bible. There are some exceptions.
9. Big bonus- you read the Bible in chronological order rather than in book order. This opens your eyes to the grand sweep of the Biblical narrative. It’s especially helpful to read the overlapping material in 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, and 1 & 2 Chronicles side by side. Plus, you will read one of the Gospels in each quarter of the year.
Well, there you have it, the best Bible reading plan I’ve found. I’d love to hear how it works for you.- Lisa <><
Bonus: Check out Steve Harper’s post entitled A Transforming Use of Scripture for insights on our motivation in approaching the Scriptures and the process God uses through Scripture to make us new.
Why This Plan is the Best Bible Reading Plan © 2019 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
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