Two Lenten Bible Reading Plans for the Gospel of John

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READING PLAN #1: The Simple Gospel of John Bible Reading Plan

  • 5 readings per week for 8 weeks, beginning the week of February 19th, the week of Ash Wednesday, and continuing through the week after Easter, April 9th.
  • A simple plan to help you hear from God through scripture reading- Stillness, Attention, Connection, Invitation to Action, and Prayer.
  • The reading plan is designed with grace. 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.
  • Consider printing the plan on card stock and using it as a bookmark.

CLICK HERE to download the reading plan

READING PLAN #2: Gospel of John Bible Reading Plan With Prompts

  • 6 readings per week for 7 weeks, beginning the week of February 26th, the first full week of Lent, and continuing through the week after Easter, April 9th.
  • A simple plan to help you hear from God through scripture reading- Scripture, Observation, Application, and Prayer.
  • The reading plan includes a prayer prompt or simple action to help bring the reading for the day to life.

2023 Simple Gospel of John Reading Plan © 2023 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia. You’re welcome to share this plan with others. Please do not claim it or publish it as your own.

2023 Gospel of John Reading Plan with Prompts © 2023 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia. You’re welcome to share this plan with others. Please do not claim it or publish it as your own.

Jesus, You are Speaking – a prayer inspired by Hebrews 1

Hebrews 1:1-2
Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds.

Jesus, Word of God
You are speaking
Help us listen

You speak words of deliverance
Words of life

Wisdom and Truth
Healing and Hope

Invitations to rest and
Invitations to action

Jesus, Word of God
You are speaking
Help us listen and follow

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Jesus, You are Speaking © 2023 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia, http://www.revlisad.com
Hebrews 1:1-4, (5-12) is read on — Christmas — Nativity of the Lord – All Years
Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:5-12 is read on Year B — Season after Pentecost — Proper 22 (27)

2023 Bible Reading Plan for the New Year

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The 2023 Bible Reading Plan for the New Year includes:

  • 5 readings per week for 7 weeks, beginning the week of January 1st and continuing through the season of Epiphany. You’ll start the next reading plan for Lent beginning the week of February 19th.
  • The readings take you through the New Testament books of 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Galatians, and Philippians.
  • A simple plan to help you hear from God through scripture reading- Stillness, Attention, Connection, Invitation to Action, and Prayer.
  • The reading plan is designed with grace. 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.
  • Consider printing the plan on card stock and using it as a bookmark.

CLICK HERE to download the reading plan

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2023 Bible Reading Plan for the New Year © 2023 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia. You’re welcome to share this plan with others. Please do not claim it or publish it as your own.

Two Prayers Based on Psalm 19.7-14

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based on Psalm 19:7-14

Prayer: Words and Ways
Your words and ways are
Perfect
Sure
Right
Clear

Your words and ways are
Pure
True
Righteous
Every one

Their value, beyond price
Their goodness, beyond delight
Their counsel, enduring blessing

Place in me a longing
To desire them
Become them
Every one

Prayer: Rock and Redeemer
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
– Psalm 19:14

Revive my soul
Make me wise
Re-joy my heart
Enlighten my eyes

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
– Psalm 19:14

Grant me holy reverence
A desire for you
And your goodness, alone

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
– Psalm 19:14

Clear me of hidden falsehood
Making way for your ways
Your innocence, reborn

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
– Psalm 19:14

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Words and Ways © 2021 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
Rock and Redeemer © 2021 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
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Recommended Resource- Pray As You Go

Update: This post is from 2019 with a few updates. I recently returned to using Pray As You Go and wondered why I ever stopped. It’s a rich, beautiful resource which never fails to connect me to God through scripture and stillness. I still highly recommend it. 

Followers of Jesus nurture their relationship with God by “doing devotions.” We head to the bookstore, or maybe even our local church, to pick up a guide to read on a daily basis. It’s a great way to build a habit of spending time with God and very helpful for stretching us in our understanding of God’s character and Word.

Here’s where it can be problematic:

  • We’re always reading about someone else’s encounter with God in place of having encounters ourselves. We stay at a distance from God.
  • Our devotions become knowledge-driven or emotion-driven rather than Scripture-driven and encounter-driven. We may find what we read interesting, we may be stirred by the story, but are we receiving it as a call to apply spiritual truth to our life?
  • Our prayer life stays shallow if we only use the prayers of others and never practice praying ourselves.
  • We can become forever dependent on an “expert” rather than trusting God wants to speak to us right now, at whatever point we are in our journey of faith.

So do we dump the devotional books/guides and just read the Scripture? Well… Reading Scripture can be a powerful daily devotion option, especially when you use one of these approaches to give you some structure. “Just me and my Bible” can also be intimidating, confusing, and lonely.

It’s no wonder we struggle.

For many of us, we need something in between. We want to encounter God in a transforming way through the Scriptures, but we also need some guidance. I found this in between, this sweet spot of devotional practice, through a resource called Pray as You Go. 

pray as you goPray As You Go is an audio and written prayer practice offered seven days per week via a free website and app by Jesuit Media Initiatives. It is helpful for both Catholics and Protestants because it’s so Scripture driven.

  • Each session begins with a bell or chime followed by music to help you settle into a prayerful frame of mind
  • A Scripture is read
  • Reflection questions based on the Scripture are offered with time for you to respond by simply talking or listening to God
  • The Scripture is read again followed by a closing blessing

The aim of Pray as You Go is to help you to:

  • become more aware of God’s presence in your life
  • listen to and reflect on God’s Word
  • grow in your relationship with God

How I find Pray as You Go helpful 

  • Its peaceful meditative tone is a very different tone than my loud, full, rushed day. I need this time of stillness and contemplation.
  • The questions appeal to my imagination. They open me to explore the Scripture, to listen deeply, to engage it for myself. It is an experience. The questions can also challenge me to look at a passage in a new or deeper way.
  • The open-ended questions help me apply what I’m hearing
  • I feel connected to a community of believers rather than by myself. I especially like the music selections from around the world.
  • It uses texts throughout the Bible so I don’t just read my favorite passages
  • I like to settle into a comfortable chair when I use Pray as You Go. Others use it during their morning commute, on a break during the work day, while out for a walk, etc.
  • After the 10-13 minute devotion, I’m motivated to continue praying or journaling

I’d love to hear from you! 

  • Give Pray as You Go a try. How was the experience?
  • What is your current devotional practice? How is it helpful to you?
  • How have your devotional practices changed as you’ve matured in faith?

May the Lord bless you and bring strength and transformation into your life through your devotional practices. – Lisa <><

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Recommendation- Pray As You Go © 2019 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
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