“Father, make of me a crisis man. Bring those I contact to decision. Let me not be a milepost on a single road;
make me a fork
, that men must turn one way or another on facing Christ in me.” - Jim Elliot

Thursday, January 8, 2009

There are Multiple Ways to Do the Same Thing!

Do not let this Book of the Law
depart from your mouth;
meditate on it day and night,
so that you may be careful
to do everything written in it.
Then you will be prosperous and successful.
Joshua 1:8 NIV

Our Senior Pastor is encouraging us to read through the Bible with him this year. He gave two different daily reading plans. I had tried the first with no success in the past. But I decided to give the second plan a try.

And I am absolutely loving it. I even decided to start a spreadsheet that lists the book, the chapters I read, some thoughts about the reading, and a prayer. It keeps it all cohesive for me.

I thought I would share an excerpt with you. I don't know how to make this look like a spreadsheet, but you'll get the idea...
  • Date: January 7th
  • Book: Job
  • Chapters: 1-2
  • Thoughts: Job interceded for his children by making sacrifices for them. Job worshipped right after he heard all of the trouble. We see what Job is made of in his grief. It's hard to imagine that satan can have an audience with God. Yet Job kept his integrity. "But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips." Job 2:10
  • Prayer: Lord, help me to accept all that You give. Good… and evil. I need to make adjustments to be in Your will. Not You making adjustments to be in mine.
You can see that it has some random thoughts that really struck me... or that I want to remember... or a Bible verse.

I have never read "through" the Bible before. I've always felt a little like I was supposed to... hasn't every other Christian read through the Bible at least once? What guilt! I would make a resolution to do it... but fail. And, again.

I am so excited that this plan is a fit for me... that I wanted to share it with you, sisters (and brothers!) This plan may not be a "fit" for everyone, but it sure encouraged me that there are multiple ways to do the same thing!


Carol said...

Thanks so much for sharing! I printed out the Bible Reading Guide - it looks like fun! I am new at blogging, so am enjoying surfing and seeing how creative people are. Enjoyed your sis's blog and pictures too.
May the New Year be filled with His Abundant Blessings for you in His Word!
Carol in Michigan

Deborah said...

I love this plan too. I've used it a couple of years ago. My internet journey actually started with a group of ladies from our church reading through the Bible together and chatting about what we were reading. That was about 10 years ago. My grandmother would read through a different Bible every year and make notes in them and then give the Bible to her grandchildren. I cherish mine. Vicki Courtney blogged about how she has now done the readings for 10 years and she shows a picture of all her Bibles lined up. She's starting over again using the first one that she started with.

Thanks for the website. I'm had already planned to do this this year, but didn't have a format to follow.

bp said...

Thank you for sharing! I like how you are recording what speaks to you. This will be good to go back and read over in the future.

gideonmommasita said...

Great link! Love the idea of reading through the Bible and skipping around while doing it, I too have tried and failed...

Karen said...

I was given a 365 day bible that is so amazing. I don't have to flip back and forth any more, just turn the page to read old test, new test,a psalm and a prov a day.

I am so glad you are reading through the bible as well. Each day God just shows me more and more of Him as we delve deeper into his Treasure Chest!