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If you are looking for some ideas on how to get into the Bible more this year and stick with it, here are a couple of suggestions.
Start a Reading Plan
There are many different types of reading plans available to you. There is sure to be one that you would enjoy following. If you have a smart phone you can download the free Bible App called YouVersion. They have reading plans built into the app for you. It will also remind you each day to do your reading. There are also many books you can purchase that will give you different reading plans.
Create Your Own
This is what I will be doing this year. I am actually doing a reading plan on YouVersion, but I really enjoy just sitting down with the Bible and reading it directly without any commentary. This plan is very simple. Pick a book from the Bible and start reading. If you have never read the Bible before, don’t start at the beginning. Pick one of the 4 Gospels. I recommend John for first time readers. Get to know Jesus first and that will help to understand everything else.
Tips for sticking with it
If you have tried to read more of the Bible in the past and had problems keeping up with it. Here are a few tips.
Make it part of your daily routine
It should become like eating a meal. When you get hungry, you want to eat. You should notice that you haven’t read your Bible and want to do it. If it becomes more like brushing your teeth, then you aren’t thinking about what you are doing. You know you did the reading, but you don’t really remember what you read. It should be routine, but it should be intentional.
Read with someone else
Find someone to read with you and offer accountability for each other. If you know your friend is reading the same thing, then you feel more inclined to keep up with it. Then if they get behind you can give them a swift kick to get them going again. Just know they may be kicking your tail if you slack off too.
There is something about writing things down that make them stick. You don’t need to write a book about every verse of scripture that you read. You might read an entire chapter and 1 or 2 verses will grab your attention. Jot down your thoughts. Write out a prayer that you were inspired to pray. Whatever comes to mind, put it down on paper. This will help it to stick in your brain and it will also give you a place of reference for later if you come back and read your writings.
I hope that this encourages you to do something different with reading the Bible this year. If you do anything at all, pick up the Bible and just read something. Start small and build up from there.
If you have questions or would like to share how you stick with reading the Bible, please use the comment section below.