My Favorite Bible Reading Plan

As we enter into a New Year, I have an offer that I believe will be helpful for you.

And if you are reading this after the start of 2018, I extend the offer to you as well.

I would like to share my favorite bible reading plan: to download and print your own copy, click here Let’s Open God’s Word It is a chronological reading plan that leads you through the Bible in a year.

What I love about it is that you can easily read ahead if you have time and the Psalms are peppered throughout and can be used as easy catch up days if you get behind.

It is one that has been the easiest for me to keep up with over the years, and I love that it can be used as a bookmark and can be checked off day by day as I read.

Would you print it off, fold it, place it as a bookmark in your bible, and start? If you are reading this after January 1, join in and start on today’s date. It is best to start where you are. We have all experienced the failure of “I’ll wait until the conditions are perfect to….”, and it just never happens.

If a year reading plan/goal feels too daunting, make it a ‘90 day trial’ and fall in love with the power of His truth and His presence.

 

 

“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16,17

 

As we seek the Lord’s direction for goals and for the best plan to organize our time and days this coming year so that we may make the most of the days we have been given (Eph. 5:16), here is a little reminder.

We all want ‘more’ and to be more productive and effective. This is good. We never want to become complacent.

And ‘wanting more’ will eventually lead to ‘doing’ more, but may we not allow the drive to ‘do’ (and our to-do lists) steal from the receiving. (See this post from the 2017 new year)

This is more important than all the goal setting and the seeking to fulfill our calling and the answer to the ‘what to do next’ questions.

The secret to our success is the ‘being’.

If we don’t take the time to ‘be (to sit with the Lord, to partake of the Living Water, to abide in Him) then we won’t have the power to DO more of anything that will truly last.

(check out more on this idea here)

So, may daily time with the Lord and His Word be at the top of our list of goals for this year and in our daily schedule: time with the Creator of the Universe, our All-Knowing, All-Sufficient Creator and Lord, in His Word and prayer, listening and obeying.

“Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you” James 4:7,8a. Why would we neglect such an invitation and opportunity?

 

Pray about joining me this year. And let me know. I would love to hear from you!

 

This encouragement is continued here as we explore the real reason behind why it is just so difficult to be consistent.

 

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Why is There So Much Resistance?

Sometimes we are led down paths that bring us right up against obstacles and challenges that we don’t understand and make us wonder, “Have I missed it?”

These are times that we need to rest in the knowledge that God loves us and knows what He is doing. All the time.

 

“In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ;…” 1 Peter 1:6,7

 

From the Father’s Heart for you today:

I call you by name.

You as an individual not just one of the ‘useable crowd.’

Come.

I call you, My child, the one whom I have individually crafted with longings and desires, gifts and talents, and particular hopes and dreams.

And I have allowed resistance and heartache and struggle FOR purpose.

 

See, without ‘exercise’ and ‘resistance’ even your ‘soul muscles’ atrophy. Too much ease is not healthy or helpful. In fact, it is harmful (inside and out) like never getting off the couch would be detrimental to you emotionally (inside) and physically (out).

If you need another good visual of this truth: what if you only ate candy?

Sometimes in this life, you slip into only wanting ‘candy’: the good, sweet, easy, and happy, with no resistance.

But it’s just not healthy for you.

People slip into terribly unhealthy patterns in the ‘easy’ times.

 

Let Me change your perceptive on things.

 

Yes, I know that it is hard to give thanks in all things, but I say, “Rejoice always” (1 Thes. 5:16).

Simply put into practice what I say, trusting Me with the ‘why’ and the hard to understand, and see that I AM good and that I always have a reason behind ‘the thing’ and a bigger purpose in mind.

 

Come and trust Me, My child, with your life and your days and your future.

 

-What is your ‘thing’ that seems to be standing in your way right now, making life hard?
-Decide to trust Him with it. And pray. Phil. 4:4-7

 

“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” James 1:2-5
  And sometimes (not always, but sometimes) we can look back and see that there was a clear defined path there all along.

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