When my lovely friend Lindsay Thomas posted on her Instagram story that she was putting together a group to read the entire Bible in one year via the YouVersion Bible app, I immediately jumped in. It is something that I’ve wanted to do for years now and there is no time like the present. I also felt like this was God saying, “here’s the push you need,” so I said yes.
Here are a few of the details.
- We’re reading chronologically, or the order in which scholars believe that the events actually occurred. This means that halfway through Genesis you’re jumping to Job, for example.
- There are anywhere between two and five chapters a day, all of which can be read within fifteen or so minutes (longer if you’re taking notes, referencing other things, etc.)
In addition to the fact that I’m glad I’m reading the Bible (mostly) daily, here are a few things that I really like how this is all set up:
- The accountability. Our group has about 25 people in it and there are checkmarks next to the pictures once the person has completed that day. It is a good push to read for the day but also see the grace in other people getting a little behind as well. We’re all human!
- The Talk It Over section. After each day’s readings, there is a place where people can share what God was showing them today or any questions they have. While it isn’t used by everyone every day, I always like hearing other perspectives.
- It tells you how many days you’ve missed. Depending on your personality type, this could either be productive or disheartening (much like the checkmarks I mentioned above). I choose to make it encouraging and see that as I miss a day I need to make it up.
- It is all on your own schedule. If you miss a day you can do two in one day or tack on an extra chapter here or there. If you’re super productive, you can even get ahead!
- You have to read everything. Not just the fun stuff, but all of the laws and history and genealogy.
But it ain’t all flowers and sunshine. It’s hard. I know it’s bad to say but I’m sorta dreading all the books I tend to skip when I’m reading the Bible on my own. I’m glad that it is forcing (strong word) me to get up earlier to read and start my morning, but when my alarm goes off all I want to do is roll over.
I don’t want to lie and say that it has been easy, or even that I’m caught up to where I’m supposed to be. I will say that it has been worth it. I’ve been able to dive deeper into things that I didn’t already know and affirm the truths I do know. I’ve covered dozens of pages with notes and been encouraged to learn more about God’s character.
Whatever faith you call your own, I hope you’re encouraged to take part in digging deeper.Check out more of my posts about faith here.
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