Monday 27 January 2014

Reading it through MY way!

Ok, that is not meant to sound prideful or anything.  Its just that if someone tells me to do something in a certain manner, my mind says NOOOOO!  I appear to suffer from a little inner rebellion, lol!  So, dieting is a blast NOT!  I have learnt (am learning) to find a way of eating that suits me without someone telling me how to eat and what to eat.  Silly I know...

The same sort of issue applies with regards to reading the bible through from cover to cover.  So I start looking for reading programs.  Read it through in a year, in 90 days, 7 days a week, 5 days a week, with or without weekends.  The options are endless and that is great.  I start out and already on day one I am annoyed.  Its more like a race to read today's stuff as soon as possible.  Then my normal quiet time suffers because I don't want to read more and I don't want to have a quiet time because I'm going to be reading pages and pages of the word anyway.


Am I the only one who does this kind of mental gymnastics?  Its so exhausting.  So, like with dieting, I have found a solution to my problem:

Problem - Read the bible through cover to cover!
Solution - Read it like I would any other book!

Yep, I am going to read the bible the way I would any other book.  Read until I need a tea, or when my chores are done.  The same way I would read a book I purchased or borrowed to, well, read!

And two weeks in I am already more than half way through Deuteronomy.  As soon as I start to aim for the next chapter, I remind myself I am reading this like a book, not chapter for chapter, but for the content itself!  What a pleasure thus far.  There is no pressure for "when to finish" and I am enjoying doing it this way.  I also am finding that I'm getting into the stories, like a novel.  Only difference to reading any other book is I sit here with my highlighters, lol!

Hebrew 4 v 12:  For the Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.


I would love for you to join me on my quest to read the bible cover to cover.... Let me know if you do and how you have chosen to do it :)

God bless
Tracy

11 comments:

  1. Oh how I can identify with you on this subject. MUST DO's ( says who) don't go down well with me either, GOOD FOR YOU'S ( I'll decide that) not much better.

    Many years ago I was part of a Monday morning bible groep- lovely bunch of people. We studied the readings of the previous (Sun)day as they were fresh in our memory. In doing so we ambled through the other books ( isn't the bible a series of books combined as one - thats' what I learnt anyway- instead of chapters?) in search of wisdom and like minded text to underline and compare. A disjointed but fun way to familiarise ourselves with the bible's contents. We came a long way and were comfortable to-ing and fro-ing between books!
    When I now approach the bible to 'read it through" I strive to read a book - Deuteronomy, or Book of Wisdom, Malachi, Philemon, Micah, Romans. Feels more comfortable and less daunting. Gives a great feeling too, having read a book.

    And that dieting- yes well, I too know what is right for me- and others think they know what's better for me!! So I take a bit of right and a bit of better- and makes for a compromise! Everyone happy......!

    Soldier on Tracey and thank you for sharing.

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  2. (Bragging Alert?)
    My goal for the year was to read the bible in a month, so I started Jan 1, and ended Jan 26 (yesterday). And I used a 365 plan (http://www.bible-reading.com/bible-plan.pdf) and skipped around though.
    Totally relate to sitting with pens and highlighters and a cup of tea!
    Good luck!

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  3. Hey Tracy ~ This sounds like a great plan. I too can't follow a real reading plan. But reading a book...I can do. Maybe I will try this. Of course I have to have the highlighters as well. Now the dieting...I haven't found the long term secret for me. Oh well....Good luck on your reading and eating journey.
    God bless you my friend....Chelle

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  4. I don't follow reading plans either. When I've read through the Bible, I've done it cover to cover, just like any book. One way to make it even more special is to remember that it is God's love letter to us! And who wouldn't want to read every single word of a love letter?? :-) Blessings and enjoy the Good Book today!

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  5. I've had the same issues and I really like your epiphany! I am doing to give it a whirl!

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  6. So your mind plays games with you, too! LOL - When we had a house with a big tub, I found that was a great place to read un-interrupted:) I can't start at the beginning, though - because I always start at the beginning and never finish - so I want to start with the last book of the O.T. and move forward! I need to pick up this gauntlet you've just thrown down!!!

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  7. Yes, it is important to find a way to read the Bible that suits you. Sometimes just changing to a different translation do the trick. But I always start with a prayer for the Holy Spirit to open my eyes to see the wonders of God. Thank you for sharing. Blessings, Mari-Anna

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  8. Tracy...You have a great plan in place. I've read the Bible through twice and once I used a reading plan and the second time I read it as you described...just like I would any other book. I have to say I enjoyed reading it the latter way. I gained much more from that and every minute I got to sit and read was precious to me. Keep it up! And thank you for sharing your post at WJIM's Monday's Musings.Blessings.

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  9. I started out with a plan but for the most part I am simply reading. I'm listening to an audio of the Bible and reading along with it. For me, reading through the Bible this year was more about establishing a routine of spending time in His Word daily then a focus of getting through the Bible by the end of the year. The time needs to be something I look forward to and enjoy. So I'm just reading...and loving every minute.
    Great post!
    Blessings,
    Beth

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  10. I had to give up trying to read the entire Bible through in one year. Usually I read a couple of chapters in the New Testament, but somehow I ended up in the stories about David and kept reading. A plan is good for those who like plans (and lists) but not so good for me. I must digest what I read and at my own pace. Thanks for sharing with us here at "Tell Me a Story"

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  11. Tracy, I use Tyndale's One Year Bible -- the first time I read it in the NLT, but now I choose a different translation each year. The whole Bible and reading plan are available online. I also use Nelsons' Quick Reference Commentary by Warren Wiersbe to help me through with the heavier Old Testament parts. It's a short one-page read each day, and it's devotional in flavor -- it's sweet little resource that helps me tremendously.

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