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 :)