I fell in love with the Scriptures as a young child. I came to Christ in late elementary school and was baptized when I was 10 years old. In 1999, I went on a Youth trip to spend the night in a cave and as we all settled down to sleep in total darkness, I discovered a treasure. Using the dim glow of the cavern’s mounted electric lamp system (which hadn’t been turned off for sleeping yet), I dug into my backpack to find a package. My mother had written me a note and wrapped up a pristine, shiny, new NKJV Bible. I still remember this moment and how special it felt uncovering the Word beneath the earth.
That Bible is now worn and well-loved. Though I have used other versions over the years, I keep coming back to my old NKJV and spending time in its note-ridden, soft pages. The picture above this post is of my “illuminated” first page of John. I did this artwork last night as a way to further endear this book to me.
As much as I love the Bible — and this copy in particular — I sometimes struggle to read it every day. When I was a young girl and teenager, it wasn’t so hard. I’ve always been good at self-discipline and I kept up a regular quiet time that enabled me to read through the entire Bible probably several times over. I loved to study its words and try to discern more about the mysterious and yet intimate God above.
In growing older, I began to drift away from my regular quiet time routine in favor of trying some different Christian methods of prayer, contemplation, and scripture reading (including a bazillion different translations). Throughout the past few months, however, I’ve been yearning for my regular, daily Bible reading.
I’ve made sure my phone and Kindle Fire are both filled with Bible apps so I can read it on the go. I keep my real Bible by my bed at night. I keep a journal to help me keep track of what I’ve read.
It isn’t always easy, but here are some tips I have for reading your Bible every day.
- Take a minute in the morning to read a chapter from Psalms or Proverbs.-
The Proverbs are a great way to start reading Scripture. There are 31 chapters in Proverbs and you can conveniently read one for every day of the month (or 2 on the 30th of some months). There are 150 Psalms, so it would take more than a month to read through them (if you’re choosing 1 a day), but I find that reading a Psalm and a Proverb every day helps me to feel grounded and centered in Scripture.
- Take some time at night to read from a Gospel, Epistle, or Old Testament book.-
Pick a book of the Bible and read a chapter before bed. Make notes. Pray about passages that strike you or ones that confuse you. Ponder it and journal about it.
- Find a “Read Through the Bible in a Year” plan that works for you.-
I’m lucky in that my bible above has a plan for this in the back, but if your Bible doesn’t, I assure you that you can find one online easily. Having a plan for reading through the Bible in a year will require you to read it every day in order to keep on track. This is a terrific way to build a habit of daily Bible reading and at the end of the year, not only will you have a great discipline established, but you’ll have read through all the books of the Bible!
- Use devotionals.-
Most devotionals these days have scripture quotations built into the devotional text. This should probably not be a stopping place for you (as it is difficult to feel the full weight of verses without their chapter context), but it is a great place to start reading more Scripture.
To help me read the Bible every day, I’m doing the following (breaking it up throughout the day):
-Reading 1 Proverb, 1 Psalm, 1 Gospel chapter, 1 Old Testament chapter, and 1 New Testament chapter a day.
It may seem like a lot, but I LOOOOVE to read and this will ensure that I’ll not only read the Bible in a year, but I’ll also read through different parts of the Bible and get a larger picture of the whole “story” of Christ.
How do you incorporate daily Bible reading into your life? I’d love to hear!
** You can also find me every Monday over at In Grace Ministries! Today on their blog, I talk about developing a life of prayer! **