I have started to read the Bible in a year plan for the last decade. It’s embarrassing to admit, but I have failed every time. Somewhere in the middle of the Old Testament and a busy life, I suddenly skipped a day and then another and then it felt like a lost cause. I simple shrugged my shoulders and said, “Maybe next year,” the way we treat a new diet that we’ve failed or a New Years’ Resolution. But…then my life changed.
My great grandmother passed away, leaving behind a beautiful faith and scripture-filled legacy that I wanted a piece of. So, here I am; 60 chapters done in 6 days and I come thirsty for more every morning as I excitedly open up the Word to read and discover more.
So, what am I doing?
I am reading the Horner’s Bible Plan and I selected it among the hundreds of other choices for 2 reasons:
- Read & Retain: It is designed to read and re-read with no real ending. It is also built to help you retain every time you read through it, which if you’re someone like me, retention is super powerful when memory verses weren’t really your thing as you tried, failed and started over again. Believe it or not, the man who created this program has been doing it for 23 years and can quote entire books of the Bible. INCREDIBLE!
- Read through multiple times in a year converting between old and new testament: This one is important because I have cherry-picked the Word in the sense that I read what I want to read and skip over the lineages and measurements of the ark and skip through books like, ahem, Leviticus. I’ve learned that to know God fully means that we must also know His Word fully. Within each page of scripture is a glimpse of His heart.
So, I don’t know about you, but I’d really like to be a Bible Boss in a world that glorifies knowing all of the reality TV stars lives but can’t tell you one bit of the Bible. I’d really like to quote off scripture like my favorite song lyrics in opposition to the world that quotes off filthy rap music and spits game to their crush through a hook-up app. Believe me, in the first 6 days, I am beginning to see the disconnect between where God calls us and where I have been living…Let’s study to learn and live out the Word in the world that rolls their eyes at modesty and bashes women who believe in submission and sanctification.
So, if you are in…let’s do this. I am creating weekly summaries of the chapters we read each week along with a questionnaire and deeper studying.
I’m excited to study God’s Word with you. I know that by leaning into His Word, we can rest in His promises, His truths, and His will. Let’s do this!