I recently asked some Christian women what their number one obstacle was to reading their Bible. Many women responded with- distractions. It seems we all get distracted when we read The Bible. A great way to study focused while reading The Bible is to use a Bible Reading Plan. In this post, I will teach you how to Read The Bible using a Bible Reading Plan.
What is a Bible Reading Plan
Simply put, a Bible Reading Plan is a list of Bible verses to read in a set number of days.
The Bible Reading Plan can be digital- using a Bible reading app, or found on a website, or getting daily verses sent to our email inbox.
Bible Reading Plans can also be physical- printing out copies and placing them in your Bible to follow along.
How to Read the Bible using a Bible Reading Plan
While you read this post, you might find these steps elementary. But I’m choosing to address these steps because these are the moments that make it harder for people to read The Bible.
I want to help you make it as easy as possible to read your Bible. Taking away simple barriers will help you read The Bible more regularly.
The fewer barriers = you read your Bible often.
1. Choose a Bible Reading Plan
One question I hear most often is where to start Reading the Bible. When you don’t know what to read, the changes are greater that you won’t read at all. Choosing and following a Bible reading plan will take the guesswork out of what you are reading.
A Bible reading plan will tell you what to read each day of the week.
The best way to pick a Bible reading plan is to consider 2 things.
There are many Bible reading plans out there. Each has different amounts of verses for you to read and will guide you through verses in different amounts of time.
For example: in my Bible reading app there is 7-day Bible reading plans and also 350-day Bible reading plans and everything in between.
So, take a minute and decide how many verses you want to read each day and how many days you want to follow The Bible Reading Plan.
The next thing to consider is what topic you want to read about. If you want to read The Bible in a year- choose a plan that will help you do that.
If you want to read about The Character of God- choose a Bible Reading Plan that will help you learn more about who God is.
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2. Put your Bible Reading Plan in an accessible spot
Anytime I want to read my Bible, I can get easily distracted by finding my Bible and my reading plan. If these items are not in an easy-to-find spot- I can see another task I want to complete and choose not to read The Bible that day.
To help change this, I placed my Bible and my Bible Reading Plan in the same spot. Somewhere I could access easily and can remember without worrying that my Bible and my kids will destroy notes.
I like to place my Bible and notebook on a bookshelf in the living room. I spend most of the day in the living room so I can easily access what I need.
Not only that, but seeing the Bookshelf reminds me I want to read The Bible that day.
What about you, where in your house can you put your Bible and Bible reading plan? (let me know in the comments below)
3. Find the right verse to read for the day
Now that you have the Bible Reading plan and you have put it in a safe + accessible spot- it’s time to use the plan.
Most reading plans give you verse references to read each day.
There are a few ways this can be done, but for simplicity’s sake, let’s pretend it’s the first day of September 2022.
Take out your Bible reading plan and find the right month and date.
This can be a specific date, or you can read the first reference on the first day of the month and so on.
4. Find The Verse
Once you have found the right day in your Bible reading plan, it’s time to find the verse and read it.
To find your verse- take out a physical Bible, an online Bible, or a Bible app.
Find the chapter, then the verse/s.
5. Read The Verse & find understanding
Once you have found the verse, now it’s time to read it. Some Bible reading plans only have a couple of verses for you to read each day. When that’s the case, I like to read it over a couple of times so that I can meditate on it and what it means to me.
Once you have read the verse, you can take Bible Reading to the next level and take some time to understand what it means. You can do this by asking a few key questions or using a Bible study method to help grasp a better understanding of the verse.
6. Track your progress
Our minds were created to LOVE winning. I can’t tell you how much I love checking something off my to-do list. I even got a planner that small boxes I could check!
What does this have to do with reading your Bible?
To help you keep reading your Bible, track your progress. Tick a box and cross it off your to-do list. The more times you “win” reading your Bible, the more you are going to want to do it.
Grab a 1 Year Bible Reading Plan
Do you struggle with having consistent Bible reading time? I made an easy-to-follow and flexible reading plan. Read each scripture and go to the next, or pick and choose the ones you want.
This Bible reading plan Will Help You: Save Time, have some flexibility, and encourage you to keep going. If you have been struggling to read your bible every day, this reading plan was made for you!
Click here to grab your plan today.