I paired my daily journaling with a Bible study plan that I clumsily put together.
Over the years, I’ve read pretty much the same books over and over, particularly books that matched the holidays (Exodus, Mathew/Mark/Luke/John) and commonly quoted ones (1 Corinthians, Proverbs, Psalms, Song of Solomon). Guess what, there are a lot more chapters… 66 actually. I wanted to be sure that I made it a priority to get to those smaller overlooked chapters too.
Also, full disclosure: I have tried reading the whole Bible several times starting from Genesis. Somewhere after Exodus my eyes would cross and I would lose momentum much the same way as a New Years’ Resolution. Don’t even get me started on the Old English versions. If anyone ever suggested that I take time to read the whole Bible, my rebellious side reared up and I would get incredibly offended that they assumed I had not already.
I’m not a Christian that could be ‘recruited’ by man. I had to develop my relationship with God on my own time and do things my way—the hard way first. This is one of my stubborn natural flaws. (My husband is a very patient man).
So here I go, into the Word. The best part is I am finding more independence by developing my own experience and familiarity of scripture that often is misquoted to fit social preferences and/or used for attacks. Now if anyone would have put it to me that way, I may have jumped in sooner…
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
My plan is to apply Dave Ramsey’s Baby Step 2: Debt Snowball to reading the Word. After a quick consultation with the interwebs, I came across several lists listing the books of the Bible from smallest to largest. There wasn’t a lot of agreement and I find mistakes along the way but it was a start for me.
Here’s a break down if you’d like to get started too:
The Old Testament:
- LAW: Genesis to Deuteronomy
- HISTORY: Joshua to Esther
- POETRY: Job to Song of Songs
- MAJOR PROFITS: Isaiah to Daniel
- MINOR PROFITS: Hosea to Malachi
The New Testament:
- GOSPELS: Matthew to John
- LETTERS: Romans to Jude
- Third John
- Second John
- Second Thessalonians
- Second Chronicles