Like a Tree

read through the bible

Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers. Psalm 1:1-3

I read the Bible. It’s my favorite book–really. When I read it I laugh, or cry, or shake my head. Sometimes I whisper a hushed “wow”.

For years I have followed a Bible reading plan designed to help me read the whole Bible in a year. The first time I followed the plan I was legalistic and rigid. I had to follow the plan to the letter. If I missed a day I had to start with the passages I missed and read through the current assigned passage. When you’re reading Old Testament passages that can get overwhelming. I always felt like I was playing catch-up. Since I’d never read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation I was very determined to start and finish it. I did it! Through that process I developed a love for God and His Word like I’d never had before.

Fast forward a few years. I still follow the same Bible reading plan. Today my goal is to read God’s Word everyday not so I can check some imaginary box that says I read the Bible; but, so I can hear what the One True God wants to say to me. Sometimes I read the assigned chapters and verses in their entirety. Sometimes I read one verse or one story and listen as God speaks to my heart. Each day I simply begin reading the assigned passage for that day. I don’t feel behind anymore. God’s Word is alive and powerful. The more I read it the more alive I feel.

Have you read the Bible lately? Here are some Bible reading plans that might be helpful.

1. 13 Bible reading plans

2. Printable plan: Reading different parts of Bible each day. i.e. Epistles on Sunday, Law on Monday, History on Tuesday.

3. Choose your translation. Also includes search options for passages based on keyword or topic. Good site.

4. My printable plan. I’ve tried other plans but this is my favorite. Each day there is an Old Testament and New Testament and passage.

I’ve also shared My 5 Tips for Reading Through the Bible that might be helpful to you.

 


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2 Responses to Like a Tree

  1. Charlie May 31, 2012 at 1:16 am #

    One of my daily devotions contains links to daily readings in the Bible and I read those most days. I’m amazed that more followers haven’t read the Bible…

    • Stacy Averette May 31, 2012 at 1:30 am #

      Charlie, I’m amazed too. I’m so thankful for the Bible-loving believers God has placed in my life!