Talk about goals! Last year on January 1st, our pastor challenged members of the church to set a goal to dive into the Word. There was goals to read the New Testament in a year, the Gospels, etc…but the hardest one, in my opinion, was to read the entire Bible in a year. To some people this may not seem like that big of deal, but to me it was a huge commitment. I could think of every excuse in the world to not do it, but then I thought, really Lindsey? C’mon! So on New Year’s Day last year, I asked my friend Victoria to do it with me.
Y’all this is THE ONLY thing I’ve ever set out to do on January 1st and actually completed on December 31st! (Actually I completed it a few days before the end of the year.)
I usually use the YouVersion Bible app on my phone and it’s great because you just open up that day and the plan is there for you. You don’t have to use your energy to figure out what you’re going to read that day and if you’re going to be able to get it all done by the end of the year. Well my hard-headed friend doesn’t like the YouVersion app! So I agreed to go with her plan. I have to say I loved the layout of the plan and I highly recommend it to anyone looking to read the entire Bible in 52 weeks!
The plan is from The Gospel Coalition and it’s dynamite. You can find another a blog post about it here from someone from The Gospel Coalition. You can see that my reviews are basically the same as the person here. Go straight to the FREE pdf of this plan here.
One of the reasons I loved it so much is the Old Testament is in chronological order. It was very enlightening to me to read it this way. I also loved how the Psalms every day related to the OT readings.
Another reason it really worked for me is because the layout is 5 days a week rather than 7 days for 365 days. Some people may not like that, but it is a great way to weave other studies in on the other 2 days each week. This was my plan in the beginning, but it didn’t always work out.
Since I knew I had to stay organized or this wouldn’t get done, I printed out the pdf of this plan and cut out the readings for each week and taped them into my planner. This was I could check off or cross out each day I completed something. There was never any confusion of where I was in the plan since I did it this way. You may not have to do this, but this was huge in my success of this completing this plan.
All in all, I really enjoyed this plan and in the end it worked great for me. I highly recommend setting this as a goal for 2018.
This year I’m doing the YouVersion ESV Study Bible One Year Reading Plan and I think I’m really going to enjoy the accountability of having it on my phone and having a friend connected via social media (and in real life too, but let’s face it, sometimes when you’re a mom and the only time you get to read is early in the morning or late at night, social media/texting is sometimes the best way to talk things over).
Join me in reading the entire Bible this year! Make 2018 your best year yet!