You may be wondering how I managed to keep up once my (really-fussy-often-screaming-doesn't-want-to-leave-my-arms-and-rarely-naps) baby was born in October. Well, my husband has an iPod from work. Prior to the baby's birth I had barely used it (once, I believe). However, during the many, lengthy night feedings/cryings I could read the Bible with it (along with emails and my blog reader)! I could do all of this one handed, so it worked out very well and it kept my place even if I dropped it. I could never have held a Bible with all the bouncing and patting needed. (Using biblegateway.com on the laptop works, too.)Of course, my mind was not capable of comprehending everything that I read during those nights, and I often read the same verses multiple times, but I did it! I read the entire Bible! And in one year, no less! (Okay, let's be honest here. MUCH of that nighttime reading I spoke of was not comprehended though my eyes read the words...)
I really liked Walk Thru the Bible's reading plan (free online) because almost every Saturday and Sunday was a combined reading assignment. This allowed a buffer day to catch up each week. It was usually needed. Walk Thru the Bible also offers a monthly magazine that offers great insight to the daily readings. However, it wasn't long before my husband and I focused only on the Bible itself...it was just too much to read that, too, though really, it should not have been.
I'm thankful that I took this challenge and highly recommend reading through the Bible in a year or less at least once! I'm not sure how I will read the Bible in 2012, but I look forward to taking it slowly while continuing to read it daily. I'm considering reading through the New Testament. Anyone can read the Bible, but it is what we do with the wisdom and knowledge within that holy book that matters.
Lord, let my readings of this year and every year bear fruit for your glory. May my excitement in studying and reading your Word be greater than any other written word. Help me to grow closer to you through the study of your Word. Amen.
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