Have you ever tried to read the Bible in a year but run out of steam a few weeks in? A lot of plans assign daily readings, but if you miss one or two it’s easy to feel behind, overwhelmed, and discouraged. Before you know it, one missed day turns into a week, then a month.
This year, I hope to read the Bible in a year so I’m taking a different, more grace-filled, approach: using a weekly reading plan.
That may not sound like much of a difference, but to me, the difference is huge! Using a weekly reading plan means I can miss a day or two and make up for it within that same week and never miss my weekly goal. In terms of momentum and moral, this is a make-it-or-break-it concept for me.
I take the weekly number of chapters and divide it up by 7 days to get a general sense of how many chapters a day I need to read to stay on target, but I round up. So, if the breakdown comes out to 3.5 chapters a day (this is typical for the plan I’m using) then I’ll shoot to read 4 chapters a day.
That way, if later in the week I miss a day, or the baby wakes up early and I only get to two chapters, I can easily catch up and stay on track. It’s really all mental, but the grace is real and the flexibility to read more or less each day is perfect for me.
There are a ton of weekly reading plans online, but I am using one from the back of my Inductive Study Bible. I’ve created a printable version of it for you here, just click on the graphic!
Are you reading through your Bible in a year? Are you up for the challenge? Let me know in the comments if you are going to try this plan! I’d love to be praying for you and cheering you on!