Just read it.

I have a challenge for you. My pastor actually presented the same challenge to our church at the beginning of January, but I didn’t take him up on it until about a week ago.

Read the Bible through this year.

When he asked us to consider doing it in 2010, I thought, “I don’t need to add one more thing. It would only stress me out.” Plus, I didn’t want to start something I couldn’t finish.

However, when I saw my husband reading each morning and enjoying the stories of the Old Testament, something began to change inside of me. Then, when a friend posted something on Facebook about reading the Bible through this year (which he does every year), I knew I needed to get on board.

Although I was already more than three weeks behind, I didn’t let that stop me. I just doubled up and now I am only two days behind. I should be caught up by tomorrow or Tuesday. I’m using a chronological plan, which is reading the books of the Bible in the order in which they occurred (http://www.ewordtoday.com/year/31/cjan01.htm). I’m really enjoying my daily reading, and it really doesn’t take that much time at all. Besides, of all the things I have to do each day, being in the Word of God is what is most important.

So, what do you say? Are you up for it?


  1. Kristen, you once mentioned a good “beginners bible” to me. Could you post that info here?

  2. Your post was so spiritually uplifting. I’m also taking part in a similar challenge:)

  3. Theody, thanks for your encouragement. I’m glad to hear you are also diving into the Word!

  4. Sure! Refresh my memory on the Bible, though. Is it for the kids or for you? 😉

  5. For me.

  6. I personally like the NIV (New International Version) Study Bible because it has commentaries on some of the verses, which really helps to understand context. Another way to go is to get an NIV-The Message Parallel Bible. It has both translations. I don’t have one, but I’d like to. The Message is a more modern translation, and sometimes it’s refreshing to read it along with the NIV. One of my favorite online resources is biblegateway.com, where you can choose which version you’d like to read. I use that a lot. 🙂