Last Saturday, I spent the morning alone with God, thinking about life, where I/my family/Grace is headed. I also developed a new daily reading plan. I've been thru a few different phases over the years in my daily Bible reading time.
- Phase 1: Chapters/Day — When I first started reading the Bible every day (20 years ago or so), I started reading 3-chapters/day. Why? Because my pastor suggested it. And I figured out it would ALMOST get me through the Bible once/year. (Actually, 3.25 chapters/day gets you thru once/year.) Over the years, I adjusted my plan from time-to-time…to anywhere from 3-12 chapters/day.
But there was a problem for me…
- Phase 2: Pages/Day — After going thru the Bible again & again, I found a problem with my old system. Some chapters are TINY & some are HUMONGOUS. Too big of a swing for me. So a few years ago, I changed up my plan to reading a certain number of pages/day. That WAAAAY evened out my daily commitment. Worked great. Again, I changed the number of pages/day from time-to-time.
But there was still a problem…
- Phase 3: Different Pages/Day — My problem was that SOME days, my scheduled is just HAMMERED and a some days I have more time. So I recently revamped my reading plan to match my marathon training schedule. In marathon training, you build your week around 1 long run each week, 1 day of rest, and interspersed medium & easy runs.
So…here's my new reading plan:
- Mon — A long day. 18 pgs
- Tue — An easier day. 3 pgs
- Wed — A medium day. 9 pgs
- Thu — An easier day. 3 pgs
- Fri — A medium day. 9 pgs
- Sat — An easier day. 4 pgs
- Sun — A rest day. 0 pgs
And I am loving it. I'm loving what I'm hearing from God these days. I love having a plan. I love having a different amount to read each day (it changes up the experience). Love it.