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Devotional Bible Reading

I've never really been good at daily devotional Bible reading. Every now and then I get started on a plan, but just eventually peter out. Well, this year, I've been doing pretty well keeping up with a plan. I got the ESV Literary Study Bible for my birthday last year and it had a good reading plan in the back of it, so I decided to go for it. A couple of times this year, I've fallen behind a day, but I've usually kept up very well. The past week, I fell six days behind, but I'm all caught up again.

Daily reading like this is one of those things that you always know is a good thing to be part of your life. You know you should be doing it. But it's real easy to get away with not doing it. Now that I've been pretty consistent with it for several months, I don't think I can afford to get out of the habit. It is so helpful in my daily life in general. I'm already looking forward to next year, when I'm planning on using a different translation for my devotional reading (and probably a different reading plan). After a few years, I'll have read through the Bible completely in several translations, which is something I'm pretty excited about working on.

Several of the blogs I read talk about devotional reading from time to time. One of them pointed to a post by Garrett about making his own reading plan. It's a great idea, and I might do something similar to that in the future. One of the things that really stuck out, however, was his insight about making time for adding devotional reading into an already busy schedule:

Before I elaborate on why, let's get a certain lame excuse out of the way: "I don't have time" doesn't cut it. If God wants you to do it, He will allow you time. There's twenty-four hours in a day, so figure it out. If you spend an hour a day on the Internet reading things like this article, and you're not reading the Bible on a regular basis, stop reading this article, turn off your computer, and go pick up your Bible.

That's some of the best advice I've seen about it. It's pretty much what I ended up doing, too -- when I decided to make an effort to consistently add devotional reading to my schedule, I made the time for it by reducing the amount of other stuff on the web I read. It's also one of the reasons I don't post in LJ as much. There are only so many hours in a day, and being more consistent with my Bible reading is more important than most of the other things I was spending my time on.


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Apr. 20th, 2008 02:48 am (UTC)
Historically, daily Bible reading has been a huge part of my life. This past year, on my apparent theodicy, it had taken a backseat. Over the last few weeks, I've managed to take it up again and I remember how much richer it makes my life, how the words come to me in my everyday life and in dealing with people, how it informs the aspects of my being. I'm far, far, far, far from perfect. But I'm less of a screw-up because I'm back into the readings. ^_~
Apr. 20th, 2008 03:46 am (UTC)
mmmmmm, priorities. :D
Apr. 21st, 2008 06:47 pm (UTC)
For about 5 years I was really good at staying on track with daily reading. Then I had kids. I can't say there's been a year since then that I've even managed to stay close to current since then. I'm not blaming my kids, but it does make life busier. That, in turn, shows me that either my priorities are off, or my time management skills suck. ☹

Anyway, I'd collected a bunch of bible reading plans about 10 years ago (during the time when I was doing well) so that in subsequent years I'd be able to alter my plan a little just for variety. Straight-thru, chronological, topical, overview, 2-year, etc. I used to have them online, but when I left my job at the ISP they took my site down and I haven't had time to restore it. (I have the DB, I just need to rewrite the code.) This was back when there were relatively few bible reading plans to be found online, and no one else was offering some of the plans I had.
May. 10th, 2008 12:32 am (UTC)
Daily Devotion
I have enjoyed Daily Devotions for a little while now. After finishing Trail Thoughts: A Daily Companion for the Journey of Faith (http://www.trailthoughts.com/about_book.html), I have been stuck on my Daily intake of the word of God.
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