Monday, December 7, 2009

One Year Bible

As the year end approaches, I usually start thinking about the things I'd like to do better in the new year. One of my annual goals is to be more consistent reading the Bible. As I created this blog, I mentioned that I live to read. I do love reading all kinds of books but more than anything, I want my daily goal to be to live to read God's Word and in turn read to live in a manner worthy of my calling.

While in college, I received my first copy of the One Year Bible. And even though college is nearly 20 years behind me, I'm ashamed to say that I never have read my copy completely through in a year--I've started many times, just didn't stick with it to the very end. So I'm challenging myself to do so in 2010. In order to help me with that goal, I decided to wrap up my old copy and put it under the tree for myself to open on Christmas. I thought this would be a perfect way to explain to my family my goal and ask for their help to keep me accountable.

We also have a One Year Bible for Children by well-respected children's author, V. Gilbert Beers. I love the beautiful and realistic illustrations that give special meaning to the passages. I regret to say that our copy has been forgotten on a shelf and so I plan to wrap it up with my kids' names on it. It will be a good illustration to them that God's Word is not only a wonderful gift given to each of them personally but that it must be literally opened and applied. As I was sorting through a box of books, I also found an ESV One Year Bible which I plan to wrap up for my husband. I'm hoping that as a family we can encourage each other to daily read the Word, so that we can more consistently "spur one another on to love and good deeds" throughout the year ahead.

One thing I really like about the OYB is that each day you get a sampling from both Old and New Testaments as well as the Psalms and Proverbs. So when you are wading through a book like Numbers, you'll also have some New Testament wisdom to balance things out. And you don't even have to own a copy of the book. If you check out One Year Bible Online, you can follow the OYB schedule as well as access Matthew Henry's Commentaries. You can even subscribe by e-mail to their weekly newsletter and you'll receive the links for each day's reading for that week. I signed up so that I could have that added accountability for myself.

What are ways you have challenged yourself or your family to diligently study the Word? I would love to hear your ideas and comments!


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