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1st of 144 things I want to change - Bible reading - 1 chapter or 10

Thursday, October 17, 2019

I've decided the theme for my 144 blogs (which may not be as frequent as I originally said) will be Things I Want To Change.

The first change I want to make is to do with reading my Bible. I'd been feeling quite down recently, and it occurred to me that I'd not been reading my Bible every day. Less than a fortnight ago I was on retreat and felt wonderful. A few days after we were home again, I felt really gloomy.

Then I remembered a time when I was a new Christian, I'd been reading about 8 chapters a day so I could get through it in a year (sometimes I spent the whole of Saturday catching up), and one weekend I was feeling particularly ratty. When I asked myself why, the answer was because I haven't read my Bible all week.

And this week I realised that is possibly why I've been feeling down, or at least if it's not the cause it could be a solution. So what I want to do is commit to reading a chapter every day at breakfast time.

I've also done Professor Grant Horner's Bible reading plan in the past and really enjoyed it so I will use that, but my commitment is to 1 chapter a day. So no pressure!. Although hopefully I will get the 10 in on more days than not.

I have to say that, just by having made this decision, I feel better already.

A link to Prof Horner's plan
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  • BEDA65
    More God never hurts any of us.

    I read several devotionals of a morning as part of my workout. I have a quiet spot where the sun shines in first thing in the morning and I feel in tune with the universe. I read my devotionals, then sit and pray and ponder my day, then go right in to my workout. Probably mostly because I'm already on the floor.
    Loved your blog.
    13 days ago
    MILPAM - well the good thing I find about Prof Horner's plan is that you make connections between different parts of the Bible easily, so no need to look up different scriptures because you are already reading from 10 different chapters!
    17 days ago
    Don't you find that when you begin to read, one scripture leads to another, and when you go to look that one up, you remember a similar thought in a different book? I find it hard to stick to one chapter without referencing other scriptures in other books. Of course, my ADD may be the root cause.
    17 days ago
    Love this! I try and spend at least a few minutes each day reading His Word. I have a reminder on my phone to read the Bible app's verse of the day. It's also a reminder to continue with more (if I have the time right then).
    25 days ago
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    25 days ago
    This sounds like a great plan. I'm going to try it with you!

    25 days ago
  • KR7770
    You are so right... God's words bring healing to our souls (mind, will and emotions).
    25 days ago
    I used to read my Bible frequently and participated in many extra Bible Study classes over the years. I haven't done that in a while - it's easy to get out of the habit of daily reading. Thanks for sharing.

    26 days ago
    Good decisions help us feel better
    26 days ago
    I always feel calmer once I start my daily reading, and really notice it if I miss more than one day.
    I use the half hour or so between taking my first pill of the day and the next, whenever possible, for my daly reading.

    I use YouVersion for my daily plan and for other study plans,
    26 days ago
    YAY! I just finished reading the New Living Translation from cover to cover. I got up early and started my day with about an hour of Scripture, and often added more when I felt like it. I am still reading spiritual material first thing. It really makes a difference in how your day goes!
    26 days ago
    Good for you! It's a great idea to identify what will help us be more positive, and reading your Bible certainly helps feed your spirit. It can make a HUGE difference in our daily attitudes!
    26 days ago
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