Hello All! I hope that you have had a wonderful Christmas and a great start to the New Year!
(I wrote this last year, but thought I would share it again)
I know a lot of resolutions were made and are probably still being made. I wanted to suggest a resolution to you….that you may have already thought about….why not resolve to read through the Bible in a year?
In the picture is a chronological read through in a year Bible that was given to me by a sister in Christ, she gave me this Bible and a corresponding study book that is for daily reflection. I LOVE them! It is divided into sections to read everyday and if you stick to it-you will read through the bible in a year! What I also love about it is that there are sections of notes added in that give you background on history at that time, info on geography, info on hard to understand passages, etc. I have found it to be a great study tool.
I promise I am getting to including your child 🙂
When I was first given this I would read it and do my reflection during my lunch break at work. It was a wonderful pick me up halfway through the day, especially on those extra tough days…..but some sections are longer than others and I would runout of time to finish reading, much less do the reflection part. So I needed a new time to do it….well I loathe getting up early….and night time just seemed to disappear with cooking, cleaning, spending time as a family, bath time, bedtime….before I knew it I was asleep….and had not read the Bible. Well I got to thinking about how I always would sit in Kaitlyns room until she went to sleep and read stories or play on my phone…..then it hit me-I could read it during that time! I know “light bulb”. So I started reading it in her room out loud to her. So not only am I reading it myself, it is the last thing she hears before she goes to sleep, we also have talked about how important it is to study and know Gods word, and most importantly she sees that it is important to Mommy to read the Bible. It also turns into a learning time for her because as she listens she will ask about what I have read and then we get to talk about it :). I want to add this does not take the place of “Bible time” it is in addition to, and also I will finish a section after she falls asleep if there is only a little left…if there is still a page or so I will stop there and pick up the next night. We have gotten a little off schedule with moving, and her spending the night at other homes, but I did do this on vacation and when we go stay with our family I make sure to pack it.
I think that children learn so much from watching the adults in their lives and I hope that this is a good lesson for her.
I know it isn’t a huge mind blowing idea, but it is something I have come to really enjoy sharing with Kaitlyn and thought you may like sharing it with your little one.
Even if you don’t have a little one to read to……I still recommend trying to read through the Bible in a year and if that is to much then at least read your bible everyday. If you don’t have time to sit and read…..consider this…there are a TON of Bible apps that will read the Bible to you. I used to use Bible.is..you can pick the version you like and have it read it to you from your mobile device while you workout, drive to work, drive to the store, etc. When we study and read the bible we are so much better prepared to fight the evils of the world, and we know how to live and most importantly how to get to heaven!
Hope you have a wonderful New Year!