Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Year Resolve

I've never made a New Year's resolution--and kept it. This year I want to change that. I decided to read the Bible through in a year.

When you start looking at this goal there are numerous options. Sometimes I take so long making the decision, I miss the New Years deadline. Besides choosing your translation, you can chose to read it chronologically from Genesis to Revelation. Or, you can read preselected portions that include Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs. That's my choice this year.

I chose the One Year Bible. In the past when I had this goal I printed off a schedule and used my own Bible. This had me flipping around and I usually gave up.

I actually bought a new Bible that has daily portions printed from the OT, NT, Psalms and Proverbs. I like variety so I even downloaded the audible mobile format for my iPhone. But, you don't have to buy anything. You can do it all on line - for free.

My new goal, besides reading the Bible through is not to give up. After all, I started already back in November so I wouldn't get behind. How am I doing? I'm on day 20. But this year I don't want to quit, even if I finish the Bible in 2011.

Have you done a one year Bible? How was it?


  1. I've read through the Bible in a year on two occasions. Both times, I made my own schedule (this was before so many on-line tools were available) and determined I would need to read approximately 3-4 chapters a day to complete in a year. Longer chapters such as Psalm 119 took more than one day.

    The first time I did this was with my old King James version. I first read the NT, then went back to the old. A few years later I did it with my NIV (so much easier to understand things when written in modern language) and I read from Genesis to Revelation.

    Last year I bought a Chronologial Study Bible and I'm considering reading the books chronologial order in 2010. I think it would put a new perspective to read the prophetic books in conjunction with the Kings, etc. However it is the NKJV and I really like my ESV translation.

    Also, there were days when I fell behind, but I didn't let that discourage me I was able to complete the reading in a year.

  2. What a great goal! I have a Bible that is set up like the one you mentioned (don't have it in front of me, but it might be the same one you wrote about), and the thing I like about it is that it is dated. So even if I miss a day (or a week, or whatever!) I can just pick up wherever I should be. The down side is that I miss some, but it works well for me and I enjoy it.


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