With Easter just a few days away I wanted to share a Bible Reading Plan with you. This simple to use Bible reading plan helps you read the Gospel of John in 30 days. Plus, I’m talking about how to read the Bible daily and make it a habit in your life.
We’re told in the passage of Proverbs 31 that the virtuous woman has a great faith. It’s her faith that lays the foundation for a life lived with purpose. She is a woman who actively seeks out God’s will for her life.
Last week I shared about a few different Bible study methods:
- SOAP Bible Study Method
- Write the Word Method
- The WORD Bible Study Method
- Study the Word Worksheets
- Verse Mapping
There’s so many ways you can get started reading the Bible if you are new to reading the Bible. One of the easiest ways is to just choose one book of the Bible and begin.
Reading the Bible daily is important! We need to be in God’s Word even if we just read a verse or two each morning before going about our day. You always have time to begin your day with God – even if it’s with one short prayer and a memorized Bible verse you whisper aloud.
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“But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
How to Start Reading the Bible Daily
Years ago, I tried to read the Bible straight through. In fact, there have been many attempts over the years of my life to sit down and read the Bible straight through and honestly, I never made it.
It was hard.
I’d start off with the best intentions. I’d read through Genesis. Make it through Exodus. And somewhere in the middle of Deuteronomy or Lamentations or Chronicles… I’d start to struggle.
It was hard reading. It was mostly boring. I couldn’t get excited about it. And without even meaning to I’d slowly stop reading.
And then I’d feel guilty and wonder what kind of terrible Christian couldn’t read through the Bible!?
Some years I would wake up January 1 feeling like this would be the year!! The year I was disciplined enough to read the Bible daily for a whole year. I would set out with a goal of reading the Bible in a year.
But then the same thing would happen. I’d start to struggle. Or I’d get off schedule. I hate being off schedule. What happened if I missed a day? I’d feel like I had to read double the next day. And if I missed more than one day? It was overwhelming.
Reading the Bible shouldn’t feel stressful or overwhelming!
One day I realized that there was no mandate that I had to read through the entire Bible all at once in order.
In fact, it was better to be reading the Bible and enjoying my time in the Word than it was to dread every minute and feel guilty.
I changed my mindset. I decided to start with the shorter books of the Bible. Some of the shorter books of the Bible like:
- 1 John
- 2 John
- 3 John
And I started enjoying reading the Bible again! I was able to read books of the Bible and finish them and feel like I had accomplished a small goal. It helped so much!
It’s better to spend a few minutes reading the Bible, learning, and growing in your faith than it is to dread that time and feel guilty because you don’t have the will power to get through a book like Leviticus.
So my recommendation for you is to choose a book that has just a few chapters and read it. I use this great printable from Rachel Wojo for marking off the books of the Bible that I read as I read them so I know which ones I still need to go through.
And you know what else? It’s something you can do.
You can read the Bible daily. Learning how to read the Bible daily isn’t hard either. You can either start with smaller books like I did, or you can start with the Gospels.
Reading through the Gospels is a great way to get into the habit of studying your Bible and it won’t be long before you find that it’s no longer a struggle to read the Bible daily.
In fact, Rachel Wojo says that’s how she got started reading the Bible daily. She says she started with the gospels:
“I remembered hearing one of my pastors say to start reading the Bible in the Gospels. So I read Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John in that order. Then I didn’t know what to do, so I kept reading the New Testament in order. This was over the course of months, reading a chapter or two as I could.” – Rachel Wojo
Read the Gospel of John in 30 Days
If you are trying to get into the habit of reading the Bible daily and would like to start with the Gospels, I have a free printable Scripture Reading Plan to help you read the Gospel of John in 30 days. It’s a great way to get your feet wet and read the Bible daily in small chunks.
- Day 1: John 1
- Day 2: John 2
- Day 3: John 3
- Day 4: John 4
- Day 5: John 5
- Day 6: John 6:1-29
- Day 7: John 6:30-71
- Day 8: John 7
- Day 9: John 8
- Day 10: John 9
- Day 11: John 10:1-21
- Day 12: John 10:22-42
- Day 13: John 11
- Day 14: John 12
- Day 15: John 13
- Day 16: John 14:1-14
- Day 17: John 14:15-31
- Day 18: John 15
- Day 19: John 16:1-15
- Day 20: John 16: 16-33
- Day 21: John 17
- Day 22: John 18:1-14
- Day 23: John 18:15-27
- Day 24: John 18:28-40
- Day 25: John 19:1-15
- Day 26: John 19:16-30
- Day 27: John 19:31-42
- Day 28: John 20:1-18
- Day 29: John 20:19-31
- Day 30: John 21
Free Printable Scripture Reading Plan
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Action Steps to Take Today
If you’ve been trying to make it a habit to read the Bible daily, here is a summary of how you can get started today.
- Realize that there is no one way to spend your time in God’s Word. You don’t have to follow some preconceived plan if that’s not working for you.
- Choose a book of the Bible to begin, whether is a short book of Prophecy, the book of Proverbs or Psalms, one of the Gospels – or any of the books! Download my free printable reading plan below if you’d like to begin with the Gospel of John.
- Remember that once you begin, there will come days when life gets in the way and you may skip a day or two or four. Forgive yourself and move on. Pick up where you left off. It’s okay!
- Pray and ask God to help you stay in His Word and make it a habit to read the Bible daily.