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5 Easy Ways to Read Your Bible This Week

By: Kristen Clark

I sat down to read my Bible one morning and just stared at the cover with a glazed look. Where do I even start? What do I even read?! This book is HUGE! How in the world do I “study” it?

If you’ve ever had a moment like mine, this post is for you.

I’ll be totally honest. I’ve gone through seasons of my life where I wasn’t sure what to read in my Bible, or even how to read it. I’ve gone through seasons of feeling totally disinterested in God’s Word all together.

As I’ve looked back on my Bible reading habits over the years, my “low” moments always have this one thing in common – no plan.

Whenever I sit down to read my Bible and I don’t have a plan for how I’m going to read it, I end up just staring at the cover for a while wondering what to do. On the flipside, when I come up with a plan for what I’m going to read and how I’m going to read it, I never get stuck on the cover.

Over the years, I’ve tried many different ways to read and study my Bible. Everyone is different, so some might work better for you than others. However, the first key is to simply start doing something.

Here are 5 easy ways to read your Bible this week:

1. Start in the Beginning

If you haven’t read through the entire Bible, you absolutely should! It’s extremely helpful in gaining a bird’s eye view of what God is teaching from Genesis all the way to Revelation. If you start in Genesis and read 3 and ¼ chapters a day, you will finish the entire Bible in one year! This is an easy, non-complicated way to read the Bible every day.

2. Combine the Old and New

This is what I’m currently doing for my Bible reading time. I’m reading through the Old Testament in a year, and taking time to study specific books in the New Testament. This won’t allow me to read the entire Bible since I’m diving in deeper to New Testament books.

I read 1-2 chapters in the OT every day (starting in Genesis), then I pick a small book of the NT and read the entire thing every day for one month (I’m currently studying Ephesians this way). This allows me stay in touch with the OT while diving deeper into specific books in the NT.

3. Get a Little of Everything

Another option is to read a little of everything every day. I’ve heard of many people who like this plan because it helps them stay in touch with the OT, NT, as well as the Psalms and Proverbs.

So, basically you read one chapter in the OT, one chapter in the NT, one Psalm and one Proverbs every day (starting at the beginning of each book). This is a great plan for covering a little of everything in an organized way.

4. Read the Bible in Chronological Order

I’ve done this and loved it! The entire Bible isn’t arranged in chronological order according to date. For example: David wrote a bunch of the Psalms, but you don’t read those during the time period of his actual life.

You read them as a group in the book of Psalms. When you read the Bible in chronological order, you will actually read the specific Psalms, Proverbs and other events that actually happened in the same time period. It’s very cool!

You can find some great chronological Bibles here, or an easy reading plan here.

5. Follow a Daily Reading Plan

There are dozens and dozens of interesting Bible reading plans available out there. In fact, this website lists a whole bunch that you can download for free. You can even “join” a plan and commit to following it every day.

With the dozens of Bible reading plans out there, you will never have to wonder what to read when you wake up in the morning. You can kiss that glazed look goodbye!

So there you have it! 5 of my favorite ways to read your Bible every day.

Reading the Bible on a daily basis is so important for us, as Christians, because it tells us how to live and how to think about life. It keeps our minds focused on truth and the gospel as we live in this crazy world.

I love how John MacArthur describes it: “Even with today’s wealth of books and computer helps, the Bible remains the only source of divine revelation and power that can sustain Christians in their ‘daily walk with God.’”

Christian books, blogs, and Bible studies are all good, but the only way to know God on a personal and intimate level is to spend time with Him through prayer and reading His Word.

I know it’s hard, but I want to challenge you to read your Bible every day for the next 30 days.

I’m striving to do this and I want you to join me! Even if you only read one chapter a day – that’s better than nothing.

Tomorrow is a new day and a good day for a fresh start! Will you commit to reading your Bible every day for the next 30 days? If so, sign your name in the comments below!

P.S. If you have a favorite way to read the Bible, share that with me below. 

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  • Isabel Arnold

    I will definitely be doing it with you! I totally got you on that glazed look, too. 😉
    Isabel

  • thehappygirl

    I’ll definitely take the challenge!! I am reading my Bible through this year for the first time. I cannot tell you how much it has helped me to read God’s Word each day! My pastor recommended reading 4 chapters a day, so I’ll finish late October. Then I’m taking the last two months to study two specific books; I’ve already decided on Proverbs for November (there is sooooo much wisdom there!) but I’m not sure about December yet…. If anyone has a suggestion I’d love to hear it 🙂

    • Hailey

      James is my personal favorite book! It’s super short compared to Proverbs, but there’s so much good stuff packed in there. Or perhaps you could do 1st-3rd John. I really admire your resolve, and I’m reminded that I haven’t read my Bible yet today so I need to go to that! 🙂

      • thehappygirl

        That’s a great suggestion @Hailey:disqus! There are just sooo many good books it’s hard to choose. I like the idea of James though. Maybe I could find a good study guide and work through it in December. I love being able to connect with you girls on this blog 🙂 God bless you sis!

        • Hailey

          Yeah, I bet you could find a great study guide! 🙂

          • thehappygirl

            I’m just curious…. How do you read your Bible? Do you have your own system or do you have a study guide/schedule you follow?

          • Hailey

            Last year I used a chronological plan that took me through the whole Bible. However, I decided I didn’t really like it because it had me doing 2-4 chapters a day. It felt too rushed to me–I like to have one chapter a day to really focus deeply on. I got behind near the end of the year, so right now I’m slowly finishing up the plan; I read Dec. 14’s chapters this morning, haha! When I finish this I have no clue what I’m going to do. I’m reading some David Platt books and journaling about them. I’m also slooowly memorizing James. But as far as my actual Bible reading, I don’t know. I like the idea that @Allison shared above!

          • thehappygirl

            I thought the 4 chapters seemed kinda rushed at first, but for me it was because I waited until the end of the day to read. It took some discipline (and still does), but now I wake up a bit earlier to read and pray and it makes SUCH a difference.

            And how cool that you’re memorizing James!! I was blessed to attend a Christian school where we memorized TONS of Scripture at a time, but I can’t imagine memorizing an entire book. Way to go girl!

          • Hailey

            Yeah, I really need to be better about reading mine first time in the morning. Otherwise it just won’t happen! Lol, it’s probably going to take me years to get through the book; I’ve been working on it for a few months now and only have the first 8 verses solid. But it’s been really special–I haven’t memorized Scripture since AWANA when I was younger, and it’s so cool how I find myself saying the verses throughout the day! I’ll be praying that you can find the perfect Bible study plan 🙂

          • thehappygirl

            Awww, thanks for the prayers girl! That means a lot! And I’ll pray that you are able to memorize that Scripture. Like I said before… I love being able to connect with my sisters on here! 🙂

          • Hailey

            Thank you, I def need the prayers, haha! Me too! (:

      • Allison

        Over this past summer/fall I’ve been studying the book of John, taking particular note to the character of Jesus and any personal application I’ve found. This study has really changed my understanding of Who Jesus is and how I should live as a result. This is an amazing book to study!

        • thehappygirl

          Another great suggestion! Like I said to @disqus_8Tzn08gHi3:disqus, it’s hard to decide! I personally love the book of John. You’ve got a really great study system going on girl 😉 I like how you’re applying it to your life… After all, we’re called to be doers and not hearers only 🙂

  • Hannah G.

    I’m doing it! Right now, I’m studying Ruth through Word in the Family (highly recommend), and really enjoying it!

  • Sarah Ebersole

    I will be doing it! Thank-you so much!

  • Melea

    I’m doing it! 🙂

  • Grace

    I’m in. One of my favorite ways to study the bible is to join a Bible Fellowship or Cumunity Bible Study in my area. They usually study two or three books of the bible a year, they have day by day guided studies to help kick start you on your study, and the things you learn from being in community with the other people is wonderful!

  • Elizabeth Williams

    I already do, and will continue to do so! I don’t like to be too scheduled with it, because that can take away from it, but I also like to have some kind of plan, so I will follow through! We have to be intentional with it, as with anything else in our spiritual life 🙂

  • Beth

    I’m actually taking a class on the New Testament and was assigned to read through the the entire section. I’ve fallen behind in the reading, even though I know it’s so much more important than just a grade. I’m going to try using the paper-chain reminder method from the lywb blog, and try it for at least the 30 days. Thank you for the challenge!

    • Bethaniee

      Hey,

      What’s the paper-chain reminder method? Can you send me a link to the blog post as I keep falling behind in my Bible reading?

      Also, it’s great that you’re taking a class on the New Testament. I’ve been considering doing a class on the New Testament as well but I don’t know where to find a class, do you have any suggestions?

      Thanks,

      Bethany x

  • Bethaniee

    I’m trying to go through the New Testament this year at a slow pace so I can study each chapter and I’m looking for a plan to study the New testament; does anybody know of any good plans?

    I’m also going to try the 30 day challenge and write out a rough plan so I don’t forget.

    Also, I’ve found listening to an audio bible really helpful as I can hear more of the bible as I’m busy doing other stuff like cooking.

  • Kay

    I’m doing it! I had that ‘glazed-over’ look for years, and last summer I finally decided to read the whole thing through, cover to cover. And I’ve loved it!! I also keep a journal while I’m reading, to record any thoughts/questions that come to me. I think when I’m finished reading the whole Bible, I’ll go through all my questions with my parents, and see if they can help me find the answers.

  • Tess Asare

    I’m studying Paul’s letter to the Romans. I’m really enjoying it. I’m using a study guide. It’s really helpful because it causes me to think about questions I wouldn’t have thought of. And also understand the text in a really simple yet profound way. I get to know more of God and how he wants me to walk for his glory. It’s amazing!

  • Eliza Noel

    I’m doing this 🙂 I’m working on going through a 6 month plan, right now.

  • Hannah

    It is so hard for me to stick to habits like this. I do great for a week maybe two, but then I get distracted. I know my spirit longs for it, but my flesh gets distracted. But I am definitely going to try these methods until I find one that works best for me. Thanks a ton girls!

  • Nathanael & Felicia Rebiger

    I would read the Bible cover to cover, but then I wanted to try some different ways of reading it to try to learn and study more.
    One plan that it a little more difficult, that takes more discipline and time every day, is reading the Bible through in 90 days. I suggest everyone at least try it once. It was a blessing to me! It helped me see things in context more easily and sometimes I think we should just read God’s Word simply like we would for other books instead of always studying smaller parts slowly(which is definitely good too!). I also tried reading a 90 day(it took longer than 90 days that time, but I used it as a guide at least) chronological plan. I *definitely* highly suggest reading it chronologically like you said.
    Right now my husband and I are studying the New Testament based on a plan MacArthur suggested. You choose a bigger book or a couple small ones and read it over and over again for a month. We started Matthew in November, Mark in December, and now we’re in Luke. Roughly 5 chapters for 5 days and then repeat. You can go through it each time with a different version or with a commentary and references. That plan has been a blessing to us too and is really helping us study the NT better!

  • Hannah N

    Great post! I read my Bible every day, but when I don’t have a specific plan I end up reading bits and pieces here and there just for the sake of reading it each day. I usually start a plan at the beginning of the year and once I finish it I read aimlessly until I decide to start another plan. Thank you for including the links and resources.
    Last year I went through the “a bit of everything method” and really enjoyed it. Now I am starting a study on Isaiah.

  • Bethany

    I am going to do this 🙂

  • Jennifer

    I want to do this. My name is Jennifer.

  • Rachael

    Doing it! I’m also pairing prayer journaling with it! I’m ready to quit the cycle of ups and downs and staring blankly at the cover and not knowing where to start!

  • Aili

    This is a great post. It’s so true, that it’s easy to get distracted when there is no plan behind the reading. I love the many different options that are out there (thank you for posting the links).
    I once read through the bible with a reading plan that had 4 bookmarks (one started at Genesis, one at psalms, one at Matthew and one on the smaller letters). That way you can refresh in the new testament and lern more about the old testament. I really recommend to not stop reading the new testament, even if you read just a few verses next to the old testament.
    Love your ministry! Thanks so much

  • Johari G.

    I really want to do this. -Johari

  • Melissa

    YES, I will commit myself to read the Bible everyday. It’s an encouragement to know that you are not the only one struggling. So I would love to join the challenge! 😀 “Let your yes be YES, and no, NO.”

  • Melissa

    Wow the Bible Reading Plan at biblestudytools is awesome! I am currently reading the chronological order. Many thanks for the post. I am so encouraged and excited to read the Bible. Please pray for me to faithfully do so. I’ll also pray for all Christians who are still struggling. 😀

  • Daughter of the one True King

    Please pray for me as I work on this 30 day challenge, that I’ll stick to it even after the 30 days are up. I’m trying the Chronological Order Plan.

  • Rebecca Haley

    I am so inspired to do the 30 Day Challenge! I will be reading the Bible from the beginning.

  • KB

    Thank you for the post!
    One thing that really helps me is reading the Proverbs that is the date. (which is perfect because there is 31 proverbs) Also, if you read through another book – I’m also going through Galations – you can see how it correlates.


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