Commitment For The New Year

Daniel 1:8 “Daniel purposed in his heart….

 Five years ago I made a two year commitment to read through the Bible using a Two Year Bible Reading Plan.  When I started, two years seemed like a long time but now it has already come to a close. Just think, if you had purposed to follow a three year Bible reading plan, you would already be completed, and if you had purposed to follow a four year plan you would now also be through.  
     Time has a way of passing more quickly than you think.  Don’t waste it saying “Later, Later.”  Purpose in your heart to make a commitment to start January 1st, 2018 to follow some type of daily Bible reading, making yourself accountable.  Checking off a list kept me on track and kept me from getting too far behind. (Yes, I was not always on track !)
    Two years was just right for this grandma/great-grandma, but a three or four year plan will probably be better for you very busy moms with children. Reading the Bible should not cause stress and make you frustrated. Here is a link to one of those plans: http://www.esv.org/assets/pdfs/rp.esv.study.bible.pdf
Print this out and cut it in bookmark size strips to place in your Bible.  Store the other 3 years in another pocket of your Bible.  You’ll be surprised at how quickly 4 years pass by 
If this plan does not fit your desires, many more plans are available, through other sites on the internet. The MacArthur Daily Bible at http://www.gty.org (read through the Bible in a year) is good.  Remember, if you overcommit, you might fail and feel guilty.  Be sensible and prudent.  It’s better to read a little of the Bible than not to read anything at all. 

 

What are a few of the blessings?
1. The joy of watching God’s great plan of salvation unfold from Genesis to Revelations.
2. Reading books of the Bible I might not have read, or don’t read much. These books were a blessing and I found passages of Scripture to underline in each one.
3. Learning more and more how much God cares for us as individuals.
4. Being reminded that God uses all types and kind of people.
5. Seeing the longsuffering of God.
6. Seeing the judgement of God.
 
     Remember, every book in the Bible was written by the inspiration of God and has a purpose and reason for being in the Bible.  
Perhaps you have just finished reading through the Bible, then set for yourself a new goal, a new plan, a new purpose and commit to staying with it.  This year I’m ready to embark on another adventurous journey in God’s Word  as I commit to memorize passages of the Bible. I have already started this commitment and have received much joy and  just like reading the Bible is an attainable goal, so memorizing is also a goal which can be achieved.  Let’s ask the Lord to bless our commitment and He will give us the strength and time to fulfill it.
Purpose and Discipline=Structure and Order= Rest and Strength
 The Better Way: Reading The Bible Is Always Good, Reading The Bible With A Plan, Purpose And Commitment Is The Better Way
 
See Also:  Joy In Purpose
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About Gail Slawson

I am a 70 year old wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. After 50 years of marriage, my husband and I have been richly blessed with 4 wonderful children and their wonderful mates and 19 precious grandchildren, five of whom are already with the Lord and 3 great-grandchildren. My husband and I are busy retirees and reside in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where we serve the Lord Jesus Christ through Bible Studies, as mentors and greeters in our church and telling others about Him "as we go." Mark 16:15
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9 Responses to Commitment For The New Year

  1. Pam says:

    I’m so glad you posted this. You are so faithful and I enjoy reading your posts. Thank you!

  2. Janet says:

    What encouragement….thanks!

  3. Charlene says:

    Read better the second time around!! Thank you for posting on fb!

  4. Anita says:

    Excellent advice, Gail!

  5. Melinda/Gail says:

    Melinda said: The one I started last year is a one-year plan…but I’m taking it slower…I guess I made my own 4-year plan! 2 chronicles!

    Gail A Slawson said: That’s wonderful, Melinda! Proud of you! Like me, you had some problems in 2014 that altered the pace of things, and God,who ordains all things for our lives, knows all about it.

    Melinda: Thanks for being an inspiring lady! Love ya

  6. Gail Slawson says:

    From Charlene: Committed to read M’Cheyne’s 1-year plan with my son and great niece! Love knowing we will be sharing the same scriptures on the same day, allowing God to lead us as a family!

  7. Gail Slawson says:

    From vcs: Appreciate the encouragement! Our son has completed reading the Bible out loud (with the family) 5 times over the last 6 years. 2012-2013 (Two-Year Plan). 2014 = Historical. 2015 = Chronological. 2016 = a Categories Plan. At 11:45 pm on the 31st Monday, we finished the Literary Study Bible Plan for 2017. Started on the Discipleship Plan yesterday.

  8. Gail Slawson says:

    Thank you vcs. So thankful your son is being encouraged to read through the Bible these past years.

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