Its the beginning of a new year, where for many we start evaluating our bible reading habits and decide on a bible reading plan.
We have good intentions, to grow our relationship with the Lord and what better way to do that than to spend time in the word? But, how often do we actually stick to our bible reading plan?
This year instead of selecting a popular bible reading plan, I have decided to develop my own customized bible reading plan that speaks to where I am at and what I would like to learn and focus on this year.There is a higher probability of me sticking to a custom bible reading plan.
So, if like me, you want to get way more from your daily devotional time, here are 3 tips on how you can create your very own customized bible reading plan.
HOW TO CREATE CUSTOMIZED BIBLE READING PLANS
Identify A Book Or Theme For Your Custom Bible Reading Plan
What is your goal for your reading plan? There are 66 books in the bible. Spend some time thinking about what book or books you would like to read or a specific theme or topic that you would like to focus on. Choosing a book of the bible is probably the easier way to go.
You can also use a concordance or your bible app to search for verses on your theme of choice. Then review them and select the ones you would like to focus on for your reading plan.Popular suggestions on themes you can explore include: love, anxiety, hope, fear and temptation.
My focus for my bible reading plan is on Women of the Bible. If you search for women in a concordance you will find verses where the word woman is used. This wasn’t exactly what I was aiming for so I took to Google to research popular women of the bible and used my journal to make note of a short list of women and the chapters I wanted to focus on.
Custom Bible Reading Plan Duration
Once you have narrowed down the books you will be studying or the topics, its time to select a duration for your bible reading plan. Do you want your plan to stretch out for the entire year or just a month? Will you be reading a chapter a day or just a verse? Divide the number of chapters by the number of days you would like to spend on your reading plan to get an idea of how many chapters you need to read per day.
You will likely get a number that isn’t a whole number. What you want to do next is to multiply the whole number in the previous step by the number of days of your study then subtract this from the number of chapters, this will let you know how many left over chapters you have left. From here distribute the leftover chapters among your reading plan as evenly as possible.
Design Your Custom Bible Reading Plan
Now here is the fun part, use Canva to design your bible reading plan. Canva is a free design tool that is super easy to use for both non-designers and professionals. In Canva I selected the A4 design template. Canva will then bring up a variety of different A4 templates that you can modify to create a design that suits your taste.
I designed mine from scratch using square shapes as well as a mixture of text headings, subheadings, body text as well as font styles and colors to suit my preference. Here is a partial look at the end result.
Developing your own customized bible reading plan is super easy and fun to do. However, if you decide that creating a bible reading plan just isn’t for you, there are many easy bible reading plans and beginners bible reading plans available, through the YouVersion Bible App.
What themes are you hoping to focus your daily bible readings on this year?
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