“All these things my hand has made, and so all these things came to be, declares the LORD. But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.” Isaiah 66:2
Each year my husband chooses a Bible reading plan for my family. He prayerfully reviews different plans with me and our five children in mind- seeking to find the right pathway to take on our yearly walk through the Scriptures. On New Year’s Eve he introduces the plan to our kids, and on the following day we all start our annual track through the Word of God on the same page, but in different Bibles.
Having a unified reading plan for the whole family has been a blessing. We have seen our children’s love for God, faith in His Word, and general spiritual health grow as they have gotten into the Word on a consistent bases themselves. Its also been a great help to Dan in shepherding our family, as well. At dinner he answers questions that the kids may have about something in the day’s reading, helps them (and me) see important truths in the text, and chooses a specific portion of the daily reading to read together- and then we all talk about it. It’s been a blessing to have all read the same passages of Scripture earlier in the day, and then come together at night and share how the Lord used it differently in our individual lives and walks.
This year my husband and I were praying about using a plan that is set up around the different Biblical genres. We wanted a plan that would meet all of the children’s different spiritual needs, and also work-well for their different reading levels. We couldn’t find just the right one, so my husband put one together that I think will be just right. It is three chapters a day during the typical school year- four chapters a day June, July, and August, and it is divided by literary genre (Pentateuch, Wisdom literature, Historical, Prophets, Gospels, Epistles, etc. etc. ). I figured I would post it to share with any others that have a young family with different reading abilities and spiritual needs.
Whether this plan is for your family or not, we should all read our Bibles and pray everyday in 2015, for God has said, “All these things my hand has made, and so all these things came to be, declares the LORD. But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.”
Here is a link to Bible Gateway reading plans. They have several great plans (that we have used in years past). The best thing about these plans is that you can have the daily reading emailed to you, and then have it read to you by an older gentlemen that has a really cool accent (which is a great tool for the fledgling readers in the family).