The Next Chapter
One of the next chapters we all experience in life is a new year. Part of my planning for the next chapter of the new year includes what I’m going to do in my quiet time. I love to think through many different aspects of my quiet time.
My Bible Reading Plan
I love thinking about what I’m going to use as my Bible reading plan. This year I’m using four different plans, some just involving a bit of reading and others more extensive reading and studying. This year I’m going to use The Daily Walk Bible – NIV to read through the Bible. Then, I will use Scripture Union’s Encounter With God for small portions of God’s Word for deeper meditation (www.scriptureunion.org). I’ll use those two plans every day as much as possible. However, when I miss a day, I just continue with the next day. I never try to catch up because I have found for myself that it works better for me to begin anew with the present day. The point is to spend time with God in His Word. Then, I am also currently leading a study of the Word with a few hundred women at our church in my Pilgrimage Of The Heart — Quiet Times For The Heart. Finally, a book I will include from time to time throughout the year is Stott’s Through The Bible Through The Year. Remember, I don’t use all these tools every day, but they are the ones I’ve chosen to have available for my Bible reading. Of course, I will use The Quiet Time Notebook to record insights from my study. The main sections I use in my notebook are the journal (Prepare Your Heart) and prayer (Adore God in Prayer) sections. Sometimes I like to use the Read And Study God’s Word section to go deeper in study of a significant verse. Then, if I get excited about a particular topic or verse I want to cross reference, I use the Reference Study page in my notebook.
My Devotional Reading
I use two different kinds of books for my devotional reading; some have daily devotionals and others are actually books I’ve chosen to read through during the year. My daily devotionals include My Utmost For His Highest, Streams In The Desert, and Daily Light On The Daily Path. I don’t use these everyday, but they are in my quiet time basket in case I want to read from them. Then, I like to read books on subjects I am focusing on during the year. In the upcoming year, I want to focus on Women In The Bible — specifically, women who met Jesus (all found in the gospels). One of my favorite books that I’ll include is Twelve Extraordinary Women by John MacArthur. The cover of this book is so beautiful and is a painting by C.M. Dudash, one of my favorite artists. Another focus for me will be grace. I’ll include books by Yancey and Bridges on grace. Finally, I always like to be reading, from time to time, a book on prayer. This year I want to read through With Christ In The School Of Prayer by Andrew Murray. That book was used by God as one of the catalysts for the Welsh Revival of 1904-1905. Oh, that the Lord will sweep across our world with another great revival. Where does such a move of God begin? When the Holy Spirit moves in the heart of one person who is willing to, day by day, spend time with God in His Word and in prayer. That person knows personal, spiritual revival where he or she experiences those times of refreshing that come from the presence of the Lord (Acts 3:19).
I want to encourage all of us to be thinking about our quiet times for the upcoming year.
What is going to be your Bible reading plan?
How are you going to be in the Word of God everyday?
I encourage you to choose at least one plan. You might choose a devotional Bible such as the one I am using – The Daily Walk Bible. Or you might choose a Bible reading guide such as the one from Scripture Union – Encounter With God. This reading guide is even available online at www.scriptureunion.org and you can have it emailed to you every day. You might choose a Bible study such as my Trusting in the Names of God — A Quiet Time Experience. Trusting, as with all of my books of quiet times, is organized according to The PRAYER Quiet Time Plan, an easy, fun, and flexible way of approaching your quiet time every day. But, be sure to choose at least one plan so that you have a way to be in God’s Word each day. Then, choose some devotional reading to include in your quiet time. And finally, have a place to write out what God is teaching you such as The Quiet Time Notebook or The Quiet Time Journal.
Ask the Lord to guide you as you plan your quiet time every year!
♥ God bless you in the great adventure of knowing Him!
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