I thought I would start off this post by saying that my faith and identity as a Christian are very important to me, and not in the superficial “Bible verse in my Instagram bio” kind of way. In every post I write about my faith, I want to be completely transparent about what I believe, and more importantly, why I believe it.
I truly believe that being a Christian is so much more than going to church on a Sunday or having a Bible or two around the house. My relationship with Jesus goes beyond that, because I have felt His saving grace on my life, and I know that I will be with Him someday in Heaven.
Before I explain why I am reading through the Bible this year, I should probably answer the following question first: “why should I bother reading the Bible in the first place?” I want to answer this question because so many Christians don’t see the importance of knowing and understanding God’s Word. Listening to preaching at church or reading a spiritual book are two great ways to learn more about God, and I am not discrediting that at all; however, I do think that there is so much more that we can do to understand God and who He is to us. If you’re truly a believer, you should have a desire to know Him, and that’s the group of people I am addressing in this post.
The Bible is often considered to be boring, hard to understand, and irrelevant, but in reality, this Book has been preserved through the ages because it contains the very words of God. No other book in the history of the world records the wonderful truths of creation, redemption, grace, love, and salvation like the accounts in His Word. Every character actually lived, and all of the stories are true accounts of what really happened!
So why am I reading the Bible through in 2020? Here are a few reasons:
Every year for the past several years, I have made a similar goal about reading my Bible, but I always gave up and let my poor excuses win. But this year, reading the Bible through in a year made it to the top of the list. (see post about my #20for2020 for full list) I refuse to let myself quit this challenge. 2020 will be the year I complete this goal!!
I was given some Bible studies from The Daily Grace Co. and this lovely prayer and Bible study calendar came with the order for free! It has a Bible reading plan, monthly goals and reflection pages, and prayer topics for the month. God has an amazing way of providing us with the tools we need to accomplish our goals. I am so excited to use these Bible reading helps. You’ll definitely want to check out The Daily Grace Co. if you haven’t already. This company is truly one of the best resources for Christian women!
The last reason I want to read through the Bible in 2020 is so that I can memorize more verses. I didn’t set a specific goal for how much I want to memorize. By reading my Bible every day, I will pick out verses that I can work on. Nothing is more comforting than being able to recall passages of God’s Word when you need encouragement!
I hope this post has encouraged you to read your Bible, or at least piqued your interest in His Word. I would love to know your thoughts on reading the Bible and how it has helped you as a Christian. Also, I would love to hear about more Bible study helps (books, tips, resources, ect…) Let me know in the comments!