Now, let’s figure out a good plan to read from.
Have you seen all of the beautiful Bible reading plans out there?
If not, search in Pinterest. These plans are everywhere and if you want to follow one of those that’s great!
Sometimes though, we want to learn about something specific. We have a particular heart issue or something has peaked our interest.
I have also learned that when we do the work for our own Bible reading plan, we appreciate it more. So if you have the time, this DIY Bible reading plan will add extra value to your Bible study routine.
When you make your own plan, it’ll be very motivating to read it every day!!
I made a printable to help you create your own plan. Check it out below. Simply print it out and go to work.
1. Decide what you want to read/study.
You probably already know what to read about, don’t you?
If not, think about what interest you have in the Bible.
Here are a few examples.
Character Studies – ie John, Matthew, etc.
Colors in the Bible
Plants in the Bible
Names of God
Or you could think about a heart issue that you are struggling with.
Here are some examples.
Issues with lying
Lack of commitment to God
2. Find applicable verses.
There are many ways to do this. You can do a Google search and scour from someone else’s list.
Or there are some online Bible programs and apps out there. Simply search there.
You can also use a concordance. This is simply a book that cross references scripture. You can purchase a concordance in book form or use one online (this is a great tool online and it’s free).
Also, some study Bibles will have a concordance in the back. ; ) Have you checked there?
Start by searching for the term you want to look up. Some topics are easier to do than others so you may have to work harder depending on what you are searching for.
For example, peace is fairly easy to look up but some topics will require you to look for a synonym. Try using a thesaurus to help. Or do an online search to see how the topic may be worded differently.
3. Write out the verses.
As you find verses, simply write them down.
You can do this electronically via Trello or Google Docs. Simply copy and paste into your preferred platform.
I like to jot them down on a sheet of paper first. I read through the verses and keep the ones that apply to the topic at hand.
If it doesn’t fit your topic, just mark it out. The concordance will have many verses that mention your word but don’t fulfill the need you have.
It may be a good idea to get some context for your verses too. Have your Bible handy for looking them up and skim over the verses around your possible verse. Look for capital letters and punctuation marks as this would indicate a complete thought. Sometimes one sentence is broken into many verses.
Looking for a complete idea is a great way to see what the context is saying. Example, if you look up ‘peace’, Philippians 4:7 mentions it but to really understand the context you’ll want to capture Phil 4:6-9 to see the big picture.
4. Decide your time frame.
You can read a verse or set of verses a day to get a total number of days.
You can also group passages together to shorten the time frame or to lengthen simply spread out the reading material.
If you have a verse that really speaks to you can repeat this verse as many times as you want in your plan. You can even do a verse that repeats every day. It’s totally up to you.
Just remember why you are doing this and your ultimate goal for studying the Bible.
5. Finish the plan.
To finish you can rewrite the plan, put it in Trello or Google Docs, or use the printable below to record.
The printable will walk you through all the steps to accomplish your own DIY Bible reading plan.
Let me know what topic you will be looking up! I’d love to know.