Reading the Bible in a year | July reading plan

How to read the Bible chronologically in a year...with your child

You guys, we’ve done it. We’ve been reading through the Bible for six months now. We’re halfway through. How does that make you feel?

I have to admit: I’m proud of myself for sticking with it. It’s something I haven’t done before. And it’s time.

Related: How to read the Bible chronologically in a year…with your kids

This month we started venturing into the lives of the kings that followed after David and Solomon. It feels like an uncomfortable roller coaster, doesn’t it? All these men who followed God, then didn’t follow him, or maybe followed him but never destroyed the “high places” where the false gods were worshipped.

I’m trying to keep my eyes and ears open, as I read, to be honest with the parts of the story that I identify with. Do I always think of myself as the good, honest, God-fearing characters? Or do I recognize my complicit role in oppression and disobedience too?

It’s tricky, this re-learning how to see myself honestly.

Download now: Our July Bible-in-a-year reading plan (PDF)

In July we’re going to go deep into the lives of the prophets. These were often dark times for Israel. Maybe you can relate?

Let’s try to pay attention to God’s promises. His hope. His conviction. And his faithfulness to those who try, despite their weaknesses, to love him.

Our July reading plan has the most flipping around from chapter to chapter, book to book, than we’ve had yet. This is where it starts to come together, though, by reading it chronologically. We can see what the prophets were speaking into the lives of the people alongside the historical events that were happening.

I’m kind of excited to see what’s in store.

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